Beyer Dynamic DT 990 Premium 32 OHM Headphones

General Information

The 32 ohm version of the DT 990 Premium line. Excellent choice for MP3 and iPod/iPhone use as well as robust enough for home audio and PC applications. Handcrafted in Germany, the DT 990 is a perfect combination of design and function. This headphone features a true sound definition with phenomenal bass response and the open design.

Also available as customized DT 990 MANUFAKTUR (see LINKS).

Latest reviews


Pros: Bass is Effortless & Precise, Sexy Mids and Airy Soundstage, Silvery Treble, Holistic Build Quality
Cons: Nicer Treble is reachable but masochistic!, Leak, Huge so not for mobility everywhere, Not as scalable
The bath that's so comfortable you can't get out!
Antithesis of the modern mud wallowing epidemic, Beyer's 990 Premiums are classy yet unpretentious cans that carry their signature family-owned refinement.
The standout points are the vibrantly coloured Mids that give vocalists the spotlight they deserve! Doing justice to vocalists is just good manners ^.^ and the Beyers do it with quiet class.
Rising to the challenge, the Bass is also notable in having next to zero muddiness and an effortless style that's never harsh or pushy - might be something to do with the woofing coming from the signature massive velours!
The treble is well, nice and clean with the precision you'd expect from any high end, however there's nothing special about it besides it's consistency and lack of sibilance in it's range.
The tuning is all part of the master plan of course, as the Beyer's reliably intert individual talents synergize with the open-backed and light-weight diaphragm to produce a sound stage that is both deep and believable.
Overall these are some infinitely docile headphones which have rich Bass that's practically a massage, a Mid that can ship a voice no matter how big! and a glittery Treble that's never so bright it'll tire you out.
- Needs a minimum of amp if you want to replay gain
Thanks for the great review. I have the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro which go great with most music and definitely games but i find the treble slightly lacking at times compared to my other headphones like the Audio Technica Ath AD700 and Koss Pro-4AA. So hearing that the DT 990 are treble delicious might just make me buy them instead of the Sennheiser HD 600 am researching which some say has that veiled Sennheiser sound. I was hoping the treble would stand out more like in their HD 280 Pro and HD 202 models which i play from my Onkyo TX-8555.


100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Very confortable, great bass, very light weight
Cons: You might need some equalization, mids a bit recessed
I must say that this headphones are very beautiful, the quality begins with the soft leather case that contains them. Once you open it, the blue color stands out but the real excitement comes when you lift them, they are extremely light and the headband has a very soft leather cover, the velour in the pads si very comfortable. The DT990 have a circular shape, so if you're used to a more elliptical headphone you'll notice a less "intrusive" shape, you'll get used to it very fast.
The sound is great, the bass is deep and the highs are very bright, some people find that kind of harsh, but very suitable for electronic, rock and some jazz, you should need some equalization for classical. On the other hand some male voices seem a little recessed, but not too much. The detail is amazing, the bass response doesn't covers the subtle details, you can spot very small details with them. I would tell this headphones are a little bit warm mainly because of the bass response, but very suitable for most music styles.
My recommendation is to take a listen to this headphones, specially if you are on portable sources or laptops I highly recommend to use an amp to really get the bass tight.


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