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Beyerdynamic DT 990PRO - quality/material changed?!
Old 20th March 2019
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Beyerdynamic DT 990PRO - quality/material changed?!

Hey there guys,

I have the following issue: For the past 12 years or so, I've used an DT990PRO headphone for headphone-checking my mixes. I know, not the best one, but I am pretty damn used to its sound over the time.

Now: I had a band here from a quite remote part of the earth and he needed some alright headphones so I gave him mine and ordered some new ones.

So first thing: They dropped in price quite a lot: They sell at 122€ - i bought the old one 12 years ago for around 170€ on sale. Also: the material seems different than the older batches, less matte, a bit more shiny and... cheap looking if you ask me. But who cares, maybe mine looked the same back in the days Also the size adjustment-thing doesnt go as smooth as with my others.

But most irritating: They sound quite different! The new ones seem to have more hyped highs at around 12khz that I am NOT used to. Of course, the DT990 are rather bright headphones in general, but this is more than I am used to. And yes, same 250Ohms Version.

Did anybody else realize a quality change in newer batches of DT770 or DT990 since the price drop? Or is this behaviour normal when headphones gets older and caused by material-fatigue or something?
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