It’s plain to see, just from looking at the Beyerdynamic DT 990, that you’re in for a quality experience. But two hallmarks of that experience – colored sound and comfort – deserve special attention.
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Review (32 ohm Version)
For our review, we chose to test the 32 ohm version of the DT 990 because that is what most of our customers will test here in our shop, and because even with the most rudimentary audio players, quality sound can be attained.
But before we delve into the actual sound of these bad boys, we need to give some exposition. Unboxing the DT 990 is a fair indicator of the quality, from the pleather case with its large cushion-y foam insert. A pair of huge, vented and cushioned cans envelop your ears, angled perfectly thanks to Beyerdynamics customary articulating design. The headband is springy enough to offer the right amount of tension, forming a tight seal over the ears, but not becoming unbearable.
The impedance of the DT 990 varies between three different configurations, and it should go without saying that the 32 ohm version really shines on mobile devices. But if you’re listening at home with a mid-range audio setup, or if you’re going all out on a technically-superior route, these headphones also come in 250 and 600 ohm flavors.
The frequency range is very impressive on the DT 990, from 5 – 35000 hz. In general, the sound has depth, with a pleasant color to the timbres and maybe a little bit extra bass. Which isn’t to say that that colored sound isn’t good, because anything you play on these headphones sounds fantastic. There is still a sense of accurate presentation here, despite the instance of color. They don’t sound as bassy or overwhelming as other headphones in the Beyerdynamic Headphones, but the music does sound much, much more realistic.
Would I recommend the DT 990s? Personally, no. But professionally, yes.
Overall, these are some top-notch headphones. As I prefer a slightly-colored sound, it may be a bit biased of me to say that even these seemed a little too bland. Though, “accurate” may be a better term for the sound of these headphones. In essence, they offer great sound for those who like a relatively-flat response, but who wouldn’t be opposed to some extra bass and maybe some slightly unrealistic timbres. But to feel space and depth in a pair of headphones, you will be hard-pressed to find a better contender.