88 years of beyerdynamic – time to refine the legendary DT 770 Pro headphones with a special 32...

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro Limited Edition 32 Ohm

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  • 88 years of beyerdynamic – time to refine the legendary DT 770 Pro headphones with a special 32 Ohms edition.
    beyerdynamic celebrates its 88th anniversary with a refined edition of the DT 770 PRO headphone – the professional audio industry standard for more than 20 years.
    Its newly developed 32 Ohms drivers are based on our world-renowned 80 Ohms and 250 Ohms drivers. While the new DT 770 PRO 32 Ohms limited anniversary edition satisfies even the highest studio requirements, it is also compatible with smartphones, MP3 players, tablets, laptops and PC soundcards.
    Like its bestselling 80 Ohms and 250 Ohms twins, this special 32 Ohms version is hand-made in Germany with utmost dedication to every detail.
    It comes with a black softskin headband and black softskin ear cushions, giving it a distinctive professional-look, which stands out from the crowd.

    Further features include a 1.6 m (5.2 ft.) straight cable with 3.5 mm mini stereo jack and 6.35 mm stereo jack adapter as well as aluminium labels on the side cups, which are embossed with the anniversary number 88.
    The limited anniversary edition DT 770 PRO 32 Ohms comes in an exclusive retro-style box and will be available this year (2012) only.

Recent User Reviews

  1. Koolin
    5.0/5,
    "Great overall headphones"
    Pros - Separation, balanced sound with slight v-shape after burn in, works with phones and laptop soundcards, great isolation and good comfort, feels robust
    Cons - Cable keeps it's shape easily because it's pretty thick, leather pads
    Hi!
     
    This is my first mid range headphone, i dont have much experience with audio products, but i have always been interested in audio and it's terminology so i will do my best.
     
    Now, what was i looking for in a headphone?
    I was looking for a headphone that had a great balanced sound, acceptable comfort, was robust enough that it would survive not to carefull use for several years, i did not care about looks, removable cables (although that would be a nice thing) and size, so i went looking.
     
    The AKG k550's stood out to me, nice build and looked good on the head (which is a plus) but it was not very available in the Netherlands so i went in further.
    I heard about the DT 770 80 and 250 Ohm, that they had incredible build quality and great sound, but that even the 80 Ohm version was not really a great solution for mobile because the bass could become flabby without proper amplification, so i was kind of dissapointed.
     
    But then i saw the 32 ohm version, which looked exactly what i was looking for.
     
    So i bought them.
     
    And i love them.
     
    These do everything i wanted out of a headphone:
     
    They feel robust and everything can be replaced according to Beyerdynamics, so if something breaks you can replace it, this goes not for the 2 cables the headphone, there is 1 cable that runs through the headband into the second cup and that one is not replacable, so like the thick studio cable, if it breaks you either have to solder it or buy a new one, which is a shame..
     
    The comfort is good, above acceptable, your ears touch the inside of the cup, but the inside is stuffed with a layer of foam so after a minute the feeling of your ears touching the inside dissapears and after about 4 hours you start to feel the inside of the cup again, after 4 minutes of not wearing them most of the fatigue goes away and they can be worn for a couple hours again.
    These have leather pads, which have said to have better isolation and sound leak that velvet and velour while also staining less, but they are less soft and less breathing so you get warm ears, this can become annoying but i don't mind personally.
     
    The cable is a bit stiff and keeps it's shape a bit after untangling but it feels just as robust as the rest of the headphone and I don't mind it not being replacable because of it.
     
    The sound comes in 2 parts:
     
    When i got them, the midrange was kind of sucked out, the bass was less tight and the treble was a bit more spikey, but after using them for more than 80+ hours the sound has improved.
     
    The bass is now nice and tight and detailed, although the impact could be better, the treble is extended and detailed, on my pc soundcard it is perfect while on my phone it is fatigueing, and the midrange is appaerand and separates everything nicely even on higher volumes, everything can be heard through these, from the drums to the guitars and the vocals and even the bass is hearable if mixed properly, so these are great for monitoring.
    The sound from my pc soundcard is incredible comfortable, the sound never gets fatigueing even on loud volumes and is very clear.
    It even has a little soundstage, things don't sound from inside your head but rather a little bit to the left and right, i think this is because of the shape of the earcups.
     
    So this is why i love them, there are things that could be improved but i am more than happy for the price i paid for them.
  2. Brockavich
    4.5/5,
    "Nice audio fidelity for a good price, though not perfect."
    Pros - Audio fidelity is detailed. Bass is good, but can be weak. Isolation is great. Price good for what you get. Durable and comfortable for long wear.
    Cons - Cord is long/stiff and is annoying for day to day commutes. Highs are sparkly. Can make your head pretty hot. Exterior details come off easily (meh).
    So, I've had these cans for about a year now, which I sought out through recommendations on this site. I'm not an expert, but I do understand the basics behind audio and stuff, so I figured I'd give back to the community by offering my thoughts. Hopefully it helps someone with a purchase decision.

    I'll break this down into sections that were relevant for my selection of these cans, as well any additional thoughts that came up.

    1. My usage and Music Preference
    I'm a university student, and typically commute a good deal on a day to day basis. As such, I wanted a pair of cans that I could take with me everywhere, that I could just toss into a bag and head out without worrying too much about them breaking. I typically listen to bass-driven music, such as DnB, Dubstep (traditional, none of that skrillex brostep crap), Raggae, Downtempo, or just Electronic in general. I foray into metal on occasion. My source is an unamplified FiiO X1.

    2. Durability
    Pros: Given that I'm using them like I am, durability is important, and these things do not disappoint. While I'm not careless with my things, there are times when I need to get going in a hurry, so I've gotta unplug the cans and toss em in my bag. There have been times where a textbook was sitting on/slightly crushing parts of the headphones and I thought for sure they'd break. Never did. These things are built very solidly, and have been able to keep up with me handily. They have a strange flimsy feeling about them that betrays this, in that the headphones are really light and they're not very rigidly attached to the headband. Despite that, I can't say enough good about their tankiness.
    Cons: If I had to nitpick, the exterior details (the text on the side that says DT770 Pro 32 Ohm) are meh. They were originally white when new, but they've since rubbed off to reveal the same black as the rest of the headphones. I personally don't give a rat's, but someone might.

    3. Isolation/Noise Cancellation
    Pros: This is an important one for me, as I need to be able to focus on what I'm doing in sometimes noisy environments, or I don't want to listen to all the noise on a public transit bus. These cans are supposed to have about ~20db of non-active noise cancellation if I recall. They work really, really well in this respect. If you have these bad boys on, even with people in the same room, you'll barely be able to hear them if you turn your source audio up to about 50-60%. They also leak very little noise from what I've observed. This has to do with the very large and cushy pads on them, as well as the reasonable clamping strength, which brings me to the next topic.
    Cons: None. Works as well as I could ask for.

    4. Comfort
    Pros: These are the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. They clamp just hard enough that they don't shift around, and cancel most sound from outside getting in, as well as your audio getting out. I've never had any problems with fatigue, even after wearing them for 4-5 hours on end. I wear glasses all the time, and they never hurt my temples or anything. They're also light as I mentioned, so they don't strain your neck when looking down or moving your head.
    Cons: One downside is the pleather? pads. The standard ones do make your head quite warm, even in mild weather. I've heard some people prefer swapping them for velour ones, and that helps. I haven't done this because I'm lazy/busy, and also because I didn't find it that big of a problem; more of a mild annoyance.

    5. Cord
    Pros: These cans are meant to be both studio and travel friendly, and as a result, they have a thick cord, commonly found in studio cans. This makes it pretty durable, and won't get damaged if pinched. The cord is also really long for travel use, which I suppose is a plus, as it'd be far worse if it was too short. It's about twice as long as most non-audiophile headphone cords.
    Cons: This cord is the one big downside of these cans, in general. This is because it's incredibly stiff at times and has a long memory. If it's not super warm out (ie: winter or fall), the cord very quickly becomes stiff. This is normal for all cords, but given this thing's thickness, it truly becomes a pain the ass. Even at room temperature, it has a tendency to stay in the shape it's most used to, and it is very hard to wipe its memory so to speak. This all becomes an issue when you travel with them like me, because you end up with an extra 2-3 feet of cable hanging out of your pocket, unless you wind/loop the cord so it fits. As a result, mine fights me a little bit every time I try to move the cord, taking on strange oblong shapes, instead of dangling toward the floor. On a case by case basis, it's not a big deal, but after a while, it will begin to annoy you. That said, it's not enough to negate the positives of these cans.

    6. Audio Quality
    Pros: This is the most important factor for me, and these cans do it well. While I'm not a hardcore audiophile willing to spend $600 on a single pair of headphones, I have learned to appreciate fidelity and quality audio. I was coming from just using a pair of Steelseries gaming headphones on a mediocre Sony mp3 player, and stepped up to these and a FiiO X1. The change was pretty phenomenal. If that's what you're coming from, you will notice entire layers of audio in your music that you didn't even know was there before. Even if your audio collection isn't of the highest quality (ie: 128kpbs), you'll still notice a big difference.
    The bass is the most important factor for me, as almost all my music is comprised primarily of <100Hz sound. These cans are pretty good in this respect. On my unamped FiiO, with the EQ set, most tracks will be quite the temple massage. On an amped source of some sort, or something with more power (like my PC), these things are bass cannons for sure. That said, the quality of the bass is what these things have going for them. On my other headphones, the bass can come out as muddy sounding, and eat up a lot of the mids, especially when EQ'd too high. On the DT770s though, the bass is punchy, crystal clear, and separated from the mids quite nicely. It's tough to explain, but it just feels like the bass has more impact. It has a really nice sense of space, where the bass is surrounding you, as if you were listening to a large stereo system. The subbass is quite low and rumbly, but can be a bit on the weaker side on certain tracks. All in all, I'm satisfied with it.
    The rest of the audio spectrum is here, and well represented as far as my noob ears go. Like I said, there are entire layers of instruments and sounds I never even knew were there before on certain songs. It's quite the experience.
    These are also pretty easy to drive, being the 32Ohm version. On my FiiO X1 (which has a small internal amp), they can get loud enough to drown out all but the loudest background noise. I suspect the 80Ohm version has better fidelity, but they do basically require an amped source as I understand it.
    Cons: These are pretty sparkly headphones. The highs, even when EQ'd down as low as they can be, can be literally painful to the ears. It's not a problem in most tracks, and in fact I think it's probably more poor mastering on the tracks than the headphones. For me this is a con, as I really don't like highs when they hurt. However, if you're listening to tracks with lots of percussion, or you like highs, then this is probably a pro for you.

    7. Overall
    These are damn good headphones for what you pay for them, at least for my purposes. I wholeheartedly recommend them to someone who enjoys both their quality bass, and a bit of fidelity. I'm glad I grabbed them.


    Hope this helps someone. If you have any questions, Email me and I'll try to answer.
     
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  3. goropeza
    3.0/5,
    "OK for the price"
    Pros - Isolation, soundstage (for a closed headphone), detailed, comfort
    Cons - harsh treble, poor bass extension
    I bought this headphone as part of a search for an birthday present for my little brother (going for that brother of the year award, he deserved it). I tested and listened to the DT 770 pro 32 ohm for about 2 weeks before sending it back and ultimately going with the Sennheiser Momentums. Keep in mind that these are just opinions based on my headphone experiences and I do not claim for any of this to be accepted fact. Blah blah blah, your mileage may vary :wink:

    For this review, I would like to start with things I liked about the DT 770. The first thing that really jumped out at me was how well they isolated! None of the headphones in my collection isolate well so finally having one that does really surprised me. This thing would be PERFECT for commutes, airports, and busy areas. Its honestly amazing how well this headphone creates your own little personal listening room in a world gone mad!
     
    One of the other things I liked was it's ability to be driven by just about anything. At only 32ohms, they can be driven perfectly fine from a smartphone, although I'm sure you could get better performance from an amp. As part of my needs for a Christmas gift, this was very important to me. It just seems wrong to give a gift to someone just to tell them they need to spend some of their own money to enjoy it properly. In this department, the DT 770 passed with flying colors. I was able to get more than enough volume out of the headphone while also not sounding veiled or suffering from lack of detail. 
     
    The sound stage was also impressive for a closed headphone. I honestly was not expecting much in this area, so to be presented with a moderately wide (although it seems somewhat short) sound stage was a surprise for me as well. It was certainly much wider than my old AH-D5000 and AH-D7000's and they were much more expensive. For $150, they presented a very good audio image.
    How detailed the headphone was going to be was another major conclusion I had to make. My goal was to ultimately keep my brother from walking the path of the Beats and introduce him to true detailed sound. Once again, the Beyers did not disappoint. I tried to listen for all the minor instruments and secret notes I could hear on my HE-500s and HD 700's and for the most part it was there, if somewhat more subdued. You have to listen deeper for it, but for the most part the little details in each recording were there. Much, MUCH better than anything you would find in Skullcandy, Beats, and Bose.
     
    On the flip side, a few things made me return them. I am particularly sensitive to harsh treble and sometimes the DT 770 got painful. Not only that, but the bass didnt extend as deep as I would have liked. The bass was well controlled for the most part (for its price range) but the sub bass just wasn't present. All in all, for a little extra cash, I found the Sennheiser Momentums to be far superior in most respects so sent the Beyers back. 
     
    FINAL VERDICT
    6/10 Not a bad headphone for sure, and these may be the headphone for some people. But in my opinion, there are better options in this price range from Grado and Sennheiser.

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