The Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro are open full-size audiophile headphones with a storied history closely connected to the European recording studio scene. Top Beyerdynamic headphones have long been a mainstay of demanding mixing and mastering professional audio work due to their neutral sonic accuracy and nearly indestructible build quality.
Now that everyday listeners and audiophiles have gotten wind of the sparkling resolution power and uber-clear Beyer signature sound, headphone aficionados worldwide have gravitated to their meticulous, highly detailed presentation.
The beyerdynamic DT-1990 open earcup construction offers a spacious soundstage with an improved depth of field compared to typical closed-back cans. This deeply layered acoustic delivery excels at nuanced musical detail retrieval and low-level room sound cues. Dynamics are cleanly executed with quick pacing, although perhaps not quite as explosively lightning-fast as with significantly more expensive four-figure audiophile headphones.
As with most Beyerdynamic high-end cans, the sonic strengths of the DT-1990 plainly show in the upper midranges and treble regions where the articulate tone shines a clear light on the music with breathy space and air to spare.
Also as with most Beyer cans, the bass response is laser pinpoint-focused with very good presence but without a huge foundational underpinning or deep low-end extension.
For listeners into well-recorded, highly dynamic classical LPs or dense symphonic music, that means the expansiveness and breezy intelligibility of the sound will be highly impressive. However, bass-lovin' rockers or big EDM / urban music fans might perhaps long for a more authoritative funky brawn down in the lowest registers. Acoustic singer/songwriter fare sounded excellent but our Headphone.com review team felt midranges could seem slightly recessed at times with classic rock productions or during very busy ensemble passages.
But it was at revitalizing the sonics of vinyl LPs that the Beyerdynamic DT1990 really seemed to come into its own. It's incisive access into the upper mids/highs sounded breathtakingly alive diving inside the snarl of Keith Richards buried guitar parts on the original 1972 pressing of 'Exile On Main Street'. And instead of a murky, almost opaque thickness, the heavily arpeggiated gleam of REM's 'Murmur' LP from 1983 becomes a web of Rickenbacker guitar/bass carpet-weaving with Michael Stipe's indecipherable southern gothic vocals loitering in the back of the fathomless reverb.
Rated at a fairly stiff 250 Ohms impedance, the DT 1990 Pro benefits from the power and drive of a good home stereo component system, studio recording console or a dedicated headphone amp for best sound quality performance. Tablet and laptop users should likely consider an amp/DAC to partner with the DT-1990 Pro / 250 Ohm headphones.
The fit ergonomics of the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro remain excellent as usual from this superlative German headphone maker. Plush dark velour earpads with memory-foam cushions are stock along with a replacement set of pads provided in the package. The extra set of pads is said by Beyer to offer a choice between an 'analytical' or a 'balanced' presentation by virtue of switching between the two earpad types.
The Beyerdynamic DT-1990 Pro box also includes 2 detachable headphone cords - one a very long 16ft coiled cord; the other a more standard 10ft length straight headphone cable. Both cords are user-replaceable if needed. The premium hard-sided storage case is another plus and keeps your beloved headphones protected while in transit or storage.
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