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Beyerdynamic Custom Game headset being worn around the neck with the mic to the mouth.

Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game review

An interactive gaming headset with booming bass and a boom mic.
By
January 5, 2022
7.5
Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game
The bottom line
If you can afford to invest in a long-lasting set of gaming headphones, the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game are well worth it. Not only do they sound good for gaming, but they can easily be used as a daily desktop headset, affording you two products for one.

Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game

If you can afford to invest in a long-lasting set of gaming headphones, the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game are well worth it. Not only do they sound good for gaming, but they can easily be used as a daily desktop headset, affording you two products for one.
Release date

March 6, 2017

Price

$149 USD

Dimensions

7.6 x 5 x 20.3 cm

Weight

662g

Model Number

‎716871

Waterproof

No

What we like
Excellent mic quality<br>
Customizable sound sliders<br>
Superb soundstage<br>
Detachable cable and Y-extension<br>
What we don't like
Price<br>
Heavy<br>
Bulky, uncomfortable to disengage around neck<br>
7.5
SoundGuys Rating
7.6
User Rating
Rating Metric
Our Rating
User Rating
Sound Quality
8.3
7.9
8.0
Durability / Build Quality
8.4
8.4
8.0
Value
7.5
8.2
8.0
Design
8.3
8.8
9.0
Connectivity
6.5
6.2
6.0
Portability
6.2
8.1
8.0
Feature
7.2
5.2
5.0
Comfort
7.6
8.0
8.0

Sweaty hands death-grip your PS4 controller while you stare intently at the screen. Your left thumb nearly slides off the joystick as your character sprints ahead, mere feet from your team’s base.

“Turn ar… d!” Your teammate exclaims, his voice muffled as his roommates make a ruckus in the background.

“What?” 

“Turn. Arou—”

Your character drops to the ground. As the view shifts from first-person to third-person spectator, the game stats appear. You lose, 49 – 50.

Beyerdynamic knows how frustrating miscommunication is and recently plunged into the gaming sphere with the CUSTOM Game headset. The cardioid, boom microphone effectively filters out ambient noise, allowing the speaker to take center stage. Though, with pre-established brands like Turtle Beach and Astro, is there room for a hi-fi audio company to join the world of gamers?

Editor’s note: this review was updated on January 5, 2022, to expand the list of buying options, address the Beyerdynamic MMX 150, and add an Alternatives section.

Who is the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game for?

  • Gamers should get the CUSTOM Game; after all, it’s in the name. Communication comes across loud and clear with the external cardioid mic. Plus, as the name implies, it’s easy to customize and, thanks to the plush ear pads, can be worn for hours at a time, with or without glasses.
  • Conference callers may want to get a pair of these gaming headphones because of the excellent microphone quality and comfort. The boom microphone design reduces the impact of common recording problems such as the proximity effect.

What’s it like to use the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game?

Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game: The headphones are angled off to the side, unsheathed to replace the ear cup plates.
Swapping between the six cardboard plate covers of the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game just takes an Allen wrench and a couple of minutes.

The German-based company, known for its balancing of build and sound quality, treats the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game with the same attention to detail as its high-end Aventho Wireless. When you buy the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game, you’re getting two products in one. I frequently listen to music through the headset for enjoyment.

Beyerdynamic’s ubiquitous design translates well into gaming headsets, as the massive ear cups and metal construction offer durability and weight distribution not seen on many other cans. Contrary to the size and weight, the CUSTOM Game is comfortable. Even with glasses, I can wear the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game headset for two and a half hours before flirting with fatigue.

Speaking of which, all the plush padding is removable and, thus, replaceable. The ear cup plates are also user-replaceable, allowing individuals to style their headset to their liking. Minimal maintenance is required, but every now and again, users should gently clean the ear pads with a damp cloth.

The 3.5mm headphone jack makes the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game compatible with just about any device. Plus, there’s a mute switch, and on the right, is a multi-function button, which calls upon virtual assistants. The other side houses a volume dial. Initially, it looks easy to accidentally adjust, but usage has proved otherwise. As we cover in the following section, yes, users can plug directly into their controller, if it allows for it.

How to adjust the sliders

Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game: The headset is rear-facing to reveal the relfex bass ports, showing that they can remain at different settings to account for hearing variabilities.
The left ear cup is set to pos. 4, which allows for maximum bass emphasis, while the right ear cup is set at position one, the weakest bass setting with the most ambient noise attenuation.

Just like the Custom One Pro, the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game integrates adjustable sound sliders, which reveal or conceal a series of three bass reflex vents, like a physical EQ-ing mechanism. As the position numbers ascend, so too does the bass emphasis. Switching directly from the first position to the fourth creates a distinct contrast, but gradual transitions are harder to differentiate.

  1. Light bass: Complete concealment of the vents is ideal for noisy environments and for listeners who prefer to hear midrange and treble over the low-end.
  2. Linear: Good for casual listening. Though the bass appears to be a bit bumped on the frequency chart, its perceived emphasis is appropriate, never stepping on the toes of the midrange frequencies.
  3. Vibrant bass: Good for people who want bass elevation more in line with typical consumer sound signatures. This position lets a notable amount of ambient noise in.
  4. Heavy bass: Revealing all bass-reflex vents is good if you’re gaming in your apartment. It doesn’t matter if sound leaks out from the headphones, and there likely isn’t much environmental ambiance to permeate the dampening materials.

How do you connect the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game?

Beyerydynamic CUSTOM Game headset leaning on a white Xbox 360 with a universal Allen wrench key in the background.
The Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game headset retails for $199 and functions both as a gaming headset and for daily use.

The Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game cable terminates in a standard 3.5mm plug, which can be connected to any compatible device. And, yes, that means that you can plug directly into your Sony controller, gaming desktop, or anything else with a 3.5mm input and play away.

How does the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game sound?

The Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game is more than just an interactive gaming headset, it’s a great set of cans. Though much attention is paid to the low-end reproduction, the midrange and treble are nothing to downplay either.

Beyerdyanamic CUSTOM Game: The cardioid mic, in-line remote, and pop-shield are pictured on a red background.
The cardioid microphone is not detachable from the cable.

Casey Abrams’ Robot Lovers, takes full advantage of recording across the x, y, and z axes, and the headset exploits this mastering to the fullest. The CUSTOM Game provides a great sense of spatial awareness; it sounds like the incoming cowbell is placed precisely halfway between the drums and my ear and is isolated to the right channel. This specificity wasn’t recreated by other headphones like the Monoprice 8323.

On a related note, any gamer who plays first-person shooters knows that spatial awareness is key for a successful kill/death ratio. It’s imperative for users to hear and identify where an enemy is approaching from, in order to diffuse an impending attack. If ambient noise is impeding in-game audio, simply adjust the sliders to position 1, which simultaneously reduces ambient noise and prevents the low-end from masking midrange frequencies.

For readers dubious of the variable bass reflex system, doubt no more. It’s quite effective and simple to operate. Listeners who have variable hearing abilities in each ear are accommodated by the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game, which allows for different position settings on each ear cup.

Is the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game microphone good?

Atop the cable is a flexible cardioid microphone, undoubtedly one of the best microphones that I’ve used on a headset. The cardioid pattern allows for placement flexibility and is generally forgiving. These mechanics­—in conjunction with the pop shield—do a decent job filtering out ambient noise, exactly what you want when communication is paramount. For optimal voice quality, place the mic two or three inches away from the mouth.

Should you buy the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game?

Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game: The headset is leaning against a PS3 for scale.
Though there are certainly more economical gaming headsets available, the CUSTOM Game offers the ability for users to replace a variety of parts, increasing the unit’s longevity.

If your mindset aligns with mine, $149 USD is steep for a gaming accessory. However, Beyerdynamic makes sure your purchase is a long-term investment with the ability to easily wash and replace parts. In theory, you could have the CUSTOM Game for years on end, only having to seldom replace parts. Plus, the cardioid microphone does a fantastic job transmitting the speaker’s voice, while simultaneously rejecting background noise.

With that being said, the CUSTOM Game is all but discontinued and very hard to find nowadays. Instead, you may be better off with something like the Beyerdynamic MMX 150. This wired gaming headset connects via USB and comes with a 3.5mm adapter.

The Beyerdynamic Custom Game gaming headset against a white backdrop.
Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game
All prices listed in USD unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and vary by region. Unfortunately, we cannot list Amazon prices on the site, as they vary greatly by currency.

What should you get instead of the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game?

The TYGR 300 R Bundle is really solid with its neutral-leaning frequency response and included Beyerdynamic Fox USB microphone for clear mic quality. It costs a bit more than the CUSTOM Game, but again, you get an external mic with the TYGR bundle. If you want a really pared-down gaming headset that uses an analog wired connection and has very few features, the Beyerdynamic MMX 100 may be for you. This looks nearly identical to its big sibling, the Beyerdynamic MMX 150, but lacks a USB-C connection port and augmented mode.

The Logitech G Pro X is another solid headset, and this one costs less than the CUSTOM Game. Here, you get access to Blue Vo!ce software that’s actually pretty good and a solid build. Bass notes are pretty quiet here, so that may disappoint some gamers.

The HyperX Cloud II Wireless lays on a wooden table in front of a PlayStation 4 controller and Nintendo Switch Joy Cons.
This headset works great on PC and console, but the mic won’t work with most multiplayer Nintendo Switch games.

If you really want to step up your game, the HyperX Cloud II Wireless is a popular pick for good reason: it works well. You get a comfortable fit, great battery life, and really good sound for $149 USD (often less).

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