Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Vs. Premium | END ALL CONFUSION!!

Yo brochacho!!

That sounded like nachos. And I’m hungry.

But anywho, today I’m gonna be flying at you like a pterodactyl and then smacking you in the melon with my Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Vs. Premium Comparison!! I will end all confusion that you may have had in regards to these two great models!

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Vs. Premium

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Vs. Premium

Before we get started, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

You’ve come to the right place!!

For the purposes of this article I will be reviewing the DT 990 pro, and then comparing it with the DT 990 Premium, both 250 Ohm versions.

So without further ado,

What I will bring you in this review

  1. Specifications
  2. A summary
  3. Pros and Cons
  4. Who these headphones benefit?
  5. Amp Requirements
  6. The Consensus
  7. How they compare with the DT990 Premium version
  8. Conclusion

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro (250 Ohm)

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro (250 Ohm)


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  • type: open
  • fit: circumaural (over ear)
  • impedance: 250 Ohms
  • frequency response: 5 Hz – 35,000 Hz
  • material: velour ear pads, rugged plastic, metal
  • headband: spring steel, soft cushioning
  • color: black, grey, silver
  • plug: screw-able 6.3 mm / 1/4″ adapter
  • cable: coiled


A superb open back headphone that showcases tight, authoritative bass and sparkling highs.

Closed back vs. Open back headphones.

The bass isn’t so pronounced that it drowns out the other frequencies, but it also isn’t shy in the least. This is a hip-hop lovers headphone. The highs are crisp and clear without being harsh or sibilant, but if you’re listening to a badly mastered recording you will know. The sound-stage is also exceptional, and being an open backed can, you feel as if the music is playing in the room rather than in your ears. The build quality is solid as well, and these things are built like a tank. All in all, if you prefer your listening experience to be more fun rather than overly analytical, then you may want to check these out..

Be aware that they require a certain amount of burn in time. They will likely sound a bit harsh and muddy at first. Give them time, MAN. 😀


  • Extremely comfortable
  • Exceptional sound-stage (feels like the sound is in the room with you rather than in your ears)

What is Soundstage?

  • Crystal clear clarity
  • Excellent bass extension
  • Amazing build quality (this has been really common among-st reviewers)
  • flawless instrument separation
  • replaceable parts!
  • hard hitting bass


  • non-detachable cable feels a bit cheap and “oldschool”
  • clamping force is intense at first
  • slightly recessed (but detailed) mids due to the V (or U) shaped curve
  • they can be a bit “fatiguing” after awhile

Who these headphones benefit?

  • people who play video games
  • people who want to listen for hours without taking them off
  • classical listeners
  • jazz and nu jazz listeners
  • hip-hop heads
  • fans of EDM (electronic dance music)
  • people who enjoy watching movies with their headphones (due to the sound-stage and it’s “theater like” presentation)
  • bluegrass and folk listeners
FiiO E17 with E09K

FiiO E17 with E09K

Amp/DAC Requirements:

These don’t necessarily NEED an amp to power, but at 250 Ohm do greatly benefit from one. Good amps to pair with this model:

  1. FiiO E17 with FiiO E09K . Either device can be used separately with the headphone, or in conjunction with one another!
  2. Schiit Magni 2 also goes really good
  3. JDS Labs 02 is an extremely popular choice as well

The Consensus

Great sounding headphone, with booming lows and sparkling highs, and a somewhat recessed mid range. The accentuation of the bass may lead to the treble being a bit “harsh” and too sibilant for some people. What does sibilant mean?

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium (250 Ohm)

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium (250 Ohm)

How the Pro version compares with the Premium

They are almost identical in every aspect, except for a few things:

  • They each have a slightly different design and aesthetic.
  • The pro version has a slightly higher clamping force
  • The Pro version has a coiled cable, while the Premiums have a straight cable
  • Price. The Pro version runs around $100 less than the Premium.
  • The Premium is marketed more toward consumer use, while the pro version is marketed towards studio use. As far as sound goes, they are identical in every way, and even use the same drivers. The difference in price that you pay more for in the premiums is basically in aesthetic, feel, and looks. It has been said that the premiums have a nicer build. That’s it!


The sound for both of these is somewhat colored, but in a very natural way. The highs are sparkling and crisp, although they may become sibilant at times due to variances in recordings, or just a bad master. They are definitely a bass heads headphone, and it has been said that out of the 770, 880, and 990 lines, the 990’s are the “fun” headphone out of the bunch. The 770’s and 880’s come in second and third respectively in this regard. The 880’s are the most neutral of the bunch, and are meant strictly for mixing/mastering.

If you want tight, authoritative, punchy lows that don’t get muddy, and enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, these may be for you. They excel in many other applications as well including video games and movies. The clarity and crispness of the highs really lends itself well to cinema. You will be able to hear things in movies that were previously lost in consumer grade cans. The same goes for music. Think you know a record like the back of your hand? THINK AGAIN BRO!! Haha..But for real, you will start to hear things in recordings that you never dreamed were there..

Since the Pro version is almost exactly the same as the premiums at a lower price, I recommend them as the easy solution to your hard hitting bass needs..



Well that’s about it for today my friend! Hope you enjoyed my comparison review of the Beyerdynamic DT Pro vs. Premium!

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Please let me know down below or Contact me!!

Which headphone looks more appealing to you? Let me know as well!!

Until next time..

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  1. My Sony headphones recently went missing from my home studio. I’ve looked everywhere but have no idea where they went. I guess I need to get a new pair of headphones but have been hoping they would show up. Finding this article confirmed that its time to get an upgrade. Thanks for the info and comparison. Just what I needed.

    • Hey Victor!

      What model of Sony’s did you have? I used to have the Sony MDR 7506’s, and did a neat review of the MDR-V6’s, which are really great budget reference cans! They have an amazing track record!

      I really do hope you decide to upgrade if you do not end up finding them!!

      Thanks for stopping by brother,


  2. Thanks you so much! This website helped a lot. Now, I have a good idea on how to build a home studio. I did not know that it mattered the type of headphones you used. You have some great information on here. I am going to recommend this website to my friends and others. Good luck

    • Hey Anthony!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I would really appreciate it a lot if you did that! Beyerdynamic has quite a bit of options when it comes to headphone buying. It can get overwhelming!!


  3. This is a very thorough review of these headphones. Thanks. Purchasing headphones can be confusing. It’s not like computers (I’m a techie) where there is specs to pick out.

    One thing I’m wondering is why the Pro version is $100 cheaper than the premium. Why is that and is there any plausible situation where the Premiums are worth the extra money. Thanks!


    • Hey Zachary!

      I think the biggest factor is that the premium model is marketed more towards consumers, while the pro model is marketed towards producers and studio use. There is really no difference in the two besides aesthetic. You pay more for the premiums in looks alone it would seem. They are said to have a nicer build, but that’s about it. A separate amp/dac combo is almost mandatory for both models. Some people say you can slide by without one, but if I was to purchase either model, i would most certainly not bypass the amp. 250 Ohm and up is most definitely made to be paired with one.

      Thanks for stopping by man, and thanks for such a great question!! I’m glad you pointed that out…


  4. Cool site you have here. I was wondering tho, in your review it appears that both the premium and the pro versions are pretty much identical besides the price. I am in the process of looking for some new headphones myself, and just can’t understand how a $100 difference can be justified if the sound quality in both units are the same. I just want to avoid being swindled. You have any suggestions?

  5. oh man these look dope. Music is a big part in my life and I like it loud. Sometimes all of the dre stuff gets drowned out into the market and people don’t really know where else to get legit headphones, and these ones are legit, so keep up the good work

    • Hey JP!

      Agreed. The DT990 is a great bass heads type of headphone, without the bass actually being too overpowering. Thanks for the love!


  6. if the premium dt 990s and the pros are the same price in my country should i go for the premiums instead?

    • Hey man!

      Will you be using the headphone in studio/bedroom, or do you want to take them on the go? While both are open back cans and do leak sound, it’s a little easier to use headphones out and about when they have a straight cable (DT 990 Premium) vs. the coiled cable of the DT 990 pro. Also, it’s been said that the premiums have a nicer build, so yeah I think you should go with them instead of the pros if the prices are the same where you are.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.


  7. Great review man! I’m still left scratching my head though in regards to whether or not i should purchase the 880 or the 990. I’m currently attending a trade school that only focuses on audio engineering. Anytime I ask an instructor what the think they give me the same “its all subjective man, so what ever you prefer” answer. They provide us with a sub par pair of cans that aren’t terrible by any means but they are not great either. So in terms of mixing/mastering which do you recommend, the 880 or 990? I want to eventually leave the label of “amateur” behind me and I think in order to do that, I should have the ability to hear every possible sound in its best representation vs. a muddied up mediocre one …. please help guide me to the promise land, lol.

    • Sure thing brother!

      In my estimation, your best bet in regards to mixing with headphones would be the DT880 or the Sennheiser HD600. It depends on if you’re willing to shell out the extra cash for the 600, which I consider the best overall option for mixing. The DT880 is a close second. May I ask what cans you’re using now?

      Check out the best studio headphones for mixing for an in-depth discussion on my top 3, and please let me know what you’re inclined to go with. I think you’ll like the subtitle “SERIOUS options for SERIOUS people.” Lol.

      Hope to hear from you soon,

  8. I had the Pro and bought the 250 Ohm Premium and 600 Ohm premium to test. I’d say that the Premiums are more comfortable due to less clamping force but are slightly less bassy.
    Treble is better on the 600 Ohm premium than on the other cans.

    So, if comfort is important, I’d recommend the premiums (I can stand them much longer), if you have a good amp, the 600 Ohm version is worth it (but then you need the gear). But, the pro is often a good deal because it’s quite a bit cheaper.

    For people who prefer a straight cable, in some countries, there’s the limited black edition pro which is about the same price as the normal pro version but with a straight cable.

    • Hey Giom!

      Good insight here. That limited edition black sounds sexy! So for you there was no difference in sound?


      • The main difference is that the premium is slightly less bassy but that’s mostly due to clamping force being different. The 600 ohm premium’s highs are better, a bit more precise but it’s not very noticeable so should only be bought if you have the amps already.

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