Review: Beyerdynamic DT 770 Headphones

I started working in radio in 1988 and one of my first career purchases was a set of Sony MDR v6 Headphones. Nearly every on air jock and journalist I worked with at the station was using them on the air and in post production. In 1991, Sony introduced the MDR 7506 headphones which were based on the V6 and I purchased a pair as soon as I could find them in stores. Over the years, the Sony headphones served me well so, I simply hadn’t considered buying any others.

I used other headphones when I had to  – but none impressed me enough to buy them. But all that changed last year when my lovely bride surprised me with a pair of 80 Ohm Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro headphones for my birthday. I was impressed with them right out of the box.

Tech Specs and myths:  The frequency response of these headphones is 5 to 35,00Hz with a total harmonic distortion of less than 2% and nominal SPL of 96 decibels. Basically this translates to incredible frequency response across the entire spectrum of human hearing. You do not need to “burn-in” these headphones but you may need to get used to them. The difference I heard was immediate and quite pleasant compared to the Sony’s I have known and loved for nearly 30 years.

The DT770’s are available with 3 different Ohm configurations. How do you choose the right one?

While the sound of the headphones was pleasing and accurate, the comfort level of these headphones was what pushed me over the edge. They have deep, soft ear cushions that surround your ears instead of making contact with them. They feel very comfortable over long (8 hours or more) mix sessions and at 9.5 ounces, perhaps slightly heavier than the Sony 7506’s 8.1 ounce weight, they feel balanced, fitted but never tight or restrictive. I wear glasses (now) and I had no trouble wearing them with glasses over long periods.

Anyone who spends extended periods in headphones probably knows the importance of taking breaks and the effects of listening fatigue. I felt I reached fatigue more rapidly wearing the Sony’s over the DT770’s and I feel this has to do with both the sonic properties in combination with the way the Sony earpiece design feels on my ears.

I’m not bashing the Sony headphones. I like them and still use them for field recording and studio sessions where other people need cans. I have gobs of experience with the Sony MDR 7506. I have used them for live sound, broadcasting, post production and field recording. It’s only natural that I would make this comparison – and it will probably make sense for anyone else who have used that model. Headphones are a personal thing and you should feel good about the products you choose. In the case of the Beyerdynamic DT 770 headphones, I’m extremely satisfied with them.

So much so, I’ve just purchased a second pair.

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