Beyerdynamic recently released their Pro X series, a follow up to their Pro series. Today we’ll be looking at the DT 700 Pro X, which was released in addition to the DT 900 Pro X. Both of these are studio headphones aimed at music creators and engineers, with the 700 Pro X being a closed back model and the 900 Pro X an open back. I’ve already reviewed the 900 Pro X, and was quite impressed, so I was hoping its closed back counterpart wouldn’t dissapoint. For $299, let’s see what the DT 700 Pro X has in store.
What’s in the Box
- DT 700 PRO X
- 1.8 m (5.9 ft) & 3.0 m (9.8 ft) mini-xlr-kabel (mini stereo jack 3.5 mm)
- 1/4″ adapter (6.35 mm)
- Drawstring bag
Look and Feel
Similar to 900 Pro X, the 700 Pro X feels very similar to other Beyerdynamic models, with a no-frills, function-over-fashion design. Their plush, velour ear pads are extra soft and feel snug on your head, making these easy to wear for long periods of time. Their sturdy build also makes them a worry free headphone to take with you on the go.
The 700 Pro X are a closed back, circumaural studio headphone. As apposed to the original Pro series, the Pro x features the Stellar 45 sound transducer, which was developed and produced in Germany. This transducer features a three-layer speaker diaphragm that uses an integrated damping layer, which helps the 700 Pro X perform consistently across devices. Moreover, this driver allows the Pro X to not be as dependent on an amp for proper volume like the Pro series are.
The 700 Pro X have a frequency response of 5Hz – 40kHz and an impedance of 48 Ohms (Amp not essential)
Despite being a closed back, the 700 Pro X have plenty of width to offer. While the center of the stereo spectrum is certainly well-defined, the outer areas of the sonic space are extremely forward and engulfing. The format of the soundstage on the 700 Pro X feels easy to learn and adjust to, which is what you want from a studio headphone in order to get an accurate picture of your imaging and phasing etc.
The 700 Pro X has a strong, impactful low end sure to give you a nice punch in the chest here in there. It’s not absurdly sub heavy, but definitely reaches into the basement frequencies a bit, and I felt like there was a solid balance of this area with the high lows. These defined, intense lows make for an exciting listen, though they do sacrifice a certain level of accuracy. Nonetheless, I found the low end made for more satisfaction than it did distraction.
The mids on the 700 Pro X reminded me of those I heard on the 900 Pro X, which I think is not tuned very differently. They have that signature Beyerdynamic color to them, and retain a lot of cleanliness despite their warmer tonality. Like the 900 Pro X, the 700 Pro X’s mids are quite snappy and have a slight bite to them, but not a strong enough one to make them harsh on sensitive ears. As is expected with a studio headphone, the mid range on this is overall fairly neutral and unobtrusive.
Also similar to the 900 Pro X in this area, the 700 Pro X has a considerably bright high end, focusing more of its boost on the 4-8kHz range than the 8kHz+ area. This is a great headphone for that nice crisp sizzle and consistent detail, however if you’re someone who likes an ultra-thin, more delicate high end, the 700 Pro X errs on the side of a more saturated, somewhat rounded high end. Once again, this makes them more optimal for reference and creation, as they do not overstate the super highs.
Compared to DT 900 Pro X: The 700 Pro X are noticeably more intense and punchy in their lows, along with a bit more low mid forward. However, their tuning sounds very similar to the 900 Pro X, but the soundstage is of course the real difference. Being a closed back, the 700 Pro X is of course at quite a disadvantage in terms of width. However, as I mentioned, it comes strikingly close to the large sound of the open back 900 Pro X, far closer than most closed backs in its price range could.
The 700 Pro X are a stellar closed back headphone, and compete strongly with well-renowned reference/studio headphones Beyerdynamic has put out in the past. These might not be the most accurate headphones ever made, but for $299, they’re a bargain for what they offer. I’m excited to see what composers, producers, performers and so on do once they get their hands on these.
You can purchase the Beyerdynamic DT 700 Pro X at Audio46