Gaming headsets don’t necessarily have the best reputation. Manufacturers of such products often attach more importance to concise basses than to a balanced sound image. We tested the “MMX300 (2nd generation)” from beyerdynamic and asked if the manufacturer had a different strategy for their products.
The packaging of the “MMX300” is unspectacular. It is a simple cardboard box, but the scope of delivery is extensive. Inside is the headset itself and a combo jack cable to connect the headset to a source. This is a 4-pin jack connector, as found on mobile phone headsets. In addition an extension cable, which converts the 4-pole connection to a 3-pole and a 2-pole one, thus the headset can be operated at all usual sound cards. Fortunately, a hardcase is also included in the scope of delivery. Otherwise, such a product usually has to be purchased at a high price…
The headset makes an absolutely solid and valuable impression. You immediately notice that it is a premium product. But beyerdynamic is not afraid to use plastic, so the “MMX300” is surprisingly light. Since the important parts are only plugged in or screwed together, the headset is easy to repair. In the event of a cable break, the cable can be easily removed and the ear cushions and headband padding can also be easily replaced once they are worn out. However, the headset is still stable.
The most important question is of course the sound. If the “MMX300” can’t score here, a large scope of delivery and a great workmanship don’t matter either. So I’ll make it short and give the all-clear. The sound the headset produces CAN be impressive. If the headset is connected to a high-quality playback device such as a HiFi system, it sounds bombastic. Then the balancing act between powerful basses and well-dimensioned mid-range and treble is perfect. At the same time, the “MMX 300” always manages to maintain an unstrained impression, up to very high volumes. It can play to its strengths especially in jazz and classical music. Electronic music also sounds very good, but is not the showcase discipline of this headset.
Due to its lightweight construction and large ear cushions, the headset can also be worn over long gaming sessions. However, there is potential for improvement in the choice of upholstery. The foam used is rather solid, so the use of memory foam would provide additional comfort. Apart from that, however, there is nothing to criticize. The sound quality of the microphone is excellent and the gooseneck mechanism used allows it to be optimally aligned. The microphone is even suitable for recording podcasts or Let’s Plays.
In no other category is personal taste as crucial as with audio products, so it is difficult to draw a general conclusion. So it’s hard to call a particular headset the best ever, but the “MMX300” is a hot candidate for this title. Despite its small weaknesses, it is a mature and round product. If you are looking for the best headset on the market and are willing to pay the not inconsiderable price, the “MMX300” from beyerdynamic is the right choice for you.