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beyerdynamic Amiron home

Rating:
4.75/5,
  • Amiron home is our invitation to pure musical enjoyment: just sit back in your favourite chair and let the sound carry you away.

    Never before has your living room sounded more like a real concert hall. Just hearing the first few notes will turn you into a dedicated fan of Amiron home, your superb musical companion that will bring you brilliant and reliable sound for many years to come.
    The name Amiron home represents high-end headphones that embody our boundless passion for music and epitomize the workmanship of being “handmade in Germany”. It is a combination you will continue to appreciate for many enjoyable years to come.

Recent Reviews

  1. Dobrescu George
    Beyerdynamic Amiron - Gifted In Music
    Written by Dobrescu George
    Published May 1, 2018
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Soft, Musical Sound, Very well built, Heavenly Comfortable, Good Treble Extension, Tight Bass just slightly north of neutral, Very Clear, Good Ergonomics, Quite revealing
    Cons - Pretty hard to drive to be loud enough, Premium Quality leads to a premium price
    Beyerdynamic Amiron - Gifted In Music

    Beyerdynamic released a very interesting headphone, which we felt would have needed more recognition. We're talking about their Beyerdynamic Amiron, a Desktop, Open-Back headphone made for those who really love their music.

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    Introduction

    We are honored to review such an awesome headphone from a large and reliable company like Beyerdynamic. Most music lovers probably heard about Beyerdynamic before, but to refresh your memory, they are one of the oldest and most reliable companies working on audio-related technology, from headphones, all the way to Microphones, In-Ear Monitors and everything in between. We reviewed Beyerdynamic Xelento before, which were an amazing IEM for the music lover, but today we're looking at something a little different, the first headphone we are reviewing from Beyerdynamic.

    It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with Beyerdynamic, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. This review is not sponsored nor has been paid for by Beyerdynamic or anyone else. I'd like to thank Beyerdynamic for providing the sample for this review. The sample was provided along with Beyerdynamic's request for an honest and unbiased review. This review will be as objective as it is humanly possible, and it reflects my personal experience with Beyerdynamic Amiron. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in Beyerdynamic Amiron find their next music companion.



    About me

    https://audiophile-heaven.blogspot.ro/p/about.html



    Packaging

    First things first, let's get the packaging out of the way:

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    Amiron comes with what we'd name a simple, yet very effective package. The larger cardboard box is sturdy enough to keep the smaller carry box intact, and it has a rather interesting outer appearance, presenting the music lover with details about Amiron. Everything feels rather high-end, and there is a fair sense of luxury in Amiron, but there isn't much else in the main package besides the carrying box.

    The carrying box is nice and elegant, it has a nice soft feeling to it, and after taking Amiron on quite a few trips with us, we feel that it is sturdy enough to make a good headphone carrying companion. For a few bonus points, the carrying box has enough space even for Audeze LCD-MX4, and regardless of which headphones you take in it, you will always have enough space for a Player (DAP) as well inside.

    The other accessories that come in the package are the headphones themselves, Amiron, a 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter, and a rather long yet very sturdy looking cable.

    There are some things that might have came in handy, like an extra pair of pads, or a secondary, shorter cable, but we need to be honest, we are talking about a pair of desktop headphones here. A shorter cable might still have came in handy, but it isn't quite as essential as it is for a small and portable headphone.

    When it comes to a pair of extra pads, somehow the pads kept up with our usage patterns and with us sharing them for testing with more than twenty friends, so the pads that are already there are very good.



    What to look in when purchasing a high-end Headphone

    https://audiophile-heaven.blogspot.ro/p/what-to-lookl.html



    Technical Specifications

    OPERATING PRINCIPLE - Open
    TRANSMISSION TYPE - Wired
    REMOTE - Without Remote
    NOMINAL IMPEDANCE HEADPHONES - 250 ohms
    HEADPHONE FREQUENCY RESPONSE - 5-40,000 Hz
    NOMINAL SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL - 102 dB (1 mW / 500 Hz)
    SOUND COUPLING TO THE EAR - Circumaural (around the ear)



    Build Quality/Aesthetics/Fit/Comfort

    When it comes to their build quality, Amiron is a pretty well built headphone. Rather, it is very very well built, with metallic insertions in the cup and the headband for better resistance, but plastic where this wasn't necessary, to keep their weight down, for better relaxation in prolonged listening sessions.

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    The cups are very sturdy and there's no sign of them showing fatigue even after having been used extensively in our tests, Amiron simply stands up to Beyerdynamic's name and reputation. There can be a very minor creaking sound if forcing them to bend, but otherwise the headphones don't seem to give way after a point and you shouldn't be able to break them in any way with typical usage.

    The aesthetics are dazzling, all Beyerdynamic headphones are beautiful in general, but Amiron is really something interesting, especially for those of us who like a luxurious, sleek and elegant design. The cups are made from a woven metal material (please keep in mind that those are open design). The earpads are made from a very fine velvety material that has a really nice contact with the ears, material also found bedding the headband. All in all, the aesthetics clearly point to a bedroom and otherwise "inside" headphone which is sleek, elegant and comfy. In fact, the amount of relaxation one gets with Amiron leads us to the next point, which is fit.

    The Fit of Amiron is actually second to none in practice. They are so bloody large and deep that those will be absolutely comfortable for any single pair of ears out there, there's just no chance of anyone not being satisfied with them. In fact, they are golden in fit and comfort, very much like the kings of comfort, Sennheiser HD800 series, Beyerdynamic Amiron disappears from your head once you place them on. The open design they have also contributes to the amazing levels of comfort they have, and the fact that you can wear them for many hours in a row without any trace of fatigue means countless hours of music enjoyment while using Beyerdynamic Amiron.

    We have used them while sitting on a computer and writing this article, and we listened to them while working on many other tasks, this simply is how comfortable they are.

    To recap, those are some sleek, comfy and elegant headphones designed for the desktop music listener, as well as for those who like to lean in their chair and sip a glass of high-quality wine while enjoying their favorite albums.



    Sound Quality

    When it comes to their sonic signature, Beyerdynamic Amiron is quite comfortable, a home headphone that lets you enjoy a truly withstanding musical experience from the comfort of your armchair. Those are some revealing headphones right there, and although their baseline signature is on the slightly leaner and softer side, they are quite revealing, leading to a rather intriguing experience while using them, being showered in details, all while those are presented with a magical musicality and laid-back-ness.

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    Let's start with the bass, which is one of the highest quality bass we heard in a full open-back headphone to date. First, it goes down, and it reaches the lowest octaves with ease. Next, it really is tight and well-detailed, but doesn't stray a lot off from what we'd call neutral. You should note that those are not basshead headphones, and that while they work with EDM and bass heavy music types, they are not bass heavy. This being said, the thing we love the most about Amiron is that they really show a lot of nuance in bass, the natural tone and vibration of a bass guitar requires a really good and revealing driver to play them well, and Amiron manages to do just that. For the record, we thought that engaging the Bass Slider on a FiiO Q5 with its AM05 made the bass more fun, all while staying clear and crispy, so they can also take in some EQ for those looking for more bass, provided you have enough power. The impact of the bass isn't quite as high as the impact of the midrange, but the detailing and the finer quality of it is quite impressive.

    The midrange is extremely clear, sounds open, natural, well separated, leaner, softer and very very musical. To make things clear, Amiron presents music with a healthy amount of textures, but they don't make those sharp or grainy, instead going for a texture that feels smoother and natural, playful and slightly laid back. The mid-bass really isn't quite that emphasized, but if you are looking for something delicate, musical, relaxing and extremely clear, Amiron surely can deliver well on those terms.

    The treble is quite interesting. After reviewing Beyerdynamic Xelento, we weren't quite sure what to expect from the treble, as Xelento is quite the smooth and the musica IEMl with an extremely smooth and relaxing top end, but Amiron surely doesn't quite follow suit. The treble of Amiron instead, has an amazing amount of air and presents music with an amazing sense of space and openness. It is clear that Amiron will show sibilance and harshness if it was in the recording, but it doesn't quite make that big of a deal out of it. Instead, Amiron does its best to hide any kind of sibilance and harshness, but doesn't do away with it entirely.

    To recap on the overall signature, the bass is on the lower amount levels, both the sub-bass and the mid-bass, the midrange has a very natural tone and very clear presentation, yet slightly laid back and on the softer side, while the treble is revealing and has its highest point around the 9-11 kHz area, where it doesn't come off as metallic or uncomfortable, but more as airy and open-sounding. Truly an impressive work from Beyerdynamic with their Amiron Home.



    Soundstage

    As we presented it earlier, the soundstage of Amiron is very impressive, open and very well-separated, with a very good amount of depth and width. We'd say that it places the listener close to the most forward point of music, but places everything else around the listener, in such a way, that metal music has an excellent engaging feeling to it, while classical retains the feeling of the avenue it's been played in. Curiously, we never felt that the soundstage was too large (dispersed) nor too closed (intimate), we rather felt that the soundstage worked well and that it reflected the amount of soundstage that was originally in the recording.



    ADSR / PRaT

    The ADSR and PRaT (Texturization) of Amiron Home is rather interesting to analyse. Those are not that emphasized on the PRaT and ADSR (Texturization), instead being slightly soft. This means that you will hear the textures in music like that of Mindless Self Indulgence, but things like trumpets will not sound aggressive or abrasive, instead being on the slightly softer and more musical side of things.



    Portable Usage

    This is an interesting point of Beyerdynamic Amiron, as they really aren't made for portable usage. Not only they aren't made for this kind of usage, they make portable usage complicated, as you have to take care of them and their soft velour material in the headband and on the earpads, you need to take care of the cable, and you need to have a beefy portable to give them enough power to sound good.

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    Let's start with the materials. The materials of Beyerdynamic Amiron Home are soft and really made to be used indoors. This doesn't mean that they don't stay as comfortable while outdoors, but the headphones are comfortable and not very tight on the head, instead being more of an absolutely comfortable headphone, so walking or doing more energetic activities while wearing them might result in unpleasant results.

    The cable they come with is very long and thick, and it is not made for outdoors usage, so for our outdoors tests we used the cable from Meze 99 Classics which we reviewed in the past. Both older and newer Meze cables work as well, and while Meze also has some higher grade cables that might work on Beyerdynamic Amiron Home, we haven't had a chance to test those at the moment of publishing this review as Meze didn't have stock on them. At any rate, if you really want to go portable, the cheapest cable that is of a higher quality and which we can guarantee will work is the Meze 99 Short cable, which is not quite that expensive for a reliable headphone cable.

    Now, the power... In a few words, Amiron loves some power. We generally don't criticize sources for not having enough power, but with Amiron Home, you need at least a FiiO Q5 + AM05, FiiO X7mkii + AM05, iBasso DX200 / DX150 + AMP 5, or an iFi iDSD Micro Black Label. Nothing weaker won't really work with Amiron, and portables that are less expensive, but have high power like Opus #1s won't have enough power for Beyerdynamic Amiron, leading to a sound that is simply not loud enough for our typical listening scenarios.

    Well, we missed talking about the most obvious thing when using Amiron outside, the fact that they are fully open-back. This is absolutely true, and if you feel like using a fully open back headphone while outside, those are great, but things like the rustling of the leaves, or street noise will be audible, especially in moments when the music is paused or has a very quiet passage. On the plus side, when we used them indoors, we noticed that we could listen to moderate levels without disturbing those around us, and without hearing too much noise from the outside. Somehow, indoors they really work well at moderate levels even for an open-back headphone.

    All in all, Beyerdynamic Amiron Home is a home headphone that isn't quite that portable, but instead is one of the best home headphones we tested to date in terms of comfort and ergonomics while used indoors.



    Comparisons

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    Beyerdynamic Amiron Home vs Beyerdynamic Xelento - This comparison doesn't quite make that much sense from most points of view, but since both products are made by Beyerdynamic, we wanted to showcase how versatile Beyerdynamic's offering can be and how they have headphones and IEMs ranging from very smooth to open and natural. Starting with the bottom end, where Amiron is ever so slightly enhanced over neutral, Xelento is quite enhanced and has one of the strongest bass we've seen in an in-ear. The midrange is quite different as well, and while both are very detailed and clear, Xelento is much thicker and delivers a music with excellent body, where Amiron delivers excellent detail and nuance in its midrange. The treble couldn't be quite more different, with Amiron being airy, energetic, open and slightly soft, where Xelento has a very smooth and relaxing treble that couldn't be aggressive even with grindcore or death metal.

    Beyerdynamic Amiron Home vs Audeze LCD-MX4 - We actually received a ton of requests to do this comparison and for a fair reason, as both are quite interesting headphones, but we'd like to note that they are not at the same price point. Where Amiron can be found well below 1000 USD, LCD-MX4 is more around 3000 USD. When it comes to their sonic abilities, LCD-MX4 feels like an improvement all-over the range, with more precision, even more detail, and clearer overall sonics, more bass impact and it is slightly more forward in the midrange. Beyerdynamic Amiron feels more relaxing though, with a softer overall sound. Amiron wins a little in terms of comfort, as they are lighter, but we have used LCD-MX4 while out and about without an issue. The drive-ability is on LCD-MX4's side, as it can be driven with less power than Amiron Home, but this isn't quite that relevant for Amiron Home as it is a home Headphone, where you can have large and inexpensive amplifiers with a lot of power that sound amazing, like the mighty Burson Play or iFi iDSD Micro Black Label. At the end of the day, the difference in price is there in the advantage of LCD-MX4, but then again, we would really recommend testing both as the price difference is high enough that we feel some might not be able to justify the increase in price as easily as others. Amiron is also softer so easier to listen to, especially when the record is less-than-ideal, and with our passion for harsh music, we know that some great albums just weren't made with the conscious music lover in mind and they may have a hard edge that Amiron can help ease.

    Beyerdynamic Amiron Home vs Ultrasone Signature DXP - Here's a more interesting, and maybe more fair comparison, with both headphones being closer in price points, although they are clearly directed at different audiences. Ultrasone Signature DXP is much more enthusiastic in its bass levels, providing a more visceral impact, and tactile feeling, to the point where we consider it to be a mighty worthy basshead headphone, where Amiron Home really isn't made for this kind of statement, being a rather relaxing and easy-going headphone with a bass ever so slightly increased over the neutral. Both produce good nuance in bass, but Amiron might have the upper hand in defining very fine nuances due to the less amount of overall bass. The midrange is similar between the two, but Amiron feels airier and more extended, where Signature DXP feels more textured and has a more impactful overall sound with a more revealing ADSR/PRaT, which also leads to a "harder" texture, where Amiron is softer and more gentle when it comes to textures. The treble is actually stunningly similar, with Signature DXP being really well extended and offering an amazing amount of air and soundstage for a closed back headphone, although Amiron Home holds the upper hand in raw treble detail. When it comes to the drive-ability, Signature DXP is easily driven from a smartphone, while Amiron home needs a proper power source to be driven. The comfort is much much better on Amiron Home, with larger earpads, softer ear pads, softer overall headband, softer overall headphones, less clamping and much larger earpads in both size and depth. Signature DXP feels slightly on-ear compared to Amiron Home, but for the listener that is on-the-go, this might be for the better because Signature DXP is actually very portable and provides an excellent headphone to take with you while on a trip, where Amiron Home is going to see most of its usage indoors, while leaning back and enjoying the music. Each seems to appeal to a very different group of music lovers, and we can easily recommend DXP to bass addicts and people who want an amazing signature while on-the-go, while we'd recommend Amiron more to those who want a great and comfortable home headphone that appeals to those who like to analyse every fine nuance in music, and who don't require the absolutely highest amounts of bass, but take delight in the finer nuances in the bass for their music experience.

    Beyerdynamic Amiron vs Ultrasone Signature Studio - Here things get interesting, because Ultrasone Signature Studio is actually quite similar even in tuning with Amiron. Signature Studio offered a better overall comfort for us, when compared to Signature DXP, and although they seem to have the exact same body and shape and size, somehow back when we tested Signature Studio we couldn't feel any disadvantage for their fit and comfort. It may be that we grew accustomed to Amiron and LCD-MX4 (also incredibly comfortable), and thus we increased our standards for what is comfortable. Most people testing Ultrasone Studio and DXP tell us that they feel very comfortable with them, so we feel that we might be rather not entirely fair to DXP and Studio from Ultrasone when it comes to their comfort. The sound though, is very amazing on both Ultrasone Studio and Amiron Home, to the point where Amiron Home feels more like a softer and listening-centered headphone, where Signature Studio is a more studio and production-centered headphone, with more revealing transient response. When it comes to their soundstage, we'd like to note that Ultrasone is actually the only closed-back headphone company that can stand its ground against something like the openness of Amiron Home, most other closed back headphones feeling more intimate in general when compared to a fully open-back headphone from Beyerdynamic. The sub-bass of Signature Studio is slightly more elevated when compared to that of Beyerdynamic Amiron, and the upper midrange is slightly more emphasized, but generally, they can be counted as similar, with Ultrasone Signature Studio feeling like a more Studio and less relaxing take on this very same signature. For the comfortable listening of your home's embrace, Amiron Home is the more recommended choice, while if you need the more precise studio headphone with a closed-back design for portability and for utmost precision, Signature Studio may be more fit to your needs.

    Beyerdynamic Amiron Home vs Sennheiser HD600 - This makes an interesting comparison because the two are quite similar in the overall signature and design. Both are open-back headphones designed for home and desktop usage, both offer a very good bang for the buck, and both are rather interesting headphones. The baseline signature is similar, the bass is a little up from neutral, but not much, the midrange is clear and natural, while the treble is enhanced and airy. Now, when it comes to the differences, the first thing that comes to mind is the comfort, where Beyerdynamic Amiron is much more comfortable than HD600, thing which is ironic since our kind of comfort is the Sennheiser HD800 series. We know that Sennheiser HD700 is also pretty comfy, but HD600 is not as comfortable as Beyerdynamic Amiron for sure. The sound is softer and more musical on Beyerdynamic Amiron, with more emphasis on how fun they are to listen to, it feels like it has better extension both ways, and the treble is slightly different, with the treble highest point being around 9-11 kHz, making them more airy and better separated, with more engagement in the long run. This doesn't make HD600 a less outstanding headphone, and some might point that HD600 is actually cheaper those days, but in Romania the two are not that far off in price, so we consider it a fair comparison as if they were equals. Please remember how impressed everyone is with HD600, even us, Amiron Home just makes things even better for the home and desktop listener who wants a truly relaxing listen. On this note, the transient response of HD600 might be a tad more revealing of textures, but the softer sound of Amiron Home is quite addicting as both feel as if they are trying to do the same thing.



    Recommended Pairings

    This might be a tricky one, but please keep in mind that Beyerdynamic Amiron is a home headphone, and it needs a lot of power to get loud enough to be enjoyable, so this time we're not going to recommend that many DAPs (Digital Audio Players), and rely more on desktop AMPs instead.

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    Beyerdynamic Amiron + iBasso DX200 (AMP5) - Now this combination is interesting, not only because of its power, but also because of its control. DX200 + AMP5 is able to control Amiron really well and this leads to a very nice, detailed and rounded sound that bears the most finest nuances there are. The whole combo feels as if one could take the beauty of Amiron anywhere with them, and this is an amazing feature for both companies, as having this much beauty on the go is something most wouldn't have dreamed about just a few years ago.

    Beyerdynamic Amiron + X7mkii/FiiO Q5 (AMP5) - FiiO X7mkii and FiiO Q5 both sound the same with using AM05 from FiiO, so we'll bundle them together. This is yet another example that works really well together. FiiO X7mkii has more than enough power for Amiron with its AM05, and they really manage to make this headphone sing in every thinkable way. The control is excellent, the depth and width of the soundstage is most impressive, and there is an excellent sense of nuance for every musical note. The bass slider on FiiO Q5 is also something we really liked and used in combination with Amiron.

    Beyerdynamic Amiron + iFi iDSD Micro BL - This is interesting, because iFi iDSD Black Label Micro has more than enough power for Beyerdynamic Amiron. The sound is quite excellent and on an overall level, if you don't plan on leaving your home, this is probably one of the most interesting DAC/AMPs you can look at for Beyerdynamic Amiron. We won't insist on saying that iFi iDSD Micro BL is portable by any means, but it is transportable between rooms, and it really is a nice desktop DAC/AMP for its price, with a deep, well defined, and very well-layered sound. Its slightly thicker bass also works well with Amiron, and its X-Bass feature really puts some more bass in Amiron, for those looking for it.



    Value and Conclusion

    We need to get straight to the point here. Beyerdynamic Amiron Home is not exactly a cheap headphone, and it won't be exactly cheap to drive either. At 600 EUR price point, Amiron sits comfortably in the upper midrange to the high end area of headphones. We feel that this is for a good reason, and for getting a significant improvement, you need to pay a little more, but when picking a headphone in this price area, its source also comes into play.

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    Beyerdynamic Amiron requires some power to get loud, and while some portables might be able to do it, we feel that there are many desktop source components which are up to the task, some of them being even inexpensive, so while something like iFi iDSD Black Label Micro does an amazing job and has a ton of features, something like FiiO K5 might also work fairly well and drive Amiron with ease to loud enough levels for it to be quite enjoyable.

    On the comfort, Beyerdynamic Amiron is exactly what it promises to be, one of the most comfortable home headphones there are. With a very fine and velvety velour on its pads and headband, with a soft cushion on all sides, and with a really deep and large ear pad, Beyerdynamic Amiron is exactly what we'd call unbelievably comfortable, they simply sit on one's head and disappear from there, being open back you also can hear noise that is coming from the outside, resulting in one headphone that really feels like listening to a concert in open air.

    On the other hand, they are not quite that portable, and we feel that they were clearly made to be used indoors, providing excellent overall levels of comfort and a soft, musical and pleasurable sound, but coming with a rather long cable and being harder to drive.

    So, if they are not good at being taken outside, then what are they good at?

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    We feel that they are best at producing an enjoyable, easy-listening experience. They shower you in details, but they don't stuff those in your face. They show you each intricate component of a song, but they don't do it forcefully, instead, they take you on a walk and let you experience the beauty in the comfort of your home. The close-to-neutral bass is exemplary at showing nuance and at being quick and tight, while the midrange, while slightly soft, is excellent at making music sing. The treble is actually pretty sparkly, but still keeps a bit of softness, making things natural and revealing, airy and sounding well-layered. In all fairness, this is a type of music that one can enjoy for ages. It doesn't subdue detail, but it doesn't make it too forward either, keeping just the right amounts of everything to be interesting, engaging and to be a truly comfortable home audiophile experience.

    I hope my review is helpful to you!



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    1. Qrays34
      Qrays34, Sep 24, 2018
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    2. Dobrescu George
      @Qrays34 No worries, although we don't really have Dyson devices in Romania currently, only very few :)
      Dobrescu George, Sep 24, 2018
  2. Army-Firedawg
    Probably should just change the name to the T1 jr.
    Written by Army-Firedawg
    Published Feb 28, 2018
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Neutrally warm sound, very detailed, full sounding, COMFORTABLE, detachable cable, scales well.
    Cons - Occasional sharp treble spikes,


    This product was one that was introduced to me while getting the CanFest 6 audio meet set up. Beyerdynamic was gracious enough to allow me to loan a couple products for the meet and a few people requested the new Amiron Home. After asking, for yet another product, they kind enough to allow me a loaner unit to use and what more, review. So here’s my take on what is commonly referred to as the T1 jr.


    A little about me

    I would like to say that first and foremost I am NOT an “audiophile” but rather an audio enthusiast. I listen to music to enjoy it. Do I prefer a lossless source? Yes, of course. But I can still be very happy streaming from Pandora or even my YouTube “My Mix” playlist. I also prefer equipment that sounds the best to me personally regardless of what frequency response it has or rather or not it's “sonically accurate” and I always have and shall continue to encourage others to do the same.

    I'm a firefighter for both the civilian and military sector and the cliché of wanting to do this since I was born couldn't be more present with me. I've worked hard over the last several years to earn this position and now it's time for me to work even harder to keep it.

    My interests/hobbies are powerlifting, fishing and relaxing to audio products and reviewing them to help other decide on what products would work for them. Few things make me as an audio enthusiast/review feel more accomplished than when someone tells me that I helped them find the type of sound they've always been looking for.

    Now, the sound signature I personally favor is a relaxing, warm and sensual sound that just drifts me away in the emotional experience of the music being performed. Yes, accuracy is still important but I will happily sacrifice some of that if I'm presented with a clean, warm sound that can wisp me away into an experience that makes me yearn for more.

    My ideal signature are that of respectably forward mids and upper bass range with the bass being controlled but with some slight decay. I like my treble to have nice extension and detail reveal with a smooth roll off up top as to not become harsh in the least. Examples of products that have given me chills and keep giving me the yearning for more feels are the (in no particular order) Bowers & Wilkins P7, Oppo PM-1/2, Empire Ears Hermes VI & Zeus XIV, Audeze LCD-XC, Meze Headphones 99 Classics.

    Equipment used at least some point during the review

    -Amp.

    -Sennheiser HDVD800

    -iFi

    -Pro iCAN

    -Nano iDSD Black Label

    -Schiit Ragnarok

    -Beyerdynamic A2

    -D.A.C.

    -PS Audio Digital Link III w/ Cullen Stage 4 upgrade

    -iFi Micro iDAC2

    -Schiit Yggdrasil

    -Sources

    -LG V20/HP Pavilion

    -Playing Pandora, YouTube, and various format personal music

    -Luxury & Precision L3

    -Misc. Equipment

    -Source cleaner

    -iFi Nano iUSB3.0

    Disclaimer

    I am by no means sponsored by this company or any of its affiliates. They were kind enough to send me a product for an arranged amount of time in exchange for my honest opinion. I am making no monetary compensation for this review.

    The following is my take on the product being reviewed. It is to be taken “with a grain of salt” per say and as I always tell people, it is YOUR opinion that matters. So regardless of my take or view on said product, I highly recommend you listen to it yourself and gauge your own opinion.


    The Opening Experience

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    Why I feel so strongly about the initial unboxing experience

    Please allow me to explain why I feel so strongly about the initial unboxing experience with a product. Maybe it’s due to my southern roots in the hills of eastern Kentucky, but I’ve always been raised under the pretense of when you introduce yourself to someone for the first time you present yourself with confidence, class, character, pride, and competence. You greet the other person with a true warm smile, eye contact and a firm handshake. Anything less or short implies to other person that you either don’t care about them, are too full of yourself, too busy to be bothered by the likes of them, or worse, just generally disrespectful.

    As a consumer, I take this same belief to when I open a new product. Why? Because think about it this way. How else can a company introduce themselves to their customers? How do they present their products? Are they packaged with pride and presented in such a way that makes the listener eager to listen to them? Or maybe they’re just wrapped up and placed in an available space. How about the box itself? Is it bogged down with jargon that says look at this, look what I can do. I’m better than anything on the market and here’s why read this and check out that. Or, is the package clean, simplistic and classy? As if saying to the customer ‘Good day, pleasure to meet your acquaintance. Please give me a listen and allow me to show you what I can do and allow my actions to speak louder than my words.’

    This is why I feel so strongly about the initial presentation of a product, and I feel it’s truly a shame more people don’t. But with all that aside, let’s discuss how this products introduced itself shall we?



    This is something that I’ve always liked about Beyerdynamic. They have a very consistent unboxing experience, and truthfully doesn’t disappoint. As with the case of their new Amiron Home you’re greeted with a fairly simplistic box. Minus the flap on the front of the box, really the only writing you’re going to fing is the Amiron’s “Gifted in Music” logo. The sides to have some features but the back has a really nice picture of the Amiron Home, and that’s it. As you open the box you’re greeted by the eggish shaped headphone case kept secure inside a cardboard shell cutout. To the sides if where you’ll find the product information and warranty paperwork.

    The headphone case itself is a very nice case, albeit admittedly awkwardly shaped. It has a very nice rigidity to it that gives me the confidence that if I were to drop it the headphones inside would remain unharmed. Upon opening the egg you’re greeted with the absolutely beautiful Amiron Home headphones as well as their DETACHABLE cable.

    The handshake Beyerdynamic gave me with their Amiron Home was a very straight forward but firm one. I know what I’m getting with them and I honestly enjoy that consistency. From their inexpensive iems all the way up to their flagship T1 second generations, they keep the experience the same or similar.


    Construction

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    Admittedly I went into this box without any worries about the Amiron’s construction. From my past experience with various Beyerdynamic products, they’ve all been made incredibly well. Welp, the Amiron Home is most certainly no different and lives up to the Beyerdynamic expectation well. The headband, as well as the ear pads, are made of the same super comfortable cloth that the flagship T1 is minus the leather accents. The headband, and honestly the entire headphone itself, is made out of a very lightweight and durable (at least feeling) aluminum. The ear cups and the end of the headband is, I believe, made out of a very premium plastic but it may also very well be aluminum. The grill, which I was mistaken in my unboxing video in calling it a closed back headphone, is a very nice looking design that holds the Beyerdynamic logo on centered and embedded in it. On the reverse of the grill, Beyerdynamic has sadly put the standard straight angled drivers in the Amiron Home over going with the angled style they use in their more premium models and has also covered it with a soft mesh. Moving down you’ll notice the 3.5mm ports that the DETACHABLE cable slips into and a fairly standard cable (nothing special) that’s terminated in a ⅛” jack with an optional screw on ¼” jack adapter. Despite being a standard cable, I never got any feedback or microphonics from it. Even when walking and the cable rubbing against my clothing, silence.

    A solid build that, if treated properly, I am more than confident that this headphone will last its user many a years to come. Over the years you may have to replace a cable or yeah maybe even a pad or two but, in my opinion, Beyerdynamic build this headphone to last, and one will certainly look good while doing it.



    Comfort

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    Oh my my my how I instantly fell in love with the Amiron Home once they graced my head. The clamping force is just spot on and there’s enough adjustments that these headphones will fit just about any head, oh and the ear cups even fit over my, um, larger ears. The pads breath very nicely and not once in all the listening hours I’ve put in these headphones have my ears, or anything honestly, became uncomfortable. I personally never had to adjust them at all either, once I put them on my head they were set to go. My ears do touch the mesh padding that covers the Tesla drivers but even they didn’t bother me.

    This is a rather short section I know but I truthfully have nothing negative to say about the comfort of the Amiron Home. They’re brilliant.


    Sound



    The sound of the Amiron Home is a musically warm neutral. The overall sound signature is that of a neutral tone the the slightly forward mids and upper bass gives it a very nice sense of warmth and musicality that I’ve really grown to love during my time with it.

    The sense of space is very present but it’s not a very vast one, most certainly not for an open back headphone. I’ll call it a semi open headphone soundstage at best and I’m not saying that necessarily as a bad thing. Right now I’m listening to “When We Were Young” by Adele (linked it the literal youtube video I’m listening to) and she sounds comfortable in front of me and each instrument has their own space in the piece. Nothing sounds right in my face or in my head but it is still an intimate sound, which admittedly I really like).

    Before I go into the individual characteristics of the Amiron Home I just have to insert a personal opinion of the headphone. I found these to be wonderfully musical regardless if I’m using it through my phone, computer, or even up to the iFi iCAN Pro of Schiit Ragnarok. Yes they scale but the sound from these was always just a very enjoyable one. I never really was supercritical when listening to them. I couldn’t be. They just kept sweeping me away and forcing me to just enjoy the music I’m listening to. Don’t believe me? Have a listen to “Rite Of Passage” by Joe Leader and tell me how productive you are. And what else is it that a headphone should be doing? What’s the point of hearing every minute detail if that’s all it gives you? I’ll take an experience over an ah hah moment any day.


    Treble



    The highs on the Amiron Home are very detailed and, when the album calls for it, has great extension (Check out my go to treble tester “Fifth Element” by Evgenia Laguna to hear for yourself) but the overall treble on the Amiron Home is detailed, and revealing but can at times be sharp. A piece I found recently (or rather a snippet of it) is called “A Moon Filled Sky” by Unknown. This is a very heavy treble piece that so beautiful to close your eyes and listen to, but on some notes the Amiron Home makes the violin sound a bit sharp with takes away from the emotional calmness and even sadness of the piece.




    Mids



    As I said earlier, the Amiron Home is a neutrally warm headphone. The vocals that shine through have such a nice sense of body and realism that you, or at least I, really felt the presence of the artist. And that’s something I rarely find in headphone to this degree in sub 1K products. A song that I’ve listened to quite honestly over a hundred times is “The Sound Of Silence” by Disturbed. I linked the live version intentionally over my usual amv because I want you to hear the body of the singers voice that the Amiron Home portrays. Also please see the Adele performance linked above if you doubt the female vocal performance as well.


    Bass



    The bass on the Amiron Home is right where I like it. There’s just enough impact to have the music sound full. To change up the traditional songs linked here’s “Animals” by Martin Garrix. This is a very fun song to listen to and most “audiophile” won't really give the listener a true sense of bass fullness while maintaining integrity towards the rest of the track. This isn’t an issue with the Amiron Home. It produces plenty of bass impact but with the tesla drivers, remains entirely in control.


    Conclusion

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    My overall thoughts on the Amiron Home is that Beyerdynamic did an absolutely phenomenal job. I fully understand why these have earned the nickname of the T1 jr. Though they don’t share the same sound signature, when properly powered, the level of control and amount of detail retrieval and the clarity of the entire ensemble gives me a true sense of musical enjoyment that, combined with the lovely level of comfort and competent construction, is worth WELL more than the $600 asking price. And that’s something that I rarely find myself saying.






    Also, make sure to check out my unboxing and review videos. They’re pretty awesome AND you getta put a face to the Army-Firedawg name. If this review helped you out at all please hit that thumbs up button for it really helps me out a lot. Till next time my friends, stay safe.
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    2. Lurk650
      I agree whole-heartedly that these scale well, they love power. From my Pioneer 300R they sound good but throw them on the Magni 3 (which of course has a "Schitt" ton of power) and they sound even better.
      Lurk650, Feb 28, 2018
    3. HiWire
      Great review. I'm looking at getting the Amiron – I am curious whether they scale as well as some of the classic headphones with improvements in sources,amplifiers, and cables.
      HiWire, Mar 1, 2018
    4. Army-Firedawg
      @HiWire, yes, they do scale quite well. Not to the legendary degree of the HD650, IMO, but like @Lurk650 stated, you'll have a notable improvement in quality as your gear gets better.
      Army-Firedawg, Mar 2, 2018
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  3. Loquah
    beyerdynamic Amiron Home - a great mid-level HP
    Written by Loquah
    Published Feb 18, 2018
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Neutral but not analytical tuning, beautiful, comfortable, dual-entry detachable cables, well-priced for Tesla technology and sound signature
    Cons - Soundstage is slightly veiled at the back, bass is a little light (but well controlled)
    I recently reviewed the Amiron Home, having previously owned the original T1 and DT1350 as well as auditioning countless other beyer models. I have always appreciated the beyer house sound, but have learned over time that my tastes lean towards a warmer overall sound.



    The video review above contains greater detail, but here is a summary of my thoughts about the beyerdynamic Amiron Home:

    What I loved:
    • The sound is really clean and clear, but not harsh
    • The bass is excellent for a neutral-style sound signature
    • The headphones are beautifully made and very comfortable
    • Dual-entry detachable cables provide the opportunity to upgrade / customise
    What I would prefer to be different:
    • I've already declared that I prefer more warmth (e.g. bass weight, etc.), but that's a personal preference
    • The soundstage is a little veiled - sounds up front are clear and well-defined, but the background of the soundstage seems to get a little obscured
    Overall, I'd say the Amirons are a great option for anyone who likes the beyerdynamic sound or who is looking for a neutral, but not analytical headphone. They are a very comfortable headphone in both their physical design, but also their tuning. I can easily see myself enjoying long listening sessions with the Amiron Home because they are revealing and clean, but not edgy or analytical. They don't quite match the heights of the flagship beyers (T1 / T5), but they are an excellent headphone for the price.
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  4. Zombie_X
    T90 Perfected, Yes? FIGHT FOREVER BEYER!
    Written by Zombie_X
    Published Feb 12, 2017
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Exceptional comfort and sound quality. Warm, inviting, and relaxing.
    Cons - None that I can think of, but if Siva was real...
    Having been listening to the Amiron Home for 10 hours today, it's safe to say these are easily the T90 we always wanted. They are smooth, articulate, punchy, and warm. If you've heard the T90, these are nothing like it. These fix the terrible treble on the T90's, add some midrange warmth, and give the bass more body.
     
    The treble is so damn smooth you'd think you're drinking the finest craft beer. It's just as smooth as the HD650, but far more articulate and detailed. Extension and air is top notch along with exceptional detail. There is absolutely no hint of glare or strident tones whatsoever. If anything some of the upper frequencies might be a bit diminished, but that's mostly due to beyer's new damping material they added, but it's not as if there's a sharp roll off. More so that the highest frequencies are a bit hush, like you got home and have to be quite lest you wake the youngins.
     
    The midrange is open, detailed, rich, and quite realistic. Where the T90 was a bit subdued or thin, these are up front like a singer in a metal band. Detail in the midrange is quite good and the added warmth adds a bit of an extra sweetness to the sound. Vocals are very good without and harshness, also pretty convincing. Guitars are textured and every pluck of the strings is distinguishable from the last and there is no congestion or muddiness. Bravo beyer!
     
    The bass hits hard when needed and reaches deep with great control and extension. Bass texture is every bit as good as the T90, but now there's more quantity. The bass is never intrusive to the midrange and can be quite powerful depending on the music. An example would be when playing Infected Mushroom, bass notes hit hard and extend down really deep. Then on some older metal, 'Blizzard of Oz' by Ozzy Osbourne, bass is tight and controlled yet still punchy. Kick drums have excellent presence with great weight and slam.
     
    The soundstage is nearly the exact same as the T90. Very wide and deep with excellent laying and imaging. If you've not heard the T90, then think of a DT990 in terms of size. You get a good sense or air around instruments and the imaging is quite accurate. Playing something like 'Symphony in F minor' by Ernst Mielck is really something else. The soundstage with this type of music is very wide and larger than life. Expansive yet coherent. Imaging with large scale operas is really a treat.
     
    The Amiron Home is a massive improvement over the T90 and what a revamp should be. Beyerdynamic fixed all the issues that I had with the T90 (terribly peaky/strident treble, and somewhat thinner sounding midrange, and MOAR BASS). These are exceptional headphone that are nothing like any other beyer headphone. If you could relate them to another headphone, their presentation is like that of the HD650. While not exactly, they have similar characteristics to the HD650.
     
    I am quite happy with them and applaud beyer with this new sound signature they have gone for. If this is how their future Tesla drivers will sound, I will be incredibly happy.
     
    AMPS USED:
    - Violectric V200
    - SPL Auditor
    - SPL Phonitor Mini
     
    DAC:
    - Violectric V800
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    1. crabdog
      I agree the Amiron Home is a fantastic headphone. I think it gets a lot closer to the T1 2nd gen than its price would suggest.
      crabdog, Feb 13, 2017
    2. Zombie_X
      If the T1 second gen is anything like the Amiron Home, then I'll be sure to buy one down the road. This new direction in sound signature is very welcomed.
      Zombie_X, Feb 13, 2017
  5. crabdog
    beyerdynamic Amiron Home - "If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home." Malala Yousafzai
    Written by crabdog
    Published Jan 6, 2017
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Beautifully crafted, comfortable, smooth and resolving sound
    Cons - Poor noise isolation - need a quiet environment, sound leakage
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    There are a few brands that could be considered a powerhouse in the world of audio and headphones and beyerdynamic is without a doubt one of them. beyerdynamic has been family owned since its founding in 1924 and are regarded as one of the best when it comes to headphones. The T90 was their first open-back Tesla model, released in June of 2012. Today I'll be looking at the successor to the T90, the beyerdynamic Amiron Home.
     
    Disclaimer:
     
    This product was loaned to me as part of a southeast Asian tour for the purpose of an honest review. All opinions and observations are my own, based on my experience with the product. I'd like to thank Peak Fusion for the opportunity to test the Amiron Home. Special thanks go out to Mateen, Kamal and Jannavie for making this review possible.
     
    Peak Fusion website
     
    beyerdynamic product page
     
    Amiron Home on Amazon
     
    FEATURES
     
    • Tesla technology with highest efficiency
    • High resolution sound
    • Open design
    • Double-sided, detachable cable
    • Ear and headband pads smooth and as soft as velvet, made of Alcantara microfibre and microvelour • Made in Germany
     
    TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
     
    Transducer type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . dynamic
    Operating principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . open
    Frequency response . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 - 40,000 Hz
    Impedance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 Ω
    Nominal SPL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 dB (1 mW / 500 Hz)
    T.H.D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . < 0.05%
    Nominal power handling capacity . . 200 mW
    Max. SPL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 dB (200 mW / 500 Hz)
    Sound coupling to the ear . . . . . . . . circumaural
    Cable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 m / double-sided / detachable
    Connector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . gold-plated mini stereo jack (3.5 mm) & 1/4" adapter (6.35 mm)
    Weight without cable. . . . . . . . . . . . 340 g
    Accessory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . transport case
     
    Packaging and accessories:
     
    The Amiron home comes in Beyerdynamic's typical style box, very clean and uncluttered it immediately elicits high expectations of what you'll find inside. Open the box and you'll find the black, egg shaped luxury hard case, upholstered on the outside with a wetsuit-like material and a soft cloth interior.
     
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    I know what you're thinking now - "Enough of this, show us what's inside!" Okay, let's crack this baby open. Upon opening the hard case you're presented first and foremost with the headphones in all their glory. On the underside of the case lid is a removable mesh pocket, handy for storing the 6.35 mm screw on adapter. Apart from the headphones and adapter there's a cable and information booklet so not much in the way of accessories but after all it's all about the headphones right?
     
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    Build, comfort and isolation:
     
    Before I go any further I just want to say that my photos cannot do these headphones justice. Not only do they look great but the Alcantara microfiber and microvelour feel incredibly silky smooth and soft. Starting at the headband is the beyerdynamic branding embossed into the sumptuous microvelour covering. This just oozes with class and sets the tone for what to expect from these headphones. On the underside is the microfiber wrapped padding that promises to caress your noggin during those lengthy listening sessions.  The clamping force of the headband is superbly balanced, being very light and flexible but at the same time offering a secure fit. There's very little pressure applied to your head but they don't ever feel loose or likely to fall off.
     
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    Moving down we come to the notched sliders on the signature beyerdynamic metal brackets. These are pretty easy to adjust but firm enough to not move unintentionally. Next of course the bracket bone's connected to the ear-cup bone which again has the brands' distinguishing look. The cups are made primarily of plastic and the back grilles which look like they're metallic are actually a dark, silvery colored fabric.
     
    Then there's the ear-pads, oh boy. The Alcantara microfiber is so soft and smooth, it's to die for. They're pretty big and comfortably encircle my generously sized ears in a tender caress and deep enough so that my ears don't come into contact with the hard plastic interior.
     
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    These don't sport the angled drivers like the T1 gen 2 or T5P gen 2 but have a standard parallel configuration for the Tesla drivers. On the underside of the cups are the 2.5 mm headphone jacks for the long requested detachable cables now present on these and the two previously mentioned headphones.
     
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    So are they comfortable? Absolutely. The flexible headband and low clamping force paired with the lush ear-pads are perfect for extended periods of use and because the pads are fabric and with the open back they don't get too hot on your ears.
     
    As you'd expect from an open back design, noise isolation is not very good. External noise is easily transmitted through the back and of course there is significant noise leakage coming out of the headphones as well meaning that people around you will be able to easily hear what you're listening to.
     
    Sound:
     
    Sources:
     
    PC/MusicBee > JDS Labs Element (low gain) > Amiron Home
    Shinrico D3S > Arcam irDAC-ii > Amiron Home
    FiiO X1ii unamped and amped (using Shinrico E11)
     
    Music used for testing (all .flac files):
     
    Philippe Jordan, Wiener Symphoniker - Schubert symphonies 7 & 8
    The Gentle Storm - The Diary (CD1 Gentle version)
    Ludovico Einaudi - Doctor Zhivago
    The Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness
     
    As a successor to the venerable T90 the Amiron Home has a lot to live up to. So does it? In a word, yes. First of all it's surprisingly smooth and surely that's a good thing if it's designed for you to "Just sit back in your favourite chair and let the sound carry you away.”  Fortunately it's not the kind of smooth that sacrifices precision or speed. There's a spacious airiness that's intoxicating in it's clarity and detail. Sound is also very balanced, not trying to be clever in any particular area but hitting just the right timbre and tonality with anything you throw at it. There's a warmth present that I wasn't expecting yet resolution remains excellent throughout.
     
    Bass is punchy and precise without sounding in the least bit thin and its certainly not bloated. It's slightly north of neutral with just the right amount of presence in the music to drive it along without digging its elbows into the mids. Mid-bass notes are not thrown in your face like so many headphones tend to do but have the perfect amount of body to bring out the fullness in, yet not overpower whatever you're listening to.  In "Blows" from the In the Heart of the Sea OST by Roque Banos the manic beating of the drums still convey the sense of danger and anxiety but are polite enough to let the subtlety of the strings and rim shots share the same space.
     
    Mids are equally as impressive with great resolution and detail. In "Magnolia" from The Pineapple Thief's Magnolia album the Amiron Home's layering is superb with great separation between the harmonic strings, acoustic guitar and vocals. The haunting strings in Ludovico Einaudi's "The Ringlet" from Doctor Zhivago have a true to life tonality and resonance that are rich and vibrant. There's loads of detail coming through but at no point does it sound analytical, it remains very musical.
     
    The highs carry on the Amiron Home's refinement being detailed and airy but never becoming aggressive or fatiguing. Even in "No Man's Land" by The pineapple Thief from Your Wilderness the  enthusiastic buildup of cymbal crashes towards the end remain inoffensive where with many other headphones it results in me frantically reaching the controls to lower the volume. On the contrary the treble never sounds muted or metallic and carries over with outstanding timbre without being "soft".
     
    Comparisons:
     
    Amiron Home vs beyerdynamic T1 2nd generation ($1,199.00 USD):
     
    Comfort and fit are very similar. Both headphones have the same relaxed clamping force and similar overall shape. The T1 is a little more aggressive in the bass, particularly mid-bass while the treble has some extra emphasis as well. Transparency and resolution are superior on the T1 making it more revealing and detailed. In contrast the Amiron Home has a more relaxed presentation and for me would be better suited for longer listening sessions as the T1 assaults your senses with more of everything, which is fantastic but demands more from the listener. The T1 also demands more from your source gear and amplifier- you'll need something with a bit of grunt to get the most from these 600 ohm headphones.
     
    Amiron Home vs Ultrasone Performance 860 ($359.98 USD):
     
    The Ultrasone is more utilitarian physically, having rubber, plastic and pleather in place of the Amiron Home's extravagant fabrics, hardly surprising though as it's just over half the price of the beyerdynamic. Comfort goes to the Amiron Home, due to it having significantly less clamping force and the fabric on the ear-pads means your ears won't get as hot. While both headphones have a balanced signature the Ultrasone has more prominent highs and less warmth overall. Being a closed phone the Performance 860 doesn't have the air or the beyerdynamic and at times sounds more congested. As you would expect the open backed beyerdynamic has a wider soundstage. The Ultrasone holds up well in comparison but the Amiron Home is on a whole other level.
     
    Amiron Home vs beyerdynamic T5P 2nd generation ($1,099.00 USD):
     
    Designed for portable use the cups on the T5P are smaller than those on the Amiron Home which means for some with large ears they might not be as comfortable. Because they're a closed design the T5P don't have the same sense of air yet they still have an impressive soundstage. Being just 32 ohms the T5P are much easier to drive and can be driven from a phone or budget DAP. The Amiron Home sounds a bit more balanced, while the T5P has a bit more weight and sharper edge to its bass and just a little more energy in the treble. Just like the T1, the T5P are not as relaxed as the Amiron but that's probably better when you're on the move. These are both fantastic headphones but clearly designed for different purposes. If you're only listening at home..... well do I really need to say it? And if you want portability or the freedom of being able to use any type of source then the T5P is the way to go.
     
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    Comclusion:
     
    beyerdynamic says:
     
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    2. Pharmaboy
      It's not ridiculous at all. Even here on Head-Fi, not everyone has experience w/open back headphones; not everyone understands their good soundstaging and "open" quality come at the cost of sound leakage. If you read headphone comments elsewhere (such Amazon), it's pretty  obvious most people don't understand this basic design difference between open & closed.
       
      In any case, this reviewer doesn't exactly criticize the Amiron Home for poor isolation. He says, "As you'd expect from an open back design, noise isolation is not very good."
       
      It's just an observation. Not sure how this point could be conveyed in a more balanced way than that....
      Pharmaboy, Feb 21, 2017
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    3. Renato Fury
      Dear @Pharmaboy, no one is obliged to know that open headphones leak sound, even because no one is born knowing, but that does not mean that this is a defect but a feature of these models, and so I agree with @CBonUK despite their analogies have been lousy, but other than that I found your analysis very good and detailed, thank you for sharing it with us. :p
      Renato Fury, Feb 2, 2018
    4. crabdog
      @Renato Fury I understand where you're coming from but I just wanted people to be aware of it. It is a con for me personally because my home is often noisy but at the same time I would also consider the openness a pro (airy, wide soudstage etc).
      crabdog, Feb 3, 2018
  6. SoundApprentice
    An end-game competitor
    Written by SoundApprentice
    Published Dec 13, 2016
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Sound quality, fit and finish, realism
    Cons - You'll want to spend more on your music collection
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    1. BRING IT HOME



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      Having owned Beyerdynamic’s DT990 PRO and acclaimed T90 headphones early on in my journey to #AudioNirvana, I thought I knew what I was getting into when I was offered a review unit of the T90’s recently-released successor, the Amiron Home. I was dead wrong. In other words, wow. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

      If you’re familiar with the house sound of Beyerdynamic’s high-end headphones, you’ll feel right at home when you fire up the Amiron Home, which doesn’t stray too, too far from what has been a successful sonic signature for decades. Instead, the Amiron Home offers a much-welcomed refinement of it—a fine-tuning that easily makes this headphone an end-game contender. Yes, you read that right—it’s that good. 

      For the Amiron Home, Beyerdynamic engineers have been hard at work refining everything loved about the T90 (spaciousness, clarity, realism)—and fixing everything that was hated about it (namely sibilance and the peaky and sometimes strident treble). Beyerdynamic also states that it further refined its Tesla technology for the Amiron Home, modifying the transducers to further diminish unwanted vibrations and completely eliminate annoying treble resonances. I’m not one to usually buy into a brand’s marketing speak right off the bat, but the way Beyerdynamic describes the Amiron Home is almost exactly how my ears hear it—and that’s an amazing feat because you’ve got to be picky along this hi-fi highway.

      Home Sweet Home

      At first listen, the Amiron Home is not at all what I expected, and that’s a good thing. Being fondly familiar with the overly-excited bass and treble of the DT990 PRO (review), the cutting clarity and cool, edgy traits of the T90 (review), and the clinical precision of the T1, I thought the Amiron Home would fall somewhere in line with the three. The honest truth, though, is that the Amiron Home is really a headphone all its own, picking and choosing traits of each to evolve into something much more. In fact, the Amiron Home is likely the richest and most balanced Beyerdynamic headphone I’ve heard to date.
       
      Yes, please. 

      From top to bottom the Amiron Home is crisp, clean and controlled. It exhibits excellent detail retrieval. It’s tonally rich and engaging. It has presence and space. It’s intimate and cohesive. It’s everything you could want in a headphone, and maybe more, because it exhibits all of this without ever overdoing any of it. 

      So let’s start at the beginning. 

      Early on The Spirited Uncle M taught me that reaching the elusive state of Audio Nirvana isn’t just about how good your gear is, it’s also about how good your recordings are. Enter Dave Grusin’s Homage to Duke, a digital master by GPR Records, and one of the best sounding Redbook CDs I have heard. While this album won’t tickle everyone’s fancy, it really reveals exactly what your gear is capable of, which makes it an excellent test album for discerning listeners—exactly who Beyerdynamic is targeting with the Amiron Home.
       
      Again, I won’t argue with Beyerdynamic’s claims. Right from the start of Homage to Duke, I was thrust into the studio alongside the ensemble. Cymbals shimmer and cut cleanly through the clutter, ringing incredibly true to life with really nice timbre and decay. Bass notes, whether from strings or kick drums, reach deep and hit with speed, punch and precision. Horns and pianos are full of gusto. Vocals are both natural and engaging.

      Overall, the Amiron Home has a sweetness and balance throughout its dynamic range that its predecessors lacked—you can forget bass bloat or bloom that drowns out the mid-range and that dreaded harsh sibilance and tizzy, tipped-up treble that you’ve likely seen cursed on audio forums around the WWW. The Amiron Home truly delivers on its promise to bring you concert-quality sound that’s defined by precise bass, transparent mids and clear highs.

      The Amiron Home’s rich tonality and resolution were particular standouts for me. The new tuning brings much-needed warmth to the Beyerdynamic line. I dare say that the Amiron Home makes the Sennheiser HD650—a headphone commonly regarded for its lush mids and analog sound signature—sound quite hollow while also besting it at just about everything with the exception of, perhaps, overall soundstage width. For me, the Amiron Home’s overall sound is what I’ll call believable; it’s realistic and natural. Add in the crispness achieved throughout the dynamic range and you gain a great deal of detail being pushed into your ears without ever coming off as aggressive or fatiguing.

      From the most sensitive snare strikes, to the gutsiest trumpet blasts, it’s easy to take in all the Amiron Home can render. On “Caravan” for instance, I could practically make out the sound of the drum tips’ impacts separate from the actual notes of the drum heads and cymbals. This sort of theme continues in Matthew Halsall’s “Finding my Way” off of Fletcher Moss Park. The elaborate drum work throughout this track is really enjoyable to sit back and absorb through the Amiron Home as it excels at instrument separation and layering, giving each musician depth and a clear and cohesive phantom position that reveals the micro-details of their performance. 

      What’s most refreshing about the Amiron Home is that it accomplishes all of these feats with damn near every genre of music. Ben Howard, Bjork, Daughter, Dave Grusin, Ghostpoet, Matthew Halsall, Miles Davis, Lucy Rose, Moderat, Odesza, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Sublime, The Counting Crows, and on and on.... While most headphones I’ve owned or reviewed excel in some areas but suffer in others (Yes, even my several times more expensive Audeze LCD-X, Hifiman HE-6, and Sennheiser HD800 have their faults), the Amiron Home, in my opinion, is a strong performer through-and-through.

      Where the Magic Happens

      In the words of The Spirited Uncle M, however, I must caution to the up-and-coming audiophile, “*** in, *** out.” As stellar as the Amiron Home can be, feed it bad recordings or through questionable gear and you’ll be left wondering what the hell happened to your “high-end” headphones. The Amiron Home, like any true audiophile-grade high-fidelity headphone, is pitiless—it’s not going to hide the pitfalls of your song selections or system like the lush and euphoric Meze Headphones 99 Classics might be able to. The “downside” of such clarity is that the Amiron Home will only sound as good as what’s in front of it. But if you’re dropping $599 on the Amiron Home, chances are you’ve already invested a good amount of time and money into building your music collection and front end. 

      Don’t mistake my warning as me saying that the Amiron Home will only sound good out of top-tier gear. In fact, with its highly-efficient dynamic transducers, the Amiron Home can sing loud and proud out of something as simple as a tablet streaming hi-res audio if you really want or need it to. Better though is a small desktop amp/DAC combo, like the JDS Labs Objective2 and OL DAC, which the Amiron Home starts to flex its muscle with. But the Amiron Home is truly intended to be plugged into a highly resolving home audio system—that’s when the magic really happens. 

      My main listening room rig is made up of the Eddie Current Balancing Act amplifier, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC and Sony DVP-S9000ES SACD player. I’m not trying to boast here, but the organic transparency of the Yggy blended with the tubey goodness of the ECBA turn the Amiron Home into something enchanted. 

      Daughter’s haunting music becomes ever more holographic. Miles Davis and John Coltrane become phantom figures in the listening room. Jenni Potts turns into something angelic among Odesza’s electronic vibes. The Amiron Home scales. It’s spacious, but intimate. It’s cutting, but comforting. It’s layered, but cohesive. It tricks you into thinking you’re in the concert hall or studio, and then it hits you right between the eyes. It’s the definition of high-fidelity audio. 

      Fits & Finishes 

      Oh yeah, the Amiron Home is pretty darn comfortable too. It’s almost an afterthought that it’s on my head. Beyerdynamic headphones have always been some of the easiest for me to wear, but the Amiron Home takes fit and finish up a notch. The circular ear pads are roomy and use high-quality Alcantara coverings that let your ears breathe, and the supple headband padding is wrapped in Microvelour, both of which are very soft and high-end in look and feel. These changes, combined with the light clamping force and even weight distribution, allow the Amiron Home to sit very lightly on the head. Even after extended, hours-long listening sessions, I never experienced any hot spots from headband pressure despite the fact that the Amiron Home weighs in at a middle-of-the-road 340 grams. However Beyerdynamic pulls this off makes no difference to me, because all I care about is that it makes for an excellent listening experience.

      Bring It Home

      From fit and finish, to sound quality and price-to-performance, Beyerdynamic nails it with the Amiron Home—there’s no denying that this is a high-end, hi-fi headphone (it’s even handmade in Germany to boot). It’s exciting and engaging, uniquely fresh and refined, and easily an endgame headphone. The Amiron Home has found a home in my listening room, so I think I’ll head back there now. Audio Nirvana awaits.




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    2. SoundApprentice
      Thanks for the kind words @geoffalter11 glad you are enjoying the Amiron too!
      SoundApprentice, Feb 15, 2017
    3. jdpark
      Great cans! A non-muffled HD650 with more articulate bass and faster transient response.
      jdpark, Jan 10, 2018
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    4. Renato Fury
      What amps and dacs do you use to drive Amiron ?
      Renato Fury, Feb 2, 2018

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