The best-sounding wireless headphones you can buy – as you might expect from that price
Beyerdynamic’s new Amiron Wireless headphones promise audio perfection over Bluetooth – but you may need a second mortgage to buy them
Price £699 Website https://europe.beyer dynamic.com
Specs Cable length and connector 1.2m, detachable, 4-pole mini
stereo jack (3.5mm) Frequency range 5Hz-40kHz Supported profiles HSP, HFP,
A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP Supported codecs aptX, aptX
LL, aptX HD, AAC, SBC Operating range up to 10m Battery run time over 30hrs
Charging time 2hrs Battery capacity 1050mAh Charging port Bluetooth 4.2,
USB-C Wireless headphones have been around for years but have never quite taken off with the audiophile crowd as the limitations of Bluetooth codecs and bandwidth left out a lot of audio detail. Thankfully, however, Bluetooth has advanced significantly in the past several years and now we have codecs such as aptX HD and LDAC offering high-res wireless support that enable headphones to cut the cord without losing fidelity. The result of all this progress is the new Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless, the bestsounding wireless headphones we’ve ever heard.
The Amiron Wireless features the iconic Beyer look, which is to say the headphones are huge but extremely comfortable. These headphones are circumaural, which means the ear cups envelop your ears rather than sitting on them. This results in supremely comfortable headphones you can wear for hours, even if they’re not the lightest at 380g. Since the headphones are so big and don’t fold up, they’re not ideal for travelling and are better suited for desk use.
The build quality is excellent and the headphones feel like they will last for many years to come. The headphones are made of a mix of plastic and metal to keep weight down. The headband and earpads are made of Alcantara, a synthetic suede that is extremely comfortable and built to last.
The earpads are replaceable, which is good to see. However, they’re extremely difficult to put back on as you have to rotate the pads while trying not to unseat the bead. In terms of noise isolation, the earpads do a decent job of keeping some noise out but the headphones are really meant to be worn around the office and at home.
For controls, Beyerdynamic decided to go with a large touchpad on the right earcup. We usually dread using touch controls as they rarely work 100 per cent of the time, but not in this case: the large trackpad prevents mistaken gestures thanks to an increased surface area for you to swipe, and taps registered every time. The right ear-cup also houses the USB-C charging port, power button, 3.5mm headphone jack and mic.
When first listening with the headphones, we weren’t blown away by any one aspect of the sound produced. It was only after several weeks of listening and switching between other wireless headphones that we appreciated the levels of detail, wide soundstage and dynamics. No, these aren’t headphones that wow you with big bass or sparkling highs – they just sound so clear.
Bass extends low and has decent impact, though it won’t satisfy those heathens who like excessive, thudding bass. Then again, these are audiophile cans that aim to give listeners exactly what’s on the track, rather than exaggerate any one part. Mids are effortless and do a good job of highlighting vocals and acoustic instruments, such as the guitar and cello, while highs have great detail, extension and energy. The headphones never sound too bright or fatiguing, even after hours of listening. More impressively, the headphones sound exactly the same whether wired or wireless. When wired, you’ll want a decent amp to drive them, though they are quite acceptable used with a smartphone at a pinch.
In terms of codec support, the headphones supports AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD, and aptX LL.
The aptX HD codec supports up to 48kHz/24-bit LPCM audio data, providing higher than CD-quality sound if you have the source material. We loaded up Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool in 48/24 on a OnePlus 5T (which supports aptX HD) and the headphones sounded excellent, with no stuttering whatsoever. However, you’ll definitely want to go wired if you’re listening to source material that’s higher resolution than 48/24.
Battery life is rated for 30 hours of listening and we achieved around 25 hours at around 50-75 per cent volume – which is well above the competition. Not only do these headphones last a long time, but they charge up relatively quickly thanks to USB-C.
As great as they sound, there are some compromises with these headphones, such as their bulky design and average noise isolation, making them less than ideal for travel. They’re also very expensive, but that price isn’t too crazy when you consider that the DT 1770 Pro cost £430. If you must have the best sound in a wireless package, the Amiron Wireless headphones are it.
These are audiophile cans that aim to give listeners exactly what’s on the track, rather than exaggerate
above Supremely comfortable headphones that offer superb sound quality at a high price
above We achieved 25 hours of listening time, which is impressive, and the USB-C port means you can recharge them fast