It's funny what we regard as a 'low' price.such a low price.
I'm guessing you might listen at higher level than most - but I would have thought it would be too loud before noticeable distortion.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.
Headphones are every bit as subjective as speakers, where no pair does everything right.My AKG K271s still rule the roost.
No stray hairs!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).
I never underestimate the power of the brain to influence what people 'hear'.After a gap of not listening to the DT990 Pros, due to the purchase of some Shure SRH1540s, I find that after getting used to the sound of the Shures, the DT990s don't sound as bad as they did when swapping between them and my AKG K271s. They do not sound as flat as they did swapping them with the AKG.
I wonder if the ear gets so used to a certain sound, that something which is noticeably different sounds bad. The Shures are not as different to the DT990s as the AKGs are, so the transition between the two does not jar as it did before.
You are probably right with solid state electronics but, I think it is different where there are moving parts involved.I never underestimate the power of the brain to influence what people 'hear'.
(And I don't care what anyone says about 'burn in'.....always (much) more a case of brain learning / adaption than anything physically changing).
Yes, I've never said that running in of mechanical devices is not a thing, just that I think too many people give it too much credibility.You are probably right with solid state electronics but, I think it is different where there are moving parts involved.
When I got my Elegias I tried them briefly, just out of the box and, they where a bit disappointing. I ran them loud for 24 hours, as recommended by Focal, without listening at all. After running-in they sounded a lot better. No way my hearing got used to them during running-in.