Fresh from those generous Germans over at Beyerdynamic, the much-hyped Amiron Wireless has finally landed on my review desk. Taking a moment to center my chi, I’m ignoring the hype for just a second to put this prize pair of ‘phones through the paces. At $699 how does it sound? And is that sound worth your hard-earned cash?
The Amiron comes packaged in the usual Beyerdynamic box. Inside, you’ll find a form-fitting hardshell case for the wireless headphones, as well as an audio cable and a USB-C charging cable.
The headphones feature the same great aesthetics you’ll find on the original open-back Amiron. And the inclusion of a USB-C charging port constitutes an impressive move on Beyerdynamic’s part.
With a leatherette headband and velour earpads, the Amiron Wireless seems to exude a certain level of comfort. Once situated on your head, you’ll find the headphones fading from memory as the sound sweeps you away.
Connecting to the headphones takes mere seconds. Beyerdynamic rates the battery life at over 30 hours, taking two hours to charge (thanks to that USB-C port).
Frequency Range: 5-40,000 Hz
Nominal Impedance: 32 ohms
Sound Pressure Level: 100 dB
As we can see from these specs, the Amiron sports a wide frequency range that should result in fairly dynamic sound. The low impedance remains par for the course as far as Bluetooth headphones are concerned. Finally, sound pressure is a modest 100 dB. While this may seem low for some casual users, it should more than suffice for audiophiles who are considering this iteration of the Amiron.
Strong details with tons of presence abound in the low end. The sound here strikes me as natural but meaty, almost qualifying as an “intense” sound, but too controlled to fully earn that descriptor. Sporting a lively, emotive bass with precise impact, the low end remains exacting and clean, with little fault to find.
The midrange on the Amiron Wireless comes off as a bit recessed or veiled. Sure, the detail is all there, but it seems a bit overwhelmed by the lows and highs. Not a complete detail, this trait still deserves mentioning; mid-heavy tracks don’t sound like complete garbage (in fact, they sound quite good, considering), but I simply wish the mids seemed as present as the lows.
Bright where it counts, the high end delivers an impressive level of detail while still exhibiting a whisper-thin smoothness. Avoiding any harshness, even in the highest of high notes, the result is nothing short of fantastic for vocals or instrumentation. This rich and buttery sound also compliments that powerful low end, giving way to a dynamic listening experience.
Amazing depth and almost perfect placement form a nearly immaculate sense of soundstage. I know that sounds like pure hyperbole, but the soundstage on the Amiron Wireless has to be heard to be believed. This kind of headroom is astounding in a closed-back wireless headphone, but it’s there. Closing my eyes, I can hear every instrument occupying a seemingly finite amount of space around me, regardless of the track I play, but especially evident on well-mastered instrumental pieces like Max Richter’s balls-to-the-wall recomposed Four Seasons. Hot damn!
The Amiron Wireless sports a classic v-shaped sound signature. With that rich high end and thick low end, these headphones easily compliment the most driving of rock songs like Satch’s “Thunder High on the Mountain”. But this beauty will also do justice to dope hip hop tracks, like MF Doom’s “Gazillion Grand”. And yet, the sound still manages to gracefully handle classical and acoustic pieces with near-equal aplomb.
Comfort. The lush velour earpads stave off fatigue for longer listening sessions – a real godsend with these headphones because I don’t want to take them off. Beyerdynamic sent me one to demo, but I only have 30 days before I have to send it back. If there are 24 hours in day, times 30…ah, screw it – why am I doing math when I could be listening to the Amiron Wireless?
If you need a more balanced sound in a portable package, I would recommend skipping the Amiron Wireless and going right to the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless (for $449). Sure, it’s an on-ear model, but it’s a bit more tempered than the Amiron with less artifacts than similarly-priced models from Sony, Audio Technica, or Nad.
For those seeking a home version of the Amiron Wireless, opt instead for the wired version. At a slightly-more-modest $599, this baby will give you a similar sound with even more soundstage and you can save some money, too.
But for those who want a wireless headphone without all the compromises – lower-quality sound, short battery life, and mostly-plastic construction…this. is. the. best. Seriously, folks, if you tell yourself that you want high-quality sound, there really isn’t anything out there that will deliver like this. With its rich, v-shaped sound signature, sinful levels of comfort, and mind-altering soundstage, there’s no reason not to fall head-over-heels for this siren.
At $699, the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless offers an ultra-premium wireless earphone with chops to match. Sporting an intoxicating sound that marries a deep low end with clear and resounding highs, the resultant listening experience produces a wealth of detail and plenty of depth. If you can find a better-sounding wireless headphone, it’s time to lay off the hooch.