Beyerdynamic T90 Premium Stereo Headphone

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  1. josephpino07
    "Best headphones I've ever tried"
    Pros - punch, transparency, detail, clarity, definition, soundstage
    Cons - Not for bassheads, non-detatchable cable
    Best headphones I've tried up to date (and I've tried the rs1e, the hd650 and the k702 among others)
  2. windplr
    "A superb headphone at a reasonable price."
    Pros - Detailed, elegant sounding. Outstanding comfort. Well balanced.
    Cons - Occasional piercing treble (depending on recording)
    My first review on head-fi.  I have only had the T90s for a few weeks, and have maybe 30 hours of listening time so far.  I have mainly been listening to ripped CDs (44.1khz/16) and some HD 96Khz/24 recordings.  I've also listened to some 320kbs streaming audio.  My audio path is a Macbook pro to an O2/ODAC via USB.  I also have a DacMagicXS that I use at work.
    I came to the T90s from a set of ATH-M50 cans.  Putting on the T90s was a revelation.  I never realized how much more music there was to the recordings, in almost all cases.
    One of my personal peeves regarding playback systems in general, is a tendency for many to emphasize one aspect of the sound, heavy bass for example.  The T90 is well balanced at all frequencies, with the possible exception of an occasional over-emphasis of treble.  Even so, I am not in the least bit bothered by this as it seems to be somewhat recording dependent and is easily dealt with.  For me, the bass response is just right.  Ever present, but not overbearing and with a pure sound.  The mids shine and really highlight how much better these are than the ATH-M50s I have been using.
    I'm not going to talk about soundstage or other somewhat abstract audio concepts, except to say that when I listen to music through these headphones, I feel very close to the music.  Not in the middle, but close enough.  I don't feel as if I am in a large concert hall, but more a smaller venue, maybe a night club.  This may be more to the type of music I listen to, primarilly acoustic jazz, folk, with some classical mixed in.
    The sound of the individual instruments always comes through well with the T90s.  Ensembles sound right, with my only criticism being that some string ensemble tracks can sound a bit muddy.  I think this is one of the most difficult types of music to get right for any playback system.  Voices are magnificent on these headphones.  Especially female vocals.
    To conclude, the T90s have been a significant upgrade to my listening experience.
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  3. twelvebears
    "Perhaps my ears are broken?"
    Pros - Comfortable, well built.
    Cons - The way they sound!
    In two words, hugely disappointing.

    I was looking for an open-back 'phone to use as an alternative to my AKG 550s and having owned Sennheiser HD 600s and AKG K701s previously, I thought I give Beyerdynamic a try and I was REALLY hoping I would like the T90s

    The T90s have plenty of positive reviews, with the consensus seeming to be that they are supposed to be a bit more open, lively and less 'dark' sounding than the HD600s, which sounded just what I was after.

    I know personal preferences will be a huge factor, but I found the T90s unbelievably thin and tinny sounding - note this is being driven from an Audioquest Dragonfly, with 24/96 files and not just an iPod or portable device, so I was using a decent, if not amazing quality source.
    I found the treble to be totally OTT and the mid completely devoid of any body or warmth.

    I have now returned the T90s in favour of a pair of AKG K702s which I obtained as a perfect Amazon Warehouse deal at less that half of the T90s already discounted price. For me, the AKGs frankly destroy the T90s in absolutely every single area.

    Of course I respect the views of other here, but personally I'm finding it hard to think of how or why anyone would choose these in preference to Sennheiser's HD600 or HD650, or AKG's K701/2 range, let alone the HD700 or HD800.

    If you are using a USB source, my advice would be to grab a pair of AKG702s and a CEntrance DACport, which can BOTH be bought for the cost of the T90s. The difference in quality and VFM is staggering.
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  4. hk1388
    "Best headphones I've heard yet"
    Pros - Bass, Treble, Overall very balanced neutral
    Cons - Non-removal cable
    This was supposed to be an extremely short review of the Beyerdynamic T90 after owning them for several weeks. Didn’t really notice the sound changing (burn-in) as I’ve owned them. Setup is a custom built desktop running Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu Gnome 14.10. Music sources are FLAC files played through Foobar2K and streaming Google Play Music. I used ifi nano > ifi micro ican > T90.
    Beyer as usual knocked the ball out of the park. I never thought something would be as comfortable as the DT990, but Beyer has outdone themselves. Clamping is light. Almost feels like you have nothing on your head allowing you to get lost in the music. The pads are microfiber. No itchiness or scratchiness I’ve experienced with velour or some other materials. Ears do not get hot after multiple hours of use.
    The headphones themselves are beautiful to behold in person. They look good in pictures but even better when they’re in front of you. Everything about the headphone feels well crafted and you can tell time was put in to make an excellent product.
    If I do have one complaints, it is the cable. Length is decent but at the price the headphones sell for, they should be removable.
    Before getting these, I probably did too much research. I’ve been through a few headphones over the past few months (HD600 x2, HE400, Sound HP100, AKG Q701). While each of them had some great qualities, there was always something wrong like the comfort, mids, or soundstage. So I ended up selling them in the For Sale section or returning them. The T90 is the one that felt like the complete package.
    Many reviews mentioned that this had a lot of treble and that almost stopped me from getting them. I’m glad I bought them because the treble is a non-issue for me at least. I haven’t heard any sibilance or any sharp or piercing highs. Maybe my ears have adjusted after having the Q701. The highs extend well and are very present but not overbearing.
    Mids & Details
    The details are incredible. You hear things you didn’t even know were there before. A singer’s breathing becomes clear. Instruments that you didn’t hear before are now there. I have gained a new appreciation for producers.
    In Bel Biv Devoe’s poison, you can hear the bass line in other headphones. But it is more textured and detailed on the T90. To test the mid range of headphones, I like to listen Coexist by The xx. On the opening song, Romy’s voice is so clear and engulfing. You can hear her breath after singing a note.
    Hearing the T90 is like going from SD to 1080p. The T90 do a great job of showing all the details but not throwing them in your face. You can get immersed in the music but the details still shine. It’s like sitting in the middle section at a theater.
    There is a negative to the hearing the detail though. You hear all the details even the bad stuff. It is truly like putting a microscope on your music. As I found out, a lot of the music I listen is not mastered well. There is static and random pops and crackles. The mastering problem happens on more modern music especially pop. Most of the 80s music I listen to (pop, r&b) sounds incredible.
    This may not be the basshead’s headphone of choice, but there is good bass here. There is quality and quantity. The bass does not bleed into the other parts of the music. Impact is solid and well textured with a quick decay. The bass depends on the song. If bass is present in the song, then it will be there in the T90. On Candy Girl by New Edition, there is very little bass. However on Disclosure’s Tenderly, the bass is very present and addictive. Because the bass doesn’t become overbearing, you can appreciate other parts of the songs but still bobb your head.
    Soundstage (& Imaging)
    One complaint I read about the Q701 is that the soundstage was too wide. I didn’t get what they meant till I got them. Basically the soundstage was wide all the time even if the music needed something more intimate. The T90 is soundstage done right.
    The T90 has a decent sized soundstage. It is wide but there is also depth. While it’s not perfectly 3-d, you can easily discern where a sound is coming from. To recycle the theater analogy from earlier, it really is like sitting in the middle section at the movies. Instrument separation is top notch. Everything sounds like it’s in its own lane on the same road and they come together to make some sweet music.
    Final Thoughts
    This was supposed to be a micro review. Don’t know how I ended up rambling for so long and I almost thought about going further.
    Anyways, the T90s are the most balanced sounding and best sounding Beyers I’ve heard. Whatever is in the Tesla technology is magic. I’ve never smiled and bobbed so much listening to music before. Simply put, these are the greatest sounding headphones I have heard so far. To be fair, these are the only $400 plus headphones I’ve heard as well :p.
    Hierarchy of headphones I’ve owned so far
    T90 > HD600 > HE400 > HP100 > DT990 >= Q701 > DT770 > M50

    TL;DR… Comfortable and great sounding. Buy them especially if you can find it for around $400 on eBay like I did. Make sure the quality of your music is up to par (no 128kbps mp3s) and mastered well.
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  5. Davidoffdgh
    "THE transparent all rounder coupled with O2 Odac"
    Pros - very transparent and comfortable
    Cons - first 5 hours not very good, too clear with bad records, limited soundstage (IMO)
    I coupled the O2 Odac with this T90 to have the most transparent  combo possible for the price.

    After 1 month and almost 80 hours of usage, I can honestly it is the best purchase of my life

    I may not have the most fancy amplifier, but spending more would have been a waste of money and space ! 

    Every song I throw at it is perfectly transcripted (all genres from classic to rock and Pop):

    -bass : just what is required, precise, deep
    -middle : very good, voices have volume and detail
    -treble : definitely the strong point with extreme clearness especially with classic music where it takes all its power.

    Special mention for classical music : if you would like to have good/very good classical music listening for less than 800USD, do not look elsewhere : T90 + O2 Odac
    All the other genres are delightful as well do not worry !!

    FYI : the first 5 hours might be disappointing, especially if you come from a "dark" headphone. Your ears get used to it after that and the headphones' treble get smoother and bass deeper

    Movies are breathtaking as well.

    Only disappointing point of this combo is the lack of soundstage (my perception might be due to a lack of peers comparison or too high expectations, the soundstage is anyway very respectful)
  6. ngweekiat
    Pros - interesting sound signature !
    Cons - nothing much ~
    if you have the money , go get it , it is definately bang for the buck !!! Hi Fi sound !! open sound stage !
  7. adydula
    "One of the All Time Bests..."
    Pros - Great Overall Tonality, Accurate Bass, Extreme Resolving Power, Very Comfortable and very affordable...
    Cons - Clicking sometimes in adjusting headset
    I can not believe these headphones are rated at #64 in this category.
    I have had many headphones in the last few years and sold most of them once I discovered these Beyer T90's.
    No headphones are perfect and a lot of them are far from even being close.
    I am not going to be-little other cans here but the T90s deserve a listen to and compare for yourself how great they are compared to your other cans.
    Using cuts from Brian Broombergs "Wood" cd allows you to see how well and accurate bass from a musical instrument really can sound in a set of headphones.
    The bass is as good as my LCD2's IMO.
    The human voice both male and female are re-produced wonderfully, from Linda Rondstadt to John Hiatt.....
    The T90s are a very accurate but very musical set of headphones, very immersive and amazing uncanny ability to reproduce what the recording engineer was trying
    to capture when mastering.
    They are quick and snappy when the source material demands it.
    Guitar plucks are reproduced with depth and wonderful tonality, Preston Reeds, Instrument Landing, "Bye Bye Boo Boo" is reproduced with magnificent sound.
    If the source material is well mastered and recorded the T90's will allow you to experience all of it wonderfully.
    Some say there is sibilance etc on the high end.....but listen to a live band or concert and listen to how sharp and brittle some instruments sound when they are whacked unmercifully...or breaking glass.
    The T90s reproduce these sound very accurately...if the high end is "hot" you will hear 'hot"....
    These cans are very comfortable and fit my normal sized head well. The only minor hit to me is the adjustment sometimes moves a little bit when putting them on or off.
    You get a clicking sound from time to time in this on/off removal, dependent on how you hold them etc..really a nit to me.
    Searching for a really great transparent set of headphones in a $500-$600 range to rival the $1K range, I find the Beyer T90's fit that bill very nicely.
    Highly Recommened
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  8. porkchop3
    "Upgrade from DT990 pro to T90"
    Pros - extremely clear high, slightly dynamic in sound, bass very tight, midrange sounds pretty neutral, Smooth soundstage
    Cons - I feel that the earpads are a bit hot after a while, clamping force a bit too tight to me, maybe because of the pad
    I have been looking for upgrades after using DT990 pro for more than 4 years.
    I bought this T90 immediately when I see that ebay sold this headphone for 409 USD.
    The first thing that caught my ears is its crystal clear high and clean separation of instruments.
    This headphone is not bassy, but it has a very tight bass that provides enough impact on your ears.
    The airy sound of the open back design really stands out, even though its soundstage is not as wide as the AD900x, it provides a very good smooth feel when it comes to songs that contains tons of instruments.
    This beast is simply not the same class as the DT990 pro. The use of Tesla magnet makes its clarity superb. It is unmatched.
    Also, this headphone is pretty easy to push. Simply by using the Schiit Magni and Modi combo can push this headphone very well.
    It sounds okay when directly push by phone and laptops.
    After getting this headphone I am very satisfied, if you are looking for something analytical and fun to listen at the same time, this is the headphone for you.
    [  Edit: Since I cannot find a way to reply comment lol I actually did have a vali before, but there is a problem, since t90 is generally a higher efficiency headphone due to the addition of the Tesla magnet, it actually has a higher sensitivity.
    When plugged into Vali, I can hear a pretty clear "hiss" sound no matter what volume I am on. For that reason, I changed the Vali for a Magni. Another reason I don't really like the Vali personally is the fact of the microphonic tubes. They bugged me a lot.
    However, I do have a pretty good experience when using my DT990 pro with it. Thanks for your comment anyway =]  ]
  9. potatoe94
    "A sneak peak into Hi Fi"
    Pros - Amazing instrumental imaging, amazing detail retrieval, beautiful sound stage.
    Cons - non-detachable cable, unforgiving with poor recordings .
    Beyerdynamic T90 Review

    Headphone - Beyerdynamic Tesla90 {250 Ohm} [Open]
    Portable Amplifier – iFi iCan Nano
    Player Source – Lenovo Y470
    Music Source – 16/44.1kHz CD FLAC & 24/192kHz FLAC
    Music Bands – Eric Clapton , Westlife , Michael Buble , Jason Mraz , Chris Daughtry, David Cook, Maroon5 , Taylor Swift , Green Day , Avenged Sevenfold.

    Having done research on the leading products on Hi Fi headphones over the past few months, I’ve audited a small group of Hi Fi headphones, such as the Senn HD800, Beyer T1, Beyer T5, Beyer DT990, AKG 701, AKG 702 etc. Every one of these headphones showcased very different sound signatures and built quality. I have read online reviews regarding these high end headphones and weighed their pros and cons before deciding to lie my money on them. Measured Graphical Statistics of these headphones from companies like Golden Ears, Head Fi & Inner Fidelity were also taken note of. The T90’s definitely stood out from the rest with its price to performance ratio, where I bought it on the second time I audited them.

    First Impressions

    These headphones looks like they have a bold statement to deliver when you first look at them , most of the parts which look like metal , are metal . The construction is very rigid, looks durable and feels good with a premium weight in your hands. The headband and ear pads are microfiber velvet, comfortable to put on over extended periods of time, the headband and ear pads are fully removable, allowing it to be easily exchanged at a small cost. The earpads felt like they are filled with memory foam and are thick enough to provide comfortable cushioning and prevents your ear from touching the headphone driver felt padding (which was a problem for the DT series) It is very comfortable and fits like a glove with the aids of multiple swivels. The opening for the drivers on the outer side has a beautiful tight weave which prevents dust from interfering whilst maintaining its open headphone properties. You cannot see through the Headphones or see the driver itself like other headphones, however it is quite evident that it is open due to the sound produced where I would touch on later in the review. The headband could be extended in notches, discretely cut. The cable is a 3m fixed rubber insulated cable which prevents one from changing cable types for sound tweaking, it extends out to a 3.5mm audio jack with a ¼ inch audio plug screw on. Overall Design felt exquisite and felt like no corners were cut during the assembly process. The Beyerdynamic T90s were Designed, Hand assembled and Tested in Germany.

    Frequency Response of the headphones were wonderfully and tastefully tuned , having low bass reach whilst keeping it minimally amplified to make the music interesting . The mid-range were good and have a slight warm tint. The treble reach is good, it is well controlled and do not cause discomfort with sharp piercing spikes like some other HiFi headphones, it is bright enough to keep the treble realistic and believable, it does have very well presence in the music and occasionally tells you “hey I’m here!” Overall a rather “fun” sounding headphone, not boringly balanced, but yet enough to keep the listeners looking for “fun” and critical listening smiling. The Beyerdynamic line of headphones generally have a very unique sound signature they have kept over decades, this unique sound signature kept in an interesting manner that one will only understand after trying a few from their DT or T line of headphones.

    Sound Stage is one of the thing which sets this T90 apart from Closed headphones, from my experience, Open headphones will definitely have a wider soundstage than Closed headphones, that was the main objective of Open headphones from the start, to recreate a broader sound stage. They were truly impressive, the sound stage was wide. You are no longer confined in the small room of which Closed headphones were limited to, you felt that there is a sudden space between the music and you, making it a very pleasurable listening experience, echoes and reverberations becomes present in realistic amounts making it natural and absolutely satisfying. Each instrument has it’s space and you could hear them being displayed very beautifully as itself. The depth and resolution is simply a treat, an audio bliss.

    Instrumental Imaging is of a high calibre with the T90 , and I am not exaggerating it just because I’ve spent good money on them , because the instrumental imaging is of a very high standard, perhaps one of the first few things you would naturally take into notice when running them, immediately you know how many instruments are present in your music, upon that, you know exactly what key each individual instrument is on, at which angle the instruments are placed and played, at what distance these instruments are played in relative to other instruments, are the more forward or backward, it’s very clearly evident and superbly enjoyable to be able to pin point all of the instruments present in the music, that is also the reason why new electric music never caught my ear, they were veiled and had no depth and resolution in them . The instrument details and textures were stunningly true, guitar’s strums and plucks were so real, you could picture the strings vibrating, piano were so clear, you could feel the hammer striking the piano strings, Violins were smooth and beautifully displayed, Drum bass kicks has a wholesome body and head to it. Snares tight and impactful, Hi Hats and Crashes were neither confused nor disorientated, but well controlled and delivered even when the other instruments were present. Rides were true with the ring, Bells rang clear like a bell. It is undoubtedly a very pleasant listening experience, as you know very clearly each instrument is doing its job, the imaging of the T90 is very close to its flagship brother T1 with about 90% resemblance in my opinion. And that also was backed up by a number of other critical listeners whom have owned them both.

    Clarity, as claimed by the manufacturer the total harmonic distortion is of 0.05%, as you already know, many companies do put false frequency response range, rounded off impedance, and similarly the low 0.05% should not be taken too seriously. But however, the music sounds neat and black were black, there were no noticeable sibilance and it could perform as it is even in higher volumes with no change in personality Detail Retrieval is good with minor nuances being picked up and delivered with great realism, everything feels just right with the T90 and there were little or nothing to complain about.

    Music Genre Handling were interestingly good, they could handle a vast variety of music genres and display them wonderfully for your pleasure. They could handle most of the genres thrown at them with great results. They will sound as they should be displayed. However they are very sensitive to poor recordings and will hiss and spike in poor recordings to tell you explicitly that they are not its cup of tea. Hence, lossless or high quality music must be fed to it, or you will have a rather terrible time with these headphones too. But clear enough, if you play mp3, it’s clear that you will not achieve the depth, detail, imaging, realism and quality as compared to a quality audio file.

    Isolation, being an open headphone, it is obvious that it isolates minimal environmental noise, which means, in trade of the wide sound stage, you get a headphone where you could only use at home, in a quiet environment, and end up disturbing the quiet environment with your music. As an open headphone, you could hear the chatters that happen outside of your headphones and the people outside can too, hear your music very clearly. Running at my comfortable volume, the sound could be heard clearly throughout my room even when I have the headphone on. And my little brother sleeping a meter away could easily tell the title of the song I just played. Hence, these headphones are meant for home and to stay home.

    Amp Preference, I’ve heard that the T90 performs very differently with different amplifiers and if you manage to find one that suits your preference, you’re in for an immersive good time. I am currently using a good solid state portable amplifier, but I will go on and give tube amps and other solid states a go, to double this theory and to discover the potential of which the T90 holds.

    “ Everyone whom have owned these pair of headphones come back to tell me of their new found love “ The T90s are better sounding than the more expensive HD700 , it fought tiers up and resides on the Beyerdynamic T1’s shoulder. Overall Delivery is an interesting, unique pair of headphones which is both enjoyable for pleasure listening and detailed for critical listening. I do strongly recommend this for audio enthusiasts who are interested to know how a high end headphone sound like, and are in for a preview of high end audio from headphones.

    Review Updated as of 26/3/14

    (Singapore Only)
    Auditioned Various headphones at Jaben & Stereo. Do check their stores out, Headphones, inEars, Amplifiers, DACs and more could be auditioned just by asking, both companies has great customer service, items which Stereo do not carry, high chances are that Jaben does. Jaben allows bundles and bargains, making them a recommended place to check out if you are buying more than 1 item per trip. Stereo has more lucky draws, Fixed Prices or Occasionally Fixed Discounts.

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  10. DaveUpton
    "Outstanding imaging and clarity with just the right amount of bass."
    Pros - Crystal clear highs, neutral midrange and superb imaging.
    Cons - Very unforgiving of bad recordings or weak gear.
    The Beyerdynamic T90 is a superb headphone that has the perfect mix of clarity, neutral tonality and comfort. I have found my reference, and don't have any urge to upgrade.
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