Published on February 6th, 2018 | by Greg0
DT-770 Studio: beyerdynamic’s 80-Ohm Wonders
When is a pro model not meant for every professional? When it’s built for the studio! Today’s set of headphones might look distinct from their sister models, with their name clearly imprinted on the side of the cans. But the fact is, the name is mostly to clue you in to the fact that these are built for a fairly specific use, a bit more difficult to drive than perhaps your stage gear or for use on the road. In fact, the only difference between the DT-770 Studio and the classic DT-770 is the name.
But now that we’ve cleared that up, we’ve been testing the beyerdynamic DT-770 Studio headphones many places- but none of them have been in a studio setting. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t grab these if you are hoping for a great travel set or a portable solution- no Bluetooth wireless, for starters- mean they aren’t particularly good for mobile use (and there’s no microphone or mobile controls, plus they don’t fold flat). But they still work wonderfully in a studio apartment, or as a library pair for those who are looking for something neutral, comfortable, and optimized for balanced and clean reproduction.
They’ll sound best with higher-end equipment, not muddy, low bitrate MP3 files- you should have a solid amp, as these high-impedance (80ohm) headphones are optimized for serious gear. There is a mobile version available (with lower 32 ohm impedance rating, and different ear pads). These are a bit more expensive, of course, but feature some of our favorite velour ear pads, similar to those we’ve seen on previous beyerdynamic models. 45mm drivers are powerful enough that we never needed to get above 2/3 of the volume knob. They’re clean and crisp, a little more treble-forward and bass-rear than we expected, with a slight brightness at first that dimmed as we tried them more (even after we burned them in for quite a while).
On electronic tracks, they were snappy and precise, and warm enough for classic soul and classical tracks alike. Hip-hop was a little flat, but no matter what we listened to, the DT-770 Studios were comfortable even over longer sessions. Well-built, the company even sells replacement components should you need, and they are available in two basic color schemes. Closed-back, they won’t leak, and will keep you absorbed. Expect to spend around $199 for the DT-770 Studios, now available online and in stores.