Bey­er­dy­namic Am­iron £545

Looks can be de­ceiv­ing…

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Af­ter put­ting each of these head­phones through their paces, with a num­ber of sys­tems and out and about, we con­cluded that the Bey­er­dy­namic Am­iron is the pair that makes the great­est im­pres­sion.

Prov­ing that you shouldn’t judge a pair of head­phones by its looks, the Amirons aren’t as lux­u­ri­ous as the other two, but they’re more com­fort­able and you’ll def­i­nitely be happy to wear them all day.

But with head­phones it should be about per­for­mance, and that’s where the Amirons ex­cel. Whether it’s in the bass, midrange or tre­ble, they have an all-around de­tail and trans­parency that means, pro­vided you’ve got high-qual­ity au­dio go­ing in, you’ll get the same qual­ity com­ing out. There’s a tight­ness to its lower end, too. It keeps a song or­gan­ised, even when tested with dis­torted guitars, rapid drums or high-pow­ered syn­the­sis­ers.

Hole in your pocket

In terms of pure sound qual­ity, the Amirons just pip the Au­dio Tech­nica ATHW1000ZS into sec­ond place, as good a pair as those head­phones are. They also prove a far more en­joy­able listen than Fos­tex’s TH610S.

How­ever, the Amirons are open­backed head­phones and leak a lot of sound, mean­ing oth­ers will be able to hear what you’re play­ing. If you want to err on the side of cau­tion, and choose a pair of head­phones with some de­gree of noise-con­fine­ment, we rec­om­mend pick­ing up the Au­dio Tech­ni­cas in­stead.

But if you cur­rently have around £500 to spend on some high-end equip­ment burn­ing a hole in your pocket, the Bey­er­dy­namic Amirons get our vote.


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