The DJ headphone market is competitive. Where do the OneOdio Pro 10s fit in? We review them and put them to the test.
There has been a lot of OneOdio of late in the Attack office. Towards the end of 2020, Attack previously reviewed OneOdio’s A70, A30 and A11 models, all of which can function wirelessly.
We also put through the paces the Monitor 60s which are wired only and cost slightly extra. But, the next arrival has been the Studio Pro 10 DJ Headphones. These are billed as solely for DJs so we were curious to find out how they differ from their siblings. For one their price is just £23 (at the time of writing) so we're looking at impulse buying and entry-level offerings.
Like the other OneOdio products we have received, the packaging look and feel is very similar.
The cans come in a soft storage pouch with the cables in a separate pouch. Helpfully they provide both an auxiliary and 1/4 inch cable to aux so you can plug straight into your laptop, or older iPhone models, but also your mixer.
Like the Monitor 60s the headphones are equipped with both sockets on the earcups. Unlike other headphones, the cables don't lock. But we rigorously put them through their paces and the cables didn't drop out.
The Pro 10's have the same solid build as the Monitor 60s. It's rigid tough plastic but the underside is far more comfortable with the padded headband. This is designed to give you maximum comfort while you're keeping the Panorama Bar bumping for 72 hours.
Reviewing headphones online, unlike studio gear, is always slightly tricky as it's impossible to audition if you're the reader.
We broke them in all morning by running drum and bass through them up till lunch. Anything from Chase & Status to Banzai and everything in between. The aim was to work out the frequency range as much as possible.
We're going to go out on a limb here and say they sound great! For £23, it's a fun sound. They don't have the brightness of the Monitor 60s but they do have fullness and pleasing quality. They certainly are not bass-heavy like the A70 or A30 which surprised me as those units are the other DJ first units in their line.
The low end is tight, as is the mid and upper mids. The highs as mentioned are not overly bright and without that, over-exaggeration the overall experience is punchy and united. To keep coming back to the price, it's pretty impressive and won't hurt your pocket.
If we were to pick a hole in the spectrum, it's the 500-1000Hz might be a bit too prominent. The Banzai snares were too harsh but at least it makes them easy to identify and mix the next track in.
As is usual, we ran some sine sweeps and A-B comparisons with Beyerdynamic DT770 and 880 Pros.
The Beyers are known for having scooped mids and bright highs. The Pro10s were certainly less bright than the Beyers but as initially imagined the biggest difference was in the mids. It would seem OneOdio has worked on the mid-range as it's a distinctly different listening experience.
As it's a Thursday, we tend to have drum and bass on for the afternoon and the Pro 10s were a lot of fun to listen to the genre on. When reverting back to the Beyers, the difference is stark. However, we found there was more in common with the ATH-M40X or ATH-M20x. It's not such a refined sound but the price, build quality and sound were broadly similar.
Anyone shopping in the sub £100 price bracket can always expect trade-offs in design and sound. Having said that there is nothing wrong with having a workhorse set of cans at an affordable budget. If you're DJing on the road a lot, you won't mind so much if they are getting beaten up.
Our conclusion is that the Pro10s would work well for your first pair DJ headphones. Save money, learn your trade, ply your trade and upgrade.
For anyone with bigger ears, the cup is certainly too small. It's practically half the size of the TMA-2 by AIAIAI. I've never considered my ears unduly large but in truth, they did not fit the cup!
They cost just £23 so this really is sitting at the entry-level headphone market and for the price of three pints in London it's worth a go. The price might be low, but the sound was surprisingly good.[rating buy="OneOdio Studio Pro 10" price="£23" link="https://www.oneodio.com/products/oneodio%C2%AE-pro-10-over-ear-wired-headphones-for-us-buyers" build="3.5" value="5" versatility="4" sound="4" ease_of_use="5" overall="4" text="Cheap and punchy for the startout DJ"]