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Published on July 12th, 2011 | by Gbemiga


Dynamic Headsets From beyerdynamic

Bey­er­dy­nam­ic is a well-re­spect­ed au­dio equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­er that pro­duces high qual­i­ty mi­cro­phones, head­phones, con­fer­ence sys­tems, avi­a­tion head­sets and wire­less au­dio sys­tems. Their prod­ucts have been used by the Bea­t­les, Prince, El­ton John, Ste­vie Won­der, AB­BA and a host of oth­er artists, and we’ve al­so used them our­selves in sev­er­al set­tings. Per­haps their best known prod­ucts are those at the very high end of the per­son­al au­dio spec­trum, with op­tions in­clud­ing some ex­cel­lent amps and a head­track­ing sys­tem. The T1s are some of the sex­i­est pieces of gear we’ve sam­pled, but they al­so are priced at $1300. If you don’t have that much dough yearn­ing to be put to a good use, and you don’t want to aim for wire­less Blue­tooth ones like those we’ve re­cent­ly been test­ing, then per­haps you’ll want some­thing from Bey­er­dy­nam­ic’s new line.

They’ve ex­pand­ed their of­fer­ings to in­clude gam­ing head­sets and per­son­al head­sets- the Bey­er­dy­nam­ic MMX 300 and Bey­er­dy­nam­ic DTX 300 p. We’ll start with the MMX, which is ac­tu­al­ly based on an avi­a­tion head­set. This al­ready speaks vol­umes (no pun in­tend­ed) about its pedi­gree. On us­ing it we found that it came with a flex­i­ble head­band while play­ing for hours is quite com­fort­able. The earpads were al­so soft and com­fort­able. In­clud­ed are both USB and ana­log con­nec­tions, as well as a mute but­ton for the con­denser mi­cro­phone.

We liked that the vol­ume con­trol is on the USB box, thus eas­i­ly ac­ces­si­ble, and the head­set is com­pat­i­ble with Win­dows or Mac com­put­ers of most any re­cent op­er­at­ing sys­tem. We’ve seen bet­ter USB box­es, but this one is small and sim­ple. Gamers can re­joice though: this is a head­set meant for lengthy ses­sions, and we tried it out us­ing Team­S­peak 2 and built-in voicechat through a few oth­er games and kept it on for six hours straight. Our team­mates ap­pre­ci­at­ed the ex­cel­lent mi­cro­phone, which was quite ad­justable. And we give the sys­tem high marks for spa­tial sound, as we were eas­i­ly able to iden­ti­fy the lo­ca­tions of en­e­mies. It isn’t the right choice for se­ri­ous mu­sic lis­ten­ing though- an au­dio­phile might not ap­pre­ci­ate the tan­gle-free cord, closed de­sign for seal­ing against noise, and com­fort that are the fo­cus here. Those with a more bal­anced use case might con­sid­er the B&W P5s, or one of bey­er­dy­nam­ic’s many oth­er sets.

To be sure, there is plen­ty of bass, ex­cel­lent bal­ance, and vol­ume to spare- this might be our new fa­vorite gam­ing head­set, and on­ly a cou­ple of oth­ers even can com­pete. Some may of­fer wire­less, but suf­fer from that- se­ri­ous gamers can no­tice the lag and lack of oomph.

The MMX 300 comes with an out­stand­ing five year parts and la­bor war­ran­ty in the US. You’ll end up shelling out more than most oth­ers- about $350 avail­able wide­ly on­line. How­ev­er, you’re get­ting a top-of-the-line head­set from a com­pa­ny known for qual­i­ty and dura­bil­i­ty. This is one of the rare pieces of gam­ing equip­ment that you might very well be able to treat like a heir­loom.

The DTX 300 ps, on the oth­er hand, are in­ter­est­ing ex­pan­sion for the firm- these are small, light, and in­ex­pen­sive but still man­age to be solid­ly built and of­fer pret­ty sur­pris­ing sound. We didn’t love the fold­ing mech­a­nism as much as some oth­ers, but these are a great lit­tle com­pan­ion to an MP3 play­er or smart­phone and can be com­fort­ably worn for long pe­ri­ods of time. They comes with a car­ry­ing case, as do the MMX 300s, but in both cas­es they feel a lit­tle un­nec­es­sary. These look and feel a bit old-school, and are avail­able in white/grey and red/black.

Ear­buds have ad­van­tages- small­er and eas­i­er to put in­to a pock­et, they do how­ev­er tend to get tan­gled up and al­so lack the space for more se­ri­ous drivers. Fit can be a prob­lem- when bad, sound iso­la­tion is poor. Thus, an over-the-ear so­lu­tion is just the tick­et for some folks- and the DTX 300 ps sounds amaz­ing and clear even in noisy en­vi­ron­ments. The sound pro­duced is pow­er­ful, rich and de­tailed but it is al­so re­strict­ed by its size. The bass is good but not quite deep but it is great for most tracks and per­fect in the midrange. Hip-hop and elec­tron­ic mu­sic sound a lit­tle tin­ny, but bet­ter than most ear­buds to be sure. Great for their size, they are an im­me­di­ate win­ner in a range where there aren’t many new, good con­tenders- the sub-$100, wired, over-ear head­phone. The DTX 300s can be found on­line for $59.99.

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In Gbemiga Sodipe's 28 years on this planet, he has lived on every continent but South America and has had a wide variety of jobs and experiences. He has worked as a Technical Writer for Microsoft in Beijing and as a coupon delivery guy in Springfield, Missouri. He loves books and is partial to Sci-Fi and Nonfiction but if you put any book in front of him his mind will be gone from this world and into the world of the book. Unless of course you put Uncle Toms Cabin or any book by L. Ron Hubbard in front of him, then he will first beat you to a bloody pulp with the book then commit what he considers to be one of his Seven Deadly Sins i.e. burn the book. In fact he for a time considered books much more interesting and less problematic than girls but that was during his early teenage years (ok maybe also every now and then but don’t tell his girlfriend that). Gbemiga speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, understands but can’t speak Yoruba (to his mother’s eternal chagrin, even though it’s her fault) and knows the insults and swear words of 5 other languages (thank you International upbringing).

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