Beyerdynamic is a brand extending its roots all the way back to the year 1924 during which it was founded. Perhaps best known for their studio-grade headphones, Beyerdynamic also produces microphones and conference technology, such as tour guide systems. Therefore Beyerdynamic is a company with a great history and reputation.
I bought a new pair of headphones in late 2009, which makes it five years today from my purchase. Those headphones happened to be the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro’s. Read on to follow my Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro review and find out why I stopped looking for proper headphones.
DT 990 Pro
The DT 990 Pro’s are an open diffuse-field studio headphone, which means they are not closed headphones such as those designed for airplane usage. With open headphones, the sound remains dynamic and, well, open! It is exactly what’s needed in studio use.
The frequency response for the DT 990 Pro headphones is 5hz to 35kHz, which covers the entire frequency spectrum of human hearing and beyond.
The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro’s are of very solid build quality. Throughout these five years, I haven’t had a single problem with them and they work like they have never even aged. The headband is made of metal and has a comfy cover around it which can be removed for adjusting the band to fit one’s head.
The earmuffs are very comfortable as well, and there are no signs of wearing fatigue whatsoever by using them for long periods of time. The speaker covers are made of hard plastic which are enough to provide protection for the valuable parts inside.
The audio cable that connects the headphones to your sound card or amplifier is also surprisingly pleasant to use, as it’s very flexible and long, and built to last. The connection is made via 3.5mm headphone jack plug or ¼” adapter which is supplied with the package.
The headphones are easily serviceable as all parts are replaceable, according to Beyerdynamic’s official website.
In a nutshell, the DT 990 Pro’s are designed for critical listening in a studio monitoring situation, and that is something they do well.
Beyerdynamic has really nailed the looks on the DT 990 Pro’s. Since the headphones have roots in the 1980s, they look exactly like they are from that era. I love the fact how they look, and they somehow bring me a dose of nostalgia just by having them on my desk.
The DT 990 Pro’s are simple yet elegant, and best of all they look professional, which is a wanted trait in a serious studio environment.
Ever since the first listen, I have been superbly impressed with the sound quality of the DT 990 Pro’s. The detailed, dynamic, natural and vibrant sound qualities make the DT 990 Pro’s an enjoyable listening experience, whether it’s listening to music or creating it.
With these headphones, the listener can spot the smallest details in sound, which are not heard as easily with studio monitor speakers. Delay and reverb tails can be heard beautifully fading into the distance, which makes it even easier to fine-tune them in music production and mixing.
Bass reproduction is solid and dynamic, without any excessive bass boost other than what is actually included in the audio, unlike a lot of consumer headphones which emphasize the bass. I have always disliked the fact that some headphones alter the audio way too much. The DT 990 Pro’s do no such thing.
The high end is also not in any way “excited” which results in a natural sound, exactly what’s needed in critical listening of audio.
The stereo width is impressive with a wide sound stage where different instruments can be pinpointed with ease and accuracy.
Personally, I have yet to find better sounding headphones than my trustworthy Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro’s.
I use the DT 990 Pro’s mainly for critical studio listening in production and mixing. Whenever I need a second opinion apart from my main studio monitors I put on the DT 990 Pro’s. They are very useful for analyzing the bass response, especially in untreated rooms.
These headphones are perfect for fine tuning small, subtle details in your songs.
I have made and mixed full songs only with the DT 990 Pro’s in the past, and they are totally good at it. In addition, they are ace for late night music production if neighbors are concerned.
Aside from production, I like to kick back and just enjoy music with them. The sound is so good that once you get to try them and understand top grade sound, you are addicted.
I recommend using the DT 990 Pro’s with medium volume settings as it’s where the “sweet spot” of these headphones seem to lie, in my experience. The dynamics are revealed better that way by hearing the differences between quiet and loud sounds with more accuracy.
By not cranking the volume of the headphones, you also avoid hearing fatigue which is caused by continuous listening of the same material at louder volumes.
The Beyerdynamic 990 Pro’s are a wonderful product if you are looking for studio headphones of excellent quality. Whether for music production and mixing or listening for leisure, they are a perfect match.
If you are a singer looking for monitoring headphones, you should look for closed-back headphones such as the DT 770 Pro, also in Beyerdynamic’s DT Series, so the headphones won’t cause spill in the microphone. Open-back headphones such as the DT 990 Pro do not completely isolate the sound in them.
In studio use, they are simply brilliant.
The price of Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro’s ranges from 138-160€ ($165-190) which makes them very affordable for musicians and music enthusiasts all around the world.
- Excellent sound quality
- Affordable, long-lasting value
- Comfortable, joy to use
- 3.5mm and ¼” connections
- Not suitable for vocal recording due to audio spill
You can get yourself a pair on Amazon right now and put an end to your search for headphones! The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro won’t let you down.