Beyerdynamic PRO X headphones
vs DT Classic

NEW in October 2021 – the PRO X series from Beyerdynamic has a few differences between the classic DT700-PRO and DT990-PRO.

DT700 PRO X and DT 900 PRO X are now in stock, so let’s unpack!

The Look, The Feel

Of course, the headphone sound is paramount, but let’s firstly describe what you’ll see and feel.

The look of these PRO-X headphones is very similar to the Classic DT series that many of us are more-than-familiar with.

They don’t fold down. The ear cups do not swivel.

If anything, the newer, sleeker “modern-er” look appears to offer a little extra rigidity, which feels a bit more “boss-like” when you pop them on your head.

Earpads

These get their own section, because they feel – unreal.

The newly designed earpads also feel a bit ‘stiffer’ than what you get with the original DT770-PRO or DT990-PRO, straight out of the box.

Beyerdynamic says “The supple velour ear pads are soft to the touch, as you would expect, and guarantee superior ventilation”

Of course, they are replaceable, should yours end up with a few years of studio mank.

Not just confined to the studio though, DT700 PRO X, with its excellent ambient attenuation provided by the ear pads, will be very well suited to Front-of-House mixing applications.

Most parts of both DT 700 PRO X and DT 900 PRO X are replaceable – allowing Beyerdynamic to proudly proclaim: Sustainable headphones – made in Germany

Cables – finally replaceable

Is it just us… or has the non-replaceable cable been frustrating for the Classic DT Series for a while?

Anyway, PRO X series has addressed that, and whether it’s the fully closed DT 700 PRO X or the open back DT 900 PRO X, it will come with two straight cables – one 1.8m, one 3.0m, with TA3F (mini XLR connector) on the headphone end, and a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack on the other. You also get a screw-style 3.5mm-1/4″ adapter included.

Should you wish to go curly for your cable, that option is available as a spare part also.

The Sound – background

That is what we’re really here for – what do these sound like?

Ok, this is where our old mate ‘subjective’ enters the room, and sits quietly judging us.

What is not subjective though, is the fact that the nominal 48Ω impedance will not only work happily with most of your studio gear, it will also plug happily into the side of your MacBook Pro.

Some background – we tested DT770 vs DT 700 PRO X and DT990 vs DT 900 PRO X in via our headphone amplifier (Presonus HP60) and so level matching was easy. Once the MacBook got involved – while we were writing this article – the DT990-PRO became unusable, due to the extreme low volume resulting from the 250Ω impedance.

Additionally, there was a noticeable difference between the 80Ω DT770 vs the 48Ω DT 700 PRO X.

There is more info about ohmage and headphone impedance in our Guide to Choosing Headphones article.

The Sound – our thoughts

Firstly the difference between DT 700 PRO X (closed) and DT 900 PRO X (open-back) is pretty much what you’d expect.

The open style seems to have a slightly ‘wider’ sound, a little more room for the bass frequencies to breathe, and for either work (mixing) or pleasure (kicking back OR gaming), is a great choice.

Interestingly the ‘spill’ coming out of the DT 900 PRO X is by no means significant. We don’t recommend tracking vocals with them… but it’s a lot less bleed than we’d expect.

Talking of tracking vocals…

This is where we had the most discussion among those of us who have already had a go at the new DT 700 PRO X. Since nearly everyone at Factory Sound has at least one pair of DT770-PRO headphones, we know them intimately.

Some said they’d prefer to stick with DT770-PRO, because they’d be easier to track with.

Is this because of the mid range, or is it more a ‘spacial’ thing? DT770-PRO is really a deep-dish which puts the person tracking into a nice space. In comparison, DT700 PRO X seems to smack you in the face with some kind of ‘presence’ or imaging. The sound seems a bit closer – almost right on your forehead, whereas the DT770-PRO puts you into a room of recording.

Are they a step up in quality? YES.

Out of all the staff discussion and feedback, George summed things up nicely:

DT990-PRO are a good flavour to reference mixes

DT900 PRO X are a more versatile update to the 990s, with an appropriately smoother high end response for mixing

DT770-PRO are Tier 1 trusty studio underpants

DT700 PRO X are Tier 2 bamboo briefs – a comfier, supportive experience for those feeling a little luxurious

Thanks George!

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