True to form, Behringer introduced a lower-priced take on a piece of studio-standard gear – in this case, the well-regarded Beyerdynamic DT 770 closed-back headphones. At USD 35, the aptly-titled BH 770 undercut the original product’s USD 179 price tag by a typically impossible margin.
On a picture, they look quite close, though not indistinguishable to Beyerdynamic’s creation. It is more important how they perform, though. Behringer has lots to say on the matter, touting 53mm dynamic drivers, ultra-wide frequency response (10Hz – 38 kHz), and braided fabric copper cabling alongside their light weight, comfortability, and sound staging. A quarter-inch adapter for the 1/8-inch connector is bundled with the headphones.
I have no doubt these are great headphones for the money, but I don’t have the means to compare how they hold up to the Beyerdynamic original. A detailed comparison could make for an interesting read, given the substantial price difference. As for the overaching topic of originality, I’m pretty sure whoever ends up liking these cans will entertain the possibility of purchasing the originals when their budget permits. I’d have no problem treating the Behringer headphones as a USD 35 “demo” or backup for the Beyerdynamic original. So it’s not an all black and white question to ponder, I think. Then again, if you ask Beyerdynamic, I’m pretty sure the company will have much different considerations than mine.
Price and availability
Priced USD 35, the Behringer BH 770 are up on the company website but I couldn’t find them on dealers’ websites. Regardless, I expect them to show up for pre-order or purchase in the coming weeks as dealers build stock.