Product: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus
Type: Closed Circumaural Headphones
Preferred Use: Studio/Home
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Warranty: 2 Year Warranty
Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus, Overview
When it comes to the new Custom One Pro Plus from Beyerdynamic, it’s all in the name. The Custom there literally means you can customize these headphones in more ways than you’d have thought possible.
While that may not seem like such a big deal at first, it is.
Think about it this way, not only does it afford you the chance to stand out in a world of generic, run-of-the-mill products, you get the chance to modify the really important things, you know, like how much bass you’d like to hear in your music.
Comfort & Design
The Custom One Pro Plus comes with separate artistic covers that can be fixed to the earcups. They range from the fun and trendy to the downright embarrassing or as I’d like to say, please don’t.
The headphones are solid looking objects that come in either black or white, with the only breaks in color coming from the red horizontal bars on one corner of the earcups and neatly printed just above that, the name ‘Custom One Pro’ in white for the black version and vice-versa.
The removable headband cover is cushy leatherette that wraps around the head tightly but oh so comfortably.
Comfort lovers will be even more pleased with the earpads as these are even more comfortable. It’s no exaggeration to say it’s almost like my ears are resting on pillows every time I use these.
The almost militaristic, no-frills design is interestingly at odds with the custom covers mentioned above and that’s where the ‘Custom’ tag is genius.
Simply put, if you’re not a fan of the colorful you can always use these babies as is. If on the other hand, you like a little more edge, then you have 16 stock covers to choose from, 8 sets really, but every set has two different sides (you can buy more if those aren’t enough…).
Just above the earcups are the notches you can use to adjust the size of the headband to fit your head. The space is enough to fit even the really large heads out there.
On the bottom of said earcups rest two bass response switches, one on each ear cup (I will get back to these later).
Connecting the headphones to your device is a detachable cable that kind of features a remote. I say kind of because there’s just the one button on it. The multi-purpose button that serves to play/pause, answer calls and skip forward/backward depending on how many times you press it. However, there are no volume controls, which can get annoying when you have to adjust your volume.
By the time you get to the actual performance of the Custom One Pro’s you’d be forgiven for thinking that’s as customizable as they get. Fortunately, the tweaks don’t end there.
Remember the bass response switches I mentioned earlier? Well, this is really the one feature that separates these headphones from the rest of the competition.
The switch has four modes, mainly, “light” bass, “linear” bass, “vibrant” bass and “heavy” bass.
In light mode the sound profile is flat, no boosts here. In that mode, you can even use it as a monitor headphone.
Switch from light to linear and you will instantly feel the difference. The bass immediately becomes more prominent, although it doesn’t overshadow all the other frequencies.
In heavy bass mode, you will definitely feel the kick! Even the bassiest of bass heads will admit that in this case, heavy actually means HEAVY. Surprisingly enough the sound doesn’t distort even at this high setting, even at maximum volume.
Personally, I’m more comfortable with the 3rd setting, vibrant bass. Here the bass is solid and packs a mean punch but it doesn’t overwhelm the senses to the point of exhaustion. Of course, I do switch to the lower modes from time to time depending on my mood.
Just in case you’re wondering, my focus on the bass doesn’t mean the other frequencies are ignored. On the contrary, the rest of the sound is incredibly detailed as well. The mids are refreshingly clear, while the highs soar delightfully.
The soundstage is spacious, enveloping the listener in precisely balanced instrument separation. It’s hard to escape the feeling of being in a live concert with these headphones on, thankfully though it’s without the concert hall effect that often comes with trying to mimic a soundstage.
Beyerdynamic’s closed cans have always been good a keeping sound in and noise out, even without ANC technology. I’m glad to report that these Beyers are no different as both noise isolation and sound leakage are kept to a bare minimum, making these excellent for at the office (although you might wanna keep your customization levels in check!).
You might think that with an impedance of 16 ohms, making these cans excellent companions for laptops and other portable devices, their mobility factor would be great, right?
However, due to their bulky nature, they’re not the most convenient for walking around the streets. Due to that fact, the Custom One Pro Plus is most suited for home, office and studio environments.
Beyerdynamic’s Custom One Pro Plus headphone is one that’s ultimately designed to suit individual tastes and moods all at one go.
Besides the obvious irritation of not having volume controls on the detachable cable, I really can’t think of another thing I don’t like about these headphones.
In fact, I would go as far as saying these are the perfect over ear headphones. Well almost…
The price might be the only other wrinkle in an otherwise pristine offering from Beyerdynamic, especially if you go for the white ones. However, if money isn’t an object when it comes to your audio & customization needs, then these are certainly worth the money spent.
Any questions? Just shoot me a comment below!
For all headphone chameleons out there, the Custom One Pro Plus might just be the headphone you’ve been looking for all these years!