Beyerdynamic is no stranger when it comes to making tune punters that make you go wow.
This time around the company has added a few gimmicky bits to the mix. Why? Let’s try and find out...
The Lagoon feels premium just as any headphones at this price should and comes with a tough plastic build with metal reinforcement on the band. The cups swivel and swerve and fold into the provided case that looks like an abnormally large abdomen guard. Just like its competition, the right earcup houses the touch controls as well as the switches for ANC and power. Once paired, it connects without hiccups and doesn’t fail like the Mumbai Harbour Line.
A particular problem we noticed was a distinct creaking noise that kept disturbing the listening process when we moved our head from side to side. It is the hard plastic that grinds along the hinges and can get quite annoying at times.
The Lagoon manages to keep the lingering bass line in Peter White’s version of Hit The Road Jack at the forefront with groove and enough energy. The Sony XM3 does a better job of lower end detail though. Play Sex Drive by Machine Gun Kelly and the Lagoons blurt out the track with enough thump to make you feel that bass.
The two levels of ANC do their best to block out unwanted noise, but Level 1 gives you the best experience if you want to listen to music in a fairly noisy office environment. Level 2 unfortunately tends to affect the lower end frequencies and the difference can be noticed as the mid-bass sounds a tad restricted. As a result it gives off the impression of a tighter soundstage, but won't affect the overall listening experience much.
Lights will guide you nowhere
The Lagoons come with lights that surround the inner earcups. They change colour according to the status of the connection and give you an indication by turning red when the battery is low. This is the first time we’ve seen such gimmicks on a Beyerdynamic product and we don’t exactly know why. There’s no need for it.
The lights might be silly, but the software that pairs up with the headphones means business. Unlike some that require you to take mugshots, the MIY tunes the headphones by testing out the frequency range you’re capable of hearing and also asks for your age. This creates a profile for you and your preferences, which is a neat feature to have. The app also enables use of aptX and better codecs your device supports.
There’s no question that the Sony is the undisputed king of the ANC space right now and in that regard, the Lagoon doesn’t top it. The finer details in the lower end are also brought forward better by the Sony, however when it comes to comfort and more importantly musicality, you might want to give the Beyerdynamic Lagoon a listen. They come with a cool 45 hours of battery life if you don’t use ANC and the number drops down to 24 if you use the tech.