OneOdio Monitor 60 Review – Affordable and Comfortable Studio Headphones

by Alex.   Last Updated On February 12th, 2022.
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Although many of us would poke fun at Chinese products, you have to admit that they are very good at copying – and on rare occasions, improving – existing products. One of the reasons for this is because they’ve had previous inspiration from high-end brands such as Bose, Sony, Skullcandy. etc.

Whatever the case may be, a few select Chinese brands have taken the lead when it comes to delivering high-value (high price-to-performance ratio) headphones. One such brand is OneOdio. They have kicked up a storm with their “OneOdio Monitor 60,” a closed-back wired-only pair of headphones designed for professional studio work. We also have talked about the OneOdio A30 ANC Bluetooth Headphones in another article.

So in this review, I’m going to be talking about the “OneOdio Monitor 60”. I’ll cover aspects such as:

  • Specs
  • The Overall Design
  • Audio Quality
  • What’s in the package?
  • Pros & Cons

With that said, let’s move on to the specs.

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Specs

OneOdio Monitor 60 Headphones Close Up

OneOdio Monitor 60 Headphones Close Up

Since these are studio headphones, they have some beefy specs, especially with the large physical dimensions. However, the most intriguing part about this pair of headphones is the high value provided: better specs at an affordable price.

  • Driver Diameter: 50mm
  • Driver Type: Neodymium Drivers
  • Headphone Type: Closed-Back Over-Ear
  • Impedance: 38 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 110±3dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-40kHz
  • Headphone Connector: 3.5mm and 6.35mm (Quarter-Inch Jack)
  • Color Options: Black only
  • Cable: 3.5mm Aux Cord (normal plain cord), 3.5mm Aux Cord with inbuilt mic, 3.5mm to 6.35mm Aux Cord (for studio work)
  • Headphone Weight: 310g/10.93oz

Overall Design

OneOdio Monitor 60 Headphones

OneOdio Monitor 60 Headphones

Considering the build quality and the overall looks: it is okay for the most part. However, with closer inspection, you can see that the materials used on the body do not have a very “premium-looking” finish.

Build Quality

The body primarily consists of a plastic-like material. The only metallic part is the one used in the adjustable headband. Unfortunately, the “plasticky” feel in the body does not lend so well to durability and strength, and along with that, these pairs of headphones can easily succumb to scratches.

As long as you are careful with your headphones and follow several precautions, such as using the provided carrying case whenever transporting the headphones and not dropping/damaging them so often, you will be fine.

By the way, if you are looking for an ultra-durable pair of headphones, check out the V-MODA Crossfade 2 and many other alternatives in our article on the 7 Most Durable Headphones.

These studio headphones are enormous, and although they do have enough space to cover your entire ears, they are somewhat restrictive because of the larger size, wired connection, and brittle nature; of the body material. Ergo, these are not something you would want to take for casual use, such as working out or commuting.

Earcups

OneOdio Monitor 60 Headphones

Another striking feature is how big the cushioning on the earcups is. The cushioning is very thick, fluffy, and twice the size of the cushioning seen on regular headphones. The padding on the ear cups and the headband comprises a faux leather-like material. This material – in my opinion – is very comfortable and good enough for the average user.

The earpads are soft yet firm. For storage and travel, you can fold the headphones very easily. On top of that, they can also swivel. The swivel feature allows users to wear these headphones on their neck — without any discomfort and restriction — while also allowing them to use the headphones on one ear. (by focusing the ear cups away from the ears)

Headband

The headband on this pair of headphones is also very comfortable. Even though the headband is missing the air gap – that was present in the OneOdio A30 – the padding is thick and comfortable enough. Unfortunately, the one feature that I sorely missed was the numbered scale on the adjustable headband included in the previous OneOdio A30 wireless headphone.

Cables

The cables are a little soft, but they can’t slip and have a good grip and feel. However, the audio cables can be somewhat beefy, especially 3.5mm to 6.35mm jack. Nonetheless, they feel strong, and I seriously doubt these are low-quality cables.

The 3.5mm to 3.5mm aux cords — there’s two, a normal one and another with a microphone — have the usual length of 4ft/1.2m while the 3.5mm to 6.3mm cable is longer. (the usual 10ft/3m) Therefore, with this trifecta of aux cords, you won’t need any additional adapters or extensions when working at the studio or setting up an audio interface on your Windows computer.

Sound Quality

The features and specs of the OneOdio Monitor 60 have been great so far. However, comfort and ergonomic design mean nothing if it doesn’t have the audio quality that it promises.

This pair of headphones has some big shoes to fill, especially if it’s going up against big-name brands such as the Audio-Technica ATH-M40X, AKD Pro Audio K240, Sony MDR7506.

Audio Out

Considering the audio quality standards: the OneOdio Monitor 60 has passed Sony’s High-Resolution Audio Verification standard. Therefore, if you are worried that you might be paying more for a “Chinesium” product, fear not since this is an original brand with the ability to process high-quality audio.

The sound itself is precisely clear and exceptionally clean. Therefore, when it comes to professional work, these headphones perform up to standard.

The stereo system is in full force, and you can accurately pinpoint where sounds are originating.

It also produces such good audio that even a newbie might use these headphones — for the first time — and be able to pick up on sounds that they’ve never heard before.

Along with that, there is minimal distortion when pumping up the volumes, and it manages to keep the audio clean and audible despite pumping out audio at a higher intensity.

The noise isolation is also pretty good. The earcups are so big that they can cover your entire ears from top to bottom, and while doing so, they manage to create a secure and isolated environment for both of your ears. You can barely hear yourself talk, and it also passes the finger-snapping test without any issue. ( the finger-snapping test is trying to listen to your fingers snapping while playing music on it)

Unfortunately, the bass is not very powerful since this pair is more geared towards clarity and reproducing almost-perfect audio.

Microphone In

You can take calls with these Studio headphones since they provide an additional 3.5mm aux cord with the usual microphone built into the aux cord. (the one that’s on many wired earbuds, with the button to control playback)

The microphone is good enough for taking calls, and it is clear enough. However, make sure that you take the appropriate 3.5mm aux cord with you wherever you go since this cord looks like the vanilla 3.5mm aux cord that doesn’t have a mic.

For a list of gaming headsets with detachable microphones, click here.

What’s in the Package?

OneOdio Monitor 60 Headphones Side Shot

OneOdio Monitor 60 Headphones Side Shot

  • 1 x Headphones (duh!)
  • 1 x Drawstring protein leather carrying pouch
  • 1 x 3.5mm to 3.5mm aux cord (without mic)
  • 1 x 3.5mm to 3.5mm aux cord (with mic)
  • 1 x 3.5mm to 6.35mm (quarter-inch jack) aux cord (for working in the studio)

A hard carrying case would have been perfect — since the headphone body is a little vulnerable — but unfortunately, we will have to make do with OneOdio’s signature black faux leather pouch with the red drawstring.

The 3.5mm to 6.35mm aux cord is a very versatile addition since now you won’t need to carry an additional adapter around.

Finally, there is a 3.5mm port on the left earcup and the 6.35mm port on the right. This port placement is almost essential when working in a studio as you can plug in your quarter-inch jack directly to the headphone itself. On top of that, this pair of headphones also support the “share port” function where you can — sort of — daisy chain another pair of headphones by using the two audio ports on both ear cups; perfect for “social distancing” at the recording studio.

Pros

  • Very clean audio
  • Several wired options (including quarter-inch jack)
  • Great noise isolation
  • Decent microphone (the mic on the aux cord)
  • Very comfortable for long-term use
  • Quite an attractive price tag

Cons

  • Big and bulky
  • Bass is not very strong
  • Not very durable
  • No Wireless Connectivity (understandably…most studio headphones don’t have wireless)
  • Not for casual use

Conclusion

There are not many studio headphones that provide great value. (high quality, low price) Therefore to help fill in this gap, OneOdio has come up with several studio-grade headphones such as this OneOdio Monitor 60 and the Monitor 80. (which is the open-back studio headphone alternative) These headphones are effective, and they get the job done. Despite this, they are not very durable, and the user will have to take extra care of these headphones.