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The sound quality from these headphones is beyond my comprehension. You can hear details in your music that you've never heard before, but what really makes these headphones special for me is their ability to place distance between sounds and intruments. For example, I have an ambient track that features the sound of somebody walking towards you on laminate floor. The first time I heard it (whilst wearing these headphones), it scared the hell out of me because I thought somebody was in my apartment - I was convinced the sound was coming from another room. This seriously messed with my head and freaked me out a bit. With these headphones, it often does not sound like the music is being played next to your ear, and I just cannot comprehend how this is possible.
Listening to more complex music, I can rarely detect any distortion in the high notes (i.e. cymbals), and the bass is also clear, low, and powerful. Apparently, these headphones need many hours to 'run in' to sound at their best - but to be honest I haven't noticed anything dramatic (apart from a welcome reduction in the power of the bass - but I might just be getting used to it). They sound great from the start. My only critisism from the sound is that the mids might not be as powerful as I hoped - but this is usually compensated by adjusting your equipment accordingly.
Before purchasing, when viewing the product images for these headphones I was worried about material used. For a premium price tag, I definately did not want tacky plastic or poor build qualities, not matter how good they sound. However, I was pleasantly surprised; the plastic used gives off a great matt sheen and the cold, adjustable, aluminium arms feel strong and durable. The leather headband, whilst not real, is superbly soft, and the cable feels rightfully thick and strong. Most importantly, the ear-cusions makes these headphones very comfortable to wear. The cable too is fairly long
As these are enclosed (closed) headphones, they provide good sound isolation, so you can listen to your music at a decent volume without external sounds inturrupting, and without disturbing anyone else. The downside of course, is that you might not hear people talking to you until they tap you on the shoulder.
The headphones come in a generously foam-padded faux-leather travel case. They also come with a gold 3.5mm-to-6.3mm (minijack-to-jack) connection convertor, which is screwed on top of the gold headphone connector. Also enclosed in the box were four advertising postcards with slogans such as "Smash me baby one more time", which was a nice touch.
The headphones are 'user serviceable', which means that you can purchase replacement parts from retails or the internet. Although, you also have the option to post them off the Beyerdynamic in Germany to repair.
If you consider purchasing, note that these headphones come with different Ohm (resistance) ratings - i.e. 32 Ohm, 80 Ohm, 250 Ohm, 600 Ohm. The larger the Ohm, the more powerful the equipment you will need to 'drive' the headphones. Go for the lowest if you want to use these headphones on small music players such as iPods. For re-assurance, my computer seems to power my 250 Ohm model just fine.
If you want something unique or extra special, you can have your headphones customised with different colours, materials, and engraving by using Beyerdynamic's 'Manufaktur' service via their website. Expect to pay double for the privilege though!
Overall these headphones are very high quality, provide great sound, and are 'fun' to listen with - they're still making me smile six months on. Recommended - if they are within your budget.
The Beyer DT770 headphones are a "professional" level closed, diffuse field studio monitoring headphone. I don't work in a studio but I produce my own music and I use these headphones (the 250 Ohm Pro version) which this review will focus on. It is worth noting at this point that the 250 Ohm model needs a proper amp to drive them effectively. For mp3 player or computer use the 80 Ohm model would be better suited as it doesn't need to be driven as hard.
The DT770's were designed with drummers in mind, and were intended to cut out the majority of external sounds during recording sessions. This also made them very popular for front of house engineers and I've also seen them used by cameramen for talk back at noisy concerts.
Bearing in mind that perception of sound is incredibly subjective the DT770s for me present mid and high frequencies extremely clearly, responding well to dynamic transients. The bass end is exceptional, probably due to the "Bass reflex" technology for improved bass response (although I've no idea what that means). In practice it exhibits a very strong low frequency extension and a good balance between the bass and the mid and high ends of the frequency spectrum. Stereo placement is also fantastic, with my eyes closed listening to well mixed tracks I can almost see instruments in the stereo field.
Despite the soft padded headband construction the DT770's become uncomfortable after long periods of wear, I used them a lot for watching films and needed a break or serious adjustment after an hour so. I also find this when working on tracks, it is like wearing speakers on your head not just in terms of sound quality and reproduction but weight.
It's not often in the world of consumer or even prosumer electronics that you can get a extremely high end product that is easily serviceable because all the parts are replaceable. Released in 1999 I got mine in 2002 and as yet have not had to replace any of the parts, although I have machine washed my ear pads, and the headband is getting a bit worn. The only other negative point is that they are a bit bulky for carrying around, they're not going to slip in a laptop bag, but this is also a criticism of headphones that aren't half as good.
I can't praise these headphones highly enough, they look like something Darth Vader would wear and perform equally as well. The sound quality still amazes me after seven years, I still hear new things in music I've been listening to for twenty years and that's on an average Sony amp.
On a final note, a friend and fellow musician, cannot hear what I hear in these headphones, preferring Sennheiser open designs instead. So, please take the time to listen to these to see if they will suit you, even if I didn't, I just got lucky.
Coloured silver around the earcups and padded very generously. The silver and black design throughout makes these look really sleek and stylish. They would match any equipment in a studio environment. The headband is made from metal. The cable runs out of the left earcup.
The quarter inch adaptor is gold plated for that all important connectivity to give you the clearest and crispist sound.
These are really light fitting around the ears which makes them really comfortable. You will not get ear fatigue - I have worn these all day (12 hours) when working on my music and my ears didn't hurt at all. The design of the headband makes sure there is no unnecessary pressure on your ears.
Amazing bass response, with a clean sound and treble. These make excellent emphasis on mid-range detail.
Rating: 250 ohm
Cable Length: 9 ft
These have to be powered accordingly, so they are not very good trying to use them on your iPod, laptop, or CD player - the rating is 250 ohms. These really need a dedicated power amp or a really good powerful computer or laptop to appreciate the true beauty of these headphones.
These come with a 2 year manufacturer's warrantee. The parts of these headphones can be replaced as they wear. They also come with a sleek storage/travel bag.
Ideal for studio work and location recording. Excellent product for the price. Amazing sound. All pros and no cons!