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Gray

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such a low price.
It's funny what we regard as a 'low' price.
All of us rightly know that to be a great discount for those (no doubt excellent sounding) headphones.
Never in my life though, will I be able to think of 300 quid as being a low amount.
But I'm well aware of the excellent value here, as my poxy car tax is more than that.
 

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Over a week listening and there is one flaw with the DT990s. Tickets popped up for a Killing Joke tour, so I now have one and that prompted some Killing Joke listening. The DT990s don't do a wall of sound noisy punk rock. There is a sound that is like crackling cellophane, as if something is distorting in the treble. If I really listen for it, I can just hear it with the AKG K271s, but I had not noticed it before. The AKGs are far better when I want some punk rock.

The DT990s are very unforgiving of noisy, busy music, as they reveal more of the treble than any other headphone I have owned. I suspect the Hifiman HE6 I had a loan of a few years ago are the most detailed and revealing of all the headphones I have listened to, but there were no distortion sounding issues, even with the noisy stuff.
 

Gray

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Over a week listening and there is one flaw with the DT990s. Tickets popped up for a Killing Joke tour, so I now have one and that prompted some Killing Joke listening. The DT990s don't do a wall of sound noisy punk rock. There is a sound that is like crackling cellophane, as if something is distorting in the treble. If I really listen for it, I can just hear it with the AKG K271s, but I had not noticed it before. The AKGs are far better when I want some punk rock.

The DT990s are very unforgiving of noisy, busy music, as they reveal more of the treble than any other headphone I have owned. I suspect the Hifiman HE6 I had a loan of a few years ago are the most detailed and revealing of all the headphones I have listened to, but there were no distortion sounding issues, even with the noisy stuff.
I'm guessing you might listen at higher level than most - but I would have thought it would be too loud before noticeable distortion.
Maybe it is :unsure:
 

idc

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I mean that as in the DT990s are picking up something from the original recording that is not quite right, rather than the headphones themselves are distorting. Nothing against Killing Joke or whoever recorded their Pylon album, it is as if they missed something that is making a tizzzing or zinging noise in the high treble.
 
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idc

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That is over a month now and whilst I am happy enough with the DT990s, I would not recommend them.

Compared to my AKG K271s, they can sound a bit dull and to come alive, need my amp (which is powerful for a headphone amp) put up to the maximum volume I am OK listening to, so not suitable for long term listening.

There is that occasional crackling noise in the treble I first noticed with Killing Joke.

They are very revealing, so sound amazing with well recorded music and pretty poor with not so well recorded music.

They are very comfortable.

So, the flaws are enough that I would not have bought them, but for £110 I am OK with occasional listening. My AKG K271s still rule the roost.
 
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Gray

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My AKG K271s still rule the roost.
Headphones are every bit as subjective as speakers, where no pair does everything right.

Bit of a long shot, but I wonder if your Beyers have the hair issue. Owners of one Beyer model (can't recall which) reported frequency-dependent distortion caused by a single trapped hair touching the driver (I know it sounds like some April Fool joke).
 

idc

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Headphones are every bit as subjective as speakers, where no pair does everything right.

Bit of a long shot, but I wonder if your Beyers have the hair issue. Owners of one Beyer model (can't recall which) reported frequency-dependent distortion caused by a single trapped hair touching the driver (I know it sounds like some April Fool joke).
No stray hairs!
 
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