From the pilot headset straight to the gaming hell? Beyerdynamic does not make it easy with the mmX 300 in the second generation, but in return it delivers a very solid piece of technology that is definitely worth its price. Fit, seat and sound are of course subjective, but the prerequisites ex works could hardly be better. That is why I have looked more closely and listened.
The closed system with its 32 Ohm impedance fits almost all devices and even if you should use a potent headphone amplifier for the full glory, even the mobile use is not averse to the product. With a whopping 18 dB(A) sound insulation against external noise, you can still sit in your own compartment in the crowded S-Bahn and what works inwards certainly does the same to the outside.
The 332 grams net weight (without cable) are also tolerable, but for comfort I write something right away. Let's unpack the good part first!
Unboxing and scope of delivery
Beyerdynamic packs the headset right from the factory into a neat hard case in case of cases. Since the microphone is not removable, the manual as well as two different connection cables and a separate 6.3 mm jack plug remain as encores, which additionally attach themselves to the 2.5 meter long PC cable with the Y-separation in the headphone jack and microphone leaves. The other cable for the consoles is only 1.2 meters long, but relies on a multifunction jack plug. Both cables have a control unit (cable remote control).
Optics, haptic functionality
As far as material selection is concerned, Beyerdynamic remains consistent and also dispenses with glued-on fake applications, which are supposed to feign light metal. The plastic used is solid, very precisely processed and matted. The inside of the headband and the articulated brackets are made of light metal. This seems timeless, yet handsome and in no case intrusive or overloaded. The proportions are right, that is the most important thing. So optics and haptics are not a shortcoming.
The joint mechanics are solid and completely free of any criticism. You can adjust the position quite well, no matter how big the head is. The headset always sits like one and the specified 3.5 N for the contact pressure are not a brutal clutch, but necessary, so that the good piece does not fall down when you have to bend over. This also contributes to the exclusion of the public and is easily compensated by the very good ear pads.
The microphone with the flexible gooseneck arm, attached with a swivel joint, sits in the middle of the left earcup. The maximum possible angle of rotation is sufficient for every impossibility of positioning.
The tactile lyant headband, which can be adjusting in length, offers a clear snap-in to remember the position and also to be able to fix it. The inner padding of the headband is appropriate to the weight and quite soft. You will also feel a certain heat development in the long run and for notorious skinheads the manufacturer has therefore also come up with a smart hygiene formula.
If you want (or need to), you can simply remove the whole cushion, thanks to Velcro. For this I forgive an extra plus point, which is really rare, because this part is therefore really easy to clean.
The ear pads are generously dimensioned and cover as real over-ears even large eavesdroppers stress- and pressure-free. The functional microfiber padding is extremely comfortable and acoustically quite neutral. The two pads can also be removed and cleaned relatively easily by means of a clamping ring. Since I attach great importance to such a thing, there is also a bee out of line. A second insect is available for exemplary ventilation, which leaves the microcosm in the enclosed room in a temperature-neutral balance even after hours.
The connection of the cable is easy and yet securely solved, because the shaft of the plug is long enough and partially also disappears in the lower socket. This certainly doesn't stop and break away so quickly.
The volume control of both control units integrated in the cable is intuitively easy to see, but it is actually also unnecessary. The synchronisation in the starting area could also be a little better. If so, then you better control the amplifier or mobile device.
The mute button on the back is easy to reach and the button for controlling the mobile device on the side is tactile enough to be triggered clearly.
Screwed on: Tear Down not possible without damage
The ear pads are permanently removed. The chamber has been provided from above with a textile covering that prevents the view of the driver. The seat of the insert is tight and the completely superfluous scratch marks of an unsuitable tool, which the pre-tester left behind due to lack of skills, deter me from a complete disassembly. You don't have to destroy or damage objects just because the toddler's curiosity demands it.
Technical data and manual
Before I start the test, quickly add the data and eye fodder in the form of the specifications and the manual as a PDF file:Datenblatt MMX300
Manual MMX 300