Regarded as one of the most reliable closed over-ear headphones for professionals, the DT 770 PRO has become a staple product in the world of studio monitors. A true classic I must say and there’s no better way to re-affirm that with a review.

Yours truly is fortunate enough to have one tested, courtesy of Audible Illusions. This one, being the 80Ω  variant, is smacked in the middle of the pack. That said, it is geared towards a more balanced usage as opposed to the 32Ω mobile and the 250Ω top-end models.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Headphone
DriverDynamic
TypeClosed, Over-ear
Frequency Response5Hz-35KHz
Impedance80Ω
Sensitivity96dB
ConnectivityWired (3m), 3.5mm, 6.35mm
Weight270g
Microphone
TypeNA
Polar PatternNA
Frequency ResponseNA
SensitivityNA

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO is packed inside a simple yet functional packaging. The product comes with the following items inside:

  • Instruction manual
  • Drawstring bag
  • 6.35mm jack adapter

DESIGN, LAYOUT AND BUILD QUALITY:

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO is definitely no gaming headset, featuring a classic design we’ve all known for years. Not much has been updated since its debut really. This studio headphone weighs in at around 270 grams which is still decent by today’s standards. This is a high-quality closed-back headphone in spite of its plastic cup design. Handcrafted in Germany, fellas.

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The same quality build applies for the ear-pads. They are made with soft foam covered in velour material. Thickness is alright with plenty of room for the average ear size. These are removable, washable even. One of the best pads really for comfort and isolation.

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The headband is removable in true Beyerdynamic fashion. Padding on the other hand is enough to brace the top part of the cranium. The headband itself is constructed in a way to maximize weight savings, so the weight distribution is good. Nothing to complain here really.

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Now since this is a proper studio monitor, it comes with a non-detachable 3 meter long cable. It is kink proof, with an outer diameter of around 3.5mm give or take.

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Fit and comfort are exceptional with excellent flex due to the steel band’s design. Clamping force is surprisingly plush. Yes, not light nor tight. It is just perfect to keep the headphone in place on my 54cm cranium. It’s even super comfy with prescription glasses on. I kinda wish the band is aluminum though.

TEST SETUP AND METHODOLOGY:

Our test setup relies on a system with a Realtek ALC892 Codec, tuned to output a flat sound signature. Microphone performance on the other hand is also evaluated by the same audio solution sampled on a 34dB environment. The audio solution used to take cross reference sampling is a SONY MDR-7506 studio headphone – an ideal studio monitor for A/B testing. Note that we maintain the Sound Pressure Level at around 85dBA for the duration of the tests. Our main objectives are to put into detail the gaming and general performance of the audio solution. The tracks, movies and games used for the subjective tests are outlined below:

Tracks:

  • Caribbean Blue – Enya
  • Hey Nineteen – Steely Dan
  • Unfinished Sympathy – D2
  • Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
  • Hotel California – Eagles

Games:

  • Overwatch
  • Battlefield 4
  • The Witcher 3

Movies:

  • Pacific Rim
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

The vast world of audio solutions are subjective and is usually a heated debacle among avid listeners. Some may favor heavy bass emphasis while others may prefer less bass and a richer mid-range or higher frequency ranges. In short, an audio solution might sound great from someone else’s perception while at the same time, it may sound awful to other listeners.

DRIVER QUALITY AND ISOLATION:

Audio solutions although mostly tested subjectively, could still be tested for basic objective measurements. Helping us to do just that is AudioCheck.net’s Headphones and Earphones Benchmarking Test Files.

Test Results
Frequency Response, Minimum10Hz
Frequency Response, Maximum20KHz
Spectral FlatnessPassed
Dynamic Range-54dB
Driver QualityPassed
Driver MatchingPassed
Wiring QualityPassed
Binaural TestPassed

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO passed with flying colors on our tests. Isolation for instance is rated at -54dB which is the average for most capable headsets we’ve tested. Lowest perceived frequency response is at 10Hz which is deep.

SOUND SIGNATURE:

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO initially appears to be a treble inclined headphone out of the box. Yet upon opening my folder full of bass titles, boy this one truly packs a deep punch. V-shaped is the word we’re looking at here when it comes to its general sound signature.

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The lower frequency ranges of the DT 770 PRO is what I could say deep and powerful; with a natural bass decay appropriate for just about anything we have. While it’s not really muddy, it could mask the middle range depending on tracks, EQ settings and your source device.

The middle ranges are kinda similar to my MDRs which is relatively flat to be honest. I aint complaining tho, since I still enjoy neutral sounding mids especially when they are present whenever they are required and or needed.

The upper band on the other hand is quite sibilant, bright even, yet it doesn’t lack any details that is otherwise lost on some sibilant gaming headphones. This one perfectly suits my taste.

IMAGING AND SOUNDSTAGE:

Imaging is where we examine the spatial location of the audio sources, while soundstage is more about the depth and or range the audio solution could provide. Both are important to generally just about anything and are equally important on games too, where positional audio is king.

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Imaging is oh so excellent with the DT 770 PRO considering its closed-back design. Sound stage is also wide like really really wide for its design. I see why some gamers prefer this one jacked-in over some expensive gaming headsets. Pair this one up with a capable microphone and you’ve got yourself a competitive gaming capable solution.

MICROPHONE PERFORMANCE:

The microphone quality of the audio solution is also tested. Helping us with this test is the Windows 10 Voice Recorder, with a microphone level at 100%.

Since the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO doesn’t feature any microphone at all, it is recommended to use a capable one. You may slap in an ModMic or you could get yourself a nice desktop microphone for the best possible setup.

SOFTWARE, LIGHTING AND SPECIAL FEATURES:

The DT 770 PRO doesn’t come with any downloadable software nor lighting which means you are on your own to set and flair things up. That said, it doesn’t lack any features necessary for studio monitors. That includes a 6.35mm jack and the almost 10 footer long cable.

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In true studio capable fashion – like beat em’ up kind of fashion, certain DT 770 PRO parts are replaceable and are ready to be ordered directly from Beyerdynamic’s website. That includes the pads and the headband. Easily the parts that requires a lot of care due to their nature and materials.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO in 80Ω is a serious headphone both for professionals and avid music listeners alike. It features a deep and powerful bass, relatively flat mids and bright top-end without the drama. More than enough to keep you engaged while you work or even play.

With German engineering backing it up, the DT 770 PRO is one over-engineered bad ass. It is still not indestructible though. For an instance, the exposed cable going to the right channel is a runner up for the least favorite AWG award. More rubber on that area will be appreciated.

Priced at a little under $180 USD, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO is a rock solid studio headphones. It is fun yet it could be serious enough when it wants to.

  • EXCELLENT IMAGING AND SOUNDSTAGE
  • ENGAGING BALANCED SOUND SIGNATURE
  • BUILT LIKE A TANK FOR THE MOST PART
  • REPLACEABLE PARTS ARE A PLUS
  • PLUSH FIT AND COMFORT
  • EASY TO DRIVE AT 80Ω
  • CHANNEL CABLE COULD BE THICKER
  • NON REMOVABLE 3 METER LONG CABLE

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Summary

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO in 80Ω is a serious headphone both for professionals and avid music listeners alike. It features a deep and powerful bass, relatively flat mids and bright top-end without the drama. More than enough to keep you engaged while you work or even play.