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Headphone Sessions 10/18/2012: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro: A Beyer to Beat the Beats!

"Demolish" is probably the more accurate word to use when comparing the sound of the new Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro ($199) to any model of Beats by Dre. The only similarity between the Custom One Pro’s and Beats are their consideration of fashion and mass marketability. “Demolish” may not be the perfect word to use, but the Custom One’s definitely sound better than many closed headphones up to and exceeding their $200 premium. [caption id="attachment_2541" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro[/caption] The COP’s are fully customizable with removable and replaceable outer earcup plates and rings along with ear and headband pads and cables allowing the user to create a unique look and color scheme. To accompany your custom color scheme you can customize the sound of the headphone with its “Custom Sound Slider”. To be totally honest, we thought the gimmick of full customization, especially the “Custom Sound Slider”, was just to cover up the fact that the headphone probably isn’t going to sound any good to start with. We were so wrong and pleasantly surprised! Our measurements do slightly contradict the beautifully perfect graph, maybe more accurately described as a graphic, on the box that shows a perfect change in only bass frequencies, but our measurements and our ears tell us the sound slider works and primarily adjusts the mid-bass region of the frequency response allowing you to take the headphones from a thin, analytical presentation to a rich, bass heavy sound with a couple of “in-between” settings that are certain to satisfy any appetite for bass. Our only critique is that as you adjust the sound slider it doesn’t really boost frequencies below 300 Hz, so the lower bass regions lack the added amplitude the mid-bass gains. Beyerdynamic claims that the level of isolation is also customizable, but we found that adjusting the sound slider didn’t make much of a difference in the level of isolation or sound leakage. A great surprise was the upper-mid/high frequency response. Generally the Beyerdynamic sound can be a little edgy and bright, but the COP’s are well extended and detailed without the harshness. They’re also well represented in the midrange providing lush vocals with accurate tone and nice detail. The spaciousness is also very impressive, nearing the level of soundstage of the old Denon AH-DX000 models. The Custom One Pro’s are a very comfortable headphone, which has always been a strong point of Beyer’s full size headphones and the ever-growing list of available accessories (available beginning late Fall 2012) along with solid build quality assures they’re a headphone that will last you a lifetime. All of the custom options aside, these are a great value of sound and build quality for the money and, best of all, they’re still completely made in Germany. For more information on the Custom One Pro’s or any other headphone call our HeadRoom headphone experts at 1-800-828-8184.

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