As brand names go, LyxPro is certainly not one of the biggest in the world of headphones. However, their pair of HAS-30 closed-back phones has made waves in the affordable market and has recently found its way onto our chart of the best sub-$100 studio headphones. First impressions are great – but how do they rate beyond this?
Everyone has a personal taste, but we are big fans of the aesthetics of the LyxPro HAS-30s, which remain simplistic but sophisticated, with an all-black construction, red detailing and minimal branding. Ultimately there is nothing extraordinary, but very appealing and grown-up. The robust build quality matches the design – they feel like a more expensive pair, which can’t be said for some of the others at this sub-$100 price point.
This pair features a sturdy stainless-steel headband covered with leather padding, along with two premium leather ear cups, which are well padded, soft and comfortable for prolonged use (these are fully replaceable). The headphones conveniently fold up into a compact little package, for ease of storing and transporting, while the cups swivel around 180-degrees, for simple single-ear use. For a budget pair, these rate very highly in design and build.
In addition to the headphones themselves, LyxPro offers a good bundle of accessories. Of course, you will find in the box two detachable 3-meter cables – one straight and one coiled, both with 1/8” (3.5mm) jacks, and a screwable 1/4” jack adapter included. There is also a stylish black and red carrying case, as well as a separate carry pouch for the cables. Remember, this is included for well under $100, making it feel very good value.
Then we come onto the specs, which emphasizes this value. The HAS-30s are loaded with 50mm drivers, with a very wide frequency range of 15Hz to 26KHz. Finally, there is an impedance of 32 ohms, so driving them with as little as a smartphone is easily achievable.
Onto performance and there are very few complaints for so few beans. This is a pair most people would be happy to have on for a long day in the studio. The cups fit nicely around the ears and, along with the closed-back design, sound bleed is not a problem. The overall sound replication is very neutral, which is great for monitoring and mixing – vocals come across particularly clean, while there is a good punch in the bass.
Ultimately, the LyxPro HAS-30s are well-suited for all kinds of use, from casual home listening and podcasting, to more serious sound monitoring and mixing. Perhaps the more discerning audiophile may be able to pick up on a few discrepancies, but if you are moving up from a generic pair of consumer headphones, these HAS-30s are guaranteed to improve your mix. For under $100, you honestly cannot go wrong.