Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO Review
Legendary Studio Open-back Headphones
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The Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO are the flagship headphones of Beyerdynamic’s professional line (and luckily doesn’t cost nearly as much as the consumer line flagship, the Beyerdynamic T1). They are the open version of the DT 1770 (can be seen here).
I live in Japan and I often go to Tokyo for the sole sake of demoing new cans (if you ever get the chance, please check out e-earphone in Akihabara). After hearing the Beyerdynamic T1 and T90 headphones, I decided to venture out again to give the DT 1990 a try.
I am head-over-heels addicted to Beyerdynamic’s Tesla driver designs, and since the DT 1990 have the latest version installed I was extremely excited before even putting them on. This may have affected my perception of these headphones.
The DT1990 headphones came out on August of 2016 and have been an immediate hit among producers, musicians and audiophiles alike. Personally, I would have liked to see them do a bit more PR–as not many people really knew about its release, but I guess that’s why I’m writing about it now.
Specs, packaging, the technical goodies
The rated frequency response is 5hz to 40,000Hz.
The packaging is excellent as always. In the box, you get two removable 3 meter long 3 pin mini xlr cables. One is straight and the other is coiled. They enter through the left cup (I enjoy this more than cables that enter through both cups, but it’s at the expense of being able to run it balanced). You also get two sets of incredibly soft velour earpads, a 3.5mm to 6.5mm adapter that can be screwed on, warranty information and a hard shell case. It’s pretty hefty at just over 500g (this is with the cable), but it certainly doesn’t feel heavy when worn.
Comfort: The clamping force is fairly high on these, but because the earcups are so incredibly soft, I felt like I could wear them indefinitely. They have a similar comfort to the Beyerdynamic DT990.
Lows: Compared to the DT770, DT1550 and T90, the DT1990 are more neutral sounding–perhaps a little on the warm side. The bass is very controlled and punchy sounding. This makes for super enjoyable music, especially hip hop and pop. The bass is also very slightly more natural sounding than the above 3 mentioned headphones–due to the open back design.
Mids: Buttery smooth! Vocals melt into your ears and synergize elegantly with the surrounding lows and highs. A direct upgrade from the DT990. The mids are really addictive and they are the main reason I like these headphones.
Highs: Sibilance isn’t an issue and the highs have a bit of a sparkle. Some people may not like this (these will be the same people who may not like the timbre of Sony headphones). I love it. Soundstage: They have the same super wide soundstage as the T1, with incredible warmth in the lower end. I can see this being used for orchestrated music, but I mainly listen to EDM and these sound absolutely phenomenal with it. Kicks are very tight but you can very clearly tell how wide a song sounds and easily get lost in the vastness of the instrument separation.
Beyerdynamic has not changed the design of their headphones for decades, resulting in them having a different design than their competitors. From a fashion standpoint, they aren’t the most attractive and certainly not nearly as attractive as Sennheiser’s offerings (for example look at the beauty of the similarly priced Sennheiser HD700 headphones).
In my earlier post of (The Best Studio Headphones), I mentioned that Beyerdynamic headphones are incredibly strong and durable–so much that their mark ended up being engraved on my beloved 27″ BenQ monitor. I’m still sad to this day.
One day I’ll be able to afford them.
Thanks for reading!
Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO
- Removable cables
- Could use as a weapon
- Insanely comfortable
- Crazy unparalleled sound
- Fluffy ear cups. You could cuddle them
- May need a headphone amplifier
- Hard to carry around
- 3m long cable is long
- Old fashioned style