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!

Related posts

13th Apr

Earplugs for music

Earplugs for music and potentially loud environments. When it comes to hearing, let’s not do too little, too late. Ahead of the most recent World Hearing Day (3rd March 2022), WHO released this news article, with the ‘slightly’ concerning opening sentence: Over 1 billion people aged 12 to 35 years risk losing their hearing due […]

Earplugs for music

Earplugs for music and potentially loud environments. When it comes to hearing, let’s not do too little, too late. Ahead of the most recent World Hearing Day (3rd March 2022), WHO released this news article, with the ‘slightly’ concerning opening sentence: Over 1 billion people aged 12 to 35 years risk losing their hearing due […]

Live Sound
29th Nov

The best mic stand isn’t the most expensive: Studio and Stage choices

Which microphone stand is the best? The answer to that question is always going to depend on what you’re intending to use it for – but when it comes to stands, we’ve got a massive chunk of real-world experience, so let’s dig in and have a look at the best options for stage, studio and […]

The best mic stand isn’t the most expensive: Studio and Stage choices

Which microphone stand is the best? The answer to that question is always going to depend on what you’re intending to use it for – but when it comes to stands, we’ve got a massive chunk of real-world experience, so let’s dig in and have a look at the best options for stage, studio and […]

Live Sound
13th Aug

Guide to choosing headphones (part 2)

Following on from our Guide to choosing headphones (Part 1): Studio and Live Sound article, we explore some nice choices for a bunch of other pro audio applications, including field recording, filming, podcasting plus DJ. But first…sometimes it feels like all the headphone adaptors run off together for a secret meeting – just at the […]

Guide to choosing headphones (part 2)

Following on from our Guide to choosing headphones (Part 1): Studio and Live Sound article, we explore some nice choices for a bunch of other pro audio applications, including field recording, filming, podcasting plus DJ. But first…sometimes it feels like all the headphone adaptors run off together for a secret meeting – just at the […]

Live Sound
30th Jul

Guide to choosing headphones

Need some headphones? You’ve come to the right place. We’re going to try and simplify headphone choices – by focusing mainly on the BIG 3 (Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic & Sennheiser), to work out which models fit best for a whole bunch of pro audio tasks. One size fits all No it doesn’t.. well, at least […]

Guide to choosing headphones

Need some headphones? You’ve come to the right place. We’re going to try and simplify headphone choices – by focusing mainly on the BIG 3 (Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic & Sennheiser), to work out which models fit best for a whole bunch of pro audio tasks. One size fits all No it doesn’t.. well, at least […]

Live Sound
27th Jul

Do expensive microphone leads make a difference?

The humble microphone lead is far from the most glamorous part of your kit, but it’s nevertheless essential. Before we dive into anything too technical, let’s just answer the oft-asked question – “do expensive microphones leads make a difference?” In a word: No. You won’t hear the difference. Unless the cheap one is broken. Microphone […]

Do expensive microphone leads make a difference?

The humble microphone lead is far from the most glamorous part of your kit, but it’s nevertheless essential. Before we dive into anything too technical, let’s just answer the oft-asked question – “do expensive microphones leads make a difference?” In a word: No. You won’t hear the difference. Unless the cheap one is broken. Microphone […]

Recording
7th Jul

First Steps for Recording Vocals at Home

Choosing the right microphone There’s way more to recording vocals than ‘just’ choosing the right microphone for the job. That being said, let’s pick two for now, right up the top of this check-list. This is a First Step article, so we’re not shovelling all the money into a great microphone just yet. Rather, we’ll […]

First Steps for Recording Vocals at Home

Choosing the right microphone There’s way more to recording vocals than ‘just’ choosing the right microphone for the job. That being said, let’s pick two for now, right up the top of this check-list. This is a First Step article, so we’re not shovelling all the money into a great microphone just yet. Rather, we’ll […]

Wireless
12th Jan

Batteries for Wireless – Rechargeable vs Single Use

Batteries, Maths & Landfill When it comes to the best way to power your wireless systems – alkaline battery or rechargeable – there are many factors to consider. Let’s dive into a few in an attempt to un-muddy the waters. Less is more Much as we want to cut straight to the heart of it […]

Batteries for Wireless – Rechargeable vs Single Use

Batteries, Maths & Landfill When it comes to the best way to power your wireless systems – alkaline battery or rechargeable – there are many factors to consider. Let’s dive into a few in an attempt to un-muddy the waters. Less is more Much as we want to cut straight to the heart of it […]

Theatre
7th Jul

Keeping Microphones Hidden

Like our first two theatre & wireless help articles – Simple Wireless Tips and Advanced Wireless Tips: Antennas – this one is aimed at either school musical productions or amateur theatre groups. We’ll focus on what to consider when you’re trying to keep microphones hidden for theatre performance. An incredible amount of research, design and […]

Keeping Microphones Hidden

Like our first two theatre & wireless help articles – Simple Wireless Tips and Advanced Wireless Tips: Antennas – this one is aimed at either school musical productions or amateur theatre groups. We’ll focus on what to consider when you’re trying to keep microphones hidden for theatre performance. An incredible amount of research, design and […]

Theatre
5th May

Advanced Wireless Tips: Antennas

Following our Simple Wireless Tips article, where Rule #1 was ‘Scan, Scan, Scan’, we’d like to dig a little deeper to focus on a successful, hassle-free integration of multiple wireless systems. Antennas are the focus here, with antenna type, placement, cable and splitters all being important parts to a happy RF world. Antenna Splitter When […]

Advanced Wireless Tips: Antennas

Following our Simple Wireless Tips article, where Rule #1 was ‘Scan, Scan, Scan’, we’d like to dig a little deeper to focus on a successful, hassle-free integration of multiple wireless systems. Antennas are the focus here, with antenna type, placement, cable and splitters all being important parts to a happy RF world. Antenna Splitter When […]

Theatre
10th Mar

Simple Wireless Tips

Managing wireless microphones for a school or amateur theatre can be daunting. We’re putting together a series of articles in our How-To section, to help. This is our first in the series, so make sure you stay tuned for more articles. Troubleshooting Wireless  No matter how big or small the stage may be, wireless microphones […]

Simple Wireless Tips

Managing wireless microphones for a school or amateur theatre can be daunting. We’re putting together a series of articles in our How-To section, to help. This is our first in the series, so make sure you stay tuned for more articles. Troubleshooting Wireless  No matter how big or small the stage may be, wireless microphones […]