Today, we’ll be reviewing the OneOdio Monitor 60 closed-back wired studio headphones.
OneOdio is a young company based out of Hong Kong, which has a reputation for making decent and affordable audio equipment, albeit with varying results. Let’s take a closer look.
Our verdict on the OneOdio Monitor 60
While the price for the OneOdio Monitor 60 is tough to beat, the performance you get isn’t quite worth the expense, in our opinion.
The mid-range is unbalanced, the high-ends are harsh, and even though the bass is over-emphasized the sub region is lacking.
Power and frequency response
The OneOdio’s have a frequency of 20 Hz – 40 kHz, as well as an impedance of 38 Ohms and a sensitivity of 110 dB (+3 dB).
The sound here is somewhat V-shaped, although much more balanced than we were expecting out of a $80 pair of cans.
The bass is fairly dominant, although it never tramples over what’s happening in the mid-range. The low-end is a bit lacking, but it seems to be more concentrated towards the mid-bass area in favor of any frequencies below 80 Hz.
The mid-range is extremely unbalanced, the lower mid-range is nearly nonexistent in comparison to the upper-mids.
To make matters worse, the high-end frequencies showcase several spikes around 7 kHz and above 10 kHz. This makes the whole listening experience a fairly fatiguing one, especially after about an hour or so.
Unfortunately, these aren’t the most accurate headphones you can buy, but for a budget pair of headphones they perform moderately well.
These headphones are built somewhat decently, despite being made almost entirely of plastic.
There’s no noticeable creaking, and the adjustable headband moves rather smoothly. The earcups rotate 180 degrees horizontally and vertically, and can be folded for easy storage.
The faux leather on the earpads is soft and comfortable, although this can’t quite be said for the headband which has less padding. They’re not Beyerdynamics, but they’re usable.
Like most other headphones, they won’t fall off your head while in the studio, but they’re not stable enough for running or intense physical activities.
Noise cancellation and isolation
Isolation on the Monitor 60s is okay, but not the best. You can still hear sound coming from outside the headphones, even in more quiet spaces.
On the other hand, they don’t bleed very much, unless you listen at extreme volumes.
The OneOdios come with three cables: a 6.5 mm jack, a 3.5 mm TRS jack, and a 3.5 mm TRRS jack with a microphone; all three cables have a 3.5 mm jack on the other end.
The cables seem fairly cheap in quality, but you can probably get a good amount of use out of all of them.
Compared to other headphones
Before you settle on the OneOdio Monitor 60, let’s take a look at some other headphones that may be a better fit.
You can also check out our picks for the best studio headphones under $100.
OneOdio Monitor 60 vs. Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
While the ATH-M40x are slightly more expensive and still have quite a bit of emphasis on the low-end, they’re more comfortable and more balanced in the mid-range.
OneOdio Monitor 60 vs. Shure SRH440
Although they’re not without fault, the Shures are much more neutral in their response, and provide a more accurate listening experience than the Monitor 60. We would recommend spending the extra dough.
OneOdio Monitor 60 vs. Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
These are some of the most accurate headphones you can buy for $100. Their response is balanced and neutral, and they’ve remained as one of the most popular budget headphones since their release in 2003.
Who are the OneOdio Monitor 60 best suited for?
The Monitor 60 are best suited for beginner audio engineers on a budget. They’re not very accurate or reliable as monitoring headphones, but for the price they perform well enough.
- Well built.
- Unbalanced mid-range.
- Harsh high-end.
- Over-emphasized bass.