Review: Beyerdynamic Amiron Home

The most sensible choice

The Beyerdynamic Amiron Home is an exceptionally successful all-round headphone.

Our verdict

Detailed, warm and open sound image with very potent bass. Excellent wearing comfort and high quality.
Requires a serious amplifier. May sound a little too soft for someone's taste.
  • Type: Open, over the ear
  • Principle: Dynamic
  • Collapsible: No.
  • Microphone / remote control: No / no
  • Cable: 3m 6.35mm incl. 3.5mm adapter
  • Elements: 45 mm Tesla DT
  • Impedance / sensitivity: 250 ohms / 102 dB
  • Frequency response: 5-40,000 Hz
  • Weight: 340 grams (without cable)
  • Color: black
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Price: £ 499

With the same price and technical data as the DT 1990 Pro, one can be led to believe that it is only the cosmetic that separates the Beyerdynamic Amiron Home from the pro model. They use the same second-generation 45mm Tesla element in open earbuds that cover the entire ear. The listening test, however, reveals that the Amiron Home does not sound the same as the pro model.

These can also not be plugged into the mobile, even if they come with a cable with a minijack connector. It is worth noting that here it is plugged into the headphones on both earphones, with a minijack cable. Thus, one can replace the cable with balanced if desired. Like the pro model, the Amiron Home must be connected to an amplifier, or a separate headphone amplifier, such as the Shiit Magni 3+, which I used for testing.

Beyerdynamic Amiron Home in use

With 250 ohms and 102 dB sensitivity, it goes without saying that mobile phones are discontinued. It works, at least with Audiquest Cobalt, but you need more power to get the potential here. Unlike the DT 1990 Pro, Amiron Home does not come with an extra set of ear pads, so the tuning is limited to trying to bend the solid hoop in light metal, so that you get the earbuds angled enough to get an optimal seal to the head.

As on the pro model, the carrying comfort is exemplary. You do not notice the weight, and the soft pillows are comfortable to wear on the head, even over time. I noticed that I preferred the pro models one cable, rather than the two that tie the other headphones together. The gray design of the earbuds and the silver-gray metal details give a softer impression than the all-black DT 1990 Pro, which is strangely reflected in the way the sound is tuned here.

The home version does not sound gray at all, rather warm, comfortable and rich in sound. They excel with generous bass, not of the basement type, but unusually full-bodied and vibrant for a pair of open headphones. The middle tone is soft and golden like warm honey, but not at all without resolution or details. The treble may be relaxed, but it only makes listening over time more comfortable.

The sound is not as dissolved and weightless as in Hifiman Sundara, and the sound image is experienced as warmer and the bass is clearly fuller, although not as well defined in Amiron Home. Compared to the DT 1990 Pro, these are far preferable for home listening, since the treble is better balanced with the silky soft midrange you get here. As an all-round headphone, this is a very good buy, and if you like a little extra weight in the bass, Amiron Home is an innertier.

Conclusion

The Beyerdynamic Amiron Home is something as rare as an open headphone with generous bass reproduction. The music flows so easily and effortlessly out of the headphones that you do not want to take them off your head. It’s not just because the wearing comfort is second to none for such large headphones, but because you simply enjoy the music more when the sound balance of the headphones does not stand in the way of the music.

Amiron Home frequency
Beyerdynamic Amiron Home measured with miniDSP EARS and REW. Compensated for what miniDSP thinks is subjectively linear.
Compared to DT 1990 Pro, the frequency curve is virtually identical up to just over 1 kHz, which may indicate that the structure is similar, only differently tuned. From there, Amiron Home has a warmer sound character, where the treble range is retained. After 10 kHz it goes steeply downwards. More comfortable to listen to than the DT 1990 Pro, but there are definitely details that drown out.

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