Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Review
Category : Headsets
Published by Bean on 04.07.14
The Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro's are a new and interesting headphone from the world famous audio company Beyerdynamic. In this article we’re here to see if the Custom One Pro's can really bring enthusiast quality audio to the masses at a reasonable price point. Looking into their Bass response modes, portability, build quality and customization options, we’re very curious about these new cans from the prestigious company.



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In the following pages we will show you the strengths and weaknesses of the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 5 - Wearing comfort/ergonomics
Page 2 - Preview Page 6 - Acoustics
Page 3 - Specifications Page 7 - Conclusion
Page 4 - Test conditions


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Page 2 - Preview Page 6 - Acoustics
Page 3 - Specifications Page 7 - Conclusion
Page 4 - Test conditions


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Specifications

Headphones

Model number: Custome One Pro
Frequency: 18 - 35'000 Hz
Impendance: 16 Ohm
Driver size: 50 mm
Plug: 3.5/6.3 mm
Weight 290g







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Test conditions

Regarding our headphone tests, we subjectively describe acoustics quality as well as comfort. The end result, therefore, relies also on the tester himself. We're doing our best to ensure comparable results if different reviewers were testing different products. We think these review can be seen as a helpful when wanting to purchase a specific product and should therefore be seen as subjective consumer advice.

Music


Test Setup




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Wearing confort and ergonomics

   


Weighing in at 290grams, the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro’s are light and sit comfortably on the head. Coupled with the soft leather pads and well padded headband, we were more than happy to go an entire day with these on our heads.
The Custom One Pro’s have an adjustable headband which is sure to suit any size of head. Noise isolation is very good, without putting much pressure on the sides of the head. We were more than ok wearing them with prescription glasses and also sunglasses without feeling any undue pressure.
The Custom One Pro’s have a very stout build and reflect that in their durability, we dropped the headphones onto concrete more than once without them sustaining any damage. The same, unfortunately, can not be said for the cable. After just one month of almost daily use, the Cable no longer makes a good connection and dramatically changes the overall experience. This is very much due to the removable cable feature. The Audio Technica A900’s that we’ve had for over 4 years and have seen their fair share of abuse do not experience this issue at all.



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Acoustics

Headphone

The Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro’s were tested with everything from Drum and Bass to Dance/Trance, Jazz, HipHop, through to Rock and classics like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. With the adjustable bass response, we found going from almost no bass to a lot of bass very easy, making any song sound almost too bassy. We found ourselves using one notch away from full open for most music. Listening to My Yard from Jamie Cullum we could really feel the opening guitar come alive and the detail in each stroke was accurate without any harshness. The Island part I and II provide very good highs and also some tight deep bass, The Custom One Pro’s kept the bass tight and the highs clear without any distortion even at volume. This was not just when driven through a dedicated headphone amplifier (Meier Audio Headamp) but also when driven directly from the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. Rock music, Such as Half Truism from The Offspring also played well through the Custom One Pro’s, The midrange seemed to lack slightly here, but not in an exaggerated way. As listening time progressed, the midrange became much better and resulted in a nice full but balanced sound. Overall, the bass can sometimes seem a little too saturated (but this is adjustable), the highs are not over exaggerated, and the midrange simply needs some burn in time before it sounds the way it should.


   



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Conclusion

Beyerdynamic have brought to the table, in our opinion, a pair of headphones that are currently unmatched in their price category. Providing high quality audio that surpasses that of most off the shelf options. Of course, our music tests are subjective and these headphones may not suit all tastes. We are, however, quite sure that with their sound adjustability, they will very much please the majority of listeners.

Being very easy to drive, the Custom One Pro’s are well suited to, not only people at desks with dedicated sound setups, but also to those on the move with only an iPod or smartphone in their pocket. Whilst the headphones seem quite bulky, with the detachable cable and their excellent build quality, these Headphones end up being very portable (They found themselves being stored in more than one backpack). Comfort is very good, whether you wear glasses or not, and are more than comfortable enough for day long use. Durability is high with the only small issue being that of the detachable cable.

Looking at the Custom One Pro on Geizhals.at we found them to be listed for 144 Euros, which translates into approximately CHF 173.-

We give the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro very good 4.5 out of 5 stars.




Page 1 - Introduction Page 5 - Wearing comfort/ergonomics
Page 2 - Preview Page 6 - Acoustics
Page 3 - Specifications Page 7 - Conclusion
Page 4 - Test conditions