Beyerdynamic is well known for their refined quality in reference and critical listening headphones. The DT 1770 PRO and DT 1990 PRO are exceptional headphones that have gained the respect of musicians and audiophiles alike. But Beyerdynamic also makes headphones for many other applications and gaming is one area they’re starting to get some attention for. Their latest gaming headphone is the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM GAME and it stands to make a real impression on gamers worldwide who are looking for a better interactive gaming experience. Let’s take a look and see what it’s got.
Beyerdynamic Custom Game Headset Review
In The Box
Inside the box you’ll get the detachable 4ft mic/cable combo (with inline volume and mute controls), the PC mic and headphone splitter, and a couple sets of custom plates for the outside of the earcups. The microphone is a gooseneck mic which is perfect for gaming situations. You can adjust it as close as you want or turn it up and out of the way when you’re not using it.
One of the cool features of the Custom Series is the interchangeable plates so you can customize your headphone which is really quite cool. You can find more custom plates, extra wires, cases, earpads and headband pads from various online retailers as well as through Beyerdynamic directly.
Straight out of the box this headset is sturdy and durable like the rest of the Custom Series from Beyerdynamic. The headband and frame are constructed of metal and nearly everything on this headset can be replaced if necessary. Overall I get the feeling that won’t be necessary anytime soon.
The Custom Game headset isn’t exactly designed for travel but you can definitely take it out with you. A bag or case would do wonders. But let’s face it, many gamers don’t take their gaming headphones out of the house so it’s not a huge deal.
The comfort of this headset is on the premium level. Like a lot of headphones from Beyerdynamic this gaming headset is like a luxury Lazyboy chair. The kind you relax in and watch your favorite show. The Custom Game headset is definitely perfect for long gaming sessions. From earpads to headband this thing is lush.
One cool extra feature you’ll find on the Custom Game headset is the bass boost option. There’s toggles installed on each ear that allow you to turn up the bass in increments. It’s handy, it’s fun and you’ll definitely want to turn it up to see how much “bassy boom” you can get out of your favorite games.
Since we’re already speaking about the bass it’s time to mention the over-ear circamaural design of the Beyerdynamic Custom Game headset mixed with the bass boost option will have you in a world of your own. Once I turned up the optional bass boost in both ears I’m immersed in ample amounts of bass. Just listening to music alone I found that EDM and other bass heavy music genres were wild.
The mids are great on the Custom Game headset. I’ve got no major complaints. I think with the bass boost turned all the way up you might find that you’ll lose a little bit of your mids but it’s a natural effect and all in the name of good fun. If it’s bothersome you can dial it down.
The high frequencies are pretty good. The top-end of the frequency range is 35kHz and you can definitely catch the brilliance of the highs especially if you keep the bass on the second or third setting. That’s where the whole spectrum tends to really shine. The bass will take over though if you let it.
It’s tough to get soundstage with a closed-back headset. There’s a little bit but not much to speak of just tracking through music. Gaming surround sound simulators for headphones are a different story though. With the right game and sound card you have the potential to get some amazing soundstage.
Sound Pressure Level
The impedance on the Custom Game headset is only 16Ohms. The SPL peaks out at 96dB so you’re good to go. You can run this guy off your mobile device for some incredible sound or get a little extra boost from an amp. either way it’s just a matter of finding the right level of bass. I did find that in some circumstances you can get a little distortion. Overall I loved the intensity and was not disappointed with the volume of this headset.
The performance of this headset is excellent. The passive noise isolation keeps unwanted noise out and all your sounds from explosions to bleeps are totally in your face. The microphone works great with it’s frequency range of 30Hz – 18kHz. The gooseneck design ensures you’ll be heard regardless of ambient noise and you won’t need to yell. Unless you want to of course. Nerding out to World Of Warcraft while talking to your mates online is no problem.
The Beyerdynamic Custom Game is a great interactive gaming headset. It’s definitely big but also comfortable and cranks an ample amount of sound. Once you get the bass balanced to where you like it I think you’ll find it’s a impressive upgrade to a lot of the crappy gaming headsets out there. If you’re gaming with a sub-par headset right now and want to experience your games with big sound the Beyerdynamic Custom Game is a nice choice for an interactive gaming headset under $200.
Transducer Type: Dynamic
Operating Principle: Closed
Frequency Response: 5Hz – 35kHz
Impedance: 16 Ohms
Total Harmonic Distortion: less than 0.2%
Power Handling Capacity: 100mW
Sound coupling to the ear: Circamaural
Ambient Noise Attenuation: approx. 18 dBA
Headband Pressure: approx. 3.5 N
Weight without cable: .63lbs (282 g)