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[Amazon.ca] Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro - 636$ lowest price ever

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DealCanuck wrote: Don’t you need flac encoded songs for this to notice any difference?
No. You can use WAV, AAC, MP3 or even CDs. (i.e. it's not about the encoding format)
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PerformingAzura wrote: I have the dt990 600ohm how does this compare?

I don't use an amp.
600ohm and no amp?! You are clearly missing on something. It's impossible that your device can drive those headphones by themselves.
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zobblplatz wrote: Not at all true. Any decent to high end motherboard will handle these just fine.

I had a pair for a while, worked great with my Z390 Aorus Master.

Personally I wouldn’t buy these again though. I’ll only buy planar headphones in this price bracket.
Why Planar, is that tech better than regular tech at this price range ~$600?
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Will these be any better than High-End bluetooth headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM3 on high quality Spotify?
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coffeebean wrote: Will these be any better than High-End bluetooth headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM3 on high quality Spotify?
Can't say since I don't own both (only DT1990s) but these two headphones are for completely different purposes. While Sony's is wireless and focuses on portability and sound isolation, Beyerdynamics are for home use. You'd get the Beyerdynamic sound signature (clear, high trebles) and Sony usually leans more towards the punchy powerful bass sounds. If you want something for home use and have the supporting equipment (DAC/AMP), the DT1990s are fantastic. I've had them for about two years and I always grab them whenever a piece of music catches my attention and I feel like I need the whole experience.
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clazaa wrote: Can't say since I don't own both (only DT1990s) but these two headphones are for completely different purposes. While Sony's is wireless and focuses on portability and sound isolation, Beyerdynamics are for home use. You'd get the Beyerdynamic sound signature (clear, high trebles) and Sony usually leans more towards the punchy powerful bass sounds. If you want something for home use and have the supporting equipment (DAC/AMP), the DT1990s are fantastic. I've had them for about two years and I always grab them whenever a piece of music catches my attention and I feel like I need the whole experience.
Personally, any over / around ear headphone is for home use. It's a bit clownish to be wearing that stuff on the streets like some hoodrat. It's also unsafe to isolate from your surroundings outside. For Portability I only go for bluetooth earbuds or earhook headphones.

So Sony's WH-1000XM3 headphones would only be for home use. But the wireless capability allows you to pace around while thinking of a solution for work, for example.
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coffeebean wrote: Will these be any better than High-End bluetooth headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM3 on high quality Spotify?
Well, you always sacrifice sound quality for advantages as far as portable use goes with headphones like the Sonys, so it's not difficult to get better sound quality from cheaper or same priced, fulled sized, open headphones.
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chatbox wrote: No. You can use WAV, AAC, MP3 or even CDs. (i.e. it's not about the encoding format)
I mean to notice any difference
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chatbox wrote:
Technically, all headphones, earphones, earbuds require an amp to function.

How are you even able to (satisfactorily) use a 600ohms headphones without an amp?
xblackdemonx wrote: 600ohm and no amp?! You are clearly missing on something. It's impossible that your device can drive those headphones by themselves.
Well I am using a desktop PC, and my onboard audio has a mode for an audio device over 110ohms.... (so I guess I do have an amp?) The headphones work fine on my phone though; it's quieter, but the max volume is perfect for me. On my desktop the max volume starts to hurt.

I used to have an ASUS XONAR STX sound card which had support for 600ohms, but I didn't notice a difference switching between onboard and sound card, so I permanently switched to onboard and sold the sound card.
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DealCanuck wrote: I mean to notice any difference
I understood your question. That's still my answer.
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mopex wrote: Well, you always sacrifice sound quality for advantages as far as portable use goes with headphones like the Sonys, so it's not difficult to get better sound quality from cheaper or same priced, fulled sized, open headphones.
that makes more sense, cheaper.
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PerformingAzura wrote: Well I am using a desktop PC, and my onboard audio has a mode for an audio device over 110ohms.... (so I guess I do have an amp?) The headphones work fine on my phone though; it's quieter, but the max volume is perfect for me. On my desktop the max volume starts to hurt.

I used to have an ASUS XONAR STX sound card which had support for 600ohms, but I didn't notice a difference switching between onboard and sound card, so I permanently switched to onboard and sold the sound card.
...still has an amp.

Just because there's sound coming out from the headphones, that doesn't mean it's 'right'. (Just because a pancake is flat, doesn't mean it'll taste good.)
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PerformingAzura wrote: Well I am using a desktop PC, and my onboard audio has a mode for an audio device over 110ohms.... (so I guess I do have an amp?) The headphones work fine on my phone though; it's quieter, but the max volume is perfect for me. On my desktop the max volume starts to hurt.

I used to have an ASUS XONAR STX sound card which had support for 600ohms, but I didn't notice a difference switching between onboard and sound card, so I permanently switched to onboard and sold the sound card.
Just remember that amps provide different levels of power at different frequencies. So while you might get sufficient volume you might be lacking high end, low end and dynamics. This is especially true for planars.
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Ren wrote: Just remember that amps provide different levels of power at different frequencies. So while you might get sufficient volume you might be lacking high end, low end and dynamics. This is especially true for planars.
Serious question, not trying to criticize, If a person can't tell the difference between their on-board PC Motherboard DAC and a dedicated soundcard DAC, then are they likely able to distinguish the benefits of a $600 headphone compared to a $200 headphone?

Other than the psychological placebo effect....
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coffeebean wrote: Serious question, not trying to criticize, If a person can't tell the difference between their on-board PC Motherboard DAC and a dedicated soundcard DAC, then are they likely able to distinguish the benefits of a $600 headphone compared to a $200 headphone?

Other than the psychological placebo effect....
Well to be honest, both are very entry level audio solutions, so even though I haven't heard either of them I would lean towards yes. The simplest solution would be to audition a different dac/amp solution with a good pair of headphones. Just remember that just because some people like these headphones doesn't mean you will. The more expensive they get, the more they have to lean towards your taste in music.

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