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Best Beyerdynamic Headphones - 2017
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We have currently reviewed 3 Beyerdynamic headphones. They're a fairly big brand when it comes to audio, and they make sturdy critical listening headphones that aren't always versatile but sound great.

Compared to other brands

  • Sturdy Build Quality. Most Beyerdynamic headphones are built to last. We have yet to test some of their more portable options like their in-ear and on-ear models but all their over-ears have sturdy metal frames, few moving parts and feel durable enough to withstand multiple drops with a little to no damage. They also have spare parts for most of their models on the website so even if they do break eventually, you can replace or fix them fairly easily compared to other brands.
  • Great Sound Quality. Most of Beyerdynamic's line up is geared towards critical listeners, professionals, and DJs, which makes good audio reproduction one of their best qualities.
  • Lack of Diversity. Beyerdynamic also makes on-ears, in-ears, and wired headsets but compared to other audio-centric brands like Sennheiser or Audio-Technica, they do not have as much headphone variety, especially for more casual use cases like commuting and sports.
  • Few Active Features. Beyerdynamic mostly focuses on sound quality. They do not have any noise canceling headphones and few wireless models geared towards more casual use. This means if you're looking for a versatile, feature-packed headphone, then the Beyerdynamic brand shouldn't be your first option.

Overall, Beyerdynamic makes great headphones for critical listening, mixing and recording. They have sturdy, durable designs and sound as good if not better than significantly more expensive headphones. However, they aren't the most versatile brand. They don't have as many models and rarely have any active features. This means they won't be the ideal brand for more casual listeners especially if you plan to use them on your commute.

Best Beyerdynamic Headphones

Beyerdynamic doesn't have the most straightforward naming strategy but has a few models that share the same lineup name. 

  • DT =  The main lineup from Beyerdynamic which covers most headphone types except in-ears.
  • Custom = Another lineup that covers both on-ears and over-ears. Most of the custom models are closed back.
  • Byron/ID = Beyerdynamic in-ear line-ups. The Byron especially are a bit more versatile for their wireless option.
  • Aventho/Xelento  = The more mobile friendly and premium lineup.

Best Beyerdynamic Headphones for Critical Listening

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
6.1Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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8.2Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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5.1Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
5.5Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
5.2Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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The best Beyerdynamic headphones are the DT 990 Pro. They are one of the best sounding critical listening headphones that we've tested so far. They're affordable, especially compared to other open-back models from similar audio-focused brands. They're also incredibly sturdy and durable but since they're open, they won't be the most suitable headphones for all environments. However, when it comes to sound, they deliver an excellent critical listening experience at a reasonable and fair price.

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Conclusion 

Beyerdynamic makes a lot of headphones for professionals, DJs, and critical listeners. This makes them an excellent brand if sound quality and accurate audio reproduction are your top priority. However, they do not have as many versatile models for more casual listeners. If you plan on commuting or exercising a lot with your headphones, then Beyerdynamic will not have as many options for you but for a pure listening experience, they offer some of the best sounding and well-balanced headphones available on the market.

Check our recommendations for the best headphones for critical listening.

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