Beyerdynamic DT770-80 Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Beyerdynamic Model DT770-80
Headphone Type Closed Circumaural Headband Type Single
Weight (g) 300 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Plastic Isolation (dB) 17
Impedance (ohms) 80 Cable Length (cm) 300
Frequency Response (Hz) 5 - 30000  
Connector 3.5mm with 6.5mm adaptor Street Price US$150
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 8.7 Bass Impact 8.3
Bass Quality 6.3 Mids Quality 5.2
Highs Quality 6.2 Soundstage 5.9
Detail 6.0 Portability 3.7
Isolation 6.6 Comfort 7.3
Durability 7.9 Improvement With Amplification 7.6
Value for Money 7.2    
Overall Score 6.4 Total Reviews 8

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Review by Lead Reviewer commando on 14 Nov 15  15:00
Individual review
Bass Extension9
Bass Impact9
Bass Quality6
Mids Quality3
Highs Quality5
Detail6
Comfort5
Durability5
Value5

These things are bass monsters! Anyone who loves bass will love these, but if you prefer a more ballanced sound look elsewhere. These are a good upgrade for Sony MDR-V series owners - they still have the bass but add detail, clarity, and treble extension. I marked the bass quality down, because although it'd very loud, it's too loud.

Overall, I think the mids are too weak, the bass is too strong, and the sound isn't as clear as it should be - it's definitely more veiled than my A900s. Recommended for bassheads only.

Review by Senior Member wilashort on 17 Jan 08  15:50
Individual review
Bass Extension9
Bass Impact8
Bass Quality6
Mids Quality5
Highs Quality7
Detail6
Comfort9
Durability10
Value8

I had this headphone for more that 11 months.
All that i have to say is that this headphone have a Good and conservative look and a very good Quality of materials, and sound very good (sound excellent and Surprisingly open in music with my recent Corda Arietta amp and source). Exceed that of the my ex 5.1 speakers (Altec lansing VS3151) in the bass and almost on par in the highs, but with more detail.

What i like more about this headphone is the confort, his Bass sound decent for me and his Treble sound a little better that the bass.
The midrange without EQ sound closed in and recessed, but clear.
It has good detail too. The mids in this headphone excells more with male voices than with female, and both have an good timbre.
Recently i have use the winrip program and in the voice preset, it sound A LOT better (airier, with pressence, clean and clearer, it's prominent (a little more that the bass!) and isn't recessed anymore or closed in)
In the soft mode, the effect is less prominent (specially in the treble).

The bass is good (better than that of my ex 5.1 speakers) but bloated and tends to distort, when there are a lot of low bass with high volume (i had to use the EQ to lower the volume in the lowest bass zone). it has very good extension and Slam (For me it's a little bit weaker than my DT990. It is slightly weak in the midbass and weak in the highbass zone, but not much).
This bass is slower (Excelent for Movies but regular with fast music) but had a very good feel of it (is more as and speaker subwoofer) and has very good weight (specially in the deepest zone).

The treble isn't very airy but is good anyway. very well extended, is slightly sibilant with some music and TV programs but isn't annoying.

The soundstage in this headphone is very good for a closed headphone but isn't very airy, without a very good amp. It's almost 3D Like and spacious in width and height (slightly less than in width) but narrow in deep (front and rear)
In music i can hear clearly (with my amp) where the instrument is in the soundstage and the voices.
The image and instrument/voices separation are very good (with the help of my amp) for a headphone of this class.

The headstage is bigger too (almost as big as my DT990 in the width and height) than more closed headphones, is surreal in reality.

In isolation, it doesn't leak sound to the outside even with loud volumes. My father can't hear nothing, and that is from a distance longer than of few inches and with a very loud volume.
I don't know but i can hear sound a little easily from it that from my other headphone, but in high volumes i can't hear nothing but the strongest outsides sounds (Thunders, explosions).
The comfort is excellent, (is major in the headband than my DT990) it is perfect for me. I can use the headphones all the day, without feel discomform. And i use glasses.

The Durability seem to last for various decades (the hard plastic and steel can last forever).
It has very good quality materials that i don't experiment in another headphone and less in this price range, and the same is the build quality; in one word, excelent. The apparence is conservative but very nice (i like it much).

A very good quality amp (portable or desktop) is really necessary to make it sound his best possible. and with the loudest volume levels and bass impact.

For the price, you get a very good headphone, with excelent comfort and excelent build quality (that is something lacking in various headphones below this price range or even higher.
It's an excelent headphone with an elevated level of customization to improve his sound quality.

My Ratings are:
- Bass Extension: 9
- Bass Impact: 8
- Bass Quality: 6
- Mids Quality: 5
- Highs Quality: 7
- Soundstage: 6,5
- Detail: 6
- Portability: 5
- Isolation: 7
- Comfort: 9,5
- Durability: 10
- Improvement with Amplification: 8
- Value for the Money: 8

Review by Senior Member Iron_Dreamer on 01 Jul 07  12:10
Individual review
Bass Extension8
Bass Impact9
Bass Quality5
Mids Quality5
Highs Quality5
Detail5
Comfort7
Durability9
Value6

The Beyerdynamic DT770, the original bass monster mid-fi headphones. Yes friends, bass is the name of the game with these cans, so if you don't like it loud, powerful, deep, and upfront, than just walk away and they won't hurt you, I promise.

The DT770 family of headphones is well-known for having some of the most powerful, impactful bass around, and the 770-80 takes it a step further, with tighter bass than its' predecessors. Though hardly world-class, 770-80's improved bass tightness allows it to present a more balanced and detailed sound. Bass certainly still dominates, but it does not reign like a tyrant.

The midrange of the 770-80 is still a bit buried under the bass and treble, but is not quite as severely. The result is that the 770-80 is a bit more involving and rewarding to listen to. I can honestly recommend as an all-around can for those who like bass, rather than solely a bass-monster.

The treble is well-extended for the price, with a slight lower treble peak that can be slightly harsh depending on the recording quality. The resulting soundstage is pretty decent for closed cans, better than many in both size and imaging.

These make great headphones for home theater, gaming, or hip hop (if you like your subwoofers, and I know you do). They don't need an amp on most gear, but certainly improve quite a bit with one. They are some of the toughest cans I have ever used, and are very comfortable if you don't have a titanic noggin. A good deal for general purpose closed cans, if you especially like your bass, and even more so if you can get them for ~$150 at Guitar Center.

My ratings:
Bass Extension: 8
Bass Impact: 9
Bass Quality: 5
Mids Quality: 5
Highs Quality: 5
Soundstage: 5
Detail: 5
Portability: 3
Isolation: 5
Comfort: 7
Durability: 9
Improvement with Amplification: 5
Value for the Money: 6

Review by Senior Member AudioDelite on 18 Jun 07  17:25
Individual review
Bass Extension9
Bass Impact8
Bass Quality6
Mids Quality5
Highs Quality4
Detail6
Comfort6
Durability6
Value7

Definitely the bass monsters of the headphone world. I've had these for a while now, before I got my amp. I though they were pretty good before amplification. The bass was there and the detail pleased me. Very fun to listen to.
However, when I simply plugged them into a Total BitHead amp... whoa! The bass kinda scared me. On especially bassy songs (but very good bassy), the vibrating cups soothingly massage my skull. While the bass tends to be slightly overbearing (overshadowing the more tender highs and detail), it is a blast to turn up and enjoy. The good highs exist, but it's like trying to hear one of the Chipmunks over a 747 (hyperbole, but you catch my drift).

Review by Senior Member epb613 on 30 Aug 05  10:39
Individual review
Bass Extension9
Bass Impact8
Bass Quality6
Mids Quality5
Highs Quality6
Detail6
Comfort7
Durability7
Value7

These are fantastic phones for rap, pop, and rock music, but I think the bass and lower mids are too overpowering for classical.

Review by Senior Member Jahn on 05 Dec 04  20:32
Individual review
Bass Extension9
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality5
Mids Quality5
Highs Quality7
Detail6
Comfort8
Durability9
Value7

These cans are indeed the Bassmeisters. If you modify them by contacting www.headphile.com they will become the Darth Beyers. As mentioned, the bass is huge, enveloping and reaches down deep. Headphile mods will tighten the bass up and give it even more extension. But be warned, the bass never gets as much slam/impact as, say, the lively bass slam in the Grado line.

Because the bass is so prevalent (and unmodded, a bit spread out) it masks the mids, which are actually quite nice when brought out by the Headphile mods. Folks say the mids are recessed and there is a veil, but actually the mids are there, it's just that the Bass is so overwhelming...

Highs are very there. Careful- they could get bright on you, plus sibilance. Headphile mods tame the highs, but retain the nice detail, and reduce sibilance.

Amplification for the 80 Ohm is not a necessity - for the 600 ohm version, it's a must. Amping for either version will bring out that amazing bass we're talking about - even a cmoy can do the trick in a pinch.

Isolation is very good, and the soundstage is far reaching. These make for great gaming cans.

Overall, these are situational cans. Want Bass? Want to Game? Watch Movies? These cans will do the trick. Want a dry, neutral, delicate touch to your hi def audio listening experience? Look elsewhere.

Review by Member alejandro.bnet on 10 Aug 09  08:05
Individual review
Bass Extension8
Bass Impact8
Bass Quality7
Mids Quality6
Highs Quality8
Detail7
Comfort8
Durability9
Value7

i bought this headphone and im very impressed of its sound accuarte.
my last headphone was behringer hps-3000, and at the first time I thought they were excelent but after hearing the dts 770, these were cheap and low quality headphones.
BASS:
The bass is powerful and clear. you dont need any EQ to improve it, the bass is just there, and is clear.
its perfect for games and movies
Mids:
The voices are clear and accurate,but rarely they get darken by higs. (only if the music has to much treble)
Highs.
this is a strong point of it.
this headphone can play even the smallest high signal from all kind of media,.
highs are clear and powerful and they dont get distorted.
sometimes i even dont improve highs when im listening SACD or dvd audios
on normal cds i use only +6dB on 16khz.
i think its just enough.
cons:
the are hard to move from on place to other, these cans are really big

Review by Member mmmmcheese on 08 Jun 05  14:44
Individual review
Bass Extension9
Bass Impact9
Bass Quality8
Mids Quality5
Highs Quality6
Detail5
Comfort8
Durability9
Value8

Comfort: The Dt770s are very comfy. The velor pads really feel great. There is a little bit of clamp when you first get them, but with use they will clamp less and less.

Bass: These cans are absolute bass monsters. They will pump your head full of that low-end goodness like no other. It has a massive impact and it is clear and not muddy.

Mids: The mids on the 770s are reccessed fom about 200~900 hertz. It is noticable and in some recordings the guitars sound 'thin'. If you have an EQ that can be fixed wuite easily.They also have a little bit of a forward approach similar to Grados.

Highs: The highs are almost just right. They have a very slight harshness to them but not enough for my tastes. They also have a little bit of a forward approach similar to Grados.

Overall these cans are a great buy and anyone who is a basshead should own these.

Beyerdynamic DT770-80