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This review is from: Beyerdynamic DT250 Headset - 80 OHM (Electronics)
I recently purchased these headphones as a replacement to my beloved old Sony MDR-V500DJs, which had eventually given up the ghost. I use them mainly with my PC for listening to music, using the internet, and playing games.
First of all, I've read in a couple of reviews about the "odd" seven-pin detahable cable. It's true that the separate nature of the cable does seem odd at first, but considering that cables can get damaged and that this one can therefore be easily replaced for about £25 without buying an entire new set of cans, it's actually reassuring. Another reassuring thing is the large, proud writing on the box and the headphones themselves declaring "MADE IN GERMANY"; where something is made is always very important to me, because it's that extra guarantee that it will last and has been made with high-quality materials.
Closed-back headphones are often bought by non-professionals because they don't want sound leaking from the unit. These seem to contain sound very well within their velour-cushioned earpads. The adjustable headband is not smothered with protective material, but it's comfortable enough.
Most important, of course, is the sound quality that any audio equipment produces. I always find it acutely difficult to buy any audio equipment without listening to it first, because the tastes of individuals reviewing things like this vary so widely. Some people love accentuated bass, some hate it. Some people say that the sound is coloured by certain cans and hate it, some love them for just that. (Just look up reviews of a range such as Grado's headphones to see what I mean.)
In any case, I really love the deep and balanced sound that these DT-250s provide. Being studio headphones, it has been commented that they wil mercilessly expose the flaws in any recording, and I've found this true with these, at least when comparing them to my Grado 225is. I don't see this as such a bad thing: to give as flat and neutral sound as possible is certainly no worse than accentuating certain aspects of a sound range to sweeten it, and it always seems a fairer way to represent something audially. The 80 OHM impedence may not give quite the same kick as some other headphones, but they are more than loud enough when used to listen to music from a PC, the muffled sound that I got from my deceased Sonys when cranking up the preamp on a player such as iTunes has been reduced greatly.
I really like these headphones. As you may have guessed, I'm no audiophile; but a balanced -if admittedly sometimes coldly analytical- sound, excellent sound isolation, good build quality and decent comfort levels means that these headphones seem to tick many of the boxes for me.