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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. megabigeye
    Is this EQ to compensate for the Brainwavz pads? Do you do something similar if you use either of the stock pads? I just can't imagine wanting more bass than these provide... Well, I guess I'm not a basshead...
  2. Darksoul
    The original EQ settings are for the analytical pads, I'm using them on the Brainwavz pads to give me a "fuller" sound. It tames the highs just right and brings the bass just a notch up. They sound just right for me.
  3. megabigeye
    Ah, okay. I've actually never tried the A pads. I liked the B pads so much I never had any desire to change them.

    It always kind of amazes/amuses me when I realize people's different tastes and hearing. It makes me laugh a little-- I don't know why. I know it shouldn't surprise me, but it does!
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  4. Scutey
    I've tried the A pads on 3 separate occasions and I still prefer the B pads, I just find the sound with them more intimate, more engaging, and then there's that fabulous bass.
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  5. Sekka
    Has anyone tried angled pads on these?
  6. Essence STX
    Hi buddies,
    Today is a good day! I just received my DT 1990 PRO. Everything about it is just perfect but there's something that annoy me and worrying me a bit. Although we all know that some minor manufacturing defects are common and to some extent normal, but i don't know what is your impression about my pair. I took some shots from XLR port (that shows discoloration and small shift in positioning the notch, basically the notch should mount exactly at the top - on ninety degree angle) and coiled cable (that shows uneven twisting - fracture like) of my dt1990 and compared it to my dt1770 that has not the aforementioned faults. Fortunately the sound quality is faultless. There's no something like driver mismatch, distortion, rattling... . The sound is just incredible. Meanwhile the serial number is 12484 and i'm curious to know the probable production date of it. It may be nitpicking but what's your suggestion? Should i keep it or replace it with another one?

    Shots taken from the dt1990:
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    Last edited: Aug 8, 2018
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  7. Essence STX
    Shots taken from the dt1770:
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    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
  8. megabigeye
    Huh. Did you pay full price from an authorized retailer? It looks to me like it's either a refurb or open-box unit. If it were me, I'd return it and ask for a refund. And then purchase from someplace else.
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  9. kelly200269
    I think it looks absolutely fine. And well within normal manufacturing tolerances.
    I wouldn’t worry. As long as they sound OK, just ENJOY!
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  10. megabigeye
    Really? The cable is kinked, and the headphone socket is definitely scratched and askew. It might work fine, but for $600 I would expect it to be pretty much perfect (or easily fixable without voiding the warranty or serious DIYing).
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  11. Essence STX
    Thank you both for your input. Yes i did pay full price from an authorized retailer and no it was not open-box or refurbished unit. I actually preferred to return the defective pair just for peace of mind. Also a flawless unit doesn't lose its value as much as a defective one when you want to sell it.
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  12. imran27
    Has anybody done a comparison of DT1990(A) with Shure SRH1840?
    I am looking to sidegrade my DT1990 with a SRH1840, just to get something more neutral and something that doesn't recess the mids.
  13. Hyp0xia
    I own an SRH1840. It's the dullest, most lifeless headphone in my collection. It has a thin, tinny sound to my ears. I wish I had bought the SRH1540 instead (at the time, I just assumed open is always better), though I'm not crazy about that headphone either aside from its awesome ear pads.The DT 1990 Pro with either set of stock ear pads puts the flagship Shures to shame and I'm not even a fan of the A pads. There's just no competition and it wouldn't be a sidegrade, it would most assuredly be a downgrade in my opinion.
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  14. Boogie7910
    Thoughts on the DT 1990 Pro vs HD800 for competitive shooter gaming?
  15. DavidA
    While I haven't heard the DT-1990 yet I do have the SRH-1840 and a few other headphones and its far from being dull or lifeless. A few of my friends like it a lot, better than my T1gen1, DT-990 premium (modded), HD650, HD800 and HE560 so its a personal preference IMO. I'd say the SRH1840 is not neutral since its has a bit of "U" shaped signature and if you want mids then I go for a HD650, HD660S or HD600 (maybe HD58X-have one on the way) but for the HD650/600 I'd suggest a decent OTL amp for them while the HD660S and from what I've been reading the HD58X really don't need an amp to sound great.
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