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The Beyerdynamic MMX 2 are 'on-ear' dedicated gaming + multi-media headset headphones from the German audio leaders with superb audio performance and great features. The included USB converter allows direct connection of the MMX 2 into any PC, MAC/OSX or laptop without fuss or muss. Noise-cancelling microphone rejects off-axis ambient noise for extremely clear voice, VOiP and Skype intelligibility. Gaming-specific 'split' headphone cord provides two 3.5mm (1/8') jack connections for mic + headphones connectivity. Full-size stereo 1/4' plug adapter also included.
What's In The Box:
Gamers and multi-media lovers rejoice! Beyerdynamic has created one of the best sub-$100 mic'd headset headphones around. The lightweight 'on-ear' fit of the MMX 2 provides good environmental / ambient noise blocking and clear audio detail while still hammering you with a nicely tight bass response needed for music and special FXs. Plush velour oval earpads provide maximum ear comfort and an adjustable boom mic neatly swings out of the way when feeling not so chatty. All this goodness is available for under $100, so bring on all your most demanding interactive headphone applications -- this cool can will handle it all with ease.
In essence, the beyerdynamic MMX 2 is a replica of the beyerdynamic DT 235 sealed headphone, plus added microphone feature. Considering the historically solid reviews of the DT 235, no wonder the MMX 2 is a big winner. Easily the top feature remains the amazing clarity and sonic detail in the upper frequencies. In fact, its hard to find many audiophile headphones with this much detail at this nice price. On the very uppermost frequencies, the sound is slightly rolled-off, making them appealingly smooth. This also prevents listening fatigue for those long gaming sessions late into the night/early morning. Midrange response is exceptional with a very natural tone. In fact, the MMX 2 has near-perfect mids which provide a present and luscious feel to the overall tone. The bass of the MMX 2 also delivers serious slam, but stays fairly well-controlled. It can occasionally get a bit boomy and almost overwhelming, but those are good times when bombs are exploding or mass chaos erupts during a game. Some hardcore gamers may find the bass a bit much if you want less distraction during extra-intense online matches. But we feel the sound of the MMX 2 should suit most gamers needs very well. Can this be a perfect headset? Well no, sorry beyerdynamic. Its definitely not the sexiest headset around, and the fit is possibly its only downfall. Velour earpads are soft enough, but the small, reverse-teardrop shape just does not fit most larger-eared gamers. Isolation is not particularly strong since the MMX2 are not 'full-size' headphone but a true 'earpad' on-ear size, so noise-blocking can be affected if the fit is improper. Also, the non-adjustable headband doesn't really help matters. Right out of the box, there is a pretty severe clamping effect on your head; some break-in should help them become much more comfortable with time. The only other issue we ran into is the fact these headphones are very power hungry for a such a low impedance can. The impedance is rated at 32 ohms while the sensitivity is 110db . Even though these numbers suggest the MMX2 to be an efficient headset, we found they need a significant amount of power to drive them properly. Right out of the computer at a fraction of maximum volume, the sound still felt a bit dry and the bass just didn't hit those lowest notes. But give the MMX 2 a little extra power from a dedicated headphone amp and listen to them kick some noob tail!
It's actually really hard to find such good acoustic audio qualities in gaming-oriented and multi-media headphone headsets. Good thing that venerable German-based headphone makers beyerdynamic came along and filled that gap with the MMX 2. It may not be stunningly beautiful, but for amazing sonic detail, natural midrange response, and tight punchy bass in a affordable gaming headset...well, what are you waiting for -- game on, gamers!
PS3 / XBOX DISCLAIMER! If buying the beyerdynamic MMX 2 headset for use with Sony PS3 or Xbox 360, prepare to be slightly disappointed. Plugging the supplied USB device into your PS3 -- or the headphone outputs into your Xbox controller -- will only provide the voice chat of other online players. It does NOT send the game soundtrack audio to the headphones. They only way to hear the actual game audio is to use a headphone amp and the composite (red/white) audio output from your console. Or the better option is to use the optical digital output of your console to a DAC/headphone amp for best sound quality. Some hardcore gamers take things even further and add a second headphone amp to combine the chat audio into the game audio for the very best seamless audio experience.
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