- Aug 15, 2016
Thank you for this recommendation. I just ordered it on Amazon. I definitely see it has got it's cheap design flaws, but for a temporary, and powerful amp, with easily changeable tubes, I think it's perfect for just being able to power some of the hi-fi headphones properly. As I'm mainly trying to avoid judging any of these headphones unfairly by not powering them properly, since I'm now back to choosing between headphones.
Any recommendations on custom tubes? I think the default should be fine to start, but some people are really tearing the stock tubes apart. Something that retains clarity and detail, but still has some warmth to help with the Beyer highs, and perhaps make the headphones more balanced (which I think is why we discussed getting a hybrid amp to begin with).
Thank you for this, and fortunately the game isn't over yet, with me being able to return the T90s to Amazon. I'm really quite close to pulling the trigger on the DT1770. I've read up quite a bit on it, and I see your point is valid. It appears to be a much better fit for my needs, and now I have the T90 as reference of what "bright" really means in a Beyer pair of headphones. I think there's a chance even the DT 1770 is still too bright, but I think now that I'm adjusting, plus with a solid tube amp, and that it was generally made much more balanced than the T90, I think these would work really well. Plus I'm salivating at the reviews about this can's low end..
Any additional thoughts? I was also thinking about the DT1990, but it appears I'm just throwing away money at that point, since it's a new pair, and probably has minuscule benefits.
The current game plan, is to buy the DT 1770, and another pair closer to what DJ the Rocket is saying (probably PSB M4U 1), and then just return one of those and the T90.
And finally, thank you for this solid write up. I will definitely come back to this for future reference, but for now, the standout piece is the PSB M4U 1. I read about it and it seems really solid.
Any thoughts on the new wirecutter winner? http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-400-over-ear-headphones/ They rave almost (ridiculously) highly about the Oppo Pm3s, so I'm curious if you tried them. But regardless, for that "lower budget, get the job done, EDM" preference, I think i'll pull the trigger and just try the PSBs.
PS: I busted out my A&H DB4 Mixer to use as a temporary DAC now for headphone testing. It's easy for me to forget sometimes, as it's a DJ mixer first. But I can almost assuredly say, that the soundcard in this mixer is no slouch, and probably top notch (but not ridiculously hi-fi, mind you), so I should be covered in the DAC area for now. Take a look if you like http://www.allen-heath.com/ahproducts/xonedb4/ I'm going to try to find out what quality is actually inside though, by contacting them perhaps, as I have yet to find a good answer online.
Great, so I've now dumped an absurd amount of hours into this site since beginning this new headphone journey lol, but I can't go back now. I think I'm close. Any other recommendations are appreciated in the mean time. In the next couple days, I intend to buy the DT 1770 and PSB M4U 1 for testing. So please get me feedback soon if possible.
Thanks guys!! I would be so lost otherwise haha.
The isolation on the dt1770 is really superb compared to any other closed back I have tried, and they are pretty comfortable (I can wear them for 3-4 hours). The bass response is really fantastic, and I prefer them over my hd700 and he560 if I need a bass punch. The bass is still very clean and does not present any muddiness which is very important for congestion free sound. The soundstage is pretty wide for a closed back, one of the widest I'd heard. The treble still does have a slight sparkle as is any beyer headphone, but much less of a degree compared to the t90