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How a Ninja made the DT990 a gamerís go-to can.
« on: October 08, 2020, 12:17:35 PM »


Confessions of a confused non-gamer.

I am not a gamer, but Iíve noticed much interest and discussions about the Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro headphones in recent months.

So how did a headphone that was first launched in 1985 all of a sudden become a darling of the headphone community?

My research leads back to this guy: Born Tyler Blevins in 1991, serious gamers probably know him by his alias: Ninja. As of March, 2020, he had over 5.5M Twitter followers, 23M Youtube Subscribers, 14.7M followers on Twitch. And his headphone of choice?

The Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro.

Headphones and microphones made for gaming has become a billion dollar industry in itself, so I find it quite charming that one of the planetís most successful gamers chooses to use a headphone first made 6 years before he was born. I am not too sure why he chose the DT990, but I am certainly curious why.

I have not heard the DT990 Pro - I have the DT770 Pro 80 Ohm and the TYGR 300 R from Beyerdynamic, and I adore these headphones for my music listening. Some say that the 300 R is a DT990 Pro 32 Ohm in a DT880 body, with dampening mods, so I guess I understand why some venerate the DT990.

So to all those DT990 owners out there, why do you love these headphones? Or to the haters, why do you hate them?

Offline Crankshaft

Re: How a Ninja made the DT990 a gamerís go-to can.
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2020, 02:04:52 PM »
From what I gather, the requirements of gamers and audiophiles are not all that different.

Gamers desire an accurate sound stage to hear the footsteps of their opponent sneaking up on them, audiophiles love to pin-point the location of a particular sound on the stage.

Offline gLer

Re: How a Ninja made the DT990 a gamerís go-to can.
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2020, 02:47:00 PM »
The great thing about the DT990 and its infamous treble spike is when you die in the game you die in real life. Maybe that's why it's become an extreme gaming sensation?
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Offline capetownwatches

Re: How a Ninja made the DT990 a gamerís go-to can.
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2020, 07:33:13 PM »
So it's a tad hot for some sensitive souls who simply don't/can't/won't appreciate the superb, grain free highs of this legendary headphone.
Your loss.

For others, like myself who, due to age and/or long-term aural abuse do not have bat-like hearing, the DT990 is the Jean Claude van Damme of headies:
Cheap, tough, kicks like a mule and above all entertaining!

The DT990 Pro 250 was one of my gateway headphones and I've owned and sold the Edition 250 and 600 Ohm more than a few times.
Chances are I'll grab another 600 some time because properly driven it just scratches a particular itch, especially on tubes.

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Offline Timber_MG

Re: How a Ninja made the DT990 a gamerís go-to can.
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2020, 10:02:21 PM »
I have all three, 770, 880 and 990. They all have something nice to them but above all....their comfort and build quality is second to none.

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Re: How a Ninja made the DT990 a gamerís go-to can.
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2020, 06:47:01 AM »
Comfortable and stable indeed with good sound.  880 600z here.


 
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Re: How a Ninja made the DT990 a gamerís go-to can.
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2020, 10:15:32 AM »
DT880 Pro 250z checking in. Regret selling DT990 600z ... Not to mention the T1.
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Re: How a Ninja made the DT990 a gamerís go-to can.
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2020, 11:36:40 PM »
As a gamer and headphone enthusiast, the DT990 is my favourite ever set. I am on my second pair currently although I went for the 600ohms this time around. They are for me, the ultimate catch-all headphone if you can drive them, shining with solid state and tube amplification and offering almost a full array of qualities that are prized in the hobby. They do bass, detail, soundstage and imaging. They don't shunt the mid range/vocals all the way back like a lot of v-shaped headphones do. They shine across musical genres. They're fantastic for film and videogames. They're supremely comfortable.

Their most glaring issue is that the cable is permanently attached, which is insane in this day and age. But that's not the worst issue when you consider the benefits. I have sold my AKG K702's, my HD6XX's and my HD58X's because these cover their use cases well enough whilst doing things that those sets just cant.

A criminally underrated headphone in my opinion.
« Last Edit: October 17, 2020, 11:50:12 PM by Tenflare »
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