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Reviewed on Jun 02, 2017

Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.4
Mixed Usage
7.9
Critical Listening
5.7
Commute/Travel
5.9
Sports/Fitness
6.1
Office
6.1
TV
5.8
Gaming
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.

Test Results
Design 6.8
Sound 8.0
Isolation 6.0
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 4.8
Pros
  • Studry, durable build quality.
  • Great audio reproduction.
  • Stable and well padded.
Cons
  • Leaky at higher volumes.
  • Bulky design.
  • Tight on the head.
Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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250 OHM DT 770
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6.8

Design

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro are sturdy and durable headphones that look just like the DT 990 but with a closed-back design. They have a thick metal frame capable of withstanding multiple drops. The ear cups are amply padded and coated with a soft microfiber fabric that feels nice on the skin. Unfortunately, they're a bit tight out-of-box which may become slightly uncomfortable during long listening sessions. They're also somewhat bulky and cumbersome to carry around.

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 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 Controls
Ease of use : N/A
Feedback : N/A
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : No
Microphone Control : N/A
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : N/A
6.4 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.7 C
5.8 Portability
L : 7.5 "
W : 5.4 "
H : 3.2 "
Volume : 136 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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 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 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 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.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 3.9 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS
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8.0

Sound

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 are great-sounding closed-back headphones. They have an excellent and extended Bass, a nearly flawless Mid-Range reproduction, and very good imaging and distortion performance. They sound better than the Sony MDR-7506 and as good as the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. However, unlike the M50x, their Treble is a little on the bright and sibilant side. This means they could sound slightly sharp on some tracks and they don't have the most open Soundstage due to their closed design. Unfortunately, their Bass response can also vary a bit from one individual to another. 

8.9 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.67 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
0.64 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-0.8 dB
High-Bass
:
-2.62 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.

9.3 Mid
Std. Err.
:
0.97 dB
Low-Mid
:
-1.06 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-0.32 dB
High-Mid
:
0.04 dB

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

7.7 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.77 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.07 dB
Mid-Treble
:
2.88 dB
High-Treble
:
2.38 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.

6.9 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.

8.3 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.51
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.81
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.09
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
2.13
6.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
4.89 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.33 dB
PRTF Distance
:
13.25 dB
Openness
:
3.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
5.0
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB
8.1 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.276
Weighted THD @ 100
:
2.145

Very good Distortion performance. The amount of harmonic distortion in the Bass Range is on the high side, but harmonic distortion in the lower frequencies are not very audible to humans. The performance in the Mid and Treble Ranges are very good and don't change too much under heavier loads either.

6.0

Isolation

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 have an average noise isolation performance. They block enough ambient noise, to commute via public transit and to use in moderately noisy settings. However, they won't isolate well enough for louder environments, especially, if you don't have any audio playing. Unfortunately, despite being closed-back, they're still quite leaky at higher volumes. So some of what you're listening to will bleed out, which depending on the situation could be distracting to those around you.

6.2 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-13.81 dB
Bass
:
0.08 dB
Mid
:
-13.16 dB
Treble
:
-29.6 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 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 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.

0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
N/A
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
0 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 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A
0

Active Features

No active features.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : 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

No compatible app.

4.8

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

In the box

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

Compared to other Headphones

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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 DT 770. 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 M50x.

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 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 DT 770 PRO are very well-built headphones and feel more durable than the HD 598 Cs. Both headphones are fairly comfortable, but the cups of the HD 598 Cs are more spacious. The HD 598 Cs also have an in-line microphone for calls, which can be useful if you want to take calls on the go.

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 HD 650 are also a bit more comfortable, but they don’t have the nice and sturdy build of the DT 770 PRO. 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 HD 650.

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 HD 820 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.

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6.4 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.
7.9 Critical Listening
The DT 770 are very good, closed-back, critical 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.
5.7 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.
5.9 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.
6.1 Office
Subpar for office use. They leak a bit too much to use in a quiet office environment.
6.1 TV
Above-average for home theater use. They're sufficiently comfortable and have an above-average sound for watching movies. However, since they're wired headphones, they won't have the best range, unless you have an extension cord for the audio cable. They won't be the best headphones, to comfortably watch tv from your couch.

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