Beyerdynamic DTX 350 p: Superb performing $70 headphoneThe Beyerdynamic DTX 350 p is a lightweight, comfortable on-ear headphone that sounds great for the price, with rich tonal balance, taut bass, and clear midrange.
I'm David Carnoy, and this is the Beyerdynamic DTX 350 p, an affordable on ear headphone from the company that's known more for making high end and pro monitor headphones. Lately, however, it's been rolling out impressive models aimed at more of a mainstream audience. And the DTX 350p, which retails for around $70 online, is arguably one of the best-sounding on-ear headphones for the money. Available in black or white, the headphone is designed in Germany but made in China. And cosmetically speaking, it's pretty ho-hum with a mostly plastic construction. On the plus side, for a lightweight 4.6 ounce headphone, it does feel reasonably sturdy. And more importantly, is very comfortable for an on-ear model with nice, soft leatherette ear pads. It folds up for storage in a compact pouch, which looks more like something you'd store sunglasses in than headphones. This closed back 32 ohm design features 34 millimeter drivers, and the headphone is geared for mobile use. Unfortunately the flat cable lacks an inline remote and microphone for cell phone calls, and the cable isn't user replaceable, but that's my only real gripe with the product. As I said, sound quality is excellent, and you'll be hard pressed to find anything that beats it at this price point. The richly balanced taut base and clear mid-range are superb, and for the audio model, stereo imaging is spacious. We pitted it against the highly rated Audio-Technica ATH-M50X, which costs around double the price, and is an over the ear headphone. The M50X's bass was better defined and went a bit deeper. The mid-range and treble were more transparent, but the DTX 350 put up a good fight and the two aren't far apart in sound balance, resolution and imaging. Beyerdynamic is going to be releasing other affordable on air models in 2015 and we look forward to comparing them to this headphone. But for now the DTX 350 p is a strong value and easily recommendable so long as you can do without the integrated microphone for making cell phone calls. I'm David Carnoy. Thanks for watching.