Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium Headphones Review (250 Ohm)
Beyerdynamic have long been thought of as one of the top manufacturers of audiophile headphones for the discerning pro and home user, the DT990s have been getting universally positive reviews since their release so I was happy to get my hands on a pair for a short hands on test recently. The set I got lent were nicely pre burnt in pair of the 250 Ohm version. The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium headphones are also available in 32 Ohm & 300 Ohm configurations. I was informed that “I need to try these out” by my good friend Tom Atkins who has been using them for the last 6 months or so. He rates them highly and almost thrust them upon me to have a listen, I have to say I’m really glad he did. So what can I say about the DT990 Premiums? We lets just say that after a couple of weeks with them I’m very impressed though after seriously considering retiring my Sennheiser HD-280 Pros and getting a pair for my own home studio work I have decided that they are possibly too bass heavy for mix work.
Having said that this is not because the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premiums are in any way sub par, no not at all for a home hifi user the DT 990s can be considered an unmitigated success. They are to my mind extremely comfortable and easy to wear pair of open back cans. They are in fact very listenable, smooth and comfortable to wear for long periods of time, The classic EQ smile curve is evident in the sonic profile of these cans and as such I would recommend them for those who quite like a slight bump in the bass and top end of their signal. The mid range is smoothe, dynamic and extremely easy to listen to, I never experienced any listening fatigue or sense of “unreality” from the mid range. The 990s are sonically a very pleasurable experience.
The stereo field of these headphones is quite incredible with an amazing level of detail in the stereo positioning of instrumentation. Each instrument gets a very impressive and solid positioning with the listener getting a powerful sense of where they are in the mix. The overall sound is extremely natural and smooth feeling though with a slight amount of over accentuation from time to time in the upper mids.
All in all I would highly recommend the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium Headphones to anyone who wants a very strong contender for best in class home user headphones, with the caveat that they are not quite flat enough in response for pro audio mixing or mix testing. you will be hard pressed to get much better for under $500. In a word I would call the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium Headphones “Immersive”.
The famous DT 990 Premium, 250 ohm version; Stereo Headphone excellent open ear design, true sound reproduction
Made in Germany, innovative “Bass reflex” system for excellent audio performance
Open design, includes carry case, 11 oz light weight
Gold vaporized stereo 3.5 mm mini-jack & 6.35 mm adapter included
2 year warrangty serviced in the U.S.
List Price $349.00 (Check Current Pricing on Amazon)