Published on October 7th, 2015 | by Greg0
beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro: Pricey, Sexy Monitors
It’s an exciting time to be covering the audio world, since there are so many big announcements and new products either in the pipeline or just released. From new wireless technologies and materials, to intriguing techniques for improving sound quality as it bounces around a room, we’re seeing some real innovation across portable electronics and audiophile gear, headphones to Bluetooth speakers.
The beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pros don’t include a lot of extra features, but they are the first professional headphones with Tesla 2.0 technology- their proprietary drivers that we’ve previously seen (and loved) on some of their other pairs. As you might already know (or might have noticed in our audio coverage this week), monitors like these are intended to be neutral and built for the studio, not for use on the subway or like exercising. Different environments and use cases require different solutions- and the DT 1770 Pros are truly meant for the professional. That includes everything from the two included cables (one coiled and one straight) to the connectors (mini-XLR) and the build quality.
beyerdynamic makes some of our favorite headphones, and though they’ve branched into consumer lines, their heart and soul lies in the audiophile side. These are closed rather than open, which is better for mixing and mastering, and are over-ears rather than on-ears for better isolation and sealing out external noise. An upgrade to the DT 770 Pro, they maintain the 250 ohm rating, so are incredibly sensitive- you won’t really appreciate these with your mobile devices. Two different sets of earpads are included, a nice touch, allowing you to choose either leatherette or velour. The earcups are obviously removable and thankfully very plush, comfortable even over lengthy, hours-long sessions. And though the look is a little workmanlike, they also aren’t trying to be fancy, and are certainly work-appropriate.
So, the big question: how do they sound? Well, we ran them through their paces, first letting them burn in for a bit. Then we threw everything we had at them, keeping in mind that they aren’t built to boost bass or play Call of Duty. The first thing we noticed is the soundstage- big and broad- and then the underlying power behind them. Play a track that starts light and grows big, anything with a ramp up and plenty of dynamics, and you’ll immediately appreciate the 45mm drivers. The low end rumbles and roars without ever tilting over into distortion, and the pings and tings of timpanis or cymbals are especially delightful and impactful. Try something current- Pharell’s ‘Freedom’ will do the trick- and you’ll hear separation and soaring vocals without even a hint of clinical or synthetic that can come with most sets.
The DT 1770 Pros come with one of the larger cases we’ve seen, a serious hard-sided piece of kit that is custom made and means you can travel with these safely and easily. Which is good, because considering the price tag, you’ll want to keep these nearby. The bottom line: beyerdynamic has made an amazing set of studio headphones, building upon the legacy of success from their predecessor. They are definitely at the upper end of what you’ll want to kit out a studio, but if you want a top-of-the-line premium pair, expect to spend around $599 online and in stores.