Beyerdynamic Custom Game is a gaming headset from the Custom product line and just might be a secret gem among the vast range of Beyerdynamic headphones. The “Custom” means, that the user can customize the appearance of the cup backplate and adjust the bass response using a built-in slider. These features are present in all the “Custom” product line models. The Custom Game headphone model also features a mic.
- Replaceable parts
- Adjustable bass response
Pros list with Sonarworks Reference calibration
- Clear high frequency response
- Deep, narrow dip in the high frequencies without the calibration
- The attached mic sometimes can get in the way
This is a gaming headset and is meant to be driven from a laptop or console headphone output so no additional power is required to get the most of them.
The Custom Game follows the Beyerdynamic design language and basically looks like a pair of DT series Beyerdynamic headphones. The build seems to be solid and durable. A new design addition is the customizable earcup backplate and the bass slider on each cup. The cable is detachable and other parts such as the headband cover and ear pads can be replaced as well.
The sound is the main aspect where these headphones excel and differ from the other seemingly similar Beyer headphones. Most of the popular Beyerdynamic models share the same trend of hyped top end but the Custom Game falls out of this group and the high frequencies on these headphones are a lot more tame and not so sharp. A huge dip right before 5kHz might take away some clarity but in the overall context, it is not that noticeable and with the calibration applied this pair stacks up very well even against some semi-open headphones such as DT 880s. If there is a need for more low end thump, adjusting the bass sliders will slightly increase the low end response. These just might be one of the best sounding closed-back Beyerdynamic headphones blowing the DT 770 Pro out of the sky both with and without the calibration.
Channel balance has always proven to be good in Beyerdynamic headphones and it is almost the case with the Custom Game as well. The only disbalance that this model shows is in the low end (below 500hz) but it is not substantial enough to notice.
The Custom Game is a pair of really comfortable headphones. the cup size fits just around the pinna and does not put any pressure on the ear. The headband isn’t loose and offers a tight fit on the head without getting exhausting. Leatherette ear pads are soft but might overheat the ears after extended usage.
These headphones offer great value for the price. They are cheaper than Beyerdynamic DT series models and competitor closed-back headphones such as ATH-M50X. They have a solid build quality and good channel balance. For closed-back headphones, you really get a bang for your buck with these ones.
These headphones show a big THD spike on the low end, which might leave the bass a bit blurry, but in the overall context of things, it is not that noticeable by ear. This could pose a problem if the bass response switches on the headphones are adjusted to add more low end.
How accurate and consistent is the correction effect among different listeners?
Overall these headphones stay pretty consistent among different users.How much do they differ pair to pair in terms of frequency response?
The pairs show good consistency among them with only some bigger differences in the low end of about +/-4 dB.