Nowadays Pro-audio Headphones come in many of shapes and sizes, but few are as comfortable, lightweight and balanced as the Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro. These Closed-back circumaural headphones are meant for the professional or musician wanting a clear representation of the entire frequency range, from the deepest bass to the brightest highs. But are they a “one trick pony?”
The DT 1770s have a simple but elegant build quality that gives them a substantial feel. The metal and thickly cushioned leather headband combined with the ear pads, allows for hours of extended studio or listening time without fatigue on those pressure points. The ear cups are actually plastic even though they do a great job of convincing you otherwise (I thought they were metal).
Sound Isolation is very nice with the leatherette ear pads but they aren’t as comfortable as the velour pads. One of my favorite features, beside their sound signature, is the snap-in Mini-XLR connection on the left ear cup. This provides a very secure connection and allows for easy replacement of that part should it fail. As with a lot of Beyerdaynamic’s headphones you can also buy replacement parts for the DT 1770 Pro.
Soundstage: The soundstage of the DT 1770 Pro is on the larger side for a reference, closed-back set of headphones. Thanks in part to the 250 Ohm, 45 mm dynamic Tesla 2.0 neodymium driver technology that has already made its mark in the company’s history.
Highs: Highs on the DT 1770 Pro are crystal clear, neutral and very detailed. They never come off as too bright or over powering. It’s all about balance which will be a reoccurring theme throughout this review. You hear every little nuance of a song like “Rosanna,” by Toto. Even the very highs-heavy track “S.O.B.” by Nataniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, sounds very detailed and not over the top like it can at certain points of the song with the very nice Audeze EL-8s I used as a reference set of headphones.
Mids: This is where I think the DT 1770 Pros really shine. The sublimely balanced midrange sounds full and rich. These reproduce such natural sounding vocals that they make you remember what the midrange should sound like. Labrinth’s “Jealous” sounds like he’s in the studio and you’re listening to him sing live for you. Also, if you’re into Musicals, a track like “Where’s the Girl” from The Scarlet Pimpernel will just blow you away.
Lows: The DT 1770 Pro can reproduce intense sub-bass, but it does so accurately, not by exaggerating what’s the in track. They never sound muddled or overly powered. Just balanced and near perfection to my ears. There are two songs that I think really show off how dynamic the low frequency range of the DT 1770 Pro truly is. First is Dave Matthews Band’s “Say Goodbye.” The percussion instruments sound uncommonly natural for a headphone. And with deeper digital bass tones like in the intro to Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx” album, that covers a wide swath of the low-end spectrum, you get to hear how well the low notes are controlled and represented.
Equipment Used for Review:
- Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro 250 ohm
- Audeze EL-8 Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphone (Used as Reference Headphones)
- Beyerdynamic A 20 Desktop Headphone Amplifier
- iPad Air
- iPhone 6
The DT 1770 PRO is a very well balanced and neutral studio monitor headphone which is what you’re looking for in this category. And to answer my original question I purposed at the beginning of this review, “Are these are a One Trick Pony?” In short, no. Where my opinion might differ with most is I think these are a great all-around headphone. They’re just so neutral sounding yet extremely detailed all across the entire auditory spectrum. Audiophiles and Musicians alike would love to have these in their collection. Good job Beyerdynamic!