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Monitor 60 – Overear headphones from OneOdio in test

The Monitor 60 is a wired over-ear headphone with which the manufacturer OneOdio addresses professional, but also sound-loving users, which is especially underlined with the suitability for HiRes audio files.

Comfort is not neglected with well-padded large earcups, and the features with three aux cables also cover diverse application areas, such as studio, TV or mobile devices.

We tried out the OneOdio Monitor 60 for you and judged it in the usual disciplines.

Technical features of the OneOdio Monitor 60

Model name Monitor 60
Frequency range 20Hz – 40KHz
Loudspeaker 50mm neodymium drivers
Impermittance 38Ohm
Sensitivity 110+3dB
Sound insulation film PET
Max. Input power 1600 mW
Price € 79.99*

Scope of delivery and packaging

  • OneOdio Monitor 60 Wired Headphones
  • User’s Manual
  • Train pouch
  • 3x AUX cable:
    – 3.5mm to 3.5mm with microphone (1.2m)
    – 3.5mm to 6.35mm coiled (1.5-3m)
    – 3.5mm to 3.5mm (3m)

Design and workmanship

The Monitor 60 is based on the usual design of studio headphones, with the addition of the earcups that move in three dimensions, which can improve comfort on the one hand and allow the headphones to fold compactly on the other. They are also roomy, so rightly bear the title “Over Ear”, as thick as softly padded and covered with equally soft faux leather.

The headband can be extended by about 3.5 cm on both sides, giving it a total length of about 37 cm, which is slightly shorter than comparable models. The headband rail only engages moderately on the first centimeter and on both sides with varying degrees of firmness, but this did not lead to any unwanted loosening of the headband when worn in our case. Like the ear cups, the headband is padded with soft faux leather.

The cables are interchangeable, which not only expands the possibilities of use, but also avoids premature wear due to cable breakage, as they can be easily replaced. The connector for the 3.5mm jack is located on the right side, while the 6.35mm connector is on the left side. Beyond that, the headphones do not have any other ports or controls. For example, the volume cannot be controlled on the headphones themselves or the included cables.

The drawstring pouch is also made of the soft faux leather that is also used for the ear and headband pads.

The workmanship of all parts and the quality of the materials used leave nothing to be desired, but they are also not much higher quality than in cheaper models. Especially the use of plastic in almost all moving parts leads us to suspect a manageable durability, especially with frequent use.
A perceptible odor was only noticed by us when very closely “hinriechen” at the artificial leather, but this was not further intrusive.

Comfort

The spacious earcups, which can be rotated in several directions, and soft, leatherette-covered padding are the main features of the OneOdio Monitor 60 that have a positive impact on wearing comfort. We did not feel the headphones uncomfortable at the contact points at any time, even during longer wearing. Under certain circumstances, a slight pressure can still occur due to the headband tension when worn for a very long time. The headband can be extended on both sides by 3.5 cm from 30 to about 37 cm.

Audio Quality of the OneOdio Monitor 60

The first listen revealed to us a very clear sound, with balanced highs, mids, and lows that created a well-rounded soundstage. Even upwards or downwards, there was still quite a bit of treble and bass to be extracted through targeted amplification. Further tests with different music genres were satisfactory throughout.

Listening tests with high-resolution audio material, for which the Monitor 60 is explicitly suitable, didn’t cause an unexpected wow effect in us at first, but didn’t disappoint us either. The sounds seemed natural and balanced.

Overall, we found the listening experience with the Monitor 60 completely satisfying.

Recording Quality

We experienced a positive surprise when we directly compared the included cable microphone with our USB condenser microphone. Apart from some crackling, which was mainly caused by speaking directly into it during recording, the cable microphone has an otherwise very good recording quality, which at most turned out slightly muffled than our comparison recording.

The microphone has a small switch that can be used to execute certain functions on suitable devices. For example, we could pause the recording and call up the voice assistant by pressing it for a longer time.

Device Recording
AUX cable microphone OneOdio Monitor 60
USB condenser microphone

It should be noted that the included microphone, along with the speaker signal, is powered by a single 4-pin jack plug. Some devices may only have 3-pin jack connectors, which then require an adapter that splits both signals, speaker and microphone, to two 3-pin jacks.

Summary of the OneOdio Monitor 60 review

For a price of around 61€ at the time of testing, you get a good quality over-ear headphone with the Monitor 60 from OneOdio, which is suitable for various purposes thanks to free cable selection and three included aux cables.

We liked the audio quality very much throughout and the recording quality of the tiny cable microphone also surprised us positively. Soft pads and faux leather covers made for very comfortable wearing, even during long periods of use. With three AUX cables, a microphone and storage bag for on the go, the accessories do not fall short either.

We were not quite as happy with the not-so-good robustness due to the plastic parts used for structurally important moving parts. The optical quality of the headphones is also otherwise good, but not outstanding for its price range. Due to the detachable cables, cable breakage can be tolerated well here.

Ultimately, we can recommend the OneOdio Monitor 60 at the aforementioned price to anyone looking for good sound, comfort, and features without assuming extreme robustness.

OneOdio Monitor 60

Workmanship
Comfort
Sound quality
Recording quality
Features
Value for money

90/100

Over-ear headphones with free cable choice, good features, long-term comfort and audio quality. Unfortunately, also with a lot of plastic in places where durability would have been important.

OneOdio Monitor 60 price comparison


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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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