In the past before headphones became a multi-billion dollar industry, your options available for individuals to get were rather meager. You mostly had earbuds, an array of on-ears (predominantly Sennheiser) and professional monitor headphones, rather than the thrice should meet.

In the past, persons were perhaps afraid of professional headphones. These were ugly, had ridiculously long cables and were harder to find than consumer models. As effective as they are, the $199 Beyerdynamic DT 770 Studio does little to overcome that stereotyping — they’re quite professional looking, have a three-meter long cable and so are only available from your guitar Center (and other online music stores). All this is a shame, for the reason that Beyerdynamics are actually more suitable for everyday use compared to the company’s own, consumer-focused version of the DT-770 Pro.

While other fantastic monitor headphones have crossed to the mainstream — Audio Technica’s ATH-M50X being the prime example — the DT 770 Studio remains firmly in the pro category. The DT 770 Studio can be an 80 ohm variant of the DT 770 Pro which itself will come in a variety of flavors, like the aforementioned 32 ohm (simpler to power) personal version which can be $199. That 32-ohm model also offers different ear pads. They’re faux leather and somewhat of step down from the softer, convenient velour pads upon this model.

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The DT 770 headphones make their professional-use origins known, from the rigid plastic cups to the padded headband and snaking internal cables. The headphones feel solid, while also remaining lightweight and supplying a luxurious fit. The earcups certainly are a soft grey plush material which also adds an even of comfort.

The headphones offer an 80ohm impedence and a couple of 45mm drivers. The headphones certainly are a closed design this means they are well-suited with their original music monitoring purpose, but also offer decent isolation for on-the-go. That’s when you can find somewhere to stow the three-meter (10ft), non-removable cable.

I used the headphones for several weeks as my main headphone and thoroughly enjoyed them. Whether I plugged them into an iFi iDac or Cowon Plenue 1 player the DT 770s always gave a balanced performance.

Previously, the Audio Technica ATH-M50 and Sony MDR-1R have been my go-to headphones but these Beyerdynamics are very tempting. They might not exactly be the most sensitive headphones on the globe, but give ’em enough juice and they’re going to reward you with a commanding performance.

For instance, the Beyerdynamics were a bit more detailed compared to the ATH-M50 on Alt-J’s “3WW” and in addition more dynamic. The “Each one of these three worn words” chorus was just a little muted in the Audio Technica’s hands.

If you want synth bass — and who doesn’t love a lttle bit of Bobby Brown occasionally? — you can also likely choose the smoother response of the Beyerdynamics. The deep-deep outro riff of “Life” by Beta Band was just a little lopsided through the AHT-M50s but each one of the notes was decidedly more, even through the 770s.

Both Audio Technica and the Beyerdynamic had a slightly forward treble which made the tambourine parts on Spoon’s “YOU HAVE Yr. Cherry Bomb” more prominent than I’ve heard on various other headphones, like the wireless Bowers and Wilkins PX. But both headphones had me tapping my feet to the insistent backbeat.

I also tried the 32-ohm DT 770 Pro and wasn’t as impressed. While it’s ostensibly suitable for use on the train or similarly loud environments, the sound was too thin to use for lengthy. I simply wanted more “oomph” while hearing Queens of The Stone Age’s “Villains” album and the Pro model couldn’t supply it.

If you prefer a couple of non-fatiguing headphones that are designed to last, the DT 770 Studio joins an extended line of trustworthy studio reference headphones. While models including the Sony MDR-7506 certainly are a far better value, the Beyerdynamics offer better comfort and so are really worth a listen the next time you’re picking right up a bag of plectrums.