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Amiron home sounds like a party in my eardrums and all the frequencies are invited.
January 23, 2017
I went through a lengthy research process before I settled on the Amiron home. I wanted a good, solid pair of headphones for myself and I spent a lot of time lurking around /r/headphones and random audiophile forums soaking in as much information as I could. I knew I had to get open back headphones since I wanted a wide soundstage to enjoy my music in the privacy of my listening room. I didn't want to spend thousands of dollars for top of the line gear, I'm not there yet (and this particular purchase was 25% off which was nice). I don't have a lot of hifi shops in my area so I had to go by what people were saying about their favorite headphones.
My amateur audiophile journey took many twists, turns, comparing and contrasting. I considered getting a Sennheiser HD600 or HD650 but I already own a beat up pair of HD555's that I've listened to for years, and I just wanted something different from the Sennheiser sound. I wanted headphones that can handle all kinds of music and have a near neutral frequency response leaning towards warm bass. I considered picking up a planar magnetic set of Hifiman headphones since I was curious about the planar magnetic sound, but the build quality and business practices of that brand turned me off. However, I got everything I wanted and more when I put on these Beyerdynamic cans.
You can see and feel the fine tuned German engineering that went into these headphones. Beyerdynamic has been in the headphone business since the 1930's so they know what makes a quality headphone. Nothing about the build quality feels cheap, but it's light and easy on the ears. I have a larger than average head and the micro-suede pads disappear when I'm deep into my music collection. The clamp in the headband is right in the goldilocks zone of being firm so as not to fall off, yet comfy to wear.
When Beyerdynamic says these headphones are meant for critical listening, they are not kidding. When plugging straight into an output jack of a device of your choosing, you can hear through these just fine. They do well for listening to podcasts or watching Netflix. But these cans really shine when paired with a headphone amp. I have mine plugged into an Objective2 amp and the sound is just. So. Freaken. Full. I've had my mind blown and chills down my spine from hearing my favorite tunes again.
People say the Beyerdynamic sound is harsh in the treble and can be painful for long listening sessions. I learned this model is the successor to the T90. Supposedly it builds on the same tech and addresses some of the issues from previous models. I can listen to these headphones for hours, I haven't had any painful moments. The bass on the Amiron home is fast and punchy, nothing muddy sounding about it. The mids are full and lush and the highs are airy and crisp. All of these frequencies are presented with crystal clear imaging and it feels super intimate. When you put these on you are going to hear everything that artist intended and also things they didn't. If you've got crap lossy MP3s on your harddrive, they'll sound like crappy MP3s with all their artifacting laid bare. These headphones are unforgiving, but if you're spending the cash to get them then mostly likely you've already got a selection of quality recordings to listen to.
Where these cans really sing is with analog vinyl sources. When the needle drops you hear absolutely everything, from the sound of the stylus tracing along the groove, to the noise floor of your equipment, to the noise floor of the studio the record was recorded in, to all the subtle noises and bits buried deep in the mix, to the stereophonic presentation of each instrument, all that imaging is there right in front of you like some sort of sonic onion. I'm hearing things in records I've listened to for years that I've never heard before. The Amiron home is euphonic bliss with vinyl and reminds me why I got into the hobby in the first place.
So I'm thoroughly impressed with these cans, but I'm biased since this is the largest leap in quality I've ever made with a purchase of new headphones. I can tell these are going to last me a long time and they could be my endgame for a while. If you've read this far then you probably want to know my nitpicks with the Amiron home, so here they are: the wire that connects these headphones to your output jack is made out of rubber so it tends to stick to itself and other surfaces. Beyerdynamic sells a cloth wire, but it's $100 and this pet peeve isn't worth that much money to me. My ears can get a little warm sometimes under the pads, but not the overheating kind of hot. The headphone joints only pivot up and down instead of side to side. Again, they feel so comfy I don't really care. The soundstage isn't super wide, so fans of classical and jazz may feel it leaves something to be desired. The sub bass rolls off quite a bit, so you won't quite feel that extra "oomph" from bass heavy tunes.
If you have specialty listening habits you might be better served by other headphones. If you are a basshead and just want to feel the beat, you'd be better off with a pair of Philips Fidelio X2. If you want true neutrality and save a little money, then try the Sennheiser HD600. If you need a wide soundstage to hear an entire orchestra or ensemble enveloping your sense of hearing, you would probably like the AKG K712 Pro. If you don't want anyone else in the room to hear what you're hearing, look elsewhere. However if you just want a good all around headphone that can accurately recreate a wide variety of music genres both analog and digital, you can't go wrong with these cans. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to put these cans back on, contemplate the nature of consumerism and enjoy some ＡＥＳＴＨＥＴＩＣＳ