Top 5 best Open Back Headphones for Gaming

Are you a serious gamer?

Are you are on the hunt for the best open back headphones for gaming?  If that is a yes, then you have come to the right place.

So here is the thing;

When looking for great pair of gaming headphones what you need to be look out for is the sound quality over those fancy gaming visual designs that you find in those game centered headphones.

This is the major reason why serious gamers prefer open-back headphones for gaming since they deliver immersive listening experience because of their unique design.

These types of headphones tend to offer a wide and spacious soundstage that is more natural allowing you to be able to pinpoint footsteps and gunshots locations very easily.

The other plus point with open back headphones is the fact that they are very comfortable and if you get your hands on a good pair, they will get you through those long gaming sessions without any fatigue.

In this article we have done the heavy workload for you, to test and review the best open back gaming headphones on the market right now!

 But, for now, let us look at a quick rundown summary of our top 5 picks of the best open back headphones for gaming.

Editors’ Choice

Best Overall

Sennheiser HD 800s

“Sennheiser has tamed the HD 800 to create one of the best set of open-back headphones ever.”

Best Runner up

HiFiMAN Ananda

Designed for gamers who want high-performance, extraordinary comfort, fantastic headphones with great soundstage imagining for casual gaming sessions. 

Best Value

Sennheiser HD 660s

These headsets will make you discover a bigger soundstage, the world feels open, and the sound deeper, richer, and not constrained when gaming.

Best Budget

Audio Technica ATH-AD700 X

These are open-back headphones that provide a well-balanced sound output and superb comfort at a low price making it a solid choice for most gamers.

 Budget Choice

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro

They are great for gaming, lightweight, sits comfortably on the head, durable and most parts are replaceable.

Best Open Back Headphones for Gaming

1. Sennheiser HD 800s – Best Overall

Our verdict

Sennheiser HD 800s are worth the money based on the sound quality alone; you will have to spend more on high-end speakers to be able to experience what these headphones provide. The price tag may be high but in our judgment, it is completely justified.

Pros

  • Huge sound 
  • Very comfortable
  • Extremely well made 
  • Extremely high resolution

Cons

  • It loses some details compared to the old HD 800

Review

Sennheiser has fixed the original HD 800 Achilles’ heel and the HD 800s are the result. 

The Sennheiser HD 800s are one of the company’s high- end headphones. This new flagship is the old HD 800 with new absorber technology applied to it.

This German company has taken what was cold and unfeeling sound reproduction device and has managed to make it just that little bit softer, warmer, and cozier.

The Sennheiser HD 800s are a treat and clear setup from the standard version. 

Best Features

These have come as a result of numerous changes from the original HD 800; the most obvious difference is the shift from silver to black on the earpieces.

The engineers at Sennheiser have taken the lessons learned from the development of the IE 800 and applied them to the structure around the driver to reduce resonances and even-out the frequency response.

The enhanced sound reproduction of the HD 800s is achieved through the addition of the innovative absorber technology that was pioneered in Sennheiser IE 800.

The company took the classic HD 800 and smooth off the tremble slightly such that the new version makes for a much more relaxing listening experience.

The Sennheiser HD 800s are the best open-back headphones we have tested so far. They have exceptional and immersive sound is perfect for experiencing your audio to the fullest.

These are a wonderful pair of headphones that strike a near-perfect balance between accuracy and enjoyment. 

It has all the detail and insight you would want from audiophile headphones but still delivers an accessible, universally enjoyable sound. 

The HD 800s open back headphones are well built with a removable cable that is sturdy enough to not break under normal use.

Sennheiser opted for proprietary connectors on the side of the headphones, so crafting your cable might not be easy.

Design and Comfort

Sennheiser HD 800s retains the look of the novel HD 800 but swaps out the silver frame for a black one.

Other than changing the main color of the ear cups the Sennheiser has left the HD 800 design untouched.

 We have to say that these headphones feel premium and very well-built thanks to their dense plastic and metal frame. 

The ear cups are large and spacious and are well padded with suede-like material.

They come with a mishmash of metal, microfiber cloth, and high-quality plastics which gives out a result of a smart, up to date design that feels as if it will last for years of heavy use.

They weigh 330g which is pretty light for most headphones.

The open-back design allows for sound leak through in both directions, this keeps your ears ventilated so that they don’t heat up anywhere near as much as they do with closed-back headphones.

Sennheiser HD 800s are quite massive, wrapping around the ears in a gaping fashion that extends their pads onto the cheeks.

The surface area of the pads is large and the pressure is spread reasonably evenly across the sides and top of your head.

The earpads are handmade, like many other components on these headphones, and not removable.

We found these open-back headphones extremely comfortable and can handle those long gaming sessions. 

Sennheiser HD 800s headphones are for domestic use rather than for going out and about. Keep in mind is these are fully open headphones so there is zero sound isolation because of the design.

Audio Performance 

The lead benefit of the open-design of the Sennheiser HD 800s is that they sound remarkably open and natural with very little sense of the sound being constrained inside your head.

The Sennheiser HD 800s have a vastly expansive and detailed soundstage providing a 3D sound that is better than what most surround sound headsets can create.

“The sound quality is equivalent to a set of room dominating floor-standing speakers”.

This is a result of Sennheiser’s obsession with dynamic drivers which it uses in virtually all of its in-ear and full-size headphones. 

The Sennheiser HD 800s uses a 56mm dynamic driver unlike mainstream dynamic headphones and uses a ring radiator; which means that the middle of the drivers does not move as it is suspended to a fixture piece.

The striking ring radiator offers remarkable imaging (not found in other headphones), superb resolution, and brightness remains.

The sound quality you get is detailed to perfection, a multi-dimensional background where you can make out the various layers and positioning of the instruments in the recording with ease.

Sennheiser patented Absorber Technology prevents any unwanted peaks and allows all frequency components, even the finest nuances in the music material to become audible.

This new design is claimed to deliver a lightly wider frequency response of 4Hz to 51 kHz. 

The bass on the HD 800s seems quite fuller and more present than on the old HD 800. The midrange is less dry and more natural but it loses a little detail and clarity at high volumes and the tremble is a little less tiresome and more linear but it lacks some of the energy.

The unique ear cup design directs sound waves to the ear at a slight angle to create an impressively natural and spatial listening experience. 

It fires the sound at a slight angle rather than directly into the ears to give more of a sense of space to the sound field. 

You will need a good quality setup to get the most from these Sennheiser HD 800s.

What we like 

  • Very Comfortable open-back headphones to last long gaming sessions.
  • Superb imaging for open-back headphones in a truly luxury feeling package.
  • Simply astonishing sound quality with more natural tonality, fast and impactful transients with good details and speed.
  • The bass has a good impact, the midrange is more natural and less dry and the tremble is less tiring and more linear.

What we don’t like 

  • Less micro-detail than HD 800
  • A distortion on sub-bass that sometimes adds bass bloat and takes away from the speed.
  • The pressure does begin to build up at the top of the head throughout extended listening sessions, it not a deal-breaker because you can adjust the headphones or take them off for a while.

Key Specifications 

  • Removable cable
  • Open-back design 
  • 56mm dynamic drivers
  • Balanced cable included

Connections and Accessories 

The HD 800s come with a balanced XLR jack cable, balanced connectors 3mm length terminated by a high-quality 6.3mm jack, and a balanced lead to allow use with Sennheiser standalone headphone amp.

Conclusion 

The Sennheiser HD 800s are not for everyone because of their price point. The key is to choose the pair with the characteristic that your heart desires.

All we can say is that listening to the Sennheiser HD 800s is a unique delight and that is the ultimate reason to spend money on luxury technology.

The new model fixed the issues that the old HD 800 had and also presents some very interesting features.

These are great headphones and if you liked HD 800 but wanted a more natural, slightly less tiring sound and more weight in the bass, you should try these.

If you are serious about the sound you may also want to purchase an amplifier to get the full experience. 

What is the Bottom-line?

One thing we have to say is that they are on the expensive side, but if the high price tag is not a problem and you are looking for the best quality open-back headphones for gaming then get these because they are a great choice.

2. HiFiMAN Ananda – Best Runner Up

Our verdict

The HiFiMAN Ananda more than justifies the expense and for the overall package, it competes extremely well with other headphones in a similar bracket. These headphones sound amazing, absolutely sick. These are the best-in-class cans you can buy.

Pros

  • Excellent Build  
  • Very comfortable 
  • Easily replaceable cables 
  • Clean sound with hearty bass
  • Inclusive manual for setup

Cons

  • Not suitable for portable use

Review

This is a new planar magnetic headphone that supersedes the older edition X series with the latest thickness diaphragm.

HiFiMAN audio was founded in late 2005 by Dr. Fang Bian in New York. They started initially with in-ear earphones and branched out into building hi-res portable players and then this was followed by planar magnetic headphones. 

They moved to China in 2011 for expansion and they are now well-recognized brands globally. The HiFiMAN over the years has quickly become a personal audio brand everyone knows and talks about.

This company offers a whole range of products for every budget and they strive to continuously extend, improve, and update their product line up. 

Best Features

The Ananda is one of HiFiMAN latest open-back planar headphones and is designed to take full advantage of the performance of any personal audio source, especially smartphones and tablets.

To do so, these open-back headphones feature a high-sensitivity, ultra-thin diaphragm.

 The Ananda continues from the Sundara in the use of HiFiMAN new Neo “superman” diaphragm (NsD).

The NEO Supernano diaphragm (NsD) is 80% thinner than preceding designs while retaining lush musicality resulting in a faster more detailed response.

Ananda rating of 103dB guarantees that it will provide consistently low distortion, high-fidelity output when used with a Smartphone.

The difference between planar headphones from dynamic headphones is that instead of using a moving voice coil a planar uses an ultra-thin diaphragm suspended between two plates of magnets.

This will result in low distortion and fast transient response.

The new Ananda, like the other new models, now comes with 3.5mm connectors in the cups and the headband system used in also that of the Sundara.

If you have a quality DAPS or portable amp/DAC then the Ananda is a reasonable choice for pairing. 

Design and Comfort

The Ananda is a great looking headphone. These headphones look much better in person than the pictures. They come off both as retro while still having a modern look to them.

The matte black coating with the large silver grill gives off a vibe. The finish is still a darker satin black hard plastic finish which has a little more shine to it than the matte finish of the lower Sundara.

The cable itself is a milky translucent material and when paired with the headphones make it look like one of the best headphones out there.

The headband is a sprung steel dual-band which is nice and sturdy and connects with two metals using a ratchet system and feels a lot firmer.

Poised under the sprung steel is a wide leather headband and this is very comfortable with good weight distribution.

The cups are large and are housed in black plastic. They come in an oval design but they do not have a swivel mechanism. 

The newer strap seems impervious to nicks and scratches. 

The ultra pads are thicker than the original pads with a wider angle wedge type form factor that should follow the typical contours of most people’s heads and provide a comfortable fit.

The material used for the pads is leather and velvet and they feel soft and very comfy.

The 3.5mm headphones connectors sit perfectly flush in the ear cup and detaching and connecting cables could not be easier. 

The HiFiMAN Ananda weighs 399g which is perfectly normal for a full-sized headphone.

The headband is nicely designed to minimize individual pressure points and distribute the weight evenly. 

The clamp is moderate, enough to stay in place but not enough to cause undue pressure. It can also be adjusted over time by simply stretching for a few days across some books. 

The new headband system seems a lot stronger and more durable than before. 

The loss of the swivel joint may put some people off as it does lose a little flexibility of the predecessor. There is however a much stronger metal gimbals and pivot system that is less likely to break. 

The other good thing is that the cables are nice and flexible which prevents tangling. 

Overall when it comes to Ananda build and design. The earpads are awesome, soft, and breathable. 

The ear cups are large but comfortable and you will not feel the weight on your head. The open-back design does not isolate, so you will be able to hear some ambient sounds. 

The packaging is luxurious. The box is grain leather with white stitching as highlights.

The form factor of the Ananda is not hugely different from the Edition X V2 but does have some noticeable build improvements 

 It still has those elongated window shade grills and asymmetrical cups with matching wedge type hybrid pads.

Audio Performance 

Ananda is a planar magnetic headphone. 

The Ananda is superbly realistic with a great feeling of space, depth, width, and clarity is excellent with a high level of detail.

The sound has a softer, more laid back character and pleasant warmth creating a very enjoyable, fun, yet qualitative sound signature. 

The sound signature in between neutral and warm but it for sure is tilting more to the warmer side with its smooth presentation.

It has excellent instrument separation and distinction and it is very easy to isolate and focus on individual instrument lines or specific parts of harmonies coming through.

They give good soundstage and imaging, which is large and spacious.

The sub-bass has a very good extension with practically no roll-off into the sub-bass. The audio is clear and defined and quite balanced with the rest of the signature. 

Mid-bass has a good overall impact and is very slightly elevated compared to the sub-bass. There is a good impact and it is both quick and clean.

Lower-midrange is essentially flat and perfectly balanced with the bass and the Lower-treble had a very good extension without dropping off even after 10 kHz.

The Ananda has a very black background, good separation, and the typical clear and clean sound and it has a good balance but the focus is mostly on the upper midrange.

Bass and tremble are reasonably easy going but easy to like and very engaging. 

What we like 

  • They feel fairly sturdy and durable 
  • It is a planar design that performs 
  • Imaging is strong, very clean, and easy to pick directional cues. 
  • It is designed to work with almost any high-quality portable player 
  • The build quality of the unit is very good and the grills look very sexy 
  • Overall balance end to end in the frequency response is quite exceptional
  • The HiFiMAN is very comfortable and can be worn for long gaming sessions
  • They are very comfortable and they don’t touch the ears with a very forgiving of placement and the size and weight are not a factor.
  • Wide and perfectly shaped perceived soundstage, bass balance of impact timbre, speed, and definition plus very good at lower volumes with extremely good clarity.

What we don’t like 

  • Planar headphones tend to be heavier and can sometimes suffer from a perceived reduction in the soundstage.
  • It lacks a little lateral flexibility compared to the Edition X but the size of the cups on your head seems to negate the need for that level of adjustment. 
  • While they sound shockingly good driven from a phone, they are not well suited for portable use because of their cost, size but are perfect for home listening 

Key Specifications 

  • 103dB sensitivity 
  • 25ohm impedance
  • 1.5 m cable length
  • Weighs 14.07 Oz( 399g)
  • Planar magnetic driver 
  • Type; over-ear, open-back 
  • 8Hz-55kHz Frequency response 

Connections and Accessories 

This comes in a large retail box with a printed outer sleeve. Inside the box is a form-fitting foam enclosure covered with a black satiny material.

  • You get two sets of copper and silver cables; One longer terminated with 6.3mm plug, a Shorter one with 90 degrees angled 3.5mm plug.
  • An extra adapter to 6.3mm for the last cable 
  • Owners guide and warranty card 

Conclusion 

 The Ananda headphones are not an impulse purchase. 

The sound is exemplary and the open-back design contributes to the comfort and overall sound.  They are Lightweight and comfortable especially for a planar.

The soundstage is one of the best parts of the Ananda because it is wide and deep with some of the best instrument separations.

The HiFiMAN Ananda earns high praise with acoustic instruments and hard rock.

A beautifully balanced headphone , with a depth of bass extension which is highly addictive and subtly different. This is one of the best full-sized open-back headphones out there.

What is the Bottom-line?

The HiFiMAN Ananda has a very holographic sound and are amazing when listening to movies or gaming. The build quality is very good and the comfort is excellent considering the overall weight. One of the best open-back headphones you can get.

3. Sennheiser HD 660s – Best value 

Our verdict

Sennheiser HD 660s are comfortable with a great soundstage and non-fatiguing combination of clarity and rich tone. This is a great hi-fi headphone that can be used for gaming or for listening to music, offering an all-round experience.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great soundstage
  • Solid build quality 
  • Dynamic and involving
  • Advanced transducers 

Cons

  • On the expensive side
  • Not perfect tonal  neutrality 

Review

Sennheiser is the main pioneer of the headphone market. The Sennheiser Company has already proven to be very trustable and user-friendly. They have massively helped hundreds of people with their IE800.

The Sennheiser HD 660s are their latest high-end open-back headphones and are a follow-up to the Sennheiser HD 650. The overall design of the headphone has become sexier even when they have managed to maintain the aesthetics from its predecessors.

The open-design contributes to a wide soundstage making the Sennheiser HD 660s the best kind of headphones to use when listening to your favorite music, gaming, or watching TV when don’t want to disturb people at night.

Best Features

The Sennheiser 660s open-back headphones give good frequency, best connectivity technology coupled with improved transducers that deliver low harmonic distortion.

They offer precise accuracy when it comes to stereo spatial characteristics. 

You also have a direct connection to home and other devices with the 150ohms nominal impedance.

The impedance is lower at 150 ohms which should make the HD 660s easier to drive with less powerful amplifiers and even some SmartPhones with higher-quality audio electronics. 

The signal integrity is also assured by the reinforced detachable cables that use OFX copper. The most significant update is the new neodymium iron boron drivers. 

Design and Comfort 

The Sennheiser HD 660s come in an open-back design where you can see the driver mountings through the grille on the back of each ear cup. 

The color scheme is matte black and anthracite. The recognizable massive, perforated ear cups now look more impressive than ever before. 

The design is very similar and at times identical to the older representatives with a few minor changes. These look a lot like the HD 650 with a little bit of change to the overall design.

Metallic grey shiny plastic has been switched with matte black this gives the Sennheiser 660s a more modern look.

The overall build quality is quite sturdy and incredibly light and the plastic used is excellent; a high-quality material that does not leave stains or fingerprints. 

The earpads are now slightly softer and deeper. This makes them more comfortable to use for those long gaming sessions and with an open-back design that helps to avoid overheating. 

The Sennheiser HD660s grip your head with reasonable force. It feels like they are hugging your head but not clamping it thanks to the thick padding on the velour cups and neoprene-like pads on the headband. 

The fit and comfort depends a little on how much time you give them, out of the box they feel quite tight on the head and while this might mean that they will not fall and stay in place, you can stretch them on some books to get the right fitting.

The earpads width is large enough for most ears. Cups and cables can be removed and replaced too.

Audio Performance 

The Sennheiser produces amazing sound output with the best design features to give effectiveness and convenience.

The sound output is really clear and you will love the sound output during gaming sessions or when casually listening to music.

They have exceptional soundstage. It is wide, expansive, and fabulous stereo imaging and special imaging lets your ears explore arrangements much better than almost any closed pair of headphones.

The instruments sound very detailed, distinct, and precise. They are separated allowing you to catch individual notes with relative ease.

With the help of a computer-optimized magnet system, Sennheiser has addressed the harmonic inter-modulation distortion which has greatly diminished.

The lightweight voice coils made of aluminum help to improve transient response. The headphones deliver a more dynamic sound making the transient quicker, clearer, and more refined.

The bass is clear, clean, and snappy. It has brilliant speed and clarity but it is not a head oriented bass.

The midrange is quite clear, well-expressed, and natural. They manage to get a true-to-life tone for their midrange, which is quite lovely for any kind of music you be playing from them.

The treble is quite energetic and bright. The highs are super detailed but without any hint of harshness. 

The issues of noise are handled with the use of the OFC copper that is employed for conductivity. The performance is quite impressive.

The Sennheiser HD 660s don’t knockout sound, they freely leak anything you play through them.

What we like 

  • Very comfortable 
  • High-frequency response
  • Employs new technology 
  • Dynamic high definition sound 
  • Wide, open and immersive soundstage 
  • Detachable Kevlar reinforce OFC coppers cable 

What we don’t like 

  • Value enjoyment over tonal neutrality
  • They might clamp too tight, maybe a bit uncomfortable but this you can simply expand with some books  

Key Specifications 

  • 6.3mm cable
  • 3.5mm adapter
  • Weighs 260 g
  • Balanced adapter
  • Open-back design 
  • 104 dB Sensitivity 
  • Removable ear pads
  • 10-41,000 Hz frequency response 

Connections and Accessories 

It comes with a pretty complicates, but a well-thought package. It comes with two cables, one terminated in a 6.3mm single-ended jack and one terminated in a 4.4mm balanced jack.

Sennheiser throws in a 6.3mm to 3.5mm adapter so you can use them with players and sources.

What is the Bottom-line?

If you are looking for open-back reference headphones perfection with the most detailed sound and simply stunning midranges the Sennheiser HD 660s is one of the best open-back on the market. These headphones are worth the cost.

4. Audio Technica ATH AD700x – Best Budget 

Our verdict

 The Audio Technica ATH-AD700x is an over-ear, open-back headphones that are the top of the list if you are on the hunt for headphones based on their soundstage. Their incredible open and airy sound is their biggest attraction point few other headphones at this price can match that scale.

Pros

  • Quality cable
  • 3D wing support
  • Open-back design
  • Large soundstage
  • 53mm audio drivers 
  • Comfortable padding 
  • Lightweight construction 
  • A wide frequency response

Cons

  • Weak bass
  • Average build quality 
  • There is no microphone 

Review

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X is budget open-back headphones that deliver an above average soundstage. 

The soundstage is much larger and airy than most other open-back headphones in the same price range with plenty of detail. 

The soundstage adds to the immersion effect allowing more for enjoyment.

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X are built to deliver comfortable listening experience, this headset is great for gaming, casually listening to music and watching movies.

Best Features

These headphones come with newly designed 53mm drivers. These drivers offer you a clear treble and midrange sound which in turn gives you a better sound experience.

They also come with the bobbin wound CCAW voice coils which offer superior power handling.

It features a wide frequency response (5-30,000Hz) which makes these headphones one of the perfect choices for producers, gamers, and music lovers.

Design and Comfort

These are full open-back headphones that grab the attention of bystanders thanks to their timeless design and lightweight construction.

The headband is not a closed instead, a little more like two wire-like plastic pieces that loop over the top of your head. 

It comes with lightweight aluminum honeycomb casing with excellent acoustic properties.

The ear cups have been given great padding which is soft and sturdy. They come with flexible raised-fabric ear pads which give you excellent wearing comfort and durability.

The open-air design produces no pressure on your ears; in short, the pressure that is exerted on your head is barely noticeable giving you a natural sensation. 

You can wear these for long periods without getting irritated because they are pretty lightweight. 

The little flaps which audio technical calls “self-adjusting 3D wing support” right under the double-hooped headband are flexible enough to adjust to any head shape but they are a bit too loose sometimes, don’t worry they will not fall off.

 The highly conductive OFC single-sided cord has an elastic TPE sheath that helps in preventing tangles.

The design allows air to travel freely and ventilation is good but they do allow some ambient noise to get into your ears meaning that these headphones are best to be used for home offices.

It has a clean, stylish, and futuristic design and there is a gold plated stereo connector.

Overall, coupled with the lightweight construction of the ATH-AD700X open-back headphones don’t apply too much pressure on your ears making them easy to wear for long periods of gaming. 

Audio Performance 

The newly designed 53mm drivers and bobbin-wound CCAW voice coils result in probably the best soundstage of all headphones in this price range. 

The instrument separation is unlike anything you normally hear with the sound signature being neutral.

The voice quality is good and has deep resonating bass and vocal projection, the bass is good but not vet prominent but the clarity and tonality are very good. 

Listening for long hours seems completely natural so these are also excellent gaming, watching movies, and for work.

There is the option of changing the EQ setting of the device, while this will work on changing the bass range, although it will more likely distract and even destroy the rest of the sound range.

The ATH-AD700X has decent dynamics and attack. The sense of distance and depth between the instruments is easily felt and heard while the layers of clean detail keep you hooked into the song.

The overall sound quality is clear and easy.

What we like 

  • Quality cable 
  • Huge soundstage
  • Open design headband
  • Good for gaming and instruments
  • The build is lightweight and stylish
  • Compatible with almost any device
  • The technical and design details are good 
  • Lightweight aluminum honeycomb casing 
  • The fit is flexible and adapts to your head and ears easily 
  • Spacious open sound with plenty of detail and Good dynamics 
  • Clear, accurate sound representation with high-quality midrange 

What we don’t like 

  • A stubborn hard trebles 
  • No strong bass content 
  • 3D wing design not very strong
  • With an open-back design, these are best for home listening They are however not versatile enough to use outside on in noisy environments 

While they have flaws, these headphones are incredibly spacious and nicely detailed.

What is the Bottom-line?

The Audio Technica ATH-AD700x is a great pair of open-back headphones that give you a fantastic combination of high quality, low price, and superior comfort.

 If you do long hours of gaming or you work while listening to music then these headphones are a good choice.

5. Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro – Best Budget 

Our verdict

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro headphones are affordable and are a perfect solution for gaming, professional mixing, mastering and editing thanks to the transparency, spacious, strong bass, and treble sound. They are one of the best studio headphones on the market.

Pros

  • Affordable price 
  • Extreme comfort 
  • High build quality 
  • Replaceable ear pads 
  • Balanced soundstage
  • Incredible spaciousness

Cons

  • No noise isolation 
  • Lacks a microphone

Review

If you are looking for good headphones, you most probably heard of German professional audio electronics manufacturer Beyerdynamic.

They have been in business since 1924 and are well-known for their high-quality audio which always comes with detailed resolution and for its comfortable range of professional headphones. 

They also manufacture other professional equipment microphones and conference room equipment.

The Beyerdynamic DT 990 pro is a studio headphone that is used by professionals all over the world. 

These are limited edition versions with black ear pads and straight cables, but the default version comes with classic Beyerdynamic grey pads and coiled cables.

These studio headphones are pretty reliable and offer amazing sound quality and their open-back design that provides exceptional spaciousness and detailed tonal depth. 

The Beyerdynamic DT 990 pro headphones come with ohm variations, for gaming purposes the 250-ohm model offers the most balanced sound quality for home and studio use.

These open-back headphones will guarantee the best audio experience because of their exceptionally strong bass and treble giving sounds that warrant the desired clarity.

The Pro model is best for mixing and mastering and critical listening and has a different build and slightly higher clamping force.

They are also suitable not only for long listening sessions and for gaming the Beyerdynamic DT 990 pro is one of the most recommended headphones.

Design and Comfort

The DT 990 Pro is made of great materials that guarantee comfort and durability. 

This open-back headphone comes with a solid steel headband and has a super lightweight construction.

A robust spring steel headband design helps in making sure that the over-ear headphones offer a secure fit.

The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro is very comfortable to wear, they rely on their clamping force to stay on your head and the clamping is well-distributed thanks to the large ear-pads.

They have incredibly comfortable ear cups made out of memory foam which is covered in velour to ensure long hours of music production without any discomfort to your ears.

The earpads are replaceable and they hug the sides of your head without any pronounced pressure points.

The Beyerdynamic DT 990s pro comes in 2 different colors, one is the full black version which has the back body and black ear cups and the other being body and grey ear cups. 

Even though the whole building of the headphone is plastic, except for the metal headband, they feel very sturdy.

 One thing you have to have in mind is that the open back design allows for enough background noise to still be discernible and makes room for a more spacious sound.

Audio Performance 

The open-backed design produces an excellent sense of depth, imaging, and soundstage.

There is a wide stereo image as well as highly sensitive transducers that provide well-balanced audio. These headphones have a more balanced sound output, unlike their predecessors.

They deliver the strong bass and the trilling treble sound hence making them the best for studio applications.

The midrange is crisp and clear as each instrument and vocal part can be individually identifiable.

The high-end can get a get harsh at a high volume especially when playing songs with instruments.

 When it comes to gaming these headphones are amazing, the soundstage and imaging are good giving accurate footsteps and positioning. 

The bass is also solid and the elevated treble response will make you feel the gunshots and explosions.

Overall the sound is quite rich and it should allow you to enjoy any type of game from sports simulators to story-driven FPS triple titles.

What we like

  • Inexpensive 
  • Excellent for gaming 
  • Most of the parts are replaceable
  • Both the headphones and wire are durable
  • Very comfortable on the ears and lightweight 
  • Robust steel construction

What we don’t like 

  • Non-removable cable 
  • May allow background noise
  • Distortions under heavy bass and 
  • the treble can get harsh a high volume  

Key Specifications 

  • Weighs 250 g
  • 96dB sensitivity 
  • Driver type; dynamic
  • 250 ohms impedance 
  • 5Hz to 35kHz frequency 
  • Open-back, over-ear design 
  • Velour earpads for durable comfort 
  • One-sided cable for ease of use and practicality 

What is the Bottom-line?

If what you are looking for is the best experience during gaming then you can rely on these open-back headphones to deliver the quality beyond expectation. The Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro headphones come with replaceable ear pads and the single-sided cable design makes them very practical.

Things to Consider When Buying Open Back Headphones for Gaming 

Wrapping up!

If you made it this far clap for yourself my dear, I know the review was long but I tried my best to give you all that you need to make the best choice.

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