Create the amazing and push your audio to its limit in our Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X Review.
When purchasing a headset, many factors have to be taken into consideration. Maybe you’re looking for a device that’s compatible across multiple platforms? A headset with a decent microphone for gaming or streaming? Or maybe even a compact unit that’s portable enough to be able to take on the go? All of these are important considerations, but none more essential than one single aspect that every single headset has in common: audio quality.
In a market plagued with low-quality headsets that are cheap and replaceable, many brands are instead leading towards higher end gear that’s truly built to last. Premium headsets, while often including premium price tags to match, offer top-notch audio quality and lasting investments years after purchase. This couldn’t be more true for Beyerdynamic, the German audio engineers who have been in the business of sound for close to a century (have headsets really been around that long?).
And designed with professional quality in mind and catered specifically towards audio creation, their flagship headset for creators, the DT 900 Pro X, brings the studio to your home at a consumer price point. So if you’re looking for a headset to bring the best out of your creative pursuits and have your music sounding its very best, read ahead and find out more in our DT 900 Pro X review.
Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X Review – Design
At their core, Beyerdynamic are a professional studio-quality audio company, and that certainly goes to show in the design of the DT 900 Pro X. While many headsets include built-in controls, volume wheels, or even LEDs with added lighting, this particular design instead chooses to focus on practicality, audio quality, and comfort. It truly looks as if it would feel right at home in a studio, with sturdy earcups supported by a rigid spring steel headband and leatherette padding. It’s a simple, no-frills design with no switches, scroll wheels, or onboard controls, encouraging the user to mix audio on their own device.
The DT 900 Pro X also features several cables designed to suit your ideal audio experience, which can be swapped at your discretion. The base model of the headset includes two mini XLR cables (1.8m and 3.0m) that plug directly into the headset, with a studio plug output. At an extra cost, the premium version of the headset includes an XLR to USB-C cable, with in-line controls and microphone. The cables are easily interchangeable within seconds and can also be purchased separately for users who wish to upgrade from the analogue model.
To USB or to not USB? That is the question.
Overall, the design of the DT 900 Pro X feels all around quality, with a simple yet sturdy aesthetic. The entire build feels incredibly solid and the inclusion of extra cords and a soft carry bag is necessary for a premium headset. And if you’re investing in a headset specifically for long-term use, you’ll also be happy to know that almost all components of the headset can easily purchased and swapped if they become worn over time, with sustainability as a key focus for Beyerdynamic.
But the real question that needs to be answered about every studio-quality headset – do they sound as good as they look?
Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X Review – Audio
The sheer audio quality of the DT 900 Pro X will forever spoil you from using any other headset within a similar price bracket. Every single audio track sounds better than ever before through the headset, with clarity allowing you to identify even the most subtle changes in audio. With rumbling deep bass all the way through to is crystal clear highs, whether you’re either creating music or enjoying it, will sound absolutely superb.
Equipped with Beyerdynamic’s proprietary STELLAR.45 audio drivers and three layers of speakers across 5 – 40,000Hz, these are capable of delivering proven studio quality regardless of your playback device. I found myself using it far beyond the PC, with its cables allowing it to be used across all consoles, Nintendo Switch, and even your mobile phone.
The Stellar 45 driver proves three speakers are better than one.
This is a serious contender for best audio quality in sub $400AUD headset, and even performs above and beyond headsets double its price. Honestly, going back to my regular gaming headset after using a Beyerdynamic headset made it feel as if I was listening through a tin can.
Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X Review – Comfort
Studio headsets can be large and bulky simply due to the quality of the onboard tech, but thankfully the DT 900 Pro X alleviates this concern through effortlessly comfortable components. You’ll be able to wear this for hours on end without any fatigue or discomfort, which is a credit to the design that has gone into its usability. Its padded headband applies just the perfect amount of pressure to the earcups, while keeping the headset in place for long sessions.
Though the aspect that offers the greatest comfort is the earcups themselves, which are adorned with plush velour padding that goes above and beyond what most users would expect from a regular headset. This earpad coating is without the most comfortable and breathable that I have experienced to date. Even in warm weather and after hours of uninterrupted use, I never found myself becoming strained or needing a break from wearing them. Truly a testament to Beyerdynamic’s user friendly design.
Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X Review – Final Thoughts
Keep in mind, this is a studio focused headset, and has been designed specifically with audio creation in mind. As a result, the audio quality is unmatched for creatives who work closely with audio. If you’re constantly crafting audio through music, podcasts, or like myself found yourself listening to hours upon hours of soundtrack, this is without a doubt the headset for you.
But if you’re not a stickler for audio quality and find your headset needs to be aligned with a more social experience through streaming and multiplayer, you simply aren’t the target market for this particular model.
Admittedly, the Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X isn’t exactly the most portable unit either. Despite a carry case being included, I can’t envision myself taking this on the go. Where some other headsets like the Audiotechnica StreamSet are capable of folding up into a compact unit specifically with portability in mind, the rigid design of the Pro X doesn’t allow for this. It’s a solid unit that’s best at home in your studio space or game room, rather than being taken around on-the-go.
For creatives, musicians, and audio aficionados who want the most out of their music, Beyerdynamic’s DT 900 Pro X is the perfect entry point into the world of studio quality audio. At a price point of $369.00RRP for the base model and $499.00RRP for the USB-C equipped variety, this is well and truly a worthwhile investment allowing you to push your sound to its absolute limit. You’d be hard pressed to find a headset at a similar price that’s able to match the sheer studio sound produced by the DT 900 Pro X.
So why should you buy the DT 900 Pro X?
- Superb audio quality, offering studio sound at an incredibly reasonable price
- Simple and sturdy build design with replaceable components
- Incredibly comfortable even during long sessions
- Are you an audio creator or musician? This headset is made for you
But why shouldn’t you buy the DT 900 Pro X?
- You’re not involved in any sort of audio creation or appreciate studio sound
- Your headset needs are more suited towards streaming or multiplayer
- Prefer a more compact and portable unit
A review unit was kindly provided by Beyerdynamic Australia for the purpose of our Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X review. If you enjoyed this review, be sure to check out more of our headset reviews and head on over to the Qualbert Discord to chat with us about all things audio!