July 24, 2024

Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO Open-Back Studio Headphones – Review

beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO

The legendary beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO headphones have been a mainstay in the studio for years, and for good reason.

The beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO headphones are open-back. That means there’s less pressure and more position for the stereo image. You’ll be able to better judge things like panning and spatial effects with these headphones, vs. closed-back headphones.

The DT 990 PROs are also extremely comfortable. They are probably the most comfortable headphones I have ever used. The frame is super light, and the ear cups are covered in a soft velour – so you almost forget you even have them on.

The DT 990 PRO headphones are most suited for mixing and mastering. You can track with them, but ONLY if you are not using microphones. Since they are open-back, sound will pour out of these things and into any nearby microphone. So, don’t get these for singing, podcasting, or anything else where a live microphone is involved. Check out the video below to see why you don’t want to use these around mics ⬇️⬇️⬇️

The sound is stunning. Extremely natural, almost like you are listening through speakers in a room. You have a much better sense of space with the DT 990’s vs. closed-back phones.

*We are reviewing the 250 ohm version. There is also an 80 ohm version.

You could mix and master on these phones without the need for a virtual mix room plugin. However, since the DT 990’s are so popular, most Virtual Mix Room plugins will have a DT 990 profile – so that can be an extra layer of realism for you to check your mix on.


The DT 990 Pro’s make a great addition to your studio and will expand what you can do using ONLY headphones. I highly recommend them, unless you want to spend more than $200, in which case you should look at the DT 900 PRO X and DT 1990 PRO models.


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