The Beyerdynamic Aventho Wi-fi are high-end Bluetooth headphones for discerning music followers who don’t thoughts spending what initially looks like a ridiculous quantity on a pair this small. At £399 (round $555 / AU$690) they’re intimidatingly costly.
That doesn’t enhance when you think about their closest wired family members, the Beyerdynamic T51i, are round half the worth. It’s loads to pay for a wi-fi improve, even when you do get high-quality aptX HD streaming.
Nevertheless, when you’re in a position to overlook about what number of grammes of headphones you get per pound or greenback, the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wi-fi are nonetheless price contemplating. They’re among the many best-sounding moveable headphones you may get.
Design and luxury
The Beyerdynamic Aventho Wi-fi are amongst only a handful of big-brand fashions to be made elsewhere. Just like the high-end Sennheiser HD700 and HD800, these are made in Germany.
This isn’t a magic manufacturing bullet meaning they’ll final perpetually, and plenty of wonderful pairs are made in China, however the Aventho are well-made. Their silver elements are metallic, the black elements high-quality plastic.
The cups tilt and swivel to suit your head simply, and even the scarf adjustment mechanism has an industrial really feel that tells you these aren’t £100/$100 headphones.
They’re small too. The Aventho are on-ear, with cups that solely prolong slightly past your ears. They’re much smaller than the AKG Y50BT, for instance, and as such look nice. Beyerdynamic has packed them stuffed with little low-key design prospers too, just like the cross-hatched texture on the skin of the metallic rings across the cups and dimpled circles the place the scarf attaches to the stems.
You in all probability wouldn’t guess their worth from a look, and associates have been barely horrified on listening to it. Nevertheless, most individuals assume on-ear headphones are inherently budget-focussed, and don’t value as a lot because the Aventho.
The padding used on the cups and the scarf is artificial protein leather-based reasonably than the true stuff, however is mushy and skirts across the subject an rising variety of individuals have with carrying useless animal pores and skin on their head. Or elsewhere.
These headphones’ padding is pretty mild, with round and inch or so on the cups. Due to the pair’s fairly low weight, basic consolation is nice. Nevertheless, we did discover that whereas carrying glasses they tended to trigger some cartilage discomfort after a few hours.
The optimistic aspect of the Beyerydnamic Aventho’s stable match is that they are often worn whereas operating. They don’t make a bid for freedom as quickly as you begin shifting extra.
Contemplating their worth, the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wi-fi are comparatively easy headphones. They don’t have the lively noise cancellation of the cheaper Bose QC35 II. Take them on a flight or on a loud underground practice and their passive isolation will solely simply maintain up.
They do have good Bluetooth streaming specs, although. aptX HD help, a regular characteristic of Android eight.zero, offers very high-quality wi-fi streaming and at 20 hours between expenses, battery life is pretty good for on on-ear pair.
Whenever you flip the Aventho on, a voice immediate tells you ways a lot battery is left, to the closest 20%. Like nearly all the newest telephones, bar iPhones, this pair makes use of a USB-C port to cost, and there’s a three.5mm socket on the correct cup to allow you to keep it up listening when the battery dies.
We started by testing the headphones with the Honor View 10, we had some points with sign reliability, however this appears solely all the way down to the Bluetooth bug that impacts some Android eight.zero telephones. Switching to the OnePlus 3 and HTC U11+, Bluetooth sign improved immeasurably. Utilizing these telephones we heard simply a few nearly unnoticeable blips over 10 hours of additional testing.
Excessive-end Sony and Bose pairs are extra dependable nonetheless, however the Aventho are ok to make the distinction moot.
When you have severe issues with your personal pair, it might be all the way down to your cellphone reasonably than these headphones.
There’s nonetheless some work for Beyerdynamic to do on its software program, although. You need to use the Aventho similar to every other pair of Bluetooth headphones: join and go. Nevertheless, there’s additionally a MIY companion app that permits you to tailor the sound.
Two out of three of our check telephones struggled to connect with this app, and we couldn’t get its most attention-grabbing software program characteristic, EQ based mostly in your listening to, to work. It is a guide tackle what the Nuraphones do, testing your listening to by frequency band after which altering the sound to go well with.
We did get profiling based mostly solely on age to operate, although. And, apparently, it doesn’t appear to only mitigate the high-frequency listening to loss that occurs to us all year-after-year. As an alternative it boosts mid-range presence extra usually too. Nevertheless, when the “consumer date of start” was set to some many years earlier, there was admittedly a clearer high-frequency enhance too.
The MIY app also can alter the sensitivity of the controls on the correct cup. Swipes up and down alter quantity, left and proper change tracks. The pretty massive gestures required are nearly the equal of taking a name on a Bluetooth earpiece, fashionable amongst some a number of years in the past, however they do work reliably and keep away from plastering the Aventho with buttons.
There’s only one button right here, a tiny, stiff energy button by the three.5mm socket. It’s frankly far too stiff, however we’re not going to mark the Aventho down for one thing you’ll get used to after a number of days.
Sound high quality
Apart from being made in Germany, the Aventho can appear just like pairs costing half the worth. And this implies they’ve loads to show on sound high quality.
The Beyerdynamic Aventho Wi-fi are among the many best-sounding on-ear wi-fi road headphones you should buy, although.
They flatten most different on-ear pairs by way of their mid-range element, tone and presence, which makes vocals sound extra life like, and weightier. This mid-range skill additionally launches the soundstage coherence and expansiveness into the territory of an excellent full-size headphone, reasonably than a small on-ear pair.
Greater pairs could supply higher soundstage width, however what Beyerdynamic has coaxed out of a small set continues to be spectacular.
Vocals leap out of the Aventho drivers much more impressively after they’ve been tuned utilizing the MIY app, for a copy of the central channel that even the full-size Sennheiser Momentum can’t match.
Add to this balanced however highly effective bass and sparky however sibilance-free treble and you’ve got a near-perfect mixture of partaking sound and the high-end components for which Beyerdynamic is famend. A combo of element and full, lush sound is alluring.
The sound is dynamic and vigorous, with out resorting to any of the attention-grabbing strategies of some lower-end pairs, corresponding to overplayed bass or a “v-shaped” sound. That is the place each bass and treble are emphasised, making the sound thrilling however leaving the mids within the shade.
There’s a signal the Aventho are tuned for a “mainstream” viewers reasonably than the type of purists who purchase Beyer’s studio headphones, although. Some extra bulk within the mid-bass that makes the sound appear fuller, extra luxuriant, but in addition barely undermines the separation of the in any other case wonderful mids slightly.
Utilizing the MIY app to create a customized profile downplays this impact considerably, because it tends to extend the presence of the mids and (for these with older ears) treble. And this makes us hope that, as Beyerdynamic guarantees on the Google Play app description, there are extra compatibility enhancements to return.
Subsequent to its worth rivals, which are usually full-size headphones, the opposite slight sound shortfall is heard within the energy of the Aventho’s low and sub bass. The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless ship these chest-rattling frequencies with extra authority, and with a greater sense of scale and house between low-frequency components. However even nice on-ear headphones have their limits.
The Beyerdynamic Aventho Wi-fi set a really excessive customary for Bluetooth wi-fi headphones. They make even fashionable, pretty costly, pairs just like the Sennheiser Momentum 2.zero On-ear Wi-fi, Beats by Dr Dre Solo3 and Bose On-ear Wi-fi sound slightly fundamental.
Nevertheless, they do have a worth to match, and don’t have lively noise cancellation. Beyerdynamic has made these for sound high quality followers who demand portability reasonably than those that spend half their lives in airport departure lounges. If that sounds such as you, think about the Bose QC35 II.
Because the companion app’s consumer evaluation suggests, the software program undoubtedly wants extra work. Usually you possibly can overlook a headphone’s companion app, however this one affords genuinely helpful, and intelligent, EQ customisation and it is a disgrace that it’s kind of of a ache to get working.
However with that mentioned, the Aventho are top-of-the-line pairs of wi-fi on-ears you should buy proper now – if you may get over the shock of the worth that’s.