The DT 770 Pro from German manufacturer Beyerdynamic is an instant studio classic, with plenty to write home about!
Processing and Handling
The DT 770 Pro makes an instant impression with its robust design, with an aesthetic that’s reminiscent of the kind of hardware that aviation experts use. The design is hinged around a steel earpiece, which itself is encased in imitation leather that’s secured in place with snap-fastening. The headband is adjustable in width and can be permanently opened or bent thanks to its solid metal construction. By contrast, the elements found at the side of these headphones are made from plastic. The model delivered for the purpose of this test boasts artificial leather covers, otherwise known as soft-skin leather, but fluffy, grey velour pads are also available. The earpieces offer fuss-free vertical play. It’s worth pointing out that the side panels of these headphones are not foldable, meaning that the item cannot be folded away and reduced to a compact size for easy transportation. Therefore, it’s a consistently bulky bit of hardware.
The cable guide is clearly mounted on one side, using visible cables in the vicinity of the earpieces so that the cables can be guided inside the padding of the ear cups. The connection cable is of a spiral-shaped design, with a maximum stretch of 3 metres.
The single-ear-free monitor mode, as it’s referred to, is only usable to a limited extent, while desirable levels of comfort aren’t always achievable thanks to the metal construction. In fact, the headphones can tend to feel like you’re wearing a neck brace at times.
The DT 770 fits any head size thanks to the user-friendly adjustment feature. Although the earpieces can be moved vertically, the headphones themselves adapt to any head shape. The faux leather padding at the sides of these headphones, combined with the enclosed design, makes for relatively decent levels of wearing comfort. However, the headphones tend to press a little on the head from above and from the sides. The pressure that’s forced upon the head from the side panels can however be reduced by bending the metallic headband somewhat. However, don’t be tempted to do this all the time. On the flip side, the high levels of contact pressure makes for a snug fit, so you’ll not have to worry about these slipping free, even during the most animated of performances.
When it comes to sound, the DT 770 immediately makes an impression due to its bombastic output. The basses are very powerful here, perhaps too powerful at times. Highs are pleasant, rarely sounding harsh or exhausting on the ears. There’s plenty of treble to enjoy, making for a very vibrant soundscape you’ll love. However, the mids become somewhat muddled thanks to a masking effect at work with these headphones. Mixed styles of music, especially rock and pop, sound good. This is even true at low volumes. The basses are nicely accentuated, without growing excessive at high levels. If you choose to up the volume, this crossing of the load limit is signalled by a distorted mid-range and treble, but the bass itself doesn’t suffer from compression effects. The transient reproduction is also worth noting. What’s more, these Beyerdynamic headphones provide a quality stereo width, particularly for enclosed headphones. The effect is further enhanced by the fact the drivers themselves are situated relatively far from the head of the wearer. Individual instruments and their placement on the stereo stage are therefore easy to identify.
The DT 770 comes with virtually nothing in the way of accessories. Only the removable adapter plug with 3.5 mm to 6. mm jacks is included with the main product itself. A carry bag or transport case is nowhere to be found, unfortunately. A positive point worth flagging is that the manufacturer has a healthy choice of spare parts listed with the product, meaning almost every individual component can be reordered and replaced should you run into technical failure. This is definitely good news for those looking for a long-term investment that can be sustained over the years.
The DT 770 Pro 250 Ohm Softskin is a true headphone classic and an indispensable addition to any studio. Sound reproduction is rich and full and, while not always completely neutral, it will serve the needs of a studio musician very well indeed. However, even the average music lover who appreciates the best in sound can enjoy the DT 770. That being said, there are numerous other options available from the manufacturer that score better when it comes to comfort, with these particular headphones sitting a little too tightly on the head. If you wish to use the DT 770 with portable media players or smartphones, you should definitely look into the 32 Ohm version.
Measurement ResultsMore measurement results
- Ear couplingOver-ear
- Frequency response (headphones)5 - 35.000 Hz
- Impedance237,2 ohms
- Sound pressure level (SPL)97,1 dB
- Pressure averaged from big and small head731,5 g
- Weight with cable371 g
- Weight without cable283 g
- Cable length125 cm
What's in the box
- 6.35mm stereo jack
- Carrying pouch
- Extensive spare parts available