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Recently, OneOdio sent us a pair of their Monitor 60 headphones, which they describe as their DJ/Studio quality headset. It’s the most expensive pair of headphones in their lineup by a wide margin, and a lot of their other headphones haven’t been close to what you’d consider professional quality.
This is an in-depth review of the OneOdio Monitor 60 and the question I will be trying to answer is do these headphones live up to the hype, and are they worth the money?
Box & Contents
I’ve reviewed a few OneOdio headsets at this point, and this is the first one that feels like it gives you a premium unboxing experience. The box is all black with the OneOdio logo and slogan “the power of music” in silver on each side.
In addition, the name of the headphones is printed in a glossy black embossing, which I suppose could make these hard to pick out if you were looking for them by name, but it feels really sleek and premium.
The box lifts open like a gift box and reveals a flap with the OneOdio logo and slogan on it in silver once again. You lift that with a ribbon loop, and there are your headphones. There’s a bit of pageantry that makes this feel expensive and exciting the way their other products haven’t.
In addition to the headphones, the box includes three cables: a 10 foot long 3.5mm aux cable, a short 3.5mm aux with a built-in microphone, and a coiled 6.5mm aux cord. The cables are both longer and a lot thicker/sturdier than I expected, which was a nice surprise.
And finally, there is a vinyl carrying bag to keep the headphones safely stored, but I found myself using the box for that purpose a lot more often than the bag.
The core performance specs are in line with the rest of the OneOdio lineup and are pretty consistent with what you’ll see from headphones in this price range across the industry. The headphones come with a 20Hz to 20KHz frequency response, a 110dB sensitivity, and a 38-ohm impedance.
In-depth measurements show that it’s tuned more consistently across the entire frequency.
The biggest improvement here, and what would ostensibly make this a studio-quality pair of headphones, is the 50mm neodymium driver. The drivers in their cheaper headphones range from 20-50mm, so it’s going to be able to deliver a strong and consistent level of power.
OneOdio’s headphones have always had really strong bass, though in their cheaper options it tends to be a bit watery. That’s a problem that I didn’t notice with the Monitor 60s at all. The treble is very precisely tuned, but it falls off in the mids a bit. It makes for a measured listening experience, and they respond well to an audio dashboard you might be using.
I don’t really work with audio in a professional capacity, so we were mostly using these for listening to music while we worked, watching movies, or playing games. They’re obviously made with music in mind, and we were able to get a consistently high-quality listening experience, but we found that you need to play with the sliders a bit to really feel the music.
For movies and games, the sound is incredibly detailed, but during heavy action in either movies or games, it didn’t feel as immersive as you might get with a gaming headset. It also wasn’t quite as strong on directional noises.
Further, they’re pretty good on isolation. Even without music playing, I was able to tune out background noises pretty easily, and once you have something playing you can easily find yourself in your own world.
One thing I’ve been frustrated with other OneOdio headphones we’ve reviewed is that it’s hard to get a comfortable volume level since the volume level jumps wildly with each tick of the volume control. The Monitor 60 headphones give a lot of precise control, and we were able to keep at a comfortable across multiple applications and genres of music.
Overall, it’s a really consistent sound quality that we could see aspiring/amateur recording artists and DJs getting a lot of use out of.
Quality & Comfort
Comfort is usually where headphones lose me. I have a large skull and so if the tension bar across the top is too tight, or the adjustable earpieces don’t go far enough down I’ll notice it very quickly.
The tension bar on the Monitor 60 is pretty well calibrated since the large, swiveling cops are designed to go out and over your ears for extra isolation. The sliders to adjust the size click firmly with each extension, and they go out pretty far, so they should fit just about anyone comfortably.
The padding on the earpieces is very plushy and still feels breathable. I was able to wear them for extended periods without feeling squished or sweaty.
However, the padding on the overhead bar could be thicker. It’s fairly thin, and I found that no matter how we adjusted the extenders and the angle it sat at, it was pressing uncomfortably into the top of my head.
You can tell OneOdio really wanted you to be able to flip an earpiece over and hold the headset to your ear like a real DJ, and if anything they were a bit overzealous in pursuit of that goal.
The hinges that make that possible are very loose, to the point where I found myself fumbling to put the headphones back on because the earpieces kept flipping. The hinges that pivot and collapse the headphones are secure but a lot looser than we’d like them to be.
You can typically find the OneOdio Monitor 60 headphones for right around $80 on both the OneOdio site and online retailers like Amazon. They’re not marked down as often or as severely as some of the other OneOdio headphones, which we take to mean that they’re confident in the construction and quality of these headphones.
I think that puts them in a really good place as far as value is considered. You’re not paying for any features that aren’t getting used to full effect, and any higher-performing studio headphones are going to be significantly more expensive.
I’d definitely recommend these to anyone who is looking to do casual video or sound editing, or someone looking to get a gift for an aspiring young DJ or recording artist in their family.
Overall, I really liked these headphones and for everyday use, I didn’t really have any complaints about the audio quality.
The thin padding on the bar can be a little uncomfortable if you’re wearing them for more than a couple of hours, so they’re not perfect and I have some concerns about durability, but since I am not planning on traveling with them, they don’t factor into my final rating as much as it would for a pair of Bluetooth headphones.
Overall, these headphones score high marks in comfort, audio quality, and overall value. I’d give these a solid 4.5 stars as you won’t probably be able to find anything better at this price point. If you’re looking for a pair of cheap studio-quality headphones but don’t want to spend a fortune, these are an excellent option.
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