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beyerdynamic DT-1990 Pro 250 Ohm

Studio Headphones

  • For mixing and mastering
  • Tesla 2.0 Technology
  • Dynamic
  • Open design
  • Circumaural design
  • Impedance: 250 Ohm
  • Sound pressure level: 102 dB/SPL (1 mW/500 Hz)
  • Frequency response: 5 - 40,000 Hz
  • Maximum input level: 200 mW
  • Headband padding: Artificial leather
  • Cable: Straight 3 m
  • Coiled cable: 5 m (stretched out)
  • 3-Pin mini XLR plug
  • Weight: 370 g (without cable)
  • Includes a 6.3 mm adapter, verlour ear pads, and a hard case and bag made from artificial leather

Further Information

Design Over-Ear
System Open
Impedance 250 Ohms
Frequency range 5 Hz – 40000 Hz
Adapter Yes
Replaceable Cable Yes
Color Black

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Simply awesome!
loriamichele, 03.09.2019
After a couple of weeks of gathering all sorts of information about reference headphones in the market, I decided to go for the Beyerdynamic's DT-1990 Pro. The main reason was to add a reference listening device to my home studio setup, and I must say I'm definitely amazed by the overall quality of the product.

So here's my detailed review, after one month of relatively moderate usage (~4 hours average per day):

The build quality is very high, they seem quite durable and sturdy.
In terms of comfort, the weight is not really an issue since the materials used in the ear cups (especially the analytical ones) and the band are of very high-quality. My only concern is that, after long sessions, the heat around the ears can become a little bit annoying, but it's not a major issue since its root cause can be related to lots of different factors.

Let's move to the sound: very, very, very good.
Sound stage is huge, brightness and clarity are first citizens, along with high transient speed and good resolution. Stereo imaging is very accurate as well. Given their open-back design, they fall into the airy side and give you the impression that you're actually not listening to a pair of headphones at all, which is very impressive to me.
The bass response is very linear and distinct. No noticeable roll off even at sub-bass frequencies.
The mid range is a little bit forward, but that's exactly where the Tesla driver shines: they provide astounding clarity and speed, making mix work very accurate.
The trebles are also very accurate and clear; the only thing to notice in this range though is that there's a noticeable peak at around 8.5kHz, which can result in highlighting sibilant sounds; when it comes to mixing, this could be very useful (since it helps in spotting issues e.g. with vocals or acoustic recordings), but from a pure listening perspective, this could cause some annoyances to very demanding audiophiles.

Given their price, I think it would need to be doubled in order to find something significantly better.

No need to mention Thomann's celerity, super fast delivery times and great customer service!

Short recap: if you need a pair of reference headphones for your home studio and those are in your budget, definitely get them! You won't regret it for sure.
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Nothing heard anything like them.
Kami_2K, 12.07.2021
I finally decided to get some proper audiophile headphones as I was upgrading my setup. After considering the DT 990 PRO I went for the DT 1990 PRO because of the better build, sound, and detachable cable.

The unboxing experience is very nice and the carrying case is handy, they come with 2 cables (one straight, one coiled), and 2 sets of pads. Honestly I thought I would not like the pads at first as I was used to the fake leather feel on my old pair (which started peeling). But I was wrong, these are now my favourite pads of all time, they are very nice to the touch and feel like quality pads with the added benefit of extra durability over fake leather pads as these wont peel with time.

The sound quality is outstanding, every song I played through these sounded so much richer and they were way more fun to listen to than my old Audeze Mobius / Cloud Orbit (which I bought since I do a lot of gaming). Even the bass was noticably better with these which I was most impressed by since these are open. Everything is just clearer but I am still waiting for my Schiit stack before I can really unlock the full potential of these (for the review I was using motherboard audio which still sounded great).

Comfort is also a big plus for me, these have a nice amount of clamping force and don't fall off my head easily like with the previously mentioned headset. The headband is in its own league aswell, and personnally I prefer the slightly stiffer foam in the pads, and personally these feel perfect on my head.

Build quality is one of the big selling points of these and they don't disappoint, a lot of metal has been used with these and the most surprising thing is that these don't feel that heavy (probably because of the clamping force helping with the weight).

The only downside for me is that my unit has arrived defective (Left driver cuts out every hour or so until replugging, no matter the device or cable) which I won't blame on either Thomman or BeyerDynamic as these things can happen, but I can't stop feeling a little bit disappointed.

Honestly I can't reccommend these enough, with the only downside being the price so unless you're on a tighter budget I might say go for the DT 990 if you also don't mind non-detachable cable (which is a big NO NO for me personally).
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Solid and dependable
walt0, 08.08.2021
I've used DT-1990s since they first came out and despite trying plenty of other headphones at twice the price and more, I always come back to these.

My main use is listening to music, generally high quality well mastered music across many genres. The headphones are designed for mixing and mastering so they are very accurate and revealing,

The build quality is superb, better than any other headphone I have had, additionally you can buy all the parts individually from Beyerdynamic should you need to fix them yourself.

Some people complain about them causing fatigue during long listening sessions but I don't seem to have this problem, maybe it depends what you listen to. They do respond well to EQing though so people may want to adjust to make them sound warmer and smoother.

I've used them with the Chord Hugo and Mojo and the fantastic RME ADI-2 DAC as well as directly from a macbook pro, they don't seem too difficult to drive but they do sound better with more power.

Comfort is incredible, nice deep cups, plush pads and just enough clamping force to keep them on your head. The cups swivel slightly front to back for a good fit as well as rotate in the yokes so you get an even pressure across the whole pad.

They bleed a little bit of sound so this is something to consider if you are recording with them.

For the price I would consider these headphones a bargain.
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I love these headphones!
DaveTherecorder, 29.05.2021
These are absolutely amazing! They will reveal any issues in the mix very accurately. They have that peak at 8khz but it will only be present on too trebly records. You have to keep that in mind when mixing though. They have amazing bass response up to those very low end. The clamping force is strong so I personally stretched it a couple of times to loosen that grip and they are perfectly fit now. I feel like on most cheaper beyerdynamics the clamping force gets too loose after some time. Here it may be just perfect after a couple of months, I guess thats why its such a strong grip to begin with, its supposed to be more comfortable over time. My clarett pre usb drives them very well. My phone drives them easily as well, but they lose (about 7-10% I would say) of the soundstage and detail they have. My computer direct audio drives them ok, but you can hear the audio card is cheap when plugged into, the sound feels slightly more robotic. I made a comparison side by side of those against the Audeze LCD-2 which is twice the price, and they sounded pretty similar in terms of overall audio quality. Of course the Audeze had a 5-7% wider soundstage (as you would expect from planar headphones), but the details and stereo reproduction was at the same level. You can tell exactly from which angle comes an instrument with both with the same accuracy. LCD-2 sounds darker, they dont have that 8khz peak. The dt1990 overall sounded more exciting due to that peak, which may be a good thing for solely listening to music, but may be a slight disadvantage in terms of mixing audio. The sound is a little colored in the treble which may result in producing slightly darker mixes if this feature is forgoten. This is why its always recommended to mainly check audio from monitor speakers or use eq passive or active eq while using the dt1990. Nevertheless compared to a classic with twice the price (Audeze LCD-2) those headphones did not feel any worse, just slightly different. I think this says a lot about them. I love mine and the fact that they come with lots of accessories is incredibly convenient. I let my girlfriend use them a couple of times, and now she wants them as well... :)
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