|DAC:||Schiit Bifrost Uber|
|Other headphones:||Hifiman HE-350|
The setup we used here is composed of the Schiit stack which is the Asgard and Bifrost Uber to power up the DT990 Pro 250 Ohms. And, the headphones requires a lot of power due to its 250 Ohms impedance. We also used the Hifiman HE-350 as a comparison for our A/B testing.
SIGNATURE AND SOUND IMPRESSIONS
The Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO 250 Ohm’s sound signature is V-shaped where it has an elevated bass and treble with the mids are recessed.
The bass here is too heavy for my taste. You can clearly hear that deep heavy bass through the whole song. The vocals here take the backseat due to its V-shaped sound signature. It’s decent but I am a person who wants to hear on the vocals more than the instruments.
The DT990 played the song quite good. The instruments are well heard throughout the song, but this song focuses more on the vocals of the artist. It is still there but it lacks presence.
This song has a lot of treble to it. Right at the start, you get hit by the heavy cymbals. The treble here is too bright. It might be nice to have treble for added sparkle but this one is too bright and can be fatiguing to listen to.
Gaming wise, they perform well during testing. As the same as my audio impressions above. The treble can be fatiguing and annoying in the long run. No problem in pinpointing gunshots and enemy footsteps as well.
SOUNDSTAGE, IMAGING AND ISOLATION
The DT990 Pro’s soundstage is good. I tried playing Bubbles by Yosi Horikawa to get a general idea of its soundstage and imaging. So far, I am impressed by it.
As an open-back headphone, you can’t expect any isolation from this at all. But the advantages to it like the sound here is airy and open which can be good for critical music listening and gaming as well.
The DT990 Pro 250 Ohms is well-padded. The velour pads are soft, and the driver area has some padding to it if your ears rest on them. The only thing that bothers me is the clamping force. It is too strong and tight which makes me uncomfortable overtime. Overall, it is still a comfortable headset, but I would suggest taking breaks from time to time after wearing them for a long time. I would rate the comfort at 6.75/10.