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Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (80Ω)
July 16, 2004
Original: $259 USD
March 2022: $118 USD
If you’re a music-lover or budding musician, a set of tough-as-nails headphones is an absolute must. You’re going to be taking your sidekick of choice on all sorts of adventures—not all of them electronics-friendly. Going to college, on tour, or even just hanging out in a studio is murder on plastic over the long haul. That’s why you need to take a look at durable headphones like the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO.
Editor’s note: this review was updated on March 17, 2022, to add frequently asked questions in the body text.
Who should buy the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (80Ω)?
Because of its build and sound quality, this pair of headphones is best suited to people who need either (or both) of these two things:
What’s it like to use the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (80Ω)?
As far as headphones go, Beyerdynamic’s design language has been ultra-clear for decades now: they want these things to last. To that end, the DT 770 PRO uses a lot of metal in its band and ear cup forks, along with a thick layer of durable hard plastic on the ear cups. The cable is protected by a lot of rubber and plastic, which is perfect for this type of headphone.
You may notice right away that this headset uses velour padding, which is exactly the sort of thing that those with glasses prefer to leatherette earpads because it doesn’t squeak or catch when you move your head. It also has the added benefit of not trapping in heat as badly as the aforementioned alternative does. If you’re a sweaty person, you may decide you need to air it out from time to time—but the pads are easily removable for cleaning.
You absolutely can replace the pads for any Beyerdynamic headphones. Because the DT series all use the same (or similar-enough) shapes and sizes for the ear cups, you can pick up either the leatherette or velour pads for just about any model of DT XX0 headphones from Beyerdynamic, and they should fit the DT 770 Pro of any impedance.
If you’re worried about comfort, there’s no need; you can use this for hours without anything feeling off. If you’re in the middle of laying down some tracks, you’re going to be taking your headset on and off a bunch, and using it for a really intense stretch of time. The last thing you want is your headphones’ clamping force to take you out of a vocal track or beat.
How do you connect the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO?
Like the vast majority of wired headphones, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO uses a straight 3.5mm TRS jack connector. As I mentioned before, there is also threading for a 1/4-inch adapter. If you’re not going to use this at home, you’re going to want to use some zip-ties or something to rein in that cable, because it’s three meters long. Not ideal for smartphone use. While I prefer a removable cable, the DT 770 PRO doesn’t use one. If the cord snags with too much force, it could break.
3.5mm with threaded adapter
I’ve soldered Beyerdynamic cans back together for friends before, but it’s not something most people are willing to do. In that light, this headset is built more for the home or studio than it is for a commute. Still, the relative fragility of the cord is something to pay attention to.
You do not need an amp to use the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80Ω. As it has a relatively typical sensitivity and low-ish impedance, you would only need an amp if you notice your source device can’t output the volume you want to listen to. However, it’s not inconceivable that your source may not play that well with these headphones if it’s got a weak stack on the inside. If you find that you can’t get the volume you want, then and only then should you consider an amplifier.
How well does the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (80Ω) block out noise?
While it won’t knock your socks off, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO blocks outside noise from reaching your ear fairly well, though it’s mostly sound that’s higher-pitched than middle-C. If you’re going to be keeping the DT 770 PRO in the studio, it should be more than adequate for tracking or monitoring. However, it should do okay out on the street if you elect to take it outside.
How does the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (80Ω) sound?
I’ve heard a really wide range of people putting forth opinions on this set of headphones, and the truth of the matter is that so many divergent articles can’t all be right. That’s because they aren’t. But we can help you out a little more than your average Amazon review can.
First things first, this is not a set of “muddy” headphones, or whatever words people like to use when describing sound they don’t like. You have to power it correctly. If you know that your computer or phone can handle it, the DT 770 PRO can handle pretty much anything you throw at it, but you need to know that they have a very strong emphasis in the highest notes which can get a little grating after a while. This simply means that the emphasis in anything that goes through them tends to favor the highest notes over all else.
Lows, mids, and highs
So while Barry White’s song Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe will sound fantastic, you may notice some higher-pitched male vocals may sound a little louder than they might normally.
Mids can take a bit of a backseat to the highs (very obvious in instrument-heavy Meat Loaf songs), but a properly-mixed track will preserve vocals and most instrument sounds quite nicely. However, you may notice that songs you mix with these end up with an under-emphasis on higher-pitched notes. Leave these in the recording booth or at your computer. While the DT 770 PRO has decent isolation, you’ll get your best results with this indoors.
Highs aren’t bad per se, but they definitely bear that Beyerdynamic signature spike in emphasis. You may find that cymbals and other stringed instruments can sometimes leave you with a somewhat shrill ringing, but it’s really not all that common. If a track is properly mixed, you won’t notice this as much, outside of the fact that you can actually hear the cymbal shimmer.
While we found a drop in emphasis right where mids transition to highs with our old test rig, that doesn’t seem to be the case with our anatomically-correct test head. It’s a feature of many German-made headphones in order to avoid natural resonances of the human ear, and that seems to have played out here. It’s always cool to see things play out like this, and kudos to Beyerdynamic for correctly identifying how to handle this before the review industry caught up.
You should definitely consider toning down the huge peak in the highs, but in general these headphones do pretty well as-is.
Really, the biggest change you should make is to tone down 6-8kHz by 5dB, and 10-18kHz by 10dB. Doing that will squash the overemphasis on the highs, giving you a more usable result. Don’t worry so much about the emphasis suggested by the chart at 20hz, you’re not going to hear a difference if you don’t boost that, just increased noise… maybe.
Of course, as it always is with these things: this is merely a suggestion and a starting point, not the ultimate settings you should set and forget. Your individual anatomy will alter what’s “best” for you, and this will only get you about 90% of the way there.
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Should you buy the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (80Ω)?
If you’re looking to build out a recording studio or just have a comfortable-as-hell set of computer cans, definitely take a look at the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (80Ω). Seriously—this is purpose-built for this situation, and you’ll be very happy you took the plunge. However, if you’re looking for commuting headphones: you’ll probably be better served by wireless or noise-cancelling headphones.
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How does the Beyerdynamic DT 700 PRO X compare to the DT 770 PRO?
The Beyerdynamic DT 700 PRO X takes clear inspiration from the DT 770 PRO with its large ear pads, thick headband, and Beyerdynamic branding along each ear cup. The biggest difference between the DT 700 PRO X and older DT 770 PRO is the impedance. The PRO X is made for portable use with its 48Ω impedance, relative to the DT 770 PRO series’ 32Ω, 80Ω, and 250Ω varieties.
The tuning is a bit different on the Beyerdynamic DT 700 PRO X’s STELLAR.45 drivers with less amplified treble notes compared to the DT 770 PRO. Listeners who want to avoid any treble harshness should seriously consider the DT 700 PRO X instead.
Another reason to go for the newer, and unfortunately pricier, DT 700 PRO X over the DT 770 PRO is because the former is much more environmentally friendly. You can easily repair it without any tools and replace nearly all the parts yourself, from the cable to the proprietary drivers, which saves you some green in the long run.