BeyerDynamic DT1770 Pro Review
April 2016 – We had a chance to test the next generation of studio reference headphones from Beyerdynamics the DT1770PRO. This new headphone is designed for the studio, live location recording, DJ & home studio use. It is the premier platform the BD Tesla drivers which use new materials to create and control a high magnetic flux density for enhanced performance and accuracy in a closed 250 ohm headphones. This next generation 2.0 Tesla systems provides high efficiency and distortion-free sound even with high resolution 24bit & uncompressed data. This results in an improved spherical spatial characteristic even at the high output levels.
The new Tesla drivers, have a larger Frequency response range of 5 Hz - 40,000 Hz at 250 ohms and a Nominal SPL of 102 dB SPL (1 mW / 500 Hz) and Max. SPL of 125 dB SPL (200 mW / 500 Hz) with a T.H.D. of < 0.05% (1 mW / 500 Hz). The headphones are corded with a detachable cord. The units come with a straight and a coiled cable that have the integrated mini-XLR connector for the headphones. The other end supports both the ¼” and 3.5mm mini plugs.
The clarity of sound is beyond that of the DT770PRO. There is no perceptible lag between the two channels, and the spatial response is also exceptionally clear for mixing with surround sound. The improved high frequency range allows overtones and harmonics to be heard and does not saturate over extended use. The bass response is also improved. The new ear covering and cushion does not absorb and muddy the sound on the bass, so it remains crisp and presents all of its punch to the listener.
The unit can be used in a single ear configuration for use in live mixing and DJ applications. It is designed to support 24 bit sound and uncompressed audio files. The new drivers have a reduced THD that does not interfere with the 24bit playback.
The unit can be used with standard drivers or with a pre-amp. The headphones performed well on acoustic, vocal, big band, rock, and gaming soundtracks. The closed design has some limits for the “open spatial” response of an open ear design for classical or orchestral, but it excels as an ensemble through mid-sized group product. It performed as good as possible for a closed ear system. A key point was for use with synthesizer and sampled systems which allow for the full sound, and compression artifacts of the samples to be heard for inclusion into finished pieces.
After the long wait, the new “reference” headphones have arrived. The units provide an affordable alternative to the over $1000 specialty solutions such as electrostatic drive or even the DB flagship T1.2 headphones that allow home studio, small studio and professional studios to have a really usable product. The new DT1770 Pro is available now at both traditional and on-line retailers and has an MSRP of $599