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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 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 voice chat 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 come 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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