Beyerdynamic headphones are generally a solid choice when looking for a new pair. They’re not the cheapest (German quality typically isn’t), but aren’t the most expensive either. Actually, their highly-regarded DT series can be found for $200 and under on Amazon.
That said, their newer developments aren’t so forgiving on the wallet. But you do get progressed technology in return (and the promise of better sound). This is more true with the company’s gradual entrance into wireless headphones. The newest is their replacement of the DT 1350 on-ears. This Synopsis sums up what the Aventho Wireless on-ears headphones are all about.
The Aventho Wireless fall within a mid-range price-point of $450. That’s more expensive than cheap for an on-ear headphone, but in-hand, it’s clear that Beyerdynamic designed this to be the top-notch flagship of its class. It’s premium all the way around, and delivers a strong sound to match.
- Portable form
- Exceptional build and styling
- Good cushioning
- Touch controls
- AptX HD codec support
- Impressive battery life
- Meh noise isolation
- Gets uncomfortable after a while
- Touch controls are finicky
What it’s like to use
- The Aventho Wireless can be thought of an reworked DT 1350. It takes a couple design cues from the older model, but is really a different animal. Specifically, the metal band extenders, ear cup attachments, and swivel mechanism are practically the same, but the ear cups, ear pads, and headband are all new.
- So this also means that the headphones still cannot fold/collapse into a compact footprint. But the ear cups can at least rotate into a flat form for travel. Beyerdynamic includes a cloth, string bag for a little protection when sliding into a bag. However, being a soft bag, there’s nothing to save the headphones from being crushed. So you’ll have to be mindful.
- That said, we have confidence the Aventho are built sturdily and can take abuse. The metal frame is notably thick, and the ear cups feel just as tough despite being plastic (while still evoking the feel of elegance with a nice-to-the-touch, smooth black finish).
- We have a hard time imagining someone disliking Beyerdynamic’s aesthetic choices. The contrast between the industrial metal with the elegant brown leather (on the headband and ear pads; they also come in black) and smooth black plastic is very appealing to our eyes. These standout from others (in a good way) and definitely feel like what you paid for.
- Wireless headphones have a tougher time with weight, for obvious reasons. Weight is a sensitive subject with around-the-head headphones. They can be the best headphones ever, but that’s pointless if they’re uncomfortable.
- The Aventho Wireless aren’t light headphones, but they’re not particularly heavy either (at 238 grams). We feel Beyerdynamic did a great job with the cushioning in light of this. There’s ample plumpness on the ear pads without being too soft or too firm. The leather feels comfortable on the ears, and there’s a perfect amount of clamping pressure.
- The headband head support has the same quality, though just a tad more cushioning wouldn’t have hurt. But it’s alright; not as negligent has other wireless headphones we seen (such as Beats headphones).
- The Avento Wireless doesn’t manage to avoid long-session discomfort like on most on-ear headphones, but being that their design is proficient in distributing the weight, it is one of the better ones we’ve tried in this respect. We didn’t get that annoying, top-of-the-head ache like from many headphones. But a little discomfort does set-in on the ears and headband’s contact points after a while. For us, the discomfort didn’t keep getting worse, so we could get used to it and keep wearing them.
- The Aventho Wireless are easy to use. At first boot-up, they’ll be in pairing mode and you simply connect from your mobile device’s Bluetooth menu. The single button is only used for powering (long-press) and re-pairing (longer-press). There’s also the option of NFC for easier pairing.
- We appreciate that not only does the headphone tell you the percentage of battery at the startup, but the audio codec that it’s using to stream (AptX, AAC, etc.). With a wide variety of support out there, it’s awesome to get confirmation on what you’re actually transmitting. And on the subject, Beyerdynamic did it right by including the higher fidelity aptX HD codec. Few players support it (LG V30 is a smartphone that does), and this is one of the headphones where you’ll see the benefit.
- Beyerdynamic chose a touchpad for playback controls (the surface of the right ear cup). We’ve seen more finicky implementations of touch controls than vice versa, and such is the case on the Aventho. Play/pause (double-tap) and track switching (swiping side-to-side) work fine enough, but not so much for the rest.
- The volume maps to the mobile device’s Bluetooth control (an Android phone in our case), and while that’s simplifies things, it also creates a problem: coarse volume attenuation. It’s annoying when a volume step is quieter than we want but the next is louder than we want. Also, this makes the ability to swipe and hold to continually change the volume almost unusable, because it runs so quickly through the few steps and you’ll most likely overshoot. This isn’t a problem with the headphones, per-se, and we don’t have an iPhone to test how it works on Apple’s software.
- A couple of the touch controls completely didn’t work for us, such as swipe and hold to fast-forward/rewind and tap and hold to toggle the phone’s virtual assistant. But taking calls worked just fine, and use the double-tap gesture to answer/end calls.
- A big plus of the Aventho is the whopping 30 hours battery life rating. And if you run out of juice, you can run these wired. Beyerdynamic included an audio cable in the box.
- On-ears headphones are generally a compromised solution between the immersive over-ear sound and portability. So it’s not reasonable to expect the best sound quality out there. But we have been surprised by the strength of some recent attempts, like the V-MODA XS.
- To us, the Aventho Wireless are another hard-hitting pair of on-ears for the books. Their sound isn’t humble by any means; you’ll feel the music. The top qualities of its engaging presentation are the powerhouse bass and open-air, crisp treble.
- This description may imply a V-shaped sound signature, but that’s not the case. The mid-range holds up with the rest, with respect to presence/impact, but it’s not as expansive as the treble.
- We’re really impressed with the strength of the Aventho’s sound, and that it’s applied throughout the spectrum. These punch above their weight and can challenge over-ear headphones. But we recognize that it can’t work magic. Its airyness is above average for an on-ear, but the soundstage will be noticeably larger in good over-ear headphones. Same goes for dynamics – the Aventho excels with sound placement and separation, but over-ears have more space to work with.
- The Aventho may have too strong of a bass for the more audiophile-grade crowd, but it’s not overdone. This is where the headphone leans more on fun and energy than accuracy. That said, pickier ears will still have plenty to love. The sounds are squeaky clean for the most part, well articulated, and detailed (especially when running aptX HD and higher-res tracks).
The Aventho Wireless are excellent headphones, but they aren’t a definite recommendation by us. The hardest thing to swallow is the $450 price. They’re really good and top of their class, but we’re not sure they’re that good. That price begs you to look at similarly priced over-ear headphones that may provide a fuller sound. Sure, the Aventho Wireless has the size advantage, but many over-ear headphones today can collapse down to travel-friendly size.
That said, the $450 does get you a near perfect, immaculate constructed on-ear solution. If you just really want an on-ear headphone, the Aventho goes above and beyond and every way – design, build/materials, comfort, and sound quality. And not many wireless headphones have aptX HD support and a 30-hour battery life. But not all is perfect. Beyerdynamic wasn’t able to perfect touch controls or solve the on-ear problem of lackluster noise isolation.