Published on June 30th, 2015 | by Greg0
beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus: Flexible And Adjustable
We’re always in the market for new headphones and interesting audio gear- and especially when it promises to not only sound good but offer a distinctive look and style as well. Your ears have definitely become attractive pieces of real estate for many brands- but instead of simply emblazoning a giant logo on the side of your head and settling for mediocre audio, we’d suggest aiming a little higher.
beyerdynamic has one of the best reputations in the audiophile community, thanks to German engineering, design… and manufacturing. While many companies have shifted to overseas production, the beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus headphones are still built in Europe. They are actually an upgrade to a previous model, the Custom One Pro, with a few nice additions. The well-liked body has stayed the same, but now they come an extra cable with a cross-platform microphone and single-button remote along with 16 new pairs of various ear cup cover designs. There’s also a small wrench tool included for changing the covers as well. The earpads are comfortable, even over long periods, and the headband balances durability, stability, and weight.
They aren’t made for portable use really- no folding or rotating flat or even a storage bag- so we recommend and primarily used them for other applications than travel, like use in the studio and or with a DAC/amp at home. They do make a Custom Street version too. The additional cable helps when you want to take a call, though, or when using your tablet or smartphone (Android and iPhone devices worked equally well). We suggest burning them in for a bit, maybe forty hours or so, and then checking out the most unique feature- the sound slider on the earcups, which allows you to adjust the audio profile to your music or desired sound preference. The Custom One+ has four settings ranging from ”Analytical” to “Heavy Bass“, and we mostly left them on the neutral option. The differences are not subtle, and each has its time and place.
What’s actually changing is the isolation, as ports open up to increase the bass, while closing them helps seal out sound and brings forward the mids and highs. The overall audio picture definitely changes as you make adjustments, but what stays the same is equally important- clarity, a lack of noise or grating sibilance, and a broad soundstage. For reference work or going on the road, we might suggest the beyerdynamic Tesla T51is, among our favorite overall sets. But for a more flexible, adaptable, and adjustable experience, the Custom One Pros are solid, and certainly satisfying. There are plenty of different cover designs to choose from, allowing you to tailor the appearance a bit, though they are definitely aimed at a younger, more urban demographic. beyerdynamic has created an intriguing feature set in a well-built frame with plenty to appreciate- most of all, the unique isolation adjustment. Available online and in stores, in black or white, for $240, with an MSRP of $299.