Beyerdynamic MMX 300 Headset Review
The Beyerdynamic MMX 300 is a high quality gaming headset with a hefty price tag. Is the price worth the quality, or are you better off searching for a cheaper alternative? Check out our review and find out.
Beyerdynamic MMX 300 Headset Review
It is worth noting that the MMX 300 is not a USB headset. It comes with two different cords, both of which can be attached the headset. The first cord can plug into any PC, phone headphone port, or even the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller. The second cord might not be as useful to some people, as it comes with a much thicker jack that would be used on an amp, musical keyboard, or audio interface. You can buy a converter to turn that into a smaller jack, but it doesn’t come with one.
The sound quality from the headset is fantastic. The headset arrived right around the time I was playing Kingdom Come: Deliverance, so I decided to try that out first. I plugged it into my controller, and it automatically set up and was working instantly. Once I put the headset on my first thought was “there are birds in the background.” On top of that, the rain sounded like it was all around me and I could hear the townsfolk walking around me in various directions. The positional audio for this headset is on point.
You may think it primarily works for single-player games, but what about multiplayer games? That positional audio I was talking about is a huge benefit to any competitive game. Fortnite is the current hotness, but I still mainly play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. When you hear a gunshot zoom by you, almost instantly you have a general idea of where it came from. By the second shot, you know where they are. My favorite experience with these so far was when a team of two was camping above me, and I had no idea. Someone up there took a single step, and I heard the footstep above me. That’s all it took for me to know where they were hiding and for me to get a grenade up there for a double kill.
The other game I’ve been spending a bunch of time on is Warhammer: Vermintide 2, which is a co-op game with hordes of enemies consistently rushing the player. Being able to hear the footsteps or grunts of the enemies behind you is key to surviving the higher difficulties in that game and the MMX 300 works like a charm. There are a couple of particular enemies in the game that spawn in and make a sound to indicate you are being watched. When this happens, the sound surrounds you from all angles, increasing the immersion dramatically. On top of that, it helps you pinpoint where the enemy is lurking, so you can take them out.
Gamers are spending more and more time with headsets on their heads, so comfort is a priority for these things. I’d guess on busy days I’d spend 8-10 hours on the headset for work and play combined. The headset never got uncomfortable or hurt my ears. I wearglasses, so sometimes headsets start to pinch my ears after awhile. Sometimes you can look at a headset and just know it is cheaply made, but that is not the case with the MMX. It is high quality and feels very durable. The ear muffs cover your entire ear; well my whole ear, but I’m a big guy a 6’2. With that, this headset cancels out the outside world. As long as your fire alarm doesn’t go off, you should be fine.
So we know it works great for games but what about music? Bass? Check and then some. High-quality sound? Check. Able to pick up each instrument individually? Check and check. I was using some Sennheiser’s prior to this headset for music, but have since switched over. The bass power is substantial, but not overwhelming, which is a good thing in my opinion. The blast of a grenade or a red zone in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds already blows my ears off, so I do not need the added threat of bass ripping my eardrums to shreds.
Generally, with a headset, something has to suffer. The thing that usually suffers is the microphone. While it does not offer a studio level mic, it isn’t going to sound like fire crackers are going off when you speak either. You will come through clear and loud enough that people can hear you. There is a problem on the console with the headset and microphone though. When you plug it into the controller, you only get sound to your earmuffs, but the microphone does not work. On the second cord with the larger jack, you have a cord for the microphone, but not on the smaller jack side. You can’t plug in the large jack cord into your controllers, so it does hurt the headset for console players.
Some may find an issue with the cord length. The cord with the small jack is, well, small. My PC is about two feet from where I sit, and it is stretched to the limit when I use it there. The other major issue for people is the price. This is not a cheap headset, but the quality is entirely there.
The MMX 300 is a bit on the high-end price wise, but for what you get, it is well worth it.