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Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO - Beyer's open-back mastering headphone

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by xero1, Jul 19, 2016.
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  1. iliketowrap19
    Not very good with explaining what I hear but I'll try my best. I can't properly place the TH600 and the other two because at the time, I only ran it through an X-duo portable amp but, one thing for sure, the bass in all aspects beats both the HE-500 and DT 1990 pro. The 500's though have great bass if you're not comparing them to one of the most bass focused Cans on the market from what I've heard. The 500's bring great impact and substance with better midrange and detail. The highs in the 500's a great but nothing fatiguing but from what I remember, the 600's kicked ass for female vocals from the one song I always played - Thefatrat - Monody. The 1990 is the least "fun" of both cans but that isn't something negative. It's extremely well balanced. It's not lacking on anything to be honest and is one of the best all arounders from what I've personally heard listening and what I've seen almost everyone that has it say. I did research on them for about more than a year before deciding to pull the trigger... I don't regret it one bit much like I will always love the 500's even after owning the HE-6's which are supposed to be much better.

    Since I didn't have a good setup with the 600's I can't say that this ranking is fair but it's

    HE500 = DT1990 Pro > TH600's. The first two do a great job of everything without exactly having one particular weakness. The Mids in the 600's arent the best but, I don't think it's what people who buy Fostex are looking for anyway when buying them. It's interesting you stated again that it's about 90-95% of the 900's. I'll have to consider that as well since I now have a decent amp dac setup.
     
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  2. drummerdimitri
    Anyone knows how to open the cups? I want to re-cable them but can't seem to find a way in :deadhorse:
     
  3. FND_UA
    That's is a bold statement. I mean, even if they sound worse than 900, how come they'll sound like crap all of a sudden? Perfect is the enemy of good, yes, but aren't you exaggerate just a little, lol?

    Never heard TH-900 unfortunately, but I've heard TH-600, didn't like them at all. Opinions, I guess...
     
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  4. Hyp0xia
    I own both the TH-900 Mk2 and the DT 1990 Pro. I prefer the DT 1990 Pro so much that I almost never touch my Fostex TH-900 Mk2 or my ZMF Eikon, ZMF Atticus, Oppo PM-1, or Focal Elear, all of which are between $400 and $800 more than the asking price of the DT 1990 Pro and all of which are currently collecting dust. Though I disagree, I'm not saying your opinion isn't valid. Your wording was just a bit on the strong side for my taste.
     
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  5. Slim1970
    Sorry for the wording guys. I didn't mean the DT 1990's sound like crap in that since. It's just when you swap headphones back and forth so quickly the change in sound is really drastic. You really have to let your ears rest so they can adjust back to the others tuning is what I was trying to say. I love my DT 1990's. They are one of the most balanced sounding headphones in my collection. I can't see myself parting ways with them anytime soon.
     
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  6. Slim1970
    My two favorite Beyers: DT 1990 Pro's and the T1 90th Anniversary LE's

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  7. abvolt
    They sure do look good, really want to try the 1990's sometime..enjoy
     
  8. demevalos
    Does anybody know if it's possible to buy individual drivers for the 1990's?
     
  9. Wesbound
    I don't own the th900 but i got the th600 and i think that the dt1990 beats the th600 every day of the week easily, Simply because dt1990 is soooo technically better than th600. Th600 is colored,mid recessed,not analitical at all,instrument separation far warser than dt1990,soundstage is Little... I love th600 for the base,really funny but for serious listening dt1990 beats the th600 hands down. You say that th900 make feel the dt1990
    dda

    I don't own the th900 but i got the th600 and i think that the dt1990 beats the th600 every day of the week easily, Simply because dt1990 is soooo technically better than th600. Th600 is colored,mid recessed,not analitical at all,instrument separation far warser than dt1990,soundstage is Little... I love th600 for the base,really funny but for serious listening dt1990 beats the th600 hands down. You say that dt1990 sound like crap vs th900,i say you are not an audiophile guy,and thats ok,everybody got his own taste. But dt1990 is the technically better earphone vs th900\600,ihmo of course.
     
  10. oldmate
    Well I love my 1990's so much I purchased a gift for them;

    URL links not working so screw it - you will just have to guess - bring back the old way.

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  11. Slim1970
    I thought I cleared that up some posts ago. But the DT 1990's don't sound like crap. I only made that comment because swapping headphones back and forth the difference in sound is drastic. So you need to let your ears rest so that you can enjoy the sound qualities of both headphones.

    On technicalities the DT-1990's are the better headphone. With that said the TH900's still does things the DT 1990's don't do, which is why I have both.

    I got rid of all my other mid-fi headphones and kept the DT 1990's up until a couple of weeks ago. So I'm fully aware of how good these headphones are.
     
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  12. FND_UA
    Yep, you cleared that up perfectly. Say, have you, by any chance listen to Doom Metal? You've got so many headphones, maybe you can suggest something one level higher than 1990 for the genre? Thanks! :dt880smile:
    I know there is "ultimate headphones for metal" thread, but still...
     
  13. Cobold
    Just have the Utopia here for a few days for testing.
    I don't hear what they objectively speaking should do better than the DT1990.
    Tonally Utopia is nice but not 3D-sounding, rather flat.
     
  14. Slim1970
    For metal music I love my Grado GH1's with G-Cushions. The PRAT with those headphones seem tailor made for metal. My DT 1990's were my favorite until I got the GH1's. The DT 1990's still do metal very, very well. But there is something about the GH1's that's a step above IMO.
     
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  15. oldmate
    OK - got the URL stuff sorted so as I was saying I grabbed this for my 1990;


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    Using my old iBasso D6 as the DAC and it has given the 1990's the little extra warmth and grunt ( Output power 250 mW + 250 mW (300 ohm)) they deserve. A tiny bit more bottom end as well. Highs are now a little smoother and yet still articulate.

    For the money a no brainer.

    Paid $200.00 AUD from here;

    https://a1futureshop.com.au/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1164

    The buggers have jacked the price up within 48 hours!!
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018
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