I own a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770 pro 80 ohm and I would like to upgrade to open headohones because people says that they sound better. My budget is $250.
Musical preferences? Sound signature preference? Amplifier requirements? Fill us in :)
What do you like and dislike about the dt770? Is bass your thing? Do you prefer treble in your face or more laid-back?
What do you have driving your 770's? If you can increase your budget a little bit...I just bought some new Hifiman HE-400's for $319 shipped and they're amazing! Seperation, crisp and clear yet plenty of bass with a little EQ-ing, huge sound stage compared to many closed headphones. These are super open...but well worth it. They've done everything I've asked and then some. Great for music and gaming, and makes my faster paced metal so much more involving and entertaining.
You could try some used D2000's too...they're semi-closed, and have a pretty good sound stage and tons of bass too. I still have a pair that I just fixed, I might sell them in the future. I need to replace the pads though, as I took the pads and put them on my HE-400 for some super comfort and a slight increase in bass response.
Keep in mind though, most open headphones won't have the bass you may be used to with the 770. But amp and EQ can help with that. Good luck on your search!
i second the he-400 though they can be sibilant. The philips fidelio x1 is a good choice as well with a smoother treble.
Other that those 2 and other orthodynamics, you will probably be left wanting more bass since open headphones tend to have tamer bass.
The HD600 are bass light and quite neutral if you dislike that kind of sound signature. The HE-400 is more bass orientated. As for burning in a headphone, there are differing opinions, but I wouldn't worry about it. 5 years will have burnt in a headphone dozens of times.
If you are looking for a headphone to compliment and use along with the dt770s, the hd600 will be a good choice, however for the genres you listen to I wouldn't recommend it, although I like them with rock. If you want an upgrade to more or less replace the dt770 the HE-400 is better.
Very good advice IMO.
Generally > to the OP > you'll have the more open sound you want from open headphones,
but at the expense of deep impactful bass.
Not enough bass for the OP"s listed preferences in music.
Especially coming from the monster bottom end of the DT770's.
The Philips X1's are a better choice IMO as they produce real bass
even though they're open headphones.
WHO CARES what other people think?! Or do you wear their ears?!
If you are happy with your current Beyers (which it seems you are), then stick with those.
If you REALLY want to try new headphones/open-back headphones, then you can indeed look at the recommendations already posted (i.e. X1, HE-400, etc.). Though prepare to expect lots of differences in sound...
The only problem is that both headphones are beyond his budget (even if it's by $50). You also have the HE-300, which produce very enjoyable bass and are great all rounders. You're right, though... deep bass is better served from closed dynamics at that price point.
To the OP, unless you find the dt 770 to be lacking I would not rush an upgrade. Your best call would be to take these recommendations, find a good audio store (if possible) and try them on your own to see if it's worth spending your money right now. You're your own best judge when it comes to musical taste.
The DT 990 can be considered as the open version of the DT770, except that the 990 has more punch than rumble than the 770's. If you we're expecting a widely different sound signature, you might be disapointed a bit.
Want more low frequency punch from DT990? Add Lambskin ear pads! Something like these: