Beyerdynamic DT770 Review

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Summary
The Beyers are a high-value pair of closed headphones that work well across a variety of genres, especially with electronic and rock music.  While the DT770s aren’t the highest fidelity headphones, they’re comfortable to wear for hours and technically capable enough for most of the population. Beyer did a great job making these headphones detailed and bright without overdoing it and still managed to retain some of the musical and engaging traits, so I’d recommend these for both people who want to mix music or enjoy the sound of bright and detailed phones.

 

Quality and comfort

These headphones are the most comfortable closed headphones I’ve ever used. At 270 grams, you can wear these for hours without fatigue, and the clamping force is just enough to prevent the headphones from sliding around. The full sized velour pads are plenty comfortable.

The plastic cups and design don’t make it look like a premium pair of headphones, but the build quality is apparent when you play around with it and realize all the crucial components are made out of sturdy metal. I also wish the cable was detachable, but it’s a minor complaint. Lastly, the velour pads do squeak around more than your average headphones, even after 6 months of ownership, which might get irritating for some people. If it bothers you a lot, I’m sure there are replacement earpads you can purchase.

 

Sound

These headphones have a U-shaped frequency response, which results in a bright and detailed characteristic. Any songs featuring drum sets will make them very present when listening to a recording, so these might be bad for people who like to focus on vocals in a song; however, the tradeoff is that you get more details using the dt770s, so it’s going to come down to preference.

Breaking the sound down, the bass is noticeably present in most recordings, but even after hours of use, it doesn’t get overwhelming. It does feel a little bit loose at times, but it still feels relatively tight. As far as treble goes, it’s not the in your face type of treble. You’ll notice it like you do with lower frequencies, but I’ve had these headphones on for hours at a time without any fatigue issues. It’s possible that I have a higher tolerance for treble than most people, but I struggle with headphones like AKG K550s, which can get fatiguing over time. Lastly, as far as mids go, they’re not bad, but they’re nothing to rave about.

When it comes to soundstage, this is where the headphones struggle. When it comes to soundstage width, it’s not quite enough for heavily layered music. In addition, the DT770s can give off a flat sound because it lacks soundstage depth; however, once you dismiss the fact that these might not be the most technically capable headphones, you realize that they’re a really fun pair of headphones to listen for day to day use since you get to enjoy all details of the music with comfort. For people who want bright headphones that bring out detail, I recommend Beyer over the AKGs for most people because while Beyer phones sound a bit flat, it’s miles ahead of AKG K550s, which sound very unengaging. In addition, the AKGs are more detailed, but they’re too bright and detailed to the point of being way beyond unrealistic.

 

Music section
Giorgio by Moroder – Daft Punk
  • 00:00 – 00:36 – The U-shaped frequency response brings out the background sounds since his voice is recessed. Soundstage feels sufficient.
  • 00:36 – 1:08 – Again, the voice is slightly recessed, so the guitar and cymbals pop out, giving it a bright sound.
  • 6:58 – 7:30 – Surprisingly the bass isn’t overwhelming, but the highs make the cymbals very apparent and in your face, which is great for people who like bright headphones.
Tom Sawyer – Rush
  • 00:00 – 00:50 The kicks on the bass drum are nice and tight and stand out as much as the singer. Soundstage is just sufficient enough to not sound clustered.
Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
  • 00:00 -1:00 Unlike most headphones, the recessed mids make it sound balanced in the sense that vocals and background accompaniment all feel equal, which shouldn’t be the case. I catch myself expecting the vocalist to be featured more, but it doesn’t happen.
Four seasons L’estate III Presto – Vivaldi (Pavel)
  • 00:00 – 00:44 The violin attacks are harsher since these are brighter headphones. As for soundstage, it definitely feels a bit clustered when the music starts layering.
  • 00:45 -1:04 The bright characteristic of the headphones makes Pavel a lot more engaging to listen to since it almost seems to bring out the impressive musicianship in his playing.
  • 1:05 – 1:20 – I’m wishing there was more depth in the soundstage and just a bit more separation, but there’s still sufficient separation to make out every detail, except maybe the bass section.
Count Bubba – Gordon Goodwin
  • 00:00 – 00:41 The cymbals are nice and crisp, and you will definitely notice it. The upright bass is also right there alongside the cymbal, and the rest of the band doesn’t seem to stand out and blend in with other parts. Overall, it’s balanced and not engaging because of its sound signature
  • 1:10 – 1:39 In this section, the saxophones aren’t “in your face” impressive, but the details are not lost since you can hear everything such as individual key movements. It sounds very neutral in terms of how the recessed sax section makes it seem balanced, when in fact, they should be featured.
Closing thoughts
  • These are the most comfortable pair of closed headphones, so I use them at work many hours / day
  • They don’t leak sound when they’re fully on
  • The pads do lose a bit of thickness after heavy use, but it’s easily replaceable
  • The painted model # on the cups also do fade pretty quickly
  • Oftentimes, I’ll crave more mids when listening to musicals, vocalists, or solo instruments, but I have other headphones for that purpose
  • At $100, unless you need portability, these become a much better recommendation than M50s

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