If you are in the market for some new headphones, the OdioOne’s are a great place to start. They are comfortable, sound decent, have a great price, but most importantly they are very versatile and allow you to do things other headphones don’t.
I am Nathan Pepin, producer and editor of the podcast We Need To Talk, and in my opinion these headphones are great overall.
What it comes with:
The headphones come in a compact box. There are two stereo headphone cables, one which is a ¼ inch to 3.5mm, the other being a standard 3.5mm cable with a function button that can be used to stop and play media content on your phone or other compatible device, or to mute the built in microphone on the cable on the cable.
The most important feature this headphone package packs are the two included cables and the two headphone jacks. One jack is 3.5mm and the other is ¼ inch.
Although the usefulness of this may not be obvious immediately, it allows you to be able to do many interesting things.
Firstly, you can chain the headphones together to share audio, eliminating the need for a splitter. I use this a lot when I watch TV shows with my girlfriend, I’ll connect the two headphones together, and then connect one to my laptop.
If you are a podcaster and you have more than two guests on, this can help eliminate some of the complexity of the headphone setup as well as some of the cost. It eliminates the need for a powered splitter or a the more basic wire splitters.
With these headphones, the setup can be a lot nicer and simple by simply designing a chain. Even more so, head pair of headphones comes with everything needed to achieve it.
With that said, a powered headphone splitter with multiple outputs may work best in the long run as it allows everyone to set their own volume and it looks better on camera, but at the same time there a lot of advantages to the daisy chaining method such as reduced complexity and far lower startup cost.
Another interesting thing you can do is to have two different audio sources plugged into the headphones at once. For instance, I can plug the right-side cable into my computer, and the left side cable into my phone, and I can hear both at the same time.
There are some interesting uses for this functionality. I have a couple audio interfaces, and I might have one working with my audio workstation, Studio One, and another working with Adobe Premier editing a video. An issue with this workflow is that you have to switch headphones back and forth between going from application to application as the audio interface needs exclusive control. But a setup that avoid this or other complicated setups is plugging the headphone outs of both interfaces into my headphones.
A good use for this functionality with people getting started with audio editing is to connect one side to their audio interface, and the other side to their normal computer audio out. This allows you to hear both the audio you are editing and whatever is happening on your computer without any hassle.
A major caveat to all this headphone splitting is that of volume output. Most any decent audio interface will be able to power four chained headphones at extremely loud volumes, but the same may not apply to a more basic setup where the output is coming from a phone or the default computer audio out.
They headphones fit well and are very comfortable, though they may not be great for wearing in the 5+ hours range. In my experience, with the longer sessions my ears start to get irritated and feel like they are being crushed.
With that said, there are few headphones that for under $80 that don’t have this issue. We’ve had well over a dozen guests wear them on the podcast and not one has complained about how they feel.
The sound quality is good, but not great. These are not headphones that are going to wow you in any sense, but they also aren’t going to disappoint you. If you are looking for an amazing pair of headphones to experience music at its highest quality, this is not it.
The are decently accurate as far as sound reproduction, which makes them good for basic mixing, but these should be seen as budget mixers more than anything else. That isn’t to disparage them, it is more to say that you shouldn’t expect $20-$40 headphones to compete with $300 ones.
Though not frequent, sometimes the audio jacks can cut out and be a little sensitive. Usually just wiggling it around a little will fix it, but it can still be a bit annoying. In the year or so we’ve been using them, it’s happened around a dozen times, so not super frequent, but enough to be noticeable.
Another small gripe is that the headphones fold up a little weird which can present a learning curve. For anyone who has had similar headphones, these won’t be a problem and how to get them into position is obvious, but I often observe people having a difficult time unfolding them.
Another small issue is that the “left” and “right” marking are a bit difficult to see, especially if the light isn’t directly on the headphone. The marking is on the swiveling portion, so you also need to swivel it into line of sight.
Even in good lighting the L and R can be hard to make out - A little mnemonic I’ve come up with to figure out left vs. right via the connector side that is plugged in. The big connector (1/4) is on the left because b is closer to ‘L’ than ‘R’ is. Yeah, it doesn’t make sense, and it doesn’t need to, it just needs to help you remember. Since telling my girlfriend how I remember, she always gets it right without needing to look.
The Bottom Line:
I would recommend these headphones to anyone who is getting started in audio production or for people who want some decent headphones with good sound for a great price. Their main selling points are the two included cables and their versatility.
I would not recommend these headphones to those who are looking for an amazing audio experience, those looking to mix or master music, or those who are trying to take their audio production to the next level.
With that said, I stand behind these headphones and would recommend them to anyone getting into podcasting or audio production.
Written By: Nathan Pepin
Purchase Link: AMAZON