Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO Headphones Review

Updated Nov 22, 2018 at 10:43 am
Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO Picture
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic No
Transducer Dynamic

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO are great closed-back critical listening headphones with a good and balanced sound. They are well-built and offer great comfort if you like a tight fit. They are more versatile than similar open-back models like the DT 1990 PRO and DT 990 PRO because they will isolate more noise and leak less. However, they are bulky, and the provided case is quite big, meaning they won’t be very portable. On the upside, they have a detachable cable that the lower-end Beyerdynamic models don’t have.

Our Verdict

6.1 Mixed Usage

Above-average for mixed usage. Their closed-back design isolates an average amount of noise and can be suitable for moderately noisy environments. They have a great sound signature and are very good critical listening headphones. Unfortunately, they are quite bulky and tight on the head, so long listening sessions might not be as comfortable for everyone. Their size and breathability won’t be ideal for sports, and they're not made for that use case.

7.6 Neutral Sound

Great neutral listening headphones. They have a good sound reproduction that is detailed and powerful. Their soundstage is a bit more closed than the open-back models like the DT 1990 PRO or DT 990 PRO. They tend to deliver a bit more bass and sound less sibilant. However, their bass is prone to inconsistencies and the shape and size of your head, or if you wear glasses, might change your listening experience.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.9 Commute/Travel

Below-average for commuting. The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO are bulky headphones that are not very portable, and they don’t isolate a lot of noise. They are a better pick than the open-back DT 1990 PRO but won’t beat out ANC wireless headphones. However, if the sound quality is the most important thing to you, then the DT 1770 have a great audio reproduction.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.7 Sports/Fitness

Below-average for sports. Even if they are tight and fairly stable on the head, they won’t be ideal for sports because of their bulky design. They also have a cable that might get in your way during running or exercising at the gym, and do not provide any controls.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.1 Office

Mediocre for office use. They won’t leak too much if you don’t blast your music and they should be comfortable enough for long listening sessions, with small breaks here and there. They won’t be portable, so you might want to leave them at your desk at all times, but on the upside, you’ll never have to recharge them since they are wired headphones.

See our Office recommendations
4.6 Wireless Gaming

Sub-par for gaming. The Beyerdynamic 1770 PRO have great sound reproduction and don’t have latency thanks to the wired connection. However, they do not have a microphone so if you’re looking for a headset to game online with friends and don’t have a stand-alone mic; these won’t be the ideal choice.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
6.4 Wired Gaming
2.2 Phone Call
  • 6.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Neutral Sound
  • 5.9 Commute/Travel
  • 5.7 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.1 Office
  • 4.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.4 Wired Gaming
  • 2.2 Phone Call
Pros
  • Sturdy, durable build quality.
  • Great audio reproduction.
Cons
  • Tight on the head.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 4/10/2019: We've slightly adjusted the case score to better reflect its durability when compared to other similar cases.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO are basically the closed-back version of the DT 1990 PRO and a more high-end pair of headphones than the DT 770. They have a very similar style with black velvet-like fabric instead of a grey one and also come with leather pads if you prefer that style and comfort. They have big circular ear cups with a thick metal frame which gives it a sturdy look but are low-profile enough to wear outside.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.9 lbs
Clamping Force
1.3 lbs

They are very comfortable headphones, but compared to the Focal Elegia, they are a bit tight on the head for some people. They have great padding and come with two options of pads, velvet, and leather, and the cups are big enough to fit most ears. Unfortunately, they might take some time to loosen up, as they are not as comfortable right out of the box like the DT 880.

0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use N/A
Feedback N/A
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control N/A
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons No

The Beyerdynamic 1770 PRO are simple wired headphones that do not have any controls on the ear cups or an in-line remote.

6.1
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 6.8 C

These closed-back headphones don’t have much airflow compared to the open-back DT 1990, but they are still decently breathable. They won’t be a great option for physical activities as they might make you sweat more while wearing them and the ear pads you use might have a different result in breathability. We measured the DT 1770 with the velvet pads.

5.8
Design
Portability
L 6.7 "
W 5.5 "
H 3.7 "
Volume 136 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

Like most Beyerdynamic headphones, the DT 1770 PRO are not very portable. They have a bulky build that doesn’t collapse into a more portable format. They also don’t have cups that can swivel to lay flat. You will need to use a bag or the provided hard case to bring them on-the-go with you.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 9.7 "
W 8.1 "
H 5.1 "
Volume 401 Cu. Inches

Update: 04/10/2019 We've updated the score of the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO and 1770 PRO's cases to better reflect their durability compared to that of the T1 2nd Generation and other similar hard cases.

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO come with a big hard case which is very similar to the DT 1990 PRO’s case. It will protect the headphones from scratches, drops and water exposure. However, the case is quite big and won’t fit everywhere, making it a bit harder to carry it around.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The 1770 PRO are no exception to the well-built lineup of Beyerdynamic. They have a very premium build and feel high-end. These headphones also have detachable and replaceable cable and ear pads, unlike the DT 770 PRO. The cups are dense, and the headband frame is metal, which gives the headphones a solid build quality that shouldn’t be too damaged if dropped accidentally.

7.0
Design
Stability

These headphones are tighter on the head than average, which makes them stable, but they might be too bulky to exercise with. They won’t fall off your head during listening sessions, but like most critical listening headphones, they aren’t a great pick for sports and to wear at the gym.

Design
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Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-1.27 db
Treble Amount
-1.79 db
5.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.16 dB

The frequency response consistency is sub-par. In the bass range, the delivery across our 5 human subjects showed more than 12dB of variation at 20Hz, and about 6dB of variation at 100Hz. This is quite significant and noticeable. So depending on the shape and size of your head and whether you wear glasses, you may experience a drop in bass. The treble range delivery, however, is decently consistent across multiple re-seats, especially below 10KHz.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.3 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
0.08 dB
Mid-Bass
1.04 dB
High-Bass
-0.24 dB

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro have a great bass. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass heavy music and sound effects is quite well-balanced. Mid-bass responsible for the body of bass guitars and the punch of kick drums is also well-balanced and within 1dB of our target. High-bass, responsible for warmth, is within 0.3dB of our neutral target. However, their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

8.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.65 dB
Low-Mid
1.13 dB
Mid-Mid
1.81 dB
High-Mid
0.68 dB

The mid-range is great. The response is even and flat, suggesting a clear and well-balanced reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. The subtle 2dB tilt favoring lowering frequencies won't be audible to most people.

8.3
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.08 dB
Low-Treble
-1.87 dB
Mid-Treble
2.56 dB
High-Treble
-4.59 dB

The treble performance of the DT 1770 PRO is very good. Low-treble is even but has a small dip around 4KHz. Mid-treble, although a little overemphasized, is also even and well-balanced and doesn't measure as sharp on S and T sounds (sibilant) as the other headphones in the Beyerdynamic lineup.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.72 db
Dips
1.37 db
8.6
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.34
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.34
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.93
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.04

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO have great imaging. Weighted group delay is at 0.34, which is good. The GD graph also shows that the group delay response is almost entirely below the audibility threshold. This results in a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were exceptionally well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response, ensuring accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field.

5.7
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
4.77 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.59 dB
PRTF Distance
9.58 dB
Openness
4.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.3

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO have a sub-par soundstage. The PRTF graph shows a good amount of pinna activation, but the accuracy is quite low, especially around 5KHz. There is not a notch present in the 10KHz region either. This suggests a decently large soundstage that may be perceived as unnatural and located inside the listener's head.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.258
WHD @ 100
0.145
Isolation
5.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-14.05 dB
Bass
0.56 dB
Mid
-12.22 dB
Treble
-31.66 dB

The DT 1770 Pro have a mediocre isolation. These closed-back headphones do not have active noise cancellation and therefore do not isolate in the bass range. This means they will let in all the rumble of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieved about 12dB of isolation, which is above-average. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts and air conditioning systems, they reduce outside noise by 32dB, which is good.

6.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
43.81 dB

The leakage performance is mediocre. The significant portion of their leakage is spread between 500Hz and 4KHz, which is a relatively broad range. However, the overall level of the leakage is not very loud. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away, averages at 44dB SPL and peaks at 55dB SPL, which is just above the noise floor of most offices.

Microphone
0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
N/A
LFE
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
N/A
HFE
N/A
Weighted THD
N/A
Gain
N/A

These headphones do not have a microphone so the recording quality has not been tested.

0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise N/A
Speech + Subway Noise N/A
SpNR
N/A

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO do not have a microphone so the noise handling has not been tested.

Active Features
N/A
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
N/A
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
N/A
Charging Port N/A

They do not have a battery.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS N/A
Windows N/A
Equalizer
N/A
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control N/A
Room effects
N/A
Playback Control
N/A
Button Mapping N/A
Surround Sound N/A

They do not have a compatible app.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
N/A
NFC Pairing
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
Default Latency
N/A
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

They are not Bluetooth compatible headphones

The wired connection of the DT 1770 PRO doesn’t have any latency and are suitable for watching video content and gaming.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 10 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
0 ms

They are simple wired headphones with a 1/8” connector but come with a 1/4" adapter as well. They only provide audio as there is no microphone on these headphones.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

There is no charging dock or base for these headphones. For good headphones with a dock, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 7.

In the box
In the box

  • Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO Headphones
  • 1/8" to 1/4" adapter
  • Audio cables (x2)
  • Manual
  • Carrying case
  • Additional ear cup pads

Compared to other Headphones

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO are well-built critical listening headphones. They are quite comfortable but might be too tight for some right out of the box. Their closed-back design helps deliver more bass than the open-back DT 1990 PRO, but more prone to inconsistencies. They look and feel premium, but their sound quality isn’t very different than the lower-end DT 770, and the DT 1770 are significantly more expensive, and the investment might not be worth it. See our recommendations for the best audiophile headphones, the best closed-back headphones, and the best headphones for studio use.

Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO
SEE PRICE
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The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO are better-built headphones than the Beyerdynamic DT 770 model thanks to their detachable cable, but overall, for the price difference, the DT 770 offer better value. Both sound signatures of these headphones are very similar, and their design is basically the same. You do get a big hard case and an extra straight detachable cable with the DT 1770, but that’s about it.

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO
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Both Beyerdynamic models are great critical listening headphones, but are better used in different environments. If you’re looking for a bit more punch and bass, the closed-back design of the Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO might be better suited for you. If you’re looking for headphones to listen to your favorite music at home, in a quiet environment, then the open-back Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO will give you better soundstage and a more speaker-like experience. For commutes and office use, the DT 1770 won’t leak as much as the DT 1990 by design.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO are better-built critical listening headphones than the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, but they come at a much steeper price. The sound quality is about the same, but the M50x have less sound consistency issues than the DT 1770. On the other hand, the padding of the Beyerdynamic headphones is softer and feels more comfortable, but they are tighter on the head than the M50x. The DT 1770 also isolate passively a bit more, but they leak more than the Audio-Technicas. The more low-profile design of the M50x might be better for outdoor use.

Focal Elegia
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO are better headphones than the Focal Elegia. They might not feel as comfortable as the Elegia because of their tighter fit, but they have great audio reproduction to reproduce tracks accurately. However, the Elegia are slightly better-built headphones but are also bulkier. Overall, the Beyerdynamics have better sound, are more versatile, and will still last you years.

Shure SRH 440
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO are better headphones than the Shure SRH440 thanks to better build quality and better and more consistent bass delivery. However, they are way more expensive, and the Shure SRH440 are very comfortable headphones that offer great value for their price tag. They are all plastic, but if you’re looking for budget critical listening headphones, the SRH440 are a great pick for sound quality. On the other hand, the metallic frame of the DT 1770 feels more high-end, and they isolate a bit more noise than the Shures.

Focal Stellia
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO are better closed-back critical listening headphones for most people than the Focal Stellia. Their treble response is less veiled, and their bass response is slightly more balanced. They also come with additional ear cups and come with a longer, coiled audio cable. The Stellia do have a more premium look and feel, though, and come with a better carrying case. The Stellia are worth considering if you prefer their more premium design, but the DT 1770 PRO provide better value overall.

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