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Replace Grado 80's with DT 990s ?

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by dudemycans, Jan 4, 2013.
  1. DudeMyCans
    I'm looking to replace an aging pair of Grado SR80's and have been searching around on here for days and looking at other reviews. I'm not looking at a direct replacement in that I don't want or expect them to sound the same (otherwise I'd just buy a newer pair of SR80i's, right ?).
    I think I've narrowed it down to the Beyer DT 990 Pro's as I'd like something with plenty of bass but with a detailed treble. I was also looking at the AKG K550's but have been put off by the comments about them needing a good seal to your head. Although I have a Shrek size head I also wear glasses and so would probably have a problem.
    Anyway. I have a couple of questions before I pull the trigger. I don't really have any opportunity to listen to them first.
    Firstly, can anybody advise if this a good choice ? I'm looking for something with an engaging sound, but not overly bright or with a bloated bass. Pace and rhythm are important together with good sound staging. Is there anything else ?
    Secondly, have they been changed recently on the Pro models to get rid of the metal grill ?The ones I'm looking at on amazon have a plastic grill.
    I listen mostly to rock, indie with some jazz and female vocals. I'll be using them mostly with a computer and an E10 amp until I finish the Starving Student I'm currently building.
    Thanks for your help.

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