Originally Posted by obazavil
Have you compared 990 vs k701 vs aurvana in single and multi gaming? or waiting for a decent amp?
I have done direct comparisons between the 990 and K701 through the mixamp with the E7 attached afterwards.
In multiplayer, the K701 is superior than the DT990 due to great amount of audible distance between 'you' and where the sound is coming from in a 3 dimensional space. That and the AD700 are the only two headphones I have used that you can literally judge some real distance between you and the sound. Let's not forget how analytical these two are, and the fact that you can hear the subtlest of details just aid them so well for multiplayer gaming.
The DT990 can do multiplayer real well too, but the added bass may make you not focus on finer details. It's not to say that the bass overwhelms other sounds. It doesn't. The bass is so tight and fast, it's the ONLY bassy headphone I have tried that honestly can perform excellently with multiplayer gaming. Like I said, the treble detail is on par with the DT880, but is even more 'focused'. The mids definitely take a step back compared to the treble and bass, but to me it doesn't sound lost like most basshead cans. It's all there, but the fact that the bass and treble take a step forward will make you not focus on the mids. I'd still say that it has the most mid detail and clarity compared to all the other basshead friendly cans I have ever used.
This makes the DT990 the best single player cans I have used to date. You get some serious bass, without the constricted soundstage of closed headphones. It is truly impressive.
The DT990 has honestly made me not wanna pick up any other bassy headphone, because everything else probably won't compare to me. Most bassy cans are bassy due to them being closed. Once you have a a closed can, you lose that airy sound, and the bass is slower and boomier. I think it's unfair to compare the two because the DT990 is considered to be the one open headphone that can compare to closed headphones in bass. 100% agree with this.
In comparison, the CAL has a slow massaging bass. It's sad to compare the CAL to these two. The CAL is great, but the fact that it's warm and closed does not help it at all in direct comparisons. The soundstage doesn't even come close, though the positional cues still do quite well. I haven't judged the DT990's positional cues all the way yet. I need more time, and I need to get my hands on MW2 again to do my fair comparisons. I did play CoD4 and the positional cues definitely beat the DT880s for me.
I have come to realize that once you use an open, crisp, and clear headphone like the K701 and DT990, everything else will sound somewhat veiled and muddy in direct comparisons. I'd probably laugh at people who use warm Sennheiser phones if I listened to them after directly listening to these two. I just like a more neutral to bright signature. That also proves to me that I'd most likely hate tube amps.
It seems people like tube amps because it warms up the sound and brings out mids because it makes the treble 'smoother' (letting you pay more attention to the mids). I'd HAAAATE that. I like my treble sparkly and prominent, and anything that softens it up would probably do far more worse than good for me.
I'll say this again: The DT880 and DT990 sound a lot closer to each other than you may think. They share a lot of similarities, but the DT990 is definitely on the bassy side with a hint more treble, while the 880 is more balanced all around. If you come from the DT880 to the 990, you'll see what I'm talking about. Think of the 990 as an 880 eq-ed for more bass and just a pinch more treble. Not exactly like that, but close to it.