It’s been a while since we last heard from Beyerdynamic, but they recently held a launch event to finally announce the sale of their Lagoon ANC headphones in Singapore. Their newest Amiron wireless copper headphones were also on display, and we managed to grab a quick listening session with them.
The Amiron wireless copper is a set of wireless over-ear headphones that use copper heavily in its construct. As such, hints of copper are found over the ear cups as an aesthetic touch. We’re told the headphones are driven by dynamic Tesla drivers, so we should expect deep bass, full and natural mids, and silky-clear highs.
Other things to note are that the headphones charge over a USB-A to USB-C cable, and that the right ear cup contains both an integrated touchpad for playback control, and a hands-free microphone. The battery life is said to be over 30 hours.
In terms of wireless codecs, the headphones support aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, aptX, AAC and SBC over Bluetooth, so you’re ensured the best wireless listening experience possible. The only codec support missing is Sony's high-res LDAC, so take note if you have an LDAC-capable player. And as with all the wireless products coming out from Beyerdynamic, the Amiron wireless can be used with their MOSAYC sound personalization app for a personalized listening experience.
Given that the process takes a full six minutes, we didn’t do the sound personalisation, but rather took a quick listen to the headphones as they were. The first thing we noticed when we put them on was how plump and full the padding felt. The Alcantara on the headband also provided a good amount of cushioning, and we were pleased to note that we didn’t experience headphone clamp despite the headphone weighing a good 380g.
Also, it's worth mentioning that even though these are wireless headphones, their size and their inability to fold means that you’ll likely be using these at home. That’s probably also a better option as the thickness of the ear cushions means the headphones will probably get too warm for comfort if used outdoors.
Moving on to the audio testing itself, we managed to get two tracks in. First was Diana Krall’s Temptation from her The Girl in The Other Room album. This has a good mix of instruments – drums, piano, bass, and of course, Krall’s vocals – and the headphones flesh all of them out perfectly. We’d say the headphones provide more of a medium-sized soundstage, so you get more of an intimate listening experience.
Next up, was a recording of Michael Jackson’s Beat It. The headphones again did well with this faster moving piece, delivering the track with good energy. On this, you really got a sense that this headphone does well with both highs and lows. It’s more of an accurate sound, so bass may sound a little lean, but with both tracks, the detail that was uncovered was certainly impressive.
If the batteries are flat, you can continue listening with a bundled 3.5mm cable that's 1.2 metres long. With an impedance of 32 Ohms and a sensitivity of 100dB/mW, the headphones don't have crazy power requirements and should be easily driven by any source. But of course, a dedicated headphone amplifier will allow it to sound its best. Unfortunately, you won't be able to use the USB cable for listening — that's solely for charging.
As usual, we'll hold off on putting judgement since we haven't put the headphones through our formal tests, but we will say there's even detail to justify the higher price tag. The Amiron wireless copper retails for S$1,299, and will be available in Singapore from mid-September. Find out more details here.