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How much of my future Beyerdynamic DT990's sound will my Blue Yeti pick up?

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I'm planning on purchasing a pair of Beyerdynamic DT990s. However, I've heard from multiple owners of said headphones that the leakage may sometimes be quite excessive. Therefore I'm concerned that my microphone, the Blue Yeti, is going to pick up my sound. Is this correct and if so, how much does it pick up?

Oh, and perhaps it'd be smart to also give you a reference point. So far, my Blue Yeti only picks up sound from my current Razer Megalodon when the OS sound is at 100% and the external Megalodon control panel's sound is at 50%+.
Edited by ColtoM - 10/25/13 at 1:44pm
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I have LCD2s and AKG k701s while using an AKG Perception 220 microphone. I can get some pick up from the leakage by the microphone, but it tends to be mostly when I am at the upper limits of normal listening volumes. The question is, what application are you using the setup for? If it is mostly a general use setup, I wouldn't worry too much about it. I use my mic predominantly for voice chat, and have never had a complaint regarding hearing what is playing in my headphones. If you are planning to be doing recording of any variety it is a bigger concern, and you might be better off with the DT770s or even 880s as they are semi-open.

Off topic, have you heard the 990s vs 880s before? I compared them side by side and drastically preferred the 880s sound. I owned a pair of DT880 600 Ohms for a couple of years, only sold them after acquiring my LCD2s. They were excellent and very comfortable headphones. Obviously its all subjective, I'm just curious if you have had an opportunity to hear both.
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Although I am going to use it mostly for voice chatting I am also, unfortunately, going to be recording quite a lot of voice segments. However, I will only listen to the sounds of my games while I'm recording. A friend of mine uses a pair of K702s and his leakage while in Skype is excessive enough for his sound to almost seem like your own. That's obviously completely unbearable when recording so I want to make sure that I don't encounter this worst-case scenario with a pair of DT990s.

My current budget is quite tight which leads me to choosing the DT990s/250 over the DT880s. This is my first time purchasing any non-gaming-grade audio gear so my knowledge and experience is virtually as limited as it can get. Thanks a lot for the suggestion, though.

Do you know of any DIY modifications that could possibly reduce the leakage without significantly reducing the overall sound quality of the DT990s? Perhaps that'd be one way to solve leakage issues would I encounter them.
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If you foresee sound leakage being a problem, you might just want to get some closed headphones. DT770, AKG K550, ATH-M50

Modifying the DT990 to close the vents would likely result in them becoming very boomy/muddy and unpleasant.
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heheh, OP used the meaningless term "gaming grade".
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If you foresee sound leakage being a problem, you might just want to get some closed headphones. DT770, AKG K550, ATH-M50

Modifying the DT990 to close the vents would likely result in them becoming very boomy/muddy and unpleasant.

The problem with closed headphones is, according to my personal experience, the heat their ear-pads accumulate after a few hours. Perhaps this isn't the case for more expensive gear but it certainly is for the cheap. Normally this wouldn't be an issue but my room's ambient temperature tends to reach the 30-35 degrees Celsius range.

I've heard quite a lot of nice things about the ATH-M50s. I'll most likely go for those instead of the DT990s if the leakage is too severe.

The risk of muddy sound is indeed the concern I had regarding any modification to close the vents. I figured perhaps there was some special away around it even though common sense dictates otherwise. Meh, it was worth a shot.

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heheh, OP used the meaningless term "gaming grade".

Don't be rude.

Sure, it's not by any means a formal term and neither is it, in retrospect, a very good description of what I meant. However, I'm positive people understood the message I was trying to get across. If not, let me clarify: I meant that I've never used any modern audio output devices from brands not primarily focused on the demographic of average PC gamers. Examples of such brands would be Razer, Logitech and SteelSeries.
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Just ignore cuad, he has been trolling around for the past few months.
All his posts are like that, rude and zero content.

Waiting for him to slip so I can report him.
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