Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Beyerdynamic MMX300 Gaming Headset Review

Germans are known for their world class engineering. But it isn’t just with automobiles. They know audio as well. This is the case with Beyerdynamics, makers of high quality headphones. They also do gaming as well, with their MMX300 gaming headphones.
Features and specs:

Transducer type
Operating principle
Nominal frequency response
5 - 35.000 Hz
Nominal impedance
32 Ω
Nominal T.H.D
96 dB
< 0,2%
Power handling capacity
100 mW
Sound coupling to the ear
Ambient noise attenuation
approx. 18 dBA
approx. 3,5 N
Transducer type
Condenser (back electret)
Polar Pattern
Frequency response
30 - 18.000 Hz
Length mic boom
approx. 150 mm

Weight without cable
294 g
Length and type of cables
1.2 m (3.9 ft) cable with remote control
1.2 m (3.9 ft) Y-extension cable for PC single-sided
Gold-plated mini stereo jack plug (3.5 mm) & 1/4" adapter (6.35mm), extension cable with 2 separate mini jacks for line and microphone
Accessories included
detachable cable with remote control, extension cable for PC, Premium carrying bag
Retail price
299,- EUR

The Beyerdynamic MMX300 came in a nice color printed box with photos of the gaming headphones and their specs. Upon opening the box, I found a well protected premium gaming headphone in a hard zippered case. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic and metal. The earcups are a very soft cloth. The metal gooseneck mic has a foam windscreen on the end. Quality of materials used were very high, as is the fit and finish. The Beyerdynamic MMX300 felt very well made in hand, which is what I would expect from being made in Germany. Also included was a cable for PC Gaming.

I liked the design of the Beyerdynamic MMX300. The detachable cable has built-in volume control and mic. I would have liked to see the mic as detachable. But it does rotate up and out of the way. The mic is also much better than expected. The earpads don’t use memory foam, but memory foam does tend to get really warm after extended use. So for long tournament play, standard foam would be better. The hard zipper case is also great!

For song selection, we thought we would mix some new school with some old school.  We'll start with twenty One Pilots: Heathens, then go to Kansas: Carry On Wayward Son, and Fresh Aire: Going To Another Place.   Twenty One Pilots: Heathens, vocals were just a tad bright, with very good texture. Piano sounded natural and was very smooth with nice harmonics. Percussion was crisp and clean.  Kick drum was really clean, tight, with good depth and authority.  Kansas: Carry On Wayward Son, had very good harmonics and smoothness to the vocals.  Kick drum had very good depth, tight impactful bass that played with a lot of authority.  Keyboards were very crisp and natural.    Cymbals were very crisp and very dynamic without being too bright.  Fresh Aire: Going To Another Place, the strings were very crisp and clean and only a tad bright, and had very good dynamics.  Piano sounded very natural with nice tone.  Flute was very smooth with lots of air and nice harmonics.  Drums had very good depth and impact, with lots of authority.

The Beyerdynamic MMX 300 priced at $349, was very well priced as well.  The sound was just a tad on the bright side, and had lots of bass.  With it being a gaming headset, they were designed to sound just like they should for the games and the explosions in them.  The resolution was very good.  Using them for gaming, the sound was amazing.  I was also expecting to hear from the guys that were being played with in the game, that they could also hear me better than the much cheaper set I was using before.  But they could not tell. I'm guessing that either their headsets didn't pick up the difference in sound with the better mic that the MMX 300 came with.....or they weren't listening too carefully.  The extra good news is while they are awesome for gaming, they do great double duty as regular headphones for music!  Based on their design, features, quality, and performance, they have earned our Highly Recommended Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.beyerdynamic.com.