OneOdio Monitor 60 Review

The rapidly expanding OneOdio headphone line is slowly moving away from the purely DJ headphones to embrace a more “neutral” aesthetic as well as sound signatures.

This last part is especially important since the previous headphones of the company were disturbed by very unbalanced tunings.

However, the new OneOdio Monitor 60 is a step in the right direction, since it prescind some of the bass to achieve a more balanced signature (but far from neutral). Which, in turn, leads to a much more pleasant listening experience.

Design, Comfort and Accessories

I really like OneOdio to include some accessories with your headphones. In the Monitor 60 box there are three cables and a carry bag.

OneOdio Monitor 60 follows the steps of the company’s previous headphones, but bring something back to the table with a more “study/professional” aspect; in particular, the headphones grills and the whole black finish evoke this type of aesthetic.

It is a significant breakthrough compared to other models, since Monitor 60 has a much more elegant and less inexpensive look. Even the silvery parts are made with much better taste, in my opinion.

Although the grids can make thinking that Monitor 60 is open back, in fact they are not: the grills seem to be a simple ornament without functionality, since behind it there is solid plastic.

The Monitor 60 is decently well-built and looks solid enough; there is no groove and the only sounds I can hear from the headphones are those produced by the moving parts. The head band can be adjusted in well-defined steps and this is treated with a metal structure. Headphones run 180 degrees both vertically and horizontally and can be folded for storage or transportation.

Leather pads are quite soft and very comfortable to wear. The head band, also covered in leather, is less padded and less comfortable to wear, at least in my case – and having a very sensitive scalp, I think other people could find it well.

Isolation is decent, but it is not spectacular; it is true that noise is heard around it, even in a relatively calm environment like a house or a library. Unless you hear a very loud volume, there is no sound leak.

The Monitor 60 comes with three cables: the first with a 6.3 mm connector, the second with a 3.5 mm TRS connector and the third with a 3.5 mm TRRS connector that also has a microphone; in three cases, the other end has a 3.5 mm connector.

Monitor 60, like the previous models, features the ability to use the 6.3 mm cable with both terminations, which means it can plug the 6.3 mm connector into the socket of the same size of the headphones, in case your source only supports a 3.5 mm connector. The cable is wrapped and is quite long, about 1.5 m with the coil intact. The other two cables are not wrapped. They all look cheap, but are decently soft and malleable enough.

Sound

Monitor 60 is definitely more balanced than previous products by the company. Still, it is a significant leap in terms of sound quality compared to the previous OneOdio products I experienced. It has a 50 mm diaphragm.

The sound stage is relatively wide for a “close-back”, with the feeling that there is a decently large space where music diffuses – although all instruments sound like they were close to the listener. The image not only plays its basic duty to tell you the general position of the instruments in the left-center-right positions, but also offers a good amount of tones of these three basic positions; the only question is with the central, which is not well defined.

The separation of instruments is decent, but shows its limits with more complex clues where there is not much distinction between the various parts and some details are lost.

The Bass is quite emphasized, but not overly. It is dominant and often ahead of everything else. It has a decent depth, although it does not reach the lowest notes; it focuses mainly on the mid-low zone, where there are relatively smooth slopes on both sides. The detail is in accordance with the expectations in this price range so it is generally acceptable, but not much more than that.

The male voices of bass tone are not audible, while the loud tone and strings are really prominent. This imbalance leads to a rather fatigued listening experience if the track already has many things to happen in this area. The detail is sufficient, although the lower region suffers when the track is lined with different sounds.

The trebles are decent, with good detail and speed, but during peaks can be hard and fatigued.

Verdict: OneOdio Monitor 60

OneOdio Monitor 60 is certainly an improvement in relation to previous models by the company. The tuning especially is much better, however, it still has flaws, in particular with mediums and treble.

So I would say that Monitor 60 can be a decent option if I can find them for sale (i.e. less than your original price of 80e) and if you really want something in the form of V. They won’t be great for every track or genre, so be aware of it, but they can certainly be fun without too many excesses.

Pros:

  • + Lightweight and comfortable
  • + Ingenious cable system
  • + Large set of accessories

Cons:

  • – Invasive treble
  • – Medium unbalanced

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