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DT 990 Edition (32 Ohms)

DT 990 Edition

Made in Germany
Article Number: 483958
Delivery time: 3-4 days

Premium HiFi headphones, open

The new sophisticated DT 990 is a headphone for enthusiasts and will satisfy you with a perfect sound and comfort. The use of high-quality material and the distinctive design underline the standard of a high end model. The headphone is still handcrafted in Germany warranting a high quality.

The present version with 32 Ohms is suitable for the use with portable playback devices, but equally with hi-fi systems, with television or with purpose-built headphone amplifiers.

  • Open back design
  • Strong bass and treble
  • Robust spring steel headband
  • Single-sided cable
  • Soft headband pad
  • Gold-plated 1/8" mini stereo jack plug (3.5 mm) and 1/4" adapter (6.35 mm)

Product reviews:

"The first week i've been listening to music much more often because these make it sound so much better."
(, 09/2010)

"The DT 990 provides a rich and engaging experience like I never had with any headphones."
"Volume: For those of you worried about amplifiers and such, I'm using my DT 990 with my MacBook Pro, iPhone and iPad without any issues."
"...if you love to feel surrounded by your music and love strong basses these are the earphones for you. They are super comfort and have an amazing sound."
(, 08/2010)

"... excellent open ear design, true sound reproduction..."
(, 08/2010)

"The clarity of the DT 990s is superb. You hear everything, whether you want to or not."
(, 07/2010)

• Analytical and high-resolution audio reproduction
• Strong bass and treble
• Lightest headphone of its class

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beyerdynamic Inc. USA
56 Central Ave.
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Phone +1 (631) 293-3200

technical data

EAN   4010118483950
Transmission type   Wired
Headphone design (operating principle)   Open
Headphone impedanceAlso known as nominal impedance. The impedance is the AC resistance of the coils of loudspeakers and headphones in ohms. Since impedance depends on the frequency, it is always specified at a frequency of one kilohertz.   32 ohms
Headphone frequency responseThe frequency response specifies the highest and lowest frequencies reproduced by the acoustic transducer of the headphones.   5 - 35,000 Hz
Nominal sound pressure levelThe acoustical level, the headphone transducer produces to an artificial ear (a measurement device, which simulates a human ear) with an input power of 1 mW (dB/mW @ 500 Hz).   96 dB
ConstructionSound coupling to the ear. A differentiation is made between supraaural headphones, circumaural headphones and in-ear headphones.   Circumaural (around the ear)
Cable & plug   Straight connecting cable with mini-jack plug (3.5 mm) & ¼“ adapter (6.35 mm)
Net weight without packaging   290 g

Spec Sheet

accessories for DT 990 Edition

DT Hard Case
DT Hard Case
Sturdy hard carry case for circumaural headphones
DT Hard Case
Luxury hard case
Luxury hard case
Hard carry case with luxury materials
Luxury hard case
DT-Drawstring Bag
DT-Drawstring Bag
Nylon drawstring bag for headphones and headsets
DT-Drawstring Bag


Spec Sheet

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DT 990 Edition: Sound is beautiful controlled and precise 08/2010
Title: Beyerdynamic DT-990 Premium 600 Ohm Audiophile Version Headphone
Author: Chris Martens 08/2010
Title: Beyerdynamic DT-990 Premium 600 Ohm Audiophile Version Headphone
Author: Chris Martens


"For this test we tried, at Beyerdynamic’s recommendation, the 600-Ohm Audiophile Version of the DT-990, and found its sound beautifully controlled and precise."

"OVERVIEW: Consider this headphone if: you want an exceptionally light, comfortable, and beautifully made open-back headphone, and that sounds open, alive, and very revealing (in the best sense of that word)."

"Look further if: you require tonal balance that offers textbook neutrality, or if you require a closed-back or semi-closed-back headphones (if those are your priorities, the DT-880PRO is the better choice)."

"Ratings (relative to comparably priced headphones):

• Tonal Balance: 8.5
• Frequency Extremes: 9.5
• Clarity: 9.5
• Dynamics: 9.5 (note: performance in this area is amplifier dependant)
• Comfort/Fit: 9
• Sensitivity: 8
• Value: 9 "

"First, as mentioned above, the DT-990 Premium is a very revealing (or analytical) headphone, and I think this has much to do with the fact that it may be one of the most fine-grained dynamic headphones in its price class."


"Sonically speaking, the DT-990 is like that fine-grain screen, so that sounds—even very subtle, low-level sounds that might ordinarily get buried in the playback mix—suddenly unfold against a grain-free background and are made plain as day. This factor alone makes the DT-990 a joy to hear."

"Second, the DT-990 has an open and dynamically alive sound, which I feel sets it apart from the DT-880. Except when driven by very powerful amplifiers, the DT-880 can have an ever-so-light constricted sound (as if it’s not being fed with quite enough power to really throw back its head and sing properly). By contrast, the DT-990, perhaps because it is an open-back design, has a more expressive character that takes large -scale dynamic shifts in stride while also effortlessly revealing subtle small-scale shifts in dynamic emphasis."

"The tonal balance of the DT-990 is not, strictly speaking, neutrally balanced. The headphone does, as Beyerdynamic’s literature suggests, offer “strong bass and treble,” which will lead many to pose this question: just how strongly are the bass and treble emphasized? The answer is that the DT-990’s two regions of tonal emphasis are both relatively tasteful and not garishly exaggerated. As a result, the DT-990’s bass, though somewhat forward sounding, is consistently taut, punchy and well controlled—not loose, boomy, or overblown. Similar, the DT-990’s extreme highs (roughly 10kHz and up) are upturned in response, but for the most part sound smooth and sweet—not edgy, strident, or brittle."

"While proponents of strict neutrality (and under most circumstances I am one) might ultimately choose a headphone other than this one, I think prospective buyers would do well to listen to the DT-990 with an open mind, and then to decide how they feel about its frequency response characteristics. After I listened to the DT-990 on a few favorite recordings, I personally found its sound quite easy to embrace."

DT 880/DT 990: Headphones for your ears only
pure value Ausg. 4, 11/2014
Title: Plenty of individuality
Author: Andreas Günther

pure value Ausg. 4, 11/2014
Title: Plenty of individuality
Author: Andreas Günther

Translated from the original German article


For large auditoriums there are customised microphone concepts, for individual ears unique headphone are manufactured. The lot size of one becomes a core message at the company’s headquarters in Heilbronn. On their website beyerdynamic provide a headphone configurator, like the car industry, for the DT 880 and DT 990 over-ear headphones. Which colour, which leather, perhaps a plate with your name? This is a good sign: The individuality costs only a little more than the standard model; at best a modest waiting time of two weeks.

DT 990 Edition: Spectacular Sound
Stereo 01/2008

Stereo 01/2008

Translated from the original German article

It is comfortable when wearing and it sits right without creating any pressure. The sound is really spectacular with powerful highs and a crispy bass. It is never too intrusive, but it is also not very light. A wonderful reproduction of vocals.

Price/performance: Very good


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