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Beyerdynamic DT 700 Pro X review: Clear, studio-quality sound

The Beyerdynamic DT The 700 Pro X is not, technically, a gaming headset, although it is named as such. In fact, on paper, they look terrible for the job. They’re not wireless, they don’t have a team chat mic, there are no on-ear controls, and they connect using a standard mini XLR port only in the audio industry.

The DT 700 Pro X headset isn’t the kind of general-purpose headset designed for watching movies or listening to music for hours of enjoyment. Instead, they’re studio headphones meant to tell the truth about what’s going on in sound.

They are aimed at audio professionals mixing music, editing soundtracks and recording live. You know: people who care less about boosting the bass just because it sounds good, and more about making sure the bass won’t sound horribly bad overall. And maybe that’s why I loved using them for my own media consumption, despite their usability flaws.

Studio headphones, reused

Unlike most headphones that add extra layers of processing to make the signal they receive subjectively “better”, studio headphones are designed to perform as little post-processing or adjustment of the audio signal as possible. they receive. Rather than exaggerating bass tones to make explosions sound bigger or strings sound brighter, they deliver highly accurate sound reproduction, so what you hear is what the people who created the media say you play wanted.

Although they’re designed for production studios, I’ve found them to be surprisingly great for more leisurely tasks like gaming. The DT 700 Pro X has comfortable ear cups with a soft felt covering that are light enough to practically disappear while I was wearing them. Since they’re not designed to have the extras you might get from a typical consumer headset (wireless transmitters, batteries, microphones, etc.), they’re not as heavy as they could be.

The metal core of the headband is just a little tighter than I would prefer, which can sometimes lead to an uncomfortable feeling of head compression when using the headset for a very long time. However, in my experience, this wasn’t much of an issue for shorter work sessions. On the contrary, it gave me just enough of a reminder to get up from the desk or couch once in a while, much like the pros do.

It’s worth mentioning that at $280, the DT 700 Pro X is quite expensive, even as studio headphones. The industry standard Sony MDR7506for example, usually cost around 90 USD, and Audio-Technica ATH-M50X retail for $170.

What sets Beyerdynamic’s headphones apart is how high-end and modern they are. The Sony MDR7506 might be significantly cheaper, but even though I haven’t used one since college (yes, they’ve been around for a while long time) I still remember how cheap they felt. By comparison, the DT 700 Pro X looks like the kind of headset you’d want by your side for years to come.

Hear with new ears

There’s a reason professionals use headphones like these. When I first tried the DT 700 Pro X – which I initially tested for more professional video editing purposes – in a game, it felt like hearing it for the first time. . I lit one of my old favorites, Death Strandingbecause I’ve played it so much that I know the soundtrack intimately.

There were little nuances in the way the wind blew, or the way the various fabric holsters and flaps of my costume jostled around that sounded different than before. It wasn’t quite that the sound was more lively or rich. In fact, sometimes it was just the opposite. Instead, he felt more real.

Big AAA games like this have teams of people obsessing over every little audio detail. Footsteps sound different on dirt, pavement, snow, and water. Someone working tirelessly with the best audio gear available had to design it all. And they Most likely wasn’t trying to make every step of my boots sound like exaggerated thud.