Headphone Showdown: Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 Ohm vs Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250 Ohm

Alex Rowe
7 min readApr 14, 2017

It’s Friday, and it’s time for the headphone showdown!

I’m crazy!

I’ve purchased three different versions of the DT770 Pros, and I still own two of them. My first pair was the DT770 Pro 80 Ohm Limited Edition, which I reviewed here.

Next I got the 250Ohm DT770s, because I wanted something I could really test my desktop amp out with. They’re also great, and a little bit more inclined to mixing work than the 80 Ohm version.

I gave my limited edition pair away to a friend, and almost immediately missed them. With my portable amp no longer working on my MacBook, I decided that was the perfect excuse to get the non-limited edition 80 Ohm DT770s on sale from Amazon, which I’m wearing right this very moment.

Both of these headphones hover around the $170 mark. Sometimes they go down into the $150 range, which is a phenomenal, almost-impossible-to-beat value, if you like speed and soundstage and fun bowling seat plastic.

Bonus Mini Showdown: 80 Ohm Limited Edition vs Regular 80 Ohm

Are there any differences between the LE 80 Ohm and regular 80 Ohm DT 770s? Kind of. The pads on the Limited Edition version are black! The velour seems a little bit less soft on those pads too, which might contribute to minor differences in sound signature and isolation. But I haven’t noticed any.

The sides of the LE version say “Limited Edition” on them. The Limited Edition version goes on sale sometimes, but it usually costs more. It was originally produced as an Amazon Prime Day exclusive.

Beyerdynamic sells the black pads separately if you want to slap them on the regular version, or need replacements for your LE.

The bowling seat/instrument case plastic used in the cups here is my favorite plastic in headphones. As someone born in the early 80’s, it has a tremendously satisfying and nostalgic feel to it.

Sound Quality

Each DT770 Pro targets a different use-case. The 80 ohm version is more for monitoring and fun listening use, and the 250 ohm version is better for critical listening applications.

Often, the 80 ohm version is cited as having more bass…and this is true. It gets there by having slightly less harsh/less prominent treble. So, you can turn the volume up higher on the 80 Ohm version and reveal more bass…