Today I went to Guitar Center armed with my trusty Sony MDR-V700 headphones, and a CD of music. I’d seen they had a decent selection of headphones and wanted to do some A/Bing before I shelled out some $$$.
The two pairs I tested were the AKG K240 and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro headphones.
The first thing I noticed was that both were much clearer than my Sony’s. This may not be a very fair test as my Sony’s are at least 6 years old so are no doubt a little worn out. However, I have noticed my ears getting tired quickly whilst using them and this might explain why. The AKG’s are also ‘semi-open’ meaning you can still hear quite a bit of ambient noise – good for vocalists in a studio, not so good for DJing in a nightclub. So whether this is a good or a bad thing depends on the application. The Beyer’s instantly stood out due to their bass response. I always thought my Sony’s were bass heavy, but the Beyer’s blew them out of the water. Not because they boomed more, but because they reach way down into the low frequencies and reproduce them clearly. The box said the frequency range is from 5Hz – 35kHz, and I was very dubious about headphones claiming to reproduce those frequencies that you associate with a bass bin in a nightclub, but somehow they do. In tracks with a deep sub you feel like you can really perceive it through the headphones. And the fact that the top end is clear makes them feel very balanced, not just a pair of bass monsters, like the Dr Dre headphones.
Design-wise the Beyer’s are very comfortable. The cushioned ear cups are so big they sit on my head, rather than my ear, which is free to vibrate inside the roomy cups. They’re not the prettiest of headphones but I think I could do a full day’s studio session with them on, or a full night’s DJing.
Despite the AKG’s being $120 and the Beyer’s being $200 I was happy to pay the extra. I feel that these will be extremely useful when I dont have access to a sub (or dont want to wake my neighbours) while working on new tracks. If you are making music for nightclubs I seriously recommend them. While I want nice bass-reproduction in headphones, I dont want headphones that over emphasize it because that will make tracks sound weak on other systems if they are used for production. However, with the DT770 I feel they’ve got the balance just right.
Whether you’re after an expensive pair of personal headphones, some sound-isolating DJ cans, or some quality studio monitors I think you should check out the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro headphones.