Beyerdynamic cans has established quite a reputation among many personal audio enthusiasts and it deserves so. Beyerdynamic has been in the business for some time now and they have had success with their headphone lines, yet there are some who thinks their cans tend to be a bit on a brighter side. Some would even think that it may not be tolerable for their ears. I, however, beg to disagree.
Leading the DT series is the Beyerdynamic DT770, of which is a closed back can. This kind of gives a hint on the amount of bass it can yield, and yes, it has a good amount of bass, but the highs is the star for the said can.
Nope, don’t get me wrong. These cans doesn’t have bad, bright, harsh kind of highs. It has the kind of brightness that should be in a can if you are after some details in your can without being harsh in any way.
It is a healthy dose that some people may not really appreciate as their preferences lean to the dark, bassier kind of cans but this one is really good. One just have to look past the stigma of brightness for some Beyerdynamic cans and you should see how good the sound can be.
Looking closely at the cans, you will see the signature design of Beyerdynamic. The big, round cups are made of plastic. Seems of good grade for me, albeit plastic. These are secured to the aluminum yokes which looks quite tough and should hold even some battery of use. Yokes are attached to the headband wrapped in a detachable synthetic leather which is a great idea for Beyerdynamic as these are one of the parts of a can that easily frays. The cups are wired directly with the cable that terminates with a 3.5mm plug, of which could have been nicer if it was detachable. Not really a big deal, one can’t have it all especially at the price range. Besides, I had this discussion with the owner of a local audiophile shop and he mentioned about detachable cables having some losses in details compared to a directly wired cans. It kind of makes sense actually; a detachable cable means it has to have another pair of terminators, and may not have the same material as the wire itself. This topic I will save in another article.
Now on to test the sound of these babies.
I again hooked the DT770 to my trusty Onkyo DP-X1 paired with a Chord Mojo just to see how well this would sound with the famed Mojo. Fair enough, this was able to yield the sound I was hoping it would. Let me talk through the tracks I picked for the can. Please be mindful that the following tracks are uncompressed, 24 bit FLAC files:
Sara Bareilles (Gonna Get Over You)
The piano on his track right at the intro sounded spotless. It kind of pushed the liveliness of the track a notch higher by making the piano notes stand out. Bass is present and tight, it was easy to discern the bass from the piano and from the voice. They were properly layered leaving no bleeds on any of the frequencies. At some point it may feel like Sara Bareilles’ voice might tip towards being sibilant, but never did until the end of the track. If you are looking for a cans to match Sara’s energy, the DT770 should be the one.
Dorena (To Floor Thirteen, Part 1)
This track took the piano notes a bit higher, and by using lesser cans this may sound either dull or too peaky. However the DT770 managed to exploit the highs on the track yet kept it a bit subtle enough not to be harsh. The bass guitar stood out cleanly without overdoing it, serving its purpose to accentuate the piano notes. You get to hear amazing details on this track using DT770; the sound of the running water makes the listening experience even more pleasurable.
Joe Satriani (Always With Me, Always With You)
The clean toned guitar intro kind of sounded a bit fat to me. Still on the natural side, but the distorted guitar totally smashed it. The strokes stood out really well, as the high notes were well defined and were crisp. It was like each notes hit by Satriani screamed of what it is, as it was very detailed throughout the track.
In terms of portability, the DT770 can be quite tedious to lug around especially that it is quite huge and the cable isn’t exactly supple. And as much as this is a closed back can, I am really not suggesting this for travel given the leaks I encountered while using this. Besides, these are designed for studio monitoring so usage while travelling is not really recommended.
It can be driven off by a phone given the low impedance and fair sensitivity, however, this is something that works best with an amp. I tried to hook this up with an Alo RX and this sang magnificently. But again, one can live using this without the added push by an amplifier.
The Beyerdynamic DT770 can be had for $143 from Amazon and I must say, given the performance, I will not flinch in getting one considering this price. This one is for keeps.