Beyerdynamic DT770 M Headset for Drummers Front of House and Inline Volume Control
- Closed diffuse-field studio headphone, innovative bass-reflex system, Made in Germany
- 80 ohms impedance for monitoring, Excellent isolation of external noise (35 dBA), Ideal for drummers
- Robust, comfortably cushioned and adjustable spring steel headband construction, service-friendly design since all parts can be replaced easily
- High wearing comfort: soft, circumaural and replaceable softskin ear pads, soft headband pads, single-sided cable (3.0 m straight cable)
- Includes: DT 770 M headphone, stereo 6.35 mm jack adapter, drawstring bag, operating instructions, warranty booklet
Transducer type dynamic Connector Gold plated stereo mini jack (3.5 mm) and 1/4 adapter (6.35 mm) Weight without cable 300g Frequency response 5Hz - 30kHz Nominal impedance 80 Ω per system Nominal SPL 105 dB Nominal THD < 0.2% Power handling capacity 100 mW Sound coupling to the ear Circumaural Ambient noise isolation > 35 dB (A) 3m cable
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I have had numerous over-the-ears headsets and earplug headsets the past 10 years and they all have contributed to hearing loss in one way or another. Nothing ever balanced right and I had to keep the volume up to overcome the ambient sound of the drums. These headphones darn near eliminate the ambient drum sound which allows me to operate them at a very low volume and still distinctly hear both the music and the drums without the ambient drum noise masking them both. My Beyerdynamic DT-770s are every bit as good as my high end Bose over-the-ear headphones I use on long international flights. They do different things, of course, but in terms of overall quality and effectiveness at what they do, I'd rate them equal.
If these headphone were hanging in a music store and I had a chance to play drums wearing them, I'd easily have been willing to pay double what they cost. To say I'm pleased would be a gross understatement and while they're a bit bulky that's precisely why they are extremely comfortable to wear. The Beyerdynamic DT-770-M-80 headphones as good as any headsets I have ever owned including my Bose.
In terms of sound quality, the PXC 550 is clearly first, the DT 770 M is second, while the 3M Worktunes is a close third. Seriously, the 3M Worktunes isn't that bad in terms of sound quality!
All that said, you may have a skull shape that is different from mine and the 35 dB rating of the DT 770 M is actually true. For me, both the PXC 550 and Worktunes blow the DT 770 M out of the water in the isolation department. I really wish that I did not have to return the headphone.
They do a great job of filtering out the sounds of both the drums and the cymbals. Of course, I can still hear what I'm playing, but now the live drums sounds coming from the room are nicely mixed with the sounds of rest of the band coming from the headphones. I don't have to crank up the volume too high, which is good on the ears, but I still have the option to turn it up a bit on the more rocking tunes.
I do have have two minor criticisms on these phones. First, the sound quality is a notch below my Bose or Yamaha headphones, so I don't use them for mixing. Not a problem for me since that's not why I bought them. Second, the volume control is a bit too touchy. When I'm recording, I typically have the cord falling behind me. The first time I used them, while I was playing, the volume control rubbed against my shoulder which caused the sound to turn completely off. A quick re-routing of the cord to fall in front of the shoulder and under the arm has solved the problem. An easy workaround, but a firmer volume control would be a good idea.
The bottom line - these headphones are exactly what I need, and the two minor drawbacks don't impact their ability to perform the role for which they were purchased. No question - five stars.