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Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Jun 02, 2017 at 04:47 pm
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO Picture
5.6
Mixed Usage
7.8
Neutral Sound
5.0
Commute/Travel
5.5
Sports/Fitness
5.5
Office
4.4
Wireless Gaming
6.5
Wired Gaming
2.2
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic No
Transducer Dynamic

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro are well-built, durable and great-sounding closed-back headphones. They're a bit more versatile and have a slightly better Bass than the DT 990 PRO or DT 880 thanks to their closed-back design. However, they still leak a bit too much for quieter environments, and they're somewhat cumbersome to carry on you if you don't have a bag.

Our Verdict

5.6 Mixed Usage

Mediocre for mixed usage. These headphones are the most versatile of the Beyerdynamic DT series that we've reviewed so far. Unfortunately, they're still a bit too leaky and bulky for all environments and use cases. They won't be ideal for sports, and they barely isolate enough for commuting, but when it comes to sound quality, they deliver an excellent audio reproduction that's perfect for critical and casual listeners.

Pros
  • Sturdy, durable build quality.
  • Great audio reproduction.
  • Stable and well padded.
Cons
  • Leaky at higher volumes.
  • Bulky design.
  • Tight on the head.
7.8 Neutral Sound

The DT 770 are very good, closed-back, neutral listening headphones. They deliver a well balanced audio reproduction with a near perfect mid-range and a great bass that doesn't drown instruments and vocals. They don't have the spacious Soundstage of the DT 990 PRO or the DT 880, but they have a better bass thanks to the closed design. However, the bass range was a little inconsistent in our measurements and depended somewhat on the shape of the listener's head. They also tend to sound a little sharp with some tracks due to the emphasized Treble range.

5.0 Commute/Travel

Subpar for commuting. They're sturdy but bulky headphones that barely isolate enough for commuting. That and the lack of controls make them unideal to use on the go.

5.5 Sports/Fitness

Below-average for sports. Although they're tight on the head and won't easily fall, the lack of controls, a detachable cable, and the overall bulky build means they won't be suitable to run with or take to the gym.

5.5 Office

Subpar for office use. They leak a bit too much to use in a quiet office environment.

6.5 Wired Gaming
2.2 Phone Calls
  • 5.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 Neutral Sound
  • 5.0 Commute/Travel
  • 5.5 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.5 Office
  • 4.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.5 Wired Gaming
  • 2.2 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/5/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  5. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro basically look like a closed version of the DT 990 Pro. They have the same circular ear cups and a thick metal frame with a removable cushion strap. They have a utilitarian appeal that may not stand out in a crowd but still looks good enough to comfortably wear outside, despite being slightly bulky.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
1.3 lbs

The Beyerdynamic 770 Pro are a bit too tight on the head. They're decently comfortable to wear for short periods and amply padded. The ear cups are covered with a soft microfiber fabric that feels nice on the skin, and they fit well around most listeners' ears. Unfortunately, like the DT 990 PRO, they clamp the head a bit, which gets uncomfortable after a while. The headband may become looser over time but out-of-the-box, they do not feel as comfortable as the DT 880.

0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
No Controls
Ease Of Use No Controls
Feedback No Controls
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No
6.5
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5.7 C
5.8
Design
Portability
L 7.5 "
W 5.4 "
H 3.2 "
Volume 136 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro, like the DT 880 and DT 990 PRO, are not portable headphones. The ear cups do not fold or lay flat, and although they have a relatively compact build for an open over-ear model, they're still too bulky and cumbersome to carry on you without a bag.

6.0
Design
Case
Type Pouch
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

Comes with a simple pouch that will protect the headphones against scratches and minor water exposure. However, it won't shield them from drops or impacts.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The DT 770 are durable and sturdy headphones. They have the same solid metal frame as DT 990 Pro, and the ear cups are dense enough to handle drops without getting damaged. However, the ear cup enclosures feel a bit plasticky, especially when compared to the premium build and feel of the DT 880s' ear cups.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Beyerdynamic 770 Pro are sufficiently tight on the head that they won't fall during casual listening sessions, unless the non-detachable cable gets hooked on something. However, they're too bulky to run with comfortably. The large ear cups will slide off your ears under high physical activity, so like most critical listening headphones, they won't be ideal to take to the gym.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 Headphones
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
  • Manual
  • Carrying pouch

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.28 db
Treble Amount
0.82 db
6.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.65 dB

Mediocre consistency. The Bass Range of our Over-Ear and On-Ear headphones are measured on 5 different human subjects, 5 times each. In the graphs, each line represents an individual's average Bass response. The closed-back Beyerdynamic 770 Pro shows about 6dB of variance at 30Hz depending on the individual, which is significant. The red line belongs to an individual who wears glasses. On the other hand, The amount of variance in the Treble Range is low, which is good.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
0.95 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
0.3 dB
Mid-Bass
0.0 dB
High-Bass
-0.97 dB

Very good Bass Range performance. Low-bass is flat and extended down to 10Hz, which is excellent. Bass is also re-produced virtually flawlessly. However, high-bass shows a bit of underemphasis which makes the lead/vocals slightly thin. At 2.6dB this effect will be quite subtle though.

9.5
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
0.73 dB
Low-Mid
-0.33 dB
Mid-Mid
0.27 dB
High-Mid
0.85 dB

Excellent Mid Range performance. The response is virtually flat and within 1dB of our target, which is great.

7.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.02 dB
Low-Treble
-0.74 dB
Mid-Treble
3.88 dB
High-Treble
-1.31 dB

Good Treble Range performance. The overall response is rather inconsistent. Low-treble shows a narrow 5dB dip at 3.5KHz, but because of the narrow width the effect will be subtle. Treble and high-treble are overemphasized by an average of 2.5dB, making the sound of these headphones a bit bright and sibilant.

7.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.51 db
Dips
1.46 db
8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.51
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.81
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.09
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.13
5.9
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
4.89 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.33 dB
PRTF Distance
13.25 dB
Openness
4.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.9
0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
8.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.091
WHD @ 100
0.132
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
No Microphone
Isolation
5.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-13.81 dB
Bass
0.08 dB
Mid
-13.16 dB
Treble
-29.6 dB

Mediocre Isolation. The Beyerdynamic 770 Pro isolate passively, using their closed-back ear cups. Therefore, they do not block any noise in the Bass Range. In the Mid Range they achieve a decent 13dB of reduction, and in the Treble Range they perform well by reducing the outside noise by an average of 30dB.

5.7
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
46.44 dB

Poor Leakage. The main issue here is that significant portion of the leakage sits between 400Hz and 10KHz which is relatively broad range. However, the overall level of leakage is not very loud. So the sound leaking out of these headphones will be rather full and Mid-Rangy, but not too loud. If you're in a noise-sensitive environment and are looking for reference headphones that leak less, check out the AKG K371 instead.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
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
0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise N/A
Speech + Subway Noise N/A
SpNR
N/A
Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None
0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

No compatible app.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 3.9 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms
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 Non-BT Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

Compared To Other Headphones

See our recommendations for the best DJ headphones, the best headphones for studio, and the best headphones for music.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

The Audio Technica ATH-M50x and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO have very similar performance, but some might prefer the better build quality of the Beyerdynamic. Their metal frame feels sturdy and the soft padding fabric feels nice on the skin. However, they can be tight for some, especially if you have a larger head. They might also sound a bit sharp for some, and don’t come with as many cable options as the Audio Technica.

Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO

The Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO are slightly better critical listening headphones than the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO thanks to their open-back design. Both headphones are similarly built and are comfortable. They are practically the same headphones, but the 990 are open and the 770 are closed-backs.

Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO

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.

Sennheiser HD 599

The Sennheiser HD 599 and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are both impressive audiophile headphones that each serve their own purpose. The Sennheiser are open-back, so they get less bass, but have an otherwise very balanced, clear sound and open soundstage. The Beyerdynamic are closed-back, so their sound profile can differ a bit more from person to person, but they generally get a lot more bass, but can also sound a bit sharp.

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are better neutral listening headphones than the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro. The Beyerdynamic have an overall more accurate sound profile, although some people find them to be a bit overly sharp. They're also tremendously more comfortable than the Sennheiser and their build quality is noticeably superior as well. On the other hand, the Sennheiser are less leaky, but that's about it.

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are slightly better than the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x. The Beyerdynamic have a slightly more accurate overall sound signature, but some people feel like they are slightly too sharp and piercing. On the upside, they're noticeably more durable than the Audio-Technica thanks to their full-metal frame and large ear cups. If your budget allows it, go for the Beyerdynamic, unless you’re sensitive to higher frequencies.

Beyerdynamic DT 880

The Beyerdynamic DT 880 and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are similarly-performing headphones for critical listening. The DT 880's semi-open design helps to create a slightly more open soundstage. They're also a bit more comfortable and have a more consistent frequency response. However, the DT 770 PRO have a more even sound profile overall, provided you achieve a good fit, and they leak less sound.

AKG K371

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are better over-ear studio headphones than the AKG K371. The Beyerdynamic have a more stable, comfortable fit and feel more durable. While they both have very well-balanced sound profiles, the AKG are slightly more accurate, but their fit is more prone to inconsistencies among users. On the upside, the AKG leak considerably less audio.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO and the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017 are designed for different purposes but are both fairly versatile. The Beyerdynamic are simple studio headphones designed for critical listening, while the Astro A40 provide a customizable gaming experience. However, the Beyerdynamic can be a viable option for gamers who don't need a mic, while the Astro are also a decent choice for mixing podcasts or live streams. The biggest difference is in their sound profiles - the Beyerdynamic sound quite bright, even piercing to some, while the Astro sound less sharp, but are also a bit dark. The Astro have lots of customization options, though, so you can more easily tweak their sound profile to better suit your tastes.

HyperX Cloud Alpha

The HyperX Cloud Alpha and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are very different pairs of headphones. The HyperX are gaming headphones while the Beyerdynamic are headphones designed for critical listening. Therefore, the HyperX are a better choice if you want a microphone, and they're also more comfortable and feel more durable as well. On the other hand, the Beyerdynamic have a better-balanced sound profile, though not by much. 

Sennheiser HD 650

Both the Sennheiser HD 650 and Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are good critical listening headphones, but the Sennheisers are open-back, which could make them sound more open-sounding. The Sennheiser are also a bit more comfortable, but they don’t have the nice and sturdy build of the Beyerdynamic. Additionally, the Beyerdynamic have a better sound profile, notably because of their closed-back design, which helps with a fuller-sounding bass. Their closed design also means they block more ambient noise and leak less than the Sennheiser.

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO

The Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO are marginally better neutral sound listening headphones than the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO thanks to their open-back design that gives them a much better soundstage. That being said, the closed-back design of the 770 PRO means they block more sound and leak less audio, though they still are sub-par in both these regards. The 770 PRO also have a slightly more accurate sound profile, especially in the bass range. Other than that, both headphones are comfortable and feel very well-built.

Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017

For gaming, the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 are better headphones than the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO. The Astro aren't as tight as the Beyerdynamic and have a more accurate audio reproduction. Also, while the Astro are wireless, the latency is negligible, although not nonexistent like the wired Beyerdynamic. The Astro also have a microphone, which the Beyerdynamic lack. If you have a stand-alone mic or you don't need one, the Beyerdynamic is a good sounding wired option.

Sennheiser HD 598 Cs

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are slightly better closed-back critical listening headphones than the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs. Their sound profile is slightly better, but they may sound overly sharp for some people. The Beyerdynamic are very well-built headphones and feel more durable than the Sennheiser. Both headphones are fairly comfortable, but the cups of the Sennheiser are more spacious. The Sennheiser also have an in-line microphone for calls, which can be useful if you want to take calls on the go.

Sennheiser HD 820

The Sennheiser HD 820 are a slightly better closed-back critical listening headphone than the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, but not by much especially considering the price difference between the two headphones. The Sennheiser have a much better and more premium build quality.  They also have more spacious and well-padded earcups that are breathable enough to wear for much longer than the Beyerdynamics. They come with more high-end cables and accessories and do not sound as sharp on vocals and instrumentals as the Beyerdynamics. On the other hand, the Beyerdynamics offer a better value for their price with a more consistent bass reproduction and a fairly even and neutral mid-range. They're also decently well built and comfortable enough for most, although they can be a little tight on the head for some.

TOZO T6 Truly Wireless

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO and the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless are very different headphones. The Beyerdynamic are wired headphones designed for critical listening in the studio, while the TOZO are truly wireless earbuds for casual everyday use. The TOZO support Bluetooth for wireless freedom on-the-go, but this means they have too much latency for studio use.

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