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Beyerdynamic DT 770 Review | THE GOOD & BAD!

by Stuart Charles Black

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Hi friend and Welcome!

Before we get into the Beyerdynamic DT770 review, grab a snack, sit back and relax because…

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What I will bring you in this review

  1. Specifications/Price
  2. Summary
  3. Pros
  4. Cons
  5. Amp/DAC requirements (of each)
  6. Who these headphones benefit?
  7. Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
  8. Consensus/Conclusion
  9. Final Word

So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

Specifications

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  • Type: closed-back
  • Fit: circumaural (over-ear)
  • Impedance: 250 ohms, 80 Ohms, or 32 Ohms. What is Headphone Impedance?
  • Frequency response: 5 โ€“ 35000 Hz
  • Material: velour earpads, plastic, pleather
  • Headband: soft padded headband construction
  • Color: black, grey, silver

Summary

The first thing of note about these babies is that they are more of a “fun” listen and are recommended for critical listening situations in the 250 Ohm impedance. They aren’t a bass-heads can, but the bass is still full and has punch while remaining tight and controlled. It never feels out of place, boomy, muddy, or overblown. If you’re looking for a good pair of mixing headphones across the board, look elsewhere. While these can be used for mixing, they aren’t the most ideal choice.

Check out the best studio headphones for mixing!

The mid-range in these is lacking quite a bit, which will cause some female vocals to suffer. The treble will sound harsh and sibilant to a lot of people as well, especially in the female range.

Being strong like ox, these will more than impress in terms of build quality and longevity. A couple of reviewers have had them for 5 and 10 years. They can take a lot of abuse, but there are some things to note about the ear-cups specifically.

Some say they aren’t quite deep enough, and that your ear may touch the driver. What is a headphone driver? People with smaller ears will be okay. Also of note regarding the driver is that you may get a slight buzzing/rattling, or vibrating sound due to it being prone to getting dirty. It kind of has a bad tendency to attract hair and other undesirables.

Pros

  • Versatile. Can handle a wide variety of genres.
  • Very comfortable. They engulf your ears and some say they feel like pillows.
  • Good isolation. While not noise-canceling, they do a phenomenal job of blocking out incoming sound as well as remaining quiet to those around you.
  • Strong like ox. They can take quite a bit of abuse.
  • Bass. It is punchy and has an impact, while still remaining tight and controlled. It never feels muddy or overblown.
  • Startling clarity with faithful sound reproduction. While not neutral, this headphone will reveal flaws in bad recordings and bit rates, so be mindful. The clarity is definitely there. You will hear things in songs that you previously thought absent.
  • Great sound-stage. You may be wondering 1) What is Soundstage? and 2) How can a closed-back set have this? A lot of people were amazed because it has very nice imaging and a wide, nuanced sound-stage. While this is somewhat uncommon for closed-back models, you will find some that excel in this department. The 770 is one.
  • The wire is long and durable.
  • Carrying case included.

Cons

  • The high end can become very harsh and sibilant, leading to fatigue. Without EQ, they are particularly bright and can become annoying.
  • Mid-range is virtually non-existent. Many call it recessed. Because of this, female vocals and vocals, in general, may suffer quite a bit.
  • Sub-bass is lacking. While the bass is tight, the sub-bass leaves something to be desired.
  • Bulky. Some reviewers complained that they are a bit too bulky, especially for on the go situations. Others wore them out anyways ๐Ÿ˜›

Check out the video review!

Amp/DAC requirements

Schiit Magni 2 Review

The famous “Schiit Stack”

250 Ohm

By nearly all accounts, this impedance rating will require a separate amp. Some that I came across that do well with the 770 include:

  1. Magni/Modi combo
  2. Fiio E10K
  3. E09K (can be paired with portable E17)

There were a few people who said that they do fine without an amp at 250 Ohm, but the vast majority of people said otherwise.

  • For mixing applications in the studio

80 Ohm

It’s a bit difficult to say, but most people were saying at 80 Ohms they will do fine without an amp. In my experience demoing them at Guitar Center, you won’t need an amp with the 80 Ohm version. If you’re thinking about getting the 770’s in this impedance, you could always add an amp later if you want! Also of note: The 80 Ohm has the most bass out of these 3 impedance ratings.

  • For recording applications in the studio

32 Ohm

For 32 Ohm impedance, these don’t require an amp and will suffice with your mobile devices including iPods, mp3 players, tablets, etc.

  • For mobile application

How to choose a headphone amp!

Who these headphones benefit?

  • Bass lovers. They aren’t a bass-head can, but the bass has been described as “fun”. Again, tight and controlled rather than bloated and cheap.
  • People who need a closed back set of headphones with good sound isolation.
  • People who appreciate good Soundstage.

They have been known to do well with:

  • Hip-hop
  • Rap
  • Electronica
  • Movies
  • Classical
  • Rock
  • Metal
  • Jazz

Thoughts from Stu’s notepad

  • Ear-cups are prone to getting very warm. Frequent adjustments are needed in this regard.
  • Wire, while durable isn’t detachable or replaceable.
  • Burn-in time. A lot of people were saying they require a lot of it, so be wary of this.

Consensus/Conclusion

A fun headphone that utilizes a tight and impactful bass response. The soundstage is particularly impressive for a closed-back model, and they are about as comfy as 2 pillows resting against your ears. Major gripes include harsh upper treble range, and a recessed, almost non-existent mid-range. What is there has clarity, but there’s just not enough.

Final Word

If you are looking for a closed-back model with exceptional sound isolation, and a tight, controlled bass, then I would recommend the 770’s. They are a bit more neutral and subdued than the 990s, which I am about to talk about.

 

 

If you would rather have an open-backed model and don’t mind a lack of sound isolation, the DT 990’s maybe for you. The bass on them hits harder (while still being a blast), and they are a more solid set of cans across the board. The craftsmanship is better than the 770 (as mentioned above in the Cons section) and being open, the sound-stage is light years better. Also, while the 770s have nice clarity, the 990’s actually excelled far more in this respect because they have room to breathe. Their sound is more refined and natural in regards to the treble frequency, but the mids will be the most recessed out of the two. Also, keep in mind that the 990s are actually brighter than the 770s.

BEYERDYNAMIC DT 990 PRO VS. PREMIUM REVIEW!


Well, that’s about it for today my friend! Whew! I hope you’ve enjoyed my Beyerdynamic DT 770 Review, and came away with a better idea of the Strengths and weaknesses of this model.

Between the 990 and 770, which would you be more inclined to purchase? Let me know!

If you have any other questions or need me to clear something up, don’t hesitate to leave a comment in the box below, or contact me! I would love to hear from you…

All the best and God bless,

 

 

-Stu

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Beyerdynamic DT770

4.65

Build Quality

4.5/5

Sound Quality

4.3/5

Comfort

5.0/5

Soundstage

4.8/5

Pros

  • Open Airy Sound
  • Great Soundstage for a Closed Back
  • Extremely Comfortable
  • Good Build

Cons

  • Sometimes strident Highs

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10 comments

Murshid k February 16, 2017 - 3:24 pm

Hi

I need a suggestion between the Audio Technica ATH M50x and Beyerdynamic DT770 pro 32 ohm. Is there anything better in this price range? I am gonna use it for music and movies with my mobile phone. I am looking for good bass that doesn’t overpower the mids and highs. I hear that the DT770 32ohm has some issues with the treble becoming sibilant at times.

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Stu March 1, 2017 - 1:58 am

Hey Murshid!

I would go with the DT770’s. With most V-shaped signatures, there will be bright treble. It just comes with the territory. V-Shaped meaning: Deep bass, recessed mid-range, crisp treble.

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Murshid k March 4, 2017 - 6:50 pm

I have FiiO ex1 2nd gen in ears. It has good bass but the high frequency is uncomfortable at above 80% volume. In movies it comes suddenly in some scenes, and feels like it is piercing my ears. I don’t have that problem with Sony extra bass earphones.

Now I need a suggestion: The m50x, Sennheiser Momentum over ear, V Moda M100, custom one pro plus, Sennheiser HD 280 pro or any other you say. Please suggest something that doesn’t need an amp at all to produce its full potential. If budget allows I will buy an amp. I listen to almost all genres. Mostly contemporary music, Movies from my smartphone, and MP3’s. I also listen to FLAC and other high quality files as well.

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Stu March 4, 2017 - 7:24 pm

Hey Murshid,

Respectfully, we have been going back and forth on headphones for about a month or two (on different articles), and you still have not made any sort of decision on what to purchase. I have done my absolute best to give you some suggestions, but I can only go with what I know. At some point you’re going to have to just bite the bullet and purchase one to see how you like it. I can’t keep saying the same thing over and over to you because you don’t really seem to be listening to me. I gave you my suggestion and that was the HD 25. The DT770 is also good, but now you’re back to some of the same headphones that we originally discussed. I can’t keep going back and forth on this same thing. I would advise you to just try something out, and if you don’t like it, return it. It’s not the end of the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you. Please let me know what you decide and your experience with that headphone.

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Michael March 17, 2017 - 8:23 pm

What about comparing ATH K550 or KRK KNS-8400?
Mainly I’ll be using recording of acoustic,electro guitar,piano,strings,orchestral stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Stu March 26, 2017 - 1:14 am

Hey Michael!

You meant the AKG K550 right? I think you accidentally crossed Audio Technica with AKG, lol. I think the K550 is a great choice though.

-Stu

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Richard April 19, 2017 - 9:47 pm

Hey Stu,

Could you recommend a nice pair of closed back headphones to me? I’m looking for decent sound isolation since I’ll be in a modestly noisy environment while using them. They need to be under 150 ohm or at least work well with the built-in HiFi amp that my MSI laptop has. I don’t care what they look like and would like stay under $300, but will consider a higher price point if they’re worth it. I will mostly be playing games (RPG and FPS mostly), watching movies, and listening to rock music.

I’m considering these DT 770 Pro 80’s because most reviews say that they produce nice clear bass and everything is crisp and clear without the treble being too high. I’ve never looked at high-end headphones before so all of this subjective talk has me confused as to what’s best for me. Right now I use Skull Candy in-ear Titans. They sound ‘meh’ to me, but honestly the best I’ve heard over other headphones I’ve tried…sad I know. I do however have a Best Buy about 30 min away that has one of those listening rooms, but they only have Sennheiser’s, which I know are amazing, but lack the close back for noise isolation that I’m seeking. Are there any Sennheiser’s that would somewhat equal these DT 770’s for a quick comparison?

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Stu April 23, 2017 - 1:36 am

Hey Richard!

So:

1) Under $300
2) Closed back
3) Sound isolation
4) Under 150 Ohm
5) Sennheiser

Gotta go with the HD25’s. Perfect fit for you. Check out my Sennheiser HD25 Review!

-Stu

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C September 2, 2017 - 12:50 am

Hey,
I was wondering if you tried out the 250 ohm DT770’s with the Fiio e10k for very long? I’m asking because I purchased my DT770 250 ohms used with a 4-pin mini XLR mod and cable. I’m running them through an e10k but I don’t feel that they get very loud (volume at 100% on windows SPDIF) and I have to run the e10k at 7/8 on the knob but I still feel like it’s lacking. What I’m getting at is I’m not sure if the cable is suitable, or perhaps I need a new amp?

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Stu September 3, 2017 - 1:37 am

Hey C!

I don’t really have experience with an aftermarket cable for the 770s, but the E10K should work fine. That’s interesting that you mention it. You could try the Magni/Modi combo, as it works really good for a lot of headphones. I don’t really know what else to say though. The 770s shouldn’t really be that picky, and should pair very well with the E10K. Please keep me posted though.

-Stu

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