Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Headphones

I’m not much of an audiophile so this is the first time I’ve ever heard of the brand Beyerdynamic. I don’t have any background information of the company before but apparently they have been in business since 1924 in Berlin, Germany. That’s a long time ago!

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I was sent this Custom One Pro headphones to try out so here are some of my impressions as a regular Joe, who knows a thing or two on audio and sound quality.

The Custom One Pro is called that way since it allows the user to customize their headphones through different faceplates, own detachable cables, headband pads and ear cups as well as the Custom Sound Slider with variable bass reflex system.

Technical Specifications:

  • Transducer type: dynamic
  • Operating principle: closed
  • Nominal frequency response: 5- 35,000 Hz
  • Nominal impedance: 16
  • Nominal SPL: 96 dB
  • Max. SPL: 116 dB
  • T.H.D: <0.2%
  • Power handling capacity: 100 mW
  • Ambient noise attenuation: approx. 18 dBA
  • Sound coupling to the ear: circumaural
  • Nominal headband pressure: approx. 3.5 N
  • Weight (without cable): 290 g
  • Length and type of cable: 1.5 m, Material PVC
  • Connection: gold plated stereo jack plug (3.5 mm) and 1/4 adapter (6.35 mm)

Out of the box, you can instantly see and feel the quality build of the Custom One Pro. The ear cans is made of metal as well as the flexible arms. There are some plastic components all around but overall, it has that German premium look and feel that you probably won’t get in the usual run-of-the-mill generic China-made headphones.

What I find good about the Custom One Pro is the ability to replace most parts of the headphones itself. From the cup plates, to the cup foams and even the headband pads itself.

So if down the road, wear and tear happens, you just need to buy that specific part and you’ll have a brand new set again. I’m not sure where they’re selling these locally but checking out online, I spotted a few on for the ear pads and the headband – but it’s quite pricey I should say. You do get a choice of black, brown and white color options.

These are the cup plates included in the box. You could probably print out your own on a hard photo paper and use that (try printing out a Beats logo for fun). The free ones are not bad at all but most are just some patterns and some Beyerdynamic branded-ones.

Installation is just simple, just use the included Allen driver in the box to unscrew the faceplate (the original is made of metal, the free ones are just hard cardboard)

One highlight of this headphones is the variable bass reflex system. It’s just basically 4 notches with holes that you could toggle to adjust the bass response to your preference. The first stop has minimal bass  while the bottom stop (showing all holes) allows for a more bassier sound.

There are 2 cables included, one 1.8” for the usual mp3 players, computers, and mobile phones – that one comes with microphone and remote to pick up calls and control media playback. The other cable is 1/4” for plugging it on mixers, and is for a more professional setup. Both are interchangeable depending on your use case.

In conclusion, I really like the sound of the Beyerdyamic Custom One Pro. Audio was clear and sharp. Noise cancellation was also great albeit the headphone cups does seem to lack ventilation so I had to remove it after a few hours of using just so my ears could ‘breathe’

While there is that option for the bass reflex system, I still find the bass sometimes lacking on audio files I tested. I’m not sure why but you may need to test this out in-store before buying to be sure it fits your taste. The toggle does add bass but not that much for me but  I do have Dell Maxx Audio Pro installed on my machine (by default) so I can still fine-tune it.

But despite this, If you have the money to shell out for professional headphones such as these, I would still recommend the Custom One Pro.

The Custom One Pro retails for Php9,900 and is available at A.Refinery branches across the country

  • A.Refinery UPTC, 2nd floor, Phase 1B, UP Town Center, Katipunan
  • A.Refinery Cebu, Level 3, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu
  • A.Refinery Davao, Level 2, Ayala Abreeza Mall, JP Laurel Ave, Davao City
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