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.
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.
Versatile. Can handle a wide variety of genre.
Very comfortable. They engulf your ears and some say they feel like pillows.
Good isolation. While not noise cancelling, 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 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.
Wire is long and durable.
Carrying case included.
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 😛
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By nearly all accounts, this impedance rating will require a separate amp. Some that I came across that do well with the 770 include:
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 studio
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 studio
For 32 Ohm impedance, these don’t require an amp, and will suffice with your mobile devices including iPods, mp3 players, tablets, etc.
Bass lovers. They aren’t a bass heads 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:
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
Ear-cups 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 weary of this.
A fun headphone that utilizes a tight and impactful bass response. 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.
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 bit more neutral and subdued than the 990’s, 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 may be for you. The bass on the 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 770’s have nice clarity, the 990’s actually excel 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 990’s are actually brighter than the 770’s.
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