For the longest time, I would have told you that studio and wireless headphones are separate entities. But over the last few years, there has been an explosion in high-quality headphones that manage to excel in both areas. In this review, we check out one such example, the Beyerdynamic Amiron.
The Beyerdynamic Amiron brings the benefits of high-quality, accurate sound and merges it with the convenience of wireless technology. It’s an impressive achievement from one of the world’s leading headphone manufacturers, but it isn’t flawless. Below are the top-level highlights before we dive into the details.
The Beyerdynamic Amiron has much to offer, with some enticing features that set it apart from the competition. Let’s dive into what these Bluetooth headphones provide for casual listening and studio work.
I won’t leave you hanging and cut straight to the chase. These headphones offer exceptional sound quality throughout the entire range. Reliably accurate and detailed without sounding bland or lifeless.
The low-end offers enough punch to satisfy bass enthusiasts. The 45mm drivers deliver a rich and full low-frequency response that is not muddy or over-emphasized. The closed-back design keeps the bass centralized and dynamic without feeling claustrophobic.
The mid-range also delivers a tight response. It’s a critical area that the lows and highs can often overshadow, but Beyerdynamic has crafted a set of cans that highlight vocals with ease while also retaining dynamic clarity for instrumental elements.
Exquisite sound profile that is great for studio work and casual listening.
Studio headphones often suffer from sharpness in the top-end, but the Amiron bucks this trend and provides a clear, detailed top-end without any issues. Accuracy is high, and the transition from low to mid to high is seamless.
The soundstage is also impressive for a pair of closed-back headphones. While others might suffer from a cramped soundstage, the Amiron gives audio enough breathing room to portray depth and distance accurately.
It’s a near-flawless listening experience with no ear fatigue and enough accuracy to make confident decisions when mixing, mastering, and monitoring. The wireless mode has a slight drop-off in quality and precision. However, I still feel comfortable enough to rough out ideas and make alterations with a high degree of reliability.
Are these perfect? Not quite. I’ve experienced better dynamics with some open-back headphones. Still, within the scope of closed-back wireless headphones, these are among the very best. It’s an impressive achievement from a brand I’ve come to trust, thanks to many fantastic headphone releases over the last decade.
The Beyerdynamic Amiron also excels in the comfort department with among the most comfortable ear padding I’ve experienced.
The pads offer a plush velour coating that embraces the side of your head with a cloud-like elegance. Heat build-up is minimal, which is impressive for a set of closed-back headphones. If anything, the only issue is that velour pads can trap dirt and sweat a lot easier than leather-like coatings.
Ultra comfortable velour ear padding.
The exceptional padding extends to the headband, and the weight distribution is well-balanced. Contact points are mild, and there is no irritation over longer listening sessions.
The swiveling cups also adapt well to different head shapes, and the depth of the circumaural ear cups is able to handle the vast majority of ear types.
But this increased level of comfort does come with one noticeable drawback. Due to the relaxed fit, these rather bulky headphones can slip about if you make sudden movements. Not an ideal candidate for a session in the gym or for aggressive head bobbing when listening to your favorite tunes.
Despite this, it’s a small price to pay for what is otherwise an outstanding listening experience in both comfort and sound quality.
A lot is going on in the design department, but before we dive into the technical details, it’s worth covering the general aesthetic of these cans.
These headphones offer a restrained and rather simplistic aesthetic without excessive embellishments. The matte black finish is a fantastic choice and pairs well with the velour coatings. Some minimal splashes of silver give these cans some character, but overall they are pretty muted. The result is a professional-looking set of cans that blends well into various environments.
On the technical design side, these headphones feature large 45mm Tesla drivers that help deliver a near-flawless sound profile. The large drivers, coupled with the chunky pads, do add up to a rather bulky look but are nowhere near as aggressive in size as some audiophile cans I’ve reviewed.
The other technical inclusion is the in-house designed MOSAYC sound personalization. It’s a nifty feature that adapts the sound profile of the headphones to your hearing. Download the app, run some tests, and the Amiron will adapt to the nuances of your hearing. It’s fantastic technology and goes a long way to ensure everyone can get the most out of these cans.
Clean and professional design throughout.
Next is Bluetooth integration. Pairing is quick and seamless, and these headphones support the most up-to-date codecs like Qualcomm aptX HD and Apple AAC plus aptX LL. Latency is nice and low, so these are also viable for connecting to your TV. Battery life is also healthy at up to 30 hours from a single charge.
These are closed-back cans, so I was hoping for solid isolation, but due to the relaxed fit, it can be challenging to get a tight seal to prevent external noise from creeping in. Unlike some other wireless headphones, the Amiron doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Amiron also isn’t exactly travel-friendly. These don’t collapse, so you’ll have to deal with a rather bulky set of cans if you take these on the road. However, the included case is fantastic, so they should be nice and safe for a long-haul trip in your luggage.
My last minor gripe with the Beyerdynamic Amiron headphones is the exposed wires. It’s a pet peeve of mine and something I often mention in reviews. Exposed wires can easily catch on things, leading to damage, and I prefer them to be more discreet and less prominent than on these cans.
I’ll say straight away that these are not cheap headphones, so my expectations were high in this area. Thankfully the Beyerdynamic Amiron did not disappoint with a robust and dependable build quality that inspires confidence.
The aluminum frame is rigid yet lightweight and grants the headphones a solid foundation to build from. The plastic is also dense and thick enough to handle the odd bump.
The Beyerdynamic Amiron is a durable set of headphones.
The padding quality is superb, and they are replaceable for when they will inevitably wear. Replacement pads are not exactly budget-friendly, but you’ll get plenty of use out of the Amiron before you’ll need to explore picking up a new set.
The included cable is also high quality and fully detachable. The internal Tesla drivers are equally fantastic, and the integration of modern Bluetooth technology and the MOSAYC app all add to the premium feel of these headphones.
This is perhaps Beyerdynamic Amiron’s most significant drawback. These are expensive headphones with a price tag that will be prohibitive for budget-conscious buyers. But there is some nuance here worth exploring before writing these off as overpriced.
If you have spent any time looking at studio headphones, you’ll already be aware that high-quality cans can be pretty expensive. But for a serious professional, these costs are reasonable due to the requirement to have studio-quality sound for accurate mixing and mastering.
The included hardshell case is excellent.
If you then look into high-end audiophile headphones, you’ll also realize that they can run into several hundred, if not thousands, of dollars. Then take a peek at wireless cans, and you’ll see everything from low-quality budget options to high-priced premium choices.
The Beyerdynamic Amiron straddles the line between all three and serves as a solo pair of cans that can handle all those applications. In that sense, they offer impressive value for money.
The added hardshell case is also a great inclusion, but I would have liked to see an alternate set of pads included to give you more flexibility in pad style. But overall, while they might be expensive, they are a viable investment if you demand high-quality sound and plenty of features.
The Beyerdynamic Amiron has earned many positive reviews from customers and industry professionals. They all highlight these headphones’ fantastic sound quality and robust feel, along with the quality of the Bluetooth technology, which is miles beyond standard consumer offerings.
Personalize Your Sound
One of the defining features of the Beyerdynamic Amiron is the tight integration with the MIY app that is available on both iOS and Android devices.
The human ear is a complex structure that works closely with your brain to determine your perception of sound. This complexity leads to more divergence in people’s experiences than you might initially think.
By having access to an application like the MIY app, you can overcome these differences and tailor your listening experience to your unique circumstances. It also helps Beyerdynamic ensure you get the best possible experience from your purchase.
The app is super simple, and you’ll be up and running in just a few short minutes, but it also adds additional depth via equalizer controls, listening statistics, and the ability to adjust voice prompts and touchpad sensitivity.
I have no hesitation in recommending the Beyerdynamic Amiron headphones, but as mentioned in the introduction, there has been an explosion in viable studio headphones that offer Bluetooth. Below we take a quick look at some alternatives.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT2 Review
If the high price point of the Amiron places it beyond reach, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT2 is an excellent compromise that delivers in several areas.
- Dynamic and lively sound profile with low ear fatigue.
- Robust construction along with a firm fit that prevents these from sliding around.
- The sound profile is not as accurate as the Amiron.
Sennheiser Momentum 4 Review
For those that travel a lot or work in noisy environments, the Sennheiser Momentum 4 is a tempting set of cans with active noise cancellation.
- Excellent balance across frequencies delivering a pleasing and neutral response.
- Capable ANC technology combines well with a comfortable fit.
- Much like the Amiron, these are not the most travel-friendly headphones.
Sennheiser Momentum 4
Shure AONIC 50 Gen 2 Review
The Shure AONIC 50 Gen 2 is another impressive set of headphones with extensive compatibility with high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs.
- Engaging sound profile that is neutral enough for studio work.
- Clean and professional design and ultra-long battery life.
- Much like the Amiron, the AONIC 50 Gen 2 features a high price point.
Shure AONIC 50 Gen 2
Should You Buy?
If you are looking for a versatile set of wireless headphones that can handle various tasks, the Beyerdynamic Amiron is an easy recommendation.
A superb sound profile that is rich and detailed while retaining accuracy. Rock solid German engineering and construction along with a relaxed and comfortable fit. Dependable and high-quality Bluetooth and the ability to personalize the sound to your hearing tip it over the edge.
These headphones might not be the cheapest, but they are among the most feature-rich wireless studio headphones on the market and a worthwhile investment.