Today, we’ll be reviewing the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro closed-back studio headphones. It’s all very exciting, so try to hold on to your seats.
Our verdict on the DT 770 Pro
If you’re looking for a moderately affordable set of good-sounding cans, the DT 770 Pro are a phenomenal choice.
The only thing to knock at here is that they don’t have a detachable cable. Otherwise, we can’t recommend these enough.Available at: SweetwaterAmazon
Power and frequency response
The DT 770 Pro are reported to have a frequency response of 5 Hz – 35 kHz. Overall, the performance is nominally flat. Bass response extends down to 10 Hz and is fairly consistent despite a slight dip in the high bass around 200 Hz.
This effect is rather subtle, but nonetheless will have a thinning effect especially when it comes to lead vocals and guitars.
As far as the midrange is concerned, these headphones perform phenomenally well. It’s only until we get to the upper registers starting around 3 – 4 kHz that we first see a dip in the frequency response, immediately followed by a drastic over-emphasis in the high end.
With a 2 dB increase from 5 dB and upwards, these headphones are notably bright and will highlight any and all sibilances present in the signal.
This isn’t terrible, however, and the overemphasis can be used to your advantage in critical listening sessions.
As we’ve come to expect from Beyerdynamic thus far, the build quality of the DT 770 Pro is superb.
Just as the DT 990 Pro, the DT 770 Pro model is built with a strong metal frame and dense ear cups to help it withstand any accidental drops or mishandlings.
Our only gripe is that the earcup enclosures feel notably cheaper than that of the 990s or 880s.
The padding of the earcups are made of a soft microfiber that is undoubtedly comfortable against the skin, and the cups will fit over any ear.
However, these headphones are tight fitting, with a clamping force of a bit over a pound. Some prefer the snug fit, but for others this may prove uncomfortable for longer running sessions.
They will loosen up as you break them in, but out of the box they clamp a bit too hard for our tastes.
As is the case with most studio headphones, these are stable enough to sit on your head in the studio but not stable enough to stay on for a jog.
Best to find another set of cans if you’re looking to do some high intensity workouts or other things of that nature.
Noise cancellation and isolation
In terms of isolation, the DT 770 Pros are decent at best. They have 30 dB of reduction in the high end, 13 dB of reduction in the midrange, and virtually no active isolation when it comes to the low end.
If you plan to use these on your commute, the lower rumbles of cars and trains will be inescapable.
When it comes to monitoring applications in the studio, however, these work perfectly well. We might suggest you find a different pair of cans for tracking, but these can serve the trick if need be.
After purchasing a pair of the DT 770 Pros, you’ll receive the headphones (obviously), a coiled cable, a 1/8″ – 1/4″ adapter, a carrying pouch, and a manual.
We do wish the carrying pouch offered a bit more protection, but it isn’t the biggest deal.
Compared to other studio headphones
Here are a handful of alternatives to consider before settling on the DT 770 Pro.
DT 770 Pro vs. DT 770 Studio
The only noteworthy difference between the DT 770 Pro and Studio (despite a $60 difference in price) is that there is a different name printed on the side of the ear cups.
These headphones are constructed identically, and their performance is identical as well from what we can tell. Save your money and buy the Pros.
DT 770 Pro vs. DT 990 Pro
The DT 990 Pro are open-back headphones, so don’t expect to get any isolation from them. However, they’re slightly brighter and the soundstage of the 990s is far wider.
They’re both great sets of headphones though, so it’s up to you and what will best suit your needs.
DT 770 Pro vs. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
In terms of performance, we recommend you go for the DT 770 Pros.
While the bass response from the M50x has more information in the upper bass, making it punchier, the 770s extend far lower and have more separation. The 770s also have a wider soundstage.
However, if you’re looking for a more casual pair of headphones, the M50x are a great choice.
DT 770 Pro vs. Sony MDR-7506
In all honesty, the Sony’s sound incredibly boring. They’re often used for mastering and not much else. We recommend going for the Beyerdynamics.
Check out our Sony MDR-7506 review
For more great options, check our recommendations for the best all-around studio headphones and the best mixing headphones.
Who are the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro best suited for?
The DT 770 Pro headphones are widely used by both novice producers and seasoned audio engineers for everything from tracking to mixing and mastering.