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Published on February 6th, 2018 | by Greg

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DT-770 Studio: beyerdynamic’s 80-Ohm Wonders

When is a pro model not meant for every professional? When it’s built for the studio! Today’s set of headphones might look distinct from their sister models, with their name clearly imprinted on the side of the cans. But the fact is, the name is mostly to clue you in to the fact that these are built for a fairly specific use, a bit more difficult to drive than perhaps your stage gear or for use on the road. In fact, the only difference between the DT-770 Studio and the classic DT-770 is the name.

But now that we’ve cleared that up, we’ve been testing the beyerdynamic DT-770 Studio headphones many places- but none of them have been in a studio setting. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t grab these if you are hoping for a great travel set or a portable solution- no Bluetooth wireless, for starters- mean they aren’t particularly good for mobile use (and there’s no microphone or mobile controls, plus they don’t fold flat). But they still work wonderfully in a studio apartment, or as a library pair for those who are looking for something neutral, comfortable, and optimized for balanced and clean reproduction.

They’ll sound best with higher-end equipment, not muddy, low bitrate MP3 files- you should have a solid amp, as these high-impedance (80ohm) headphones are optimized for serious gear. There is a mobile version available (with lower 32 ohm impedance rating, and different ear pads). These are a bit more expensive, of course, but feature some of our favorite velour ear pads, similar to those we’ve seen on previous beyerdynamic models. 45mm drivers are powerful enough that we never needed to get above 2/3 of the volume knob. They’re clean and crisp, a little more treble-forward and bass-rear than we expected, with a slight brightness at first that dimmed as we tried them more (even after we burned them in for quite a while).

On electronic tracks, they were snappy and precise, and warm enough for classic soul and classical tracks alike. Hip-hop was a little flat, but no matter what we listened to, the DT-770 Studios were comfortable even over longer sessions. Well-built, the company even sells replacement components should you need, and they are available in two basic color schemes. Closed-back, they won’t leak, and will keep you absorbed. Expect to spend around $199 for the DT-770 Studios, now available online and in stores.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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