Few companies have the kind of clout you get with Beyerdynamic. The German manufacturer has been cranking out audio equipment since the 1930s. And their reputation for quality craftsmanship and accurate sound has won them fans the world over. So I’m naturally a bit excited to check out the company’s latest offering – the Team Tygr. Consisting of the Tygr 300 R and a bundled Fox USB mic, this setup takes firm aim at gamers and streamers. But how does it sound? And at $399, is it worth the money?
Beyerdynamic TYGR 300 R review
As mentioned, the Team Tygr set actually includes two separate components: the Tygr 300 R headphone, and the Fox USB mic. The headphone comes with a carrying pouch, and the mic comes with a USB-C cable, mic-stand, and pop filter for keeping your recordings clean.
As far as headphones go, the Tygr 300 R offers a more rugged build than I would normally expect, but one that also remains on par with Beyerdynamic’s other offerings. From the spring-steel headband to the completely circumaural earcups, this thing features a build that lasts and wears like a dream. In addition to the easily-swapped headband, the earcups can also be switched out from the standard velour pads that come included.
Complimenting this solid monitoring headphone, the Fox USB microphone offers high-fidelity audio recording and seamless zero-latency monitoring. A dedicated mute switch, volume knob, mic mixing knob, and gain switch allow in-depth control over the performance and feedback. This mic features solid build quality, and the included pop filter and desktop stand are nice touches that go a long way in getting a newbie set up for success.
In regard to sound quality, the Tygr 300 R delivers a detailed listening experience. Lows come in strong and precise, with a natural, organic character. This realism is matched by an ample bass that appears when it should. Yet this bass never sounds overblown or unrestrained.
Mids also sound refined, with a luscious and full profile that delivers a mesmerizing sense of clarity. Free from distortion or compression, these mids much of their presence to the open-back design of the Tygr 300 R. This same design allows for a greater sense of separation that boldly reveals itself in the midrange.
Not overly bright, the high end seems to follow the lows in terms of control. The highest high notes seem slightly restrained, but the sound is no less accurate. Indeed, the biggest hallmark of the Tygr 300 R in general would be it’s accuracy and attention to detail – and this appears just as evident in the highs.
The open-back design, as mentioned, delivers a wealth of space and depth to any track or recording. As a result, the Tygr 300 R does seem more spacious and revealing than the DT880 or DT990. And compared to other headphones once could purchase around the $200 mark, the soundstage here sounds phenomenally realistic.
The other side of this dynamic duo, the Fox USB mic, brings its own offerings to the table. Recording quality matches the accuracy of the Tygr 300 R, with my voice registering clear and distinct. While not all that surprising given Beyerdynamic’s reputation for producing quality microphones, it’s the functionality of the Fox that really makes it so impressive.
With the dedicated gain switch, users can take advantage of a wider sensitivity, whether whispering or shouting. So everyone from ASMR folks to discount hucksters to benefit from this recording quality.
However, it’s the ability to monitor the mic as it records – and hear that feedback with zero delay – that really makes the Fox such a potent beast. And a simple flick of the wrist sends this feature melting into the background, allowing you to concentrate on the audio output.
Overall, the Team Tygr package presents a serious setup for beginner and seasoned streamers, gamers, and content producers. On its most basic level, though, this combination will appeal to anyone who just loves good audio – plain and simple.
While the Fox USB has seen its fair share of detractors, I think the criticisms of this microphone remain largely undue. Even the most basic understanding of how to operate and utilize its functions result in precise and thorough recordings.
Likewise, the Tygr 300 R offers a solid audio solution for monitoring, but at it’s heart is a pure, unadulterated fidelity. During my testing sessions, this transparent audio became almost a hindrance. On more than one occasion, I zoned out and drifted in a near-comatose reverie as I listened to music. So as good as this headphone is for monitoring audio, it remains just as potent when listening for enjoyment.
Now, the big question: Is it worth the money? At $399, the Team Tygr set won’t be anyone’s budget option. But it’s still nowhere near as expensive as it could be, considering the audio quality you get from these components. Having produced some content for YouTube in the past, I can say without hesitation that this setup offers a great starting point. And compared to other options at the same price, I’d still take the Team Tygr over anything else up to the $600 mark. However, part of this decision has to do with the rugged, near-bulletproof design. Afterall, there’s a reason so many audio professionals swear by Beyerdynamic.
This quality, combined with meticulous recording and monitor performance, makes the Team Tygr a pretty crazy combo – and one that delivers superior results. Rest assured, if you are looking for a quality recording setup under $400, this is it.
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