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Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless
May 28, 2018
Original: $699 USD
March 2022: $599 USD
64mm (circular ear pad diameter)
We’ve looked at a bunch of Beyerdynamic headphones recently from expensive open-back headphones that need amps to drive them to gaming headphones. But now the company is making wireless options and, like all of its products, the focus is on sound quality. The Amiron Wireless is a pair of Bluetooth headphones aimed at the person who wants a premium audio experience with no strings attached (I couldn’t resist). But is that person you?
Who should buy the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless?
- Someone with a deep pocket could at least afford the Amiron Wireless headset, which runs at around $599 USD.
- Anyone who has hearing damage can use the MIY app’s hearing test during set up to customize the sound.
What is the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless like?
Let’s just get this out of the way. The Amiron Wireless is a beautifully built headset. It has an almost industrial design of metal and plush padding that makes it feel sturdy, though a bit heavy. Putting this on feels like wearing a very comfortable helmet. The padding provides a great seal that, when combined with the plush material and metal build, does a good job at passively isolating outside noise. That said, this fits a bit too loose, and if I look down too quickly, it flies off my head.
When I can get the headset to stay put, I can listen to it for five hours at a time before I need a break. That break isn’t because of comfort issues, instead the padding just gets too warm for my liking and I want my ears to breathe.
The headband is wrapped in a similar padding as the ear pads, but the rest of the Amiron Wireless is made of cold metal. As much as I like the build here, I’m not the biggest fan of the design. The silhouette makes the Amiron Wireless look extra-large when they’re on my head. This will make you stand out like a sore thumb, despite the minimal aesthetic.
Looks aside, the other downside here is that the Amiron Wireless isn’t really a portable Bluetooth headset. The ear cups don’t fold or rotate, though they do swivel at the yokes for a better fit. Letting them drop to your neck when not in use makes you look almost comical and definitely isn’t comfortable. Naturally, you’re going to need a bag.
As far as functionality goes, the left ear cup is entirely blank with nothing but the Beyerdynamic logo printed on it. The right ear cup, on the other hand, has the power button/Bluetooth pairing button, a 3.5mm input, a USB Type-C input, and then the touch-sensitive pad on the side for controlling music playback. The touch-sensitive part is made of metal and feels like the trackpad on my Macbook Pro, but the controls aren’t as intuitive.
How to control the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless
In order to properly access the playback controls, you have to be intentional—or robotic—with your movements. The touch-sensitive ear cup allows you to skip between tracks by swiping left or right, fast-forward or rewind by swiping and holding, and control volume by tapping up or down (or swipe and hold). You can also pause or play music by double-tapping the center of the pad and access the personal assistant on your phone by tapping once and holding.
I know what you’re thinking, “Wow, that’s a lot to remember.” And you’re right. It is, but it isn’t rocket science. After a while, you get used to it. Though, if you don’t swipe across the entire area of the ear cup, then the Amiron Wireless won’t register your command. You can, however, you can change the sensitivity in the app.
Should you get the MIY Beyerdynamic app?
Speaking of the app, the MIY Beyerdynamic app is quite good and available on iOS and Android. Plenty of headphones come with an accompanying app, but this one actually feels like it’s useful. During setup, you can take a quick hearing test that tests your left and right ear to see how much you can actually hear. Then it adjusts your music accordingly, so you get the full experience. As we’ve mentioned plenty of times before, everyone hears differently. Seeing Beyerdynamic taking steps to resolve that fact is great.
How do you connect the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless?
When it comes to Bluetooth connectivity, Beyerdynamic doesn’t skimp out on any of the good stuff. As a company that prioritizes sound quality, the Amiron Wireless has almost all of the Bluetooth streaming codecs, save for Sony’s LDAC. You still get aptX, aptX HD, aptX LL, AAC, and—of course—SBC. If you don’t feel like going wireless, you can also just plug in the included 1.2m audio cable.
To enable aptX HD, you have to press the power button for two seconds while simultaneously dragging one finger upwards on the touchpad. Why? I have absolutely no idea, and if I hadn’t gone looking for the instructions on how to control playback, I would’ve completely missed this. Why Beyerdynamic didn’t just add a section for this into the app is beyond me, but there you go.
How long does the battery last on the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless?
In our testing, we got 30 hours, 4 minutes of usage from the headset, with the constant playback of real music, peaking at 75dB(SPL). Your mileage may vary depending on how loudly you listen to your music. It charges via USB-C cable, which was novel at the time and has since become the norm.
Does the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless block out noise?
The Amiron Wireless relies on passive isolation to block out external noises, and doesn’t have active noise cancelling (ANC). For that, you’ll need to get something like the Sony WH-1000XM4, Bose QuietComfort 45, or any of the best noise cancelling headphones. The isolation is pretty good, though this requires you to get a proper fit with the headset. Make sure there aren’t any gaps between the ear pads and your skull and you should be good to go.
How does the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless sound?
In a word, the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless sounds great. Its frequency response closely follows our studio curve. The sub-bass under-emphasis doesn’t sound as dramatic as it looks since these frequencies are fairly difficult to hear anyway. If you want to equalize the sound in a more advanced way than the MIY app’s hearing test allows, you’ll need to download a third-party EQ app.
Learn more: How we test
Lows, mids, and highs
The drum kit at the beginning of the song Rillo Talk by Wild Child has the perfect amount of power and stays just as consistent throughout the entire song, even when the bass guitar and other elements find their way into the song. Low notes still have that signature bump that I’m used to, but I can still hear vocals without issue.
Everything going on throughout the song Holland Road by Mumford & Sons comes through loud and clear, but that isn’t the case with every song. It can be hard to parse apart songs with a lot of simultaneous noise. For example, the vocals in the song Myself by J Mars are hard to hear over the rolling synth throughout the song.
Can you use the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless for phone calls?
The Amiron Wireless has an embedded microphone system that you can use to take calls on the go. Its 3.5mm cable also houses a microphone, and it sounds a bit better than the Bluetooth version. Listen to our demos below and let us know what you think!
Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless microphone demo (Ideal, Bluetooth):
Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless microphone demo (Ideal, 3.5mm cable):
Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless microphone demo (Street, Bluetooth):
Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless microphone demo (Street, 3.5mm cable):
How does this microphone sound to you?
Should you buy the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless?
In the end, the Amiron Wireless falls perfectly in line with the rest of Beyerdynamic’s high-end headphones. Though this is wireless, it’s not exactly the best if you’re going to be walking around the city or commuting to work. Just like Beyerdynamic’s open-back headphones, however, this is easy to recommend to anyone who wants to hear their music clearly but still have some fun with it.
You might be able to get away with using the Amiron Wireless for mixing audio because of the studio-friendly response, but that’s not why I would buy it. There are much cheaper headphones for studio use than the Amiron Wireless. If you’re buying this, it’s because you have money to blow and want the best sound a pair of Bluetooth headphones can offer—even if it does make you look like you have robot ears.
Frequently asked questions about the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless
Kind of. You can choose just how much you want the Beyerdynamic EQ to affect your music—thanks to a slider between 20-100%.