TYGR 300 R


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published: Oct-03-2021

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NO SMOOTHING is applied to the shown plots. Most measurement sites have some smoothing applied which ‘irons flat’ sharp peaks and ‘wiggles’. I do not use smoothing because some info about sound quality is lost when plots are smoothed.

Aside from a small correction of the microphone itself also some correction in the lowest frequencies is applied to the plots to compensate for the perceived loss of bass when using headphones. This is described HERE in more detail.
A ‘horizontal‘ frequency response curve on the shown frequency response plots on this website thus indicates a perceived ‘flat’ tonal signature.

ALL measurements are made with a good SEAL on a flatbed measurement rig.
The shape of your head, bone structure, pad size, pad ‘softness,  (compliance), hair or no hair and or wearing glasses may (drastically) change the frequency response of some headphones, so… your personal experience may differ substantially from these plots.

Frequency response (tonal balance) is the most sound-determining aspect of headphones. A horizontal line shows audible neutral response in the plots on this website. Deviations in different severities at different frequency bands have an effect on the sound character.
The bigger the deviation the stronger the effect.

Below an aid to help determining the sound character of headphones with relation to the frequency response.

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Beyerdynamic TYGR 300 R

The Beyerdynamic TYGR 300 R is an open over-ear headphone.
When this headphone came out (end of 2020) it sold for around € 140.-
It is also sold in a bundle with a (type FOX) microphone and is called “Team TYGR”  and sells for around € 300.-
Personally I would recommend buying another microphone.
It comes with a fixed 1.6m straight cable + 6.3mm screw-on adapter.

The cable is just  slightly microphonic so in quiet passages and silences the cable rubbing against clothes is barely audible in the left cup.

The headband is covered with soft pleather so after a few years of usage one can expect it to flake.
Fortunately this headband padding can easily be replaced which is a nice feature. The headband can extend 30mm and is notched so after adjusting stays in place.
The cups can swivel and tilt far enough to get a good seal on most (but probably not all) head sizes. Also he headband itself is quite flexible so this headphone will fit on most head sizes. Clamping force is medium (2.9N) and so is its weight of 290 gram (with cable).

The velour pads are exchangeable and feel soft to the touch. Normal foam is used so the pads do not compress much so could have some seal issues. Most Beyerdynamic pads have foam that degrades over time. This may also happen to these pads. Fortunately these too are replaceable.

These are intended to be used by gamers. The orange colour in the cups and lettering/naming and the teaming with the microphone makes this clear. The impedance is low so can be driven from PC’s, laptops, phones directly. Most gamers look for closed headphones but those looking for an open one may well like this one. The somewhat elevated treble guarantees decent spatial cues. It still is stereo though and not ‘wider’ than say the DT990 in stereo imaging.

It is an open headphone so outside noised are almost not attenuated and people around you will clearly hear what you are listening to.

With a sensitivity of 108dB/V (efficiency = 93dB/mW) and low impedance (31 Ω) the TYGR can be used directly from a phone and high enough levels for listening at almost loud levels.  

specifications:

Type: Over ear (circum-aural), open
Usage: Home, studio, portable
Driver type: dynamic
Pads: replaceable, velours
Collapsible: No
Headphone cup connector: fixed
Cable entry: single sided (left).
Cable: 1.6m straight in a 3.5mm TRS jack with a 6.3mm adapter
Inner Pad dimensions: depth = 21mm, diameter = 55mm
Driver size: 45mm
Nom. power rating: 0.1W)
Nom. voltage: 1.8Vrms (6.5Vpp)
Max. current: 60mA
Max. S.P.L.: 127 dB
Impedance: 31 Ω (measured)
Efficiency: 93dB @ 1mW
Sensitivity: 108dB @ 1V (measured)
Weight: 290 g.
Clamping force: medium 2.9N
Accessories: 6.3mm screw-on TRS adapter

Subjective sound description:

The bass is present and emphasized but deep rumbles are a bit low in level. Bass is a bit ‘woolly’ as in ‘not tight’. Mids are overly warm which does help a bit with most pop recordings but is too thick when listening to better quality recordings. The treble is smooth and, unlike most other Beyerdynamics of similar design, not too emphasized nor sibilant nor sharp but quite enjoyable.

Measurements:

Below the frequency response of the TYGR 300 R (Left, Right)
FR TYGR 300The channel matching is quite good. Sub-bass is extended but drops off around 30Hz.
Bass is emphasized and is a bit ‘fat’/’woolly’ as in not tight.
Mids are warm (downward slope from 300Hz to 3kHz) but not lacking in clarity (linear from 1kHz to 4kHz is ‘flat’. Nice with compressed pop music but too much for ‘better recordings’.
The treble is emphasized but not as much as the DT990 or DT1990 and has a ‘soft’ and detailed texture.
It is not sibilant nor sharp and has enough ‘air’.

 

comparisons

Below the TYGR versus the about equally expensive DT990 Pro (250Ω)red = TYGR, green = DT990 Pro
The DT990 has slightly better bass extension but most of all the mids are less ‘warm’ and ‘fat’.
Where the TYGR stops sloping at 900Hz the DT990 does this an octave lower (450Hz).
Treble response of the TYGR is better. Less ‘sibilance’ (around 6kHz) and much less ‘sharpness’ (12kHz)
Note the 250Ω DT990 pro driver may differ somewhat from the DT990/32Ω driver.

Below the TYGR versus the more expensive Amiron home.TYGR vs Amiron home
Bass extension of the Amiron home is better. The Amiron home has a few dB less clarity (1kHz to 5kHz) and has a bit more sibilance/sharpness.

Below the TYGR versus the DT880 Black Special EditionTYGR vs DT880BSE
These look very similar but differ somewhat in the treble. The DT880BSE is more sibilant.

Below the TYGR versus the much more expensive DT1990 with Balanced padsTYGR vs 1990-B
The DT1990 has much better bass extension but very similar ‘warmth’ in the mids.
The treble peak in the DT1990 makes it sound quite sibilant.
Fortunately this can be helped by using EQ, the passive filter or applying the ‘disc’ used in the TYGR.

Below the TYGR versus the much much more expensive T1 mk2 (with angled drivers)TYGR vs T1mk2
As the driver of the T1mk2 is angled the actual output between 1kHz and 5kHz is higher than what it looks like in the plot. Also is the imaging a bit better in the T1 but the treble is slightly more elevated.
Despite looking quite similar in response the T1 still sounds better and has much lower distortion.

Phase response

Below the phase response of the TYGR 300 R (Left, Right)
Slow phase shifts are not very audible. Sharp changes in a narrow frequency band may well be audible.
The peaks at 5kHz and 7kHz may well be audible. At 7kHz there are other issues as well so hard to say what is the most audible effect.

output resistance / damping-factor

As this is a dynamic headphone the frequency response can be amplifier output resistance dependent when certain higher output resistance amplifiers are used.
Instead of showing impedance plots, which are hard to ‘read’ when it comes to assessing the tonal balance change in the real world, the TYGR is measured via a
few different resistance outputs (0.2Ω, 10Ω, 32 and 120Ω). On a higher output resistance amplifier the output level will be lower of course due to voltage division. To compensate for this the amplifier is cranked up to the same level (13.7dB for 120Ω at 1kHz in this case). This way the plots are overlaid and it is easier to see how the tonal balance changes. Output resistances between the mentioned resistance values will result in tonal changes between those traces.

R 120

The tonal balance changes slightly when a higher output resistance amplifier is used. This means that regardless of the amplifier being used the tonality will be very similar. Bass response will be audibly changed (about 1.5dB) when using a high output resistance amplifier.

seal

Seal can be an issue with closed-back headphones but is usually less of a problem for open headphones. Breaking the seal (improper fit on the head) usually means a loss of (sub)bass. This can be caused by hair or glasses between head and pad or head shape combined with stiffer pads.
Perfect seal, seal broken with thicker armed glasses, seal broken by slightly lifting the pads.

seal
A broken seal has little influence on the tonality of the headphone.

Below the distortion measurements of the TYGR 300 R (Right channel).
dist RThe plot above shows the level differences between the signal (upper trace) and the harmonics. Note that at around 100Hz the SPL = almost 95dB.
Most people prefer to see percentages instead of level differences so below the exact same plot except ‘normalised’ to the actual signal and level differences given in percentages.dist pecent R
Distortion levels in the lowest frequencies are mostly 2nd harmonic  and quite high.
The actual 2nd harmonic distortion above 1kHz may well be lower than 0.2% . A shortcoming of my measurement rig.
When this headphone is used at more ‘casual listening’ levels the distortion drops to levels most headphones reach at 90dB SPL. Below the measurement at 80dB SPL (bass at 85dB SPL). dist percent 80dB

Distortion for the DT990 Pro/250 below (at 90dB SPL) as a comparison.
DT990 dist percent

This headphone thus should not be used at very loud levels.
At listening levels where one can enjoy music for longer periods the distortion is low.

Linearity

The headphone is measured 4 times. Once at 70dB, 80dB, 90dB and 97dB SPL. Then the 70dB sweep is amplified 20dB, the 80dB sweep by 10dB and the 97dB sweep by -7dB.linearity
When the traces are the same shape then there is no compression which is the case here.

Below the CSD (waterfall) plot of the TYGR 300 R. (Left and Right are overlaid)CSD TYGR
There aren’t many problematic resonances visible. The one around 5kHz is not audible as the ear ‘rings’ a bit in this frequency anyway.

A different plot is the spectrum plot. This basically is a CSD (Waterfall) plot but viewed from above where the level differences are colour coded instead of being in the vertical axis. Also the frequency range of the spectrum plot is wider (from 100Hz instead of 500Hz). The time span is also bigger in the spectrum plots and expired time is shown from below to top where in the CSD the time is shown from rear to front.

Below the spectrum plot of the TYGR 300 R (Left channel)spectr TYGRHere too no problematic behaviour is seen.

Below the Group Delay plot for the TYGR 300 R (Left, Right)GD TYGR

There is some pad bounce between 50Hz and 80Hz, otherwise no problematic behaviour. At 7kHz a resonance (in FR visible as a sharp dip but the CSD shows the actual level does not dip as deep but is merely delayed a bit, which the group delay lot shows.

Step response

Below the step response plot which, when the sound is balanced and well extended should show a fast rise to around 0dB, (indicating fast driver response) and then should be slightly sloping downwards indicating bass extension. (Left, Right)step TYGR
Bass extension is not very good but also not terrible. The horizontal trace slowly drops after 1ms. The initial rise almost reaching 0dB. The ‘peaking’ around 0.7ms shows the emphasis of the lower mids/upper bass.

acoustic-fleece disc

cloth disc

There is a lot to do about this disc in front of the TYGR 300R and Amiron Wireless driver. It differs considerable from the simple, as good as acoustically transparent, cloth covered foam discs found in other models.
The used material is thicker and the part in the middle is a lot thicker and elevated. This thicker material filters higher frequencies but also ‘blocks’ the ports around the driver a bit resulting in slightly different lower bass response. Below the effect the acoustic-fleece disk has on the frequency response of the driver itself.
stock vs no-disc
As can be seen some of the lower bass response is sacrificed but in return the treble is reduced by approx. 6dB. It is still elevated but this is essential for gaming as it enhances directional cues.

The effect of the fleece disc is slightly different from the usage of 2 plies of toilet paper.
Below the difference between the fleece disc and when the fleece is replaced by 2 plies of a 2-ply toilet paper disc cut to the same size and covered with a foam disc.
foam disc vs 2 ply TPThe toilet paper is a bit more transparent for bass frequencies but the 8kHz peak is not suppressed as well as with the fleece disc.

pads

Below the response of the TYGR with its original pads and with the original pads replaced by the DT1990-A pads.TYGR or bu with 1990-A pad

The A-pads have even higher mid bass response than the original pads. The DT990 pads will have even more boost in that area. This, combined with the higher distortion of the TYGR compared to the DT990 lead me to the conclusion that the TYGR 300 R isn’t simply a DT990 with a fleece disc and extra colour and low impedance.

conclusion

The Beyerdynamic TYGR 300 R is a well built open over-ear headphone that can easily be driven even by relatively low powered devices. The pads and headband padding can be replaced and is an official spare part. At € 140.- it isn’t a very expensive one. It is intended to lure in gamers. The DT770 is already used by gamers looking for a closed headphone.

Downside is the fixed cable. The headphone would have to be modified with a socket so the cable can be replaceable. I don’t think this is an actual gaming headphone but can be used for it.
It also isn’t a portable headphone as it is too open.
Those loving the typical Beyer sound (elevated lows and treble) and comfort (soft pads) and like to play a headphone indoors while being portable, want an open headphone and don’t mind a wire might have a good option, if they also want an open gaming headphone as well.

This headphone as elevated bass but somewhat lack in deep rumbles. They are audible but not as loud as they should be. Not a bassheads dream for sure. The sound is warm and a bit woolly. This works well for listening to compressed to hell pop recordings and ‘warms up’ that sound.
Those hating the Beyer treble may find the TYGR to be a  pleasant surprise. Treble is tastefully elevated and ‘sweet’ or ‘soft’.
Those looking for uncoloured sound and deep bass extension should look further.

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Comments
  1. Alessio Battaglioli says:

    Hi, thank you for your review, do you think if I change the fleece disk with a 3mm or 2mm thick wool-felt disk would change the sound in better or worst?
    Thanks!

  2. hammar says:

    Fantastic read. Please I need your advice. For casual music listening (rock/metal) and gaming (mainly non-comp) do I go for the beyer 300r or HD560s? I don’t have an amp
    Thanks!

  3. Solderdude says:

    When you want neutral (realistic) sound the HD560S would be a better option. When you want elevated lows and tastefully elevated treble the TYGR is a better option.
    There is also difference in comfort.
    For casual listening a phone should make them play loud enough (both will sound about equally loud on the same volume setting)

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