The Beyerdynamic DT1770 Pro has been out for months now. And despite it being such an amaze-balls headphone, the reviews on e-commerce powerhouse Amazon whistle a different tune. So at $599, is this headphone worth the scratch? Or is it a dud headphone you shouldn’t touch with a ten foot stereo extension cable? MajorHifi investigates.
Beyerdynamic DT1770 Pro Review
The DT1770 comes in a robust travel case. Inside, there’s an extra set of earpads (giving you a total of one pair velour and one pair pleather), as well as pouch to hold the removable cables and the supplied 1/4” stereo adapter.
Build-wise, this headphone is nothing to scoff at. With a rugged spring-steel headband beneath suede-like padding, you could twist this sucker into a pretzel knot and still bump your tunes all day long.
The earcups may be just a little heavy, and with the pressure from the headband, these may be just a bit uncomfortable when you first put them on your head. However, I’ve found this tight feel loosens after a bit of use, and these headphones should suit you fine for marathon listening sessions.
The long 16 ft (5 m) coiled cable is a godsend, while the shorter 10 ft (3 m) isn’t too shabby, either.
With a frequency range of 5-40000 hertz, and an intimidating 250 ohms, the 1770 promises a lot of quality provided you can give it adequate juice. For my audition, I paired it with Beyerdynamic’s own A20 desktop amp – a solid solid-state beast that can more than handle these headphones.
Burn in may take quite a while, but I noticed the biggest jump in quality after about 50 hours, when everything sort of “opened up”. At which point it became all too apparent that the sound on the Beyerdynamic DT1770 is grand, sweeping, articulate, and deep.
In short, this is one badass headphone.
The bass is defined, and articulate. And deep. And perhaps adding something just a little unnatural, but still pleasant. Mids are perfectly clear, and highs, while detailed, never get to piercing.
But wait. There’s a something afoot among the reviews you’ll see online, and it demands some attention. Beyerdynamic themselves attributes some of the quality control issues with the DT1770 to a bad production batch. Rattling drivers, distorted bass…these things aren’t unheard of when a manufacturer takes a headphone to market – especially one as high-end as this, where near-perfect technology leads to near-perfect sound.
All the more reason, I say, to get yours from an authorized dealer so you have the warranty. Because while Beyerdynamic has a plethora of headphones for you to choose from, true quality begins (and may even end) with the DT1770. Sure, you could opt for the 770 or the Custom Street Pro – and both of these are fine for anyone on a budget – but when it comes to best-in-class performance and craftsmanship, don’t kid yourself. This headphone is where it is at.
Of course, it still may not be for everyone. I generally recommend this headphone to anyone looking for a high-end closed back where detail is of the utmost importance. It does okay with some who seek a bassier sound, but there are other, more bass-heavy options out there for a similar price (the Sennheiser HD630 VB and Ultrasone PRO 900 spring to mind) – especially if you need jaw-aching bass.
In a nutshell: the Beyerdynamic DT1770 Pro fantastic headphone with a rich, full sound that won’t disappoint, and definitely worth the price, even after taking a bad production batch into account.
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