Despite being an established name in high-end audio, Beyerdynamic has been a little slow to adopt to wireless tech. The Aventho Wireless on-ears that we reviewed a bit ago showed a glimpse of how this chapter will look for the company, accompanied by the Xelento Wireless in-ear flagship. Now the gap for a high-end over-ear option is finally filled with the new Amiron Wireless.
Obscure naming convention aside, this model is very much a brother of the Aventho, but with its own distinct and new character. This synopsis will sum up the important details and lay down our need-to-know assessment.
We usually picture a “Wireless” headphone being a portable one. But it’s often difficult for higher-end manufacturers to lay off their priorities for other things, and that’s the case here. The Amiron is unapologetically a big guy, with burly ear cups and fat padding. They also have no folding mechanism (resulting in a bulky carrying case). The name of the game here is if audio excellence can make up for mobility.
- Large and comfortable padding
- Great isolation
- Immaculate construction
- AptX HD support
- Clean and detailed sound quality
- Not the most premium materials
- Headphones don’t collapse to a smaller size
- Ear cups can be too big for smaller heads
- Soundstage is nothing to write home about
What it’s like to use
- The Amiron is shaped like a classic Beyerdynamic over-ear headphone, but the design freshened up for a new generation. The smoothly finished, matte ear cups give a sense and feel of sophistication, enhanced by similarly finished metal steams that bridge the cups to the headband.
- This choice of design does well to hide the fact that we’re looking at a mostly plastic build. It only really shows as ordinary on the black rectangular caps on either end of the headband.
- However, with all this said, we don’t feel like the Amiron shines as well as the Aventho. There’s more plastic and less metal, and no leather to be found. We can see the high-end $700 price tag making this a contention for some folks.
- It doesn’t end there. The Amiron also don’t fold to a smaller footprint, like a lot of wireless headphones these days. You can see the consequence of that when you open the box and pull out this huge case. It feels like Beyerdynamic’s aim was in-home or in-office with these. But “wireless” means “portable” to a lot of consumers.
- However, a good thing about Beyerdynamic not being mindful of compactness is the substantial cushioning. The plumper-than-average ear pads and headband will grab your eye at first look.
- The cushioning isn’t as dense as it looks or even initially feels to the touch. To clarify, its shape firmly set, but it very easily squishes down. We like this form, because it results in a suited firmness. It’s tricky to balance comfort with isolation, and we think that the Amiron nails it.
- The steep price tag may suggest that the Amiron packs more tech than meets the eye. When it comes to the wireless function, that’s not entirely the case. For instance, there’s no Active Noise-Cancellation (ANC).
- Physical features and usability is like with a lot of over-ear wireless headphones. Bunched on the bottom of the right ear cup, you’ll see a power button (transparent with red/blue status LED that shines from underneath), charging port (kudos to Beyerdynamic for using the new USB Type-C standard), and a 3.5mm aux port for optional wired listening (3.5mm-to-3.5mm cable included in the box).
- Playback control is slickly concealed via a touch pad on the flat surface of the right ear cup, just like on the Aventho Wireless. There’s a little bit of a learning curve for fully utilizing it, but the basic functions are intuitive: swipe left/right for switching tracks, up/down for volume adjustment, and double-tap for play/pause.
- The Amiron doesn’t have ANC, but its thick ear pads do perform great when it comes to passive sound isolation. ANC messes with the signal, so Beyerdynamic’s strategy behind the thick pads is to provide proficient isolation while maintaining a true audio signal.
- Beyerdynamic developed a sound personalization app just for their new flagship headphone series (specifically, the Xelento Wireless in-ears, Aventho Wireless on-ears, and now the Amiron Wireless), called the MIY app. It’s not an EQ or manual sound signature adjustment, but rather, it runs you through sound tests and intelligently adjusts the output for your specific ears.
- When it comes to the wireless proficiency, Beyerdynamic has things down pat. We didn’t observe any fault with the Bluetooth signal (no drops/hiccups whatsoever). Battery endurance is also noteworthy, at up to 30 hours.
- Wireless headphones typically pale in comparison to their wired counterparts, but based on pricing of the Amiron Wireless, we can’t help but hold it to a higher bar. And we have a feeling that Beyerdynamic wouldn’t want anything less.
- Upon first listen, the output’s competence was clear (quite literally). With aptX HD enabled, we were presented with some of the most crisp and detailed sound that we’ve heard from a wireless over-ear.
- However, from a high-end perspective, it’s still detectable that we’re dealing with a wireless headphone. Overall, it’s not the most transparent delivery, and there’s hints of laid-back notes from the mid-range to lower treble.
- This is also very much a closed-back headphone. What it has going for it is a uniformly airy nature, but it’s a confined experience like with many in this category. Sometimes manufacturers can work some magic to push past their spacial limits. This isn’t the case here. When speaking to soundstage, we’re looking at height perception than width. Treble is the only region that really extends outward, significantly more than the rest.
- The bass of the Amiron is quite enjoyable – a great deal of body and presence. When called upon, it fills the space and demands attention. But of course, it’s in a controlled manner and not overdone. Mid-bass has a particularly punchy quality while the low-end does a great job surfacing the depths – this is one of the Amiron’s shining qualities.
- At the nit-pick, we’re looking at great dynamics and definition, but not micro-details. There’s enough there to capture subtleties like echoing and decay. Some of the best come from the notably clean upper treble, like the crashing of cymbals. The audiophile should be happy unless expectations are too high or if the aim is to analyze.
The Amiron Wireless met our expectations at being excellently executed, full-on wireless headphones. However, the steep price tag adjusts the enveloping perception in a critical way, shining a spotlight on the not-so-stellar aspects. We wish that the Amiron shared design and materials more from its Aventho brother than Beyerdynamic’s plastic-y DT series.
The sound quality also bears a lot of scrutiny at this price-point, of which is no doubt accomplished but still held back by wireless’ limits. Frankly said, we’re not convinced that “HiFi” wireless headphones should yet be a thing. We’d only recommend the Amiron Wireless if you’re having a hard time waiting for that time, and have the cash. This is about the best wireless audio you’ll find today.