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Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus Headphones Review

Solid audio and intense customization options make this a fashionable find.

April 09, 2015
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The Insides That Count

I feel like a bit of a broken record here, especially since we reviewed the Custom One Pros two years ago. Truth be told, the performance here is well within the margin for error when it comes to identical parts, so if you own the original Custom One Pros, these are the same—the differences between the Custom One Pro Plus and the older cans are purely cosmetic.

We'll be discussing all four audio settings here, so strap in—this is going to be a long one.

Frequency Response

It's all about that bass

Response 1

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Setting 1 is best for phone calls and podcasts.

This response is best for podcasts and voice calls, as it underplays bass noises that can sometimes ring around in lower-quality audio. You'll probably never use this setting, but it's good to know that it exists. Music will sound very weird to you if you leave the Custom One Pro Plus at this setting.

Response 2

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If you must monitor on the Custom One Pro Plus, do it on the second setting.

This is the flattest response available, but it still has a little bit of dynamic mids and a peak at 8-10kHz. It might not have as much bass as you want, but this setting is the best to equalize at—if you're into that sort of thing.

Response 3

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A slight bass boost helps the third setting.

More dynamic, but not bass-crazy is setting three; which will make low sounds really thump in comparison to the first two settings. This is the setting we suggest you leave your cans on in most settings, as it doesn't go crazy with its over/under emphasis on sounds—but it definitely boosts bass to a pleasant degree.

Response 4

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Rattle that skull with the fourth setting.

This is the setting you use if you're really high on bass. Boosting bass and sub-bass sounds about 14dB (or about 2 and a half times) louder than the mean, you definitely won't be left wanting for more. If you do, seek medical attention from your ENT doctor.

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Distortion

Not bad—certainly not audible

When testing headphones like these, a little bit of distortion isn't all that surprising. In the case of the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus, it has a laudably small amount in all but the first setting—it's inaudible unless you crank your tunes up over 120 phons, which would cause damage to your ears anyways. You can see each measurement in sequence below:

Isolation

Great isolators

As they were last time we tested them, these cans can drop outside noise by just over 20dB—or 1/4th as loud as they would be without occlusion—which is great for passive isolators.

This is perfect for a daily commute. It won't drown out all sounds, but it'll definitely make them much less annoying that they would be without cans on your head. Airplane noise will still be a bother, and you might find yourself trying to fight the urge to crank your tunes to combat it.

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