Bass. The DT770 is known for having a deep bass response. It’s more of a bass-heads headphone, while the Q701’s bass is rather lean. It’s not as light as the K701, but it’s still not a headphone to buy if you’re strictly interested in your dome getting rattled. Lol.
Soundstage. The Q701’s have a marvelously open soundstage and leak sound, while the DT770’s don’t and will isolate sound a lot more. What is Soundstage?
Impedance. The DT770’s come in 32, 80, and 25o Ohm impedances. The 32 Ohms are meant for mobile devices and won’t need an amp, the 80 Ohms are meant for the studio, and the 250 Ohms are meant for strictly mixing/mastering purposes and need amplification. How to choose a headphone amp! By contrast, the Q701’s only come in one impedance of 62 Ohm but absolutely need a headphone amp to deliver best results. What is Headphone Impedance? Keep in mind that the 250 Ohm DT770 and the Q701 are much harder to drive.
Sound/Accuracy. Basically if you’re going to be using headphones for critical listening, gaming, or anything where you’re evaluating sound more, the Q701 is the headphone you’re after. The DT770 is more for pure listening enjoyment.
Weight. The Q701 is lighter than the DT770. 235g vs. 270g.
Cable. The Q701’s cable is detachable while the 770’s is not. The cable of the 701’s is 6m vs. 1.6m for the 770.
Case. The Q701’s do not come with a case while the DT770’s do.
Headband adjustment. The Q701’s have that hammock style headband, which self adjusts and does not require a clicking mechanism. The DT770’s have the traditional style.
The Q701’s are phenomenal, but there’s a better option looming on the horizon in the form of the Sennheiser HD600. The headphone that does everything right. The Gold Standard. The benchmark to compare all others. The tried and true, battle tested, OK I’ll stop. Lol. Interested in learning exactly why it’s the best?
As far as closed back, fun headphones, the DT770 fits the bill, but there’s something I would recommend over it: The V-Moda Crossfade M100. It’s a bass heads headphone that provides incredible clarity and detail. Interested in an in depth review?
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