BUDGET PROFESSIONAL HEADPHONES
Welcome to a review of the OneOdio Pro-10 studio DJ headphones. Now, there are many “budget self-proclaimed studio headphones” floating all over Amazon, eBay, AliExpress, and more. But as the usual story goes – Most of these are crappy and reflected with overwhelmingly negative reviews.
So what caught my attention is that the OneOdio Pro-10 only costs 30 bucks, and it actually has a lot of positive reviews. A good pair of studio headphones can easily cost hundreds and this is… $30? Really? That fueled my curiosity, and I eventually got a pair. Just how does it fare? Read on to find out!
|Price||About USD $30 (As at the time of writing)|
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Nothing is missing – Sealed box, headphones, cables, carrying pouch, warranty card.
A lot of plastic. Feels kind of flimsy in hand.
Looks pretty good, but uncomfortable to wear for long hours.
Very decent sound quality given the price point.
Excellent value-for-money pair of headphones.
Cannot compare to the “big boys”, but definitely a good budget alternative.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Build & Design
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Summary & More
Before buying this pair of headphones, I have actually already done some homework. And no, I was not expecting a pair of $30 headphones to have proper packaging.
I was actually kind of expecting a “basic box”, but this came in instead. A little battered from the postage, but sealed with plastic wrap and protected with air pockets. Nice. Worthy to be on a store display shelf.
- The headphones itself.
- 3.5mm audio cable with microphone (black).
- 6.35mm audio cable (red).
- A small extra – Carrying case.
- Instruction manual in multiple languages.
Yes, the headphones are capable of taking in both the 3.5mm and 6.35mm audio jacks. More on that below.
BUILD & DESIGN
First impressions and packaging aside, the headphones itself is actually not too bad either.
A QUICK WALKTHROUGH
A pair of headphones, huge earcups, boring straight flat black design. 🙄 But yes, this where I kind of regret. OneOdio does offer the Pro-10 in various different colors, and I just got the black version out of laziness. The black/red version actually looks a lot better, and I could have used it as a pair of spare or for traveling.
The earpads are thick and cushiony, it is comfortable enough to use for the first hour. But it gets progressively uncomfortable to wear for long hours if you have big ears as I do… As you can see, the earpads are not quite enough to cover the entire ear, and “ear under cushion plus pressure” is surely not going to feel good over time.
The headphones do fold into a more compact size for keeping, headband itself is also sufficiently padded. Not much to complain about, except that the fake leather thing is going to peel quickly with some sweat.
This may look weird to some people at first, but yes, the Pro-10 has 2 audio jacks – 6.35mm on the left, and 3.5mm on the right. It can take either 6.35mm or 3.5mm as the input, OR 6.35mm as the input and daisy chain the 3.5mm to another headphone.
I only have one word to describe the build of this pair of headphones – plastic.
- The headbands have some flex. Understandable, but it just didn’t feel as solid as my ATH-M50X.
- The hinges hold together but feel kind of flimsy.
- Earcups are not metal… Produces a hollow sound with some light taps.
- Also, the earcups are hanging way too loosely. It has a tendency to flip in the reverse direction when picked up, flip whenever taking the headphones off after use. Not a critical flaw, just irritating.
Overall, still has decent build quality. But I won’t count on it to survive punishments, nor does it seem to last long.
Finally, let us now answer the million-dollar question – How does this $30 pair of headphones sound like? Are the positive reviews for real?
How the OneOdio sounds like is kind of difficult to fully describe in words, and it is subjected to personal preferences. But here goes:
- Lows – The bass heads will probably say “not good enough”. But I still think the 50mm drivers produce some pretty good bass notes, better than most crappy headphones anyway.
- Mids – Most vocals and instruments are decently good.
- Highs – I find this to be slightly pronounced, and on the sharp side. Kind of irritating.
Importantly, it didn’t make my ears bleed. While the OneOdio didn’t produce rich and vivid sounds like a pair of true professional headphones do – I will say that it still produces mighty decent sound quality for the given price; For $30, this thing does well, and there is nothing to complain about.
SUMMARY & MORE
Finally, here is the OneOdio Pro-10 headphones in a nutshell.
- Plug Types: 3.5mm + 6.35mm
- Drivers: 50mm Neodymium
- Frequency Range: 20HZ – 20KHZ
- Impedance: 32 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 110 +/- 3 DB
- Decently good sound quality.
- Excellent value for money.
- Closed-back. Does block out a certain degree of environmental noise passively.
- Uncomfortable to wear for long hours.
- Not really good build quality – Kind of hollow and flimsy.
- Not really “professional”.
WORTHY BUDGET HEADPHONES
The OneOdio Pro-10 is definitely not the best sounding pair of headphones that I know of. So, just how well does it stack up against the “real big boys”? Well, I will stick with my trusty old Audio Technical ATH-M50X, and it wins hands down. Yep, if it is not Captain Obvious enough with the given price – The OneOdio Pro-10 cannot be compared with a pair of real professional headphones.
Please don’t misunderstand though, I am not saying that the Pro-10 is bad by any means. Given the price tag, it is very respectable, both in build and sound quality. All I am saying is, don’t have any high hopes that a $30 headphone is going to perform as well as a pair of $300 headphones. While I will not recommend this for professional studio work, but I will recommend this as a good alternative for students or people on a tight budget.
Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this review. I hope this has helped you to better understand, and if you have anything to share with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and may the cyber force be with you.