Mu­sic Your Way

Bey­er­dy­namic DX 160 iE

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TExT // kEVIN BATES

bey­er­dy­namic has al­ways been at the fore­front of the au­dio in­dus­try. So it came to no sur­prise when the DX se­ries was re­leased and was well re­ceived, as it gave the same qual­ity that we now ex­pect from all of beye­dy­namic's prod­ucts, at least to the con­sumers. So this month, we are look­ing at the bey­er­dy­namic DX 160 iE and see if the new ear­phones lives up to our ex­pec­ta­tions.

The DX 160 iE's de­sign is sim­ple, yet eye-catch­ing in its own way. The first thing that caught our eye was that the ca­ble at­tached to the DX 160 iE was a low-pro­file ca­ble, which is not un­com­mon in high-end ear­phones. Vir­tu­ally tan­gle-free, the ca­ble them­selves are de­signed to be un­ob­stru­sive. How­ever, we did find the ca­ble to be slightly on the short side. The main ca­ble is only 0.3m long, which is good for when you have your mu­sic player in your breast pocket. Un­for­tu­nately, if your mu­sic source is any­where longer than an arm's length, you'll have to use the bun­dled ex­ten­sion ca­ble.

The sec­ond thing we no­ticed is that the driver hous­ing is made from metal. Nor­mally, man­u­fac­tur­ers pro­duce the driver hous­ings out of durable plas­tic, but bey­er­dy­namic de­cided to go with full metal hous­ings for bet­ter sound. The DX 160 iE is also de­signed to can­cel out noise, so that the user can ex­pe­ri­ence great qual­ity mu­sic, and we must say that bey­er­dy­namic has done a great job with the noise isolation, re­gard­less of the choice of eartips.

The DX 160 iE also comes with seven pairs of sil­i­cone eartips and one pair of Com­ply foam eartips. There are three dif­fer­ent types of sil­i­cone eartips that come in var­i­ous sizes. These eartips in­clude one pair of dou­ble flanged eartips, and one pair of triple flanged eartips. Other ac­ces­sories in­clude the afore­men­tioned de­tach­able ca­ble, an adapter plug for shar­ing mu­sic, a ca­ble clip, and a hard carry case.

De­spite all of that, the most im­por­tant thing is the mu­sic qual­ity. We tested the DX 160 iE with our playlist, which con­tains artists such as ATB, Bon Jovi and Nightwish. The DX 160 iE, like many bey­er­dy­namic's prod­ucts, gave very clear sound qual­ity and ex­cel­lent mu­sic. The over­all bal­ance be­tween low, mid and high is good, though we did no­tice that the vo­cals tend to be mud­dled slightly when more in­stru­ments came into the pic­ture.

This is great when you're lis­ten­ing to songs such as “Ama­ranth” by Nightwish and songs with heavy acous­tic in­stru­ments, such as John Mayer's “Why Ge­or­gia”. The DX 160 iE does a great job at bring­ing these in­stru­ments to the fore­front, as we could hear even the slight­est of chimes.

Over­all, the bey­er­dy­namic DX 160 iE is a great buy if you're look­ing for a pair of high-end por­ta­ble ear­phones that is more than ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing great qual­ity mu­sic. That be­ing said, these head­phones cost a small pre­mium, so they will most likely only be ap­pre­ci­ated by au­dio­philes. If you're a ca­sual mu­sic lover, how­ever, you may want to opt for the more af­ford­able XP se­ries.

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