If you’re looking for something high-end, top-of-the-line or really any other superlative or phrase that describes headphones that dominate many others of its kind, the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless is it. Now we don’t mean to be excited right off the bat, but after reviewing more Bluetooth headphones than we could count, the Aventho Wireless were definitely a breath of fresh air. Of course, greatness comes with a price, so if you’re able to drop nearly half a grand on some on-ear BT headphones, this is one of the best picks out there by a mile. If you’d like a better feel of these things, we were given a pair of Beyerdynamic to write an honest and fair review here today, so let’s get down to business on our write-up.
Main features of the Aventho Wireless
- On-ear design and adjustable headband
- Wireless Bluetooth 4.2 capability
- Tesla technology audio
- Qualcomm aptX HD und AAC audio
- Acoustically adapts to user’s hearing
- Personalize sound via their MIY app
- Built-in microphone
- Touchpad for music and call control
- Battery life: 30 hours
- Wireless range: About 30 feet
- RF frequency range: 2.4000 to 2.4835 GHz
- Transmission power: 10 mW
- Available in black and brown
Standouts of the Aventho Wireless headphones
Where do we start? The build? Sound? Other nifty features that make our listening experience not only more “fun” but just easier? We’ll begin with the basics. In the box, we have the headphones of course, along with a user manual, explanation of their app, and of course a typical headphone cable if you prefer wired and USB charging cable. At first unboxing we’ll of course be impressed with the aesthetic look as well sturdy feel of these, although looking closer some may assume there aren’t any controls on the headphones themselves. Most Bluetooth headphones have some sort of “visible” control center to either skip tracks, pause or answer some phone calls. The Aventho Wireless do a great job of hiding these, which in our opinion help with the aesthetics, but if you look very close there are two nonchalant grooves on that right ear cup. However, that isn’t the best part. That ear cup is actually fully touch-sensitive, mimicking a smart device and entailing we either tap or slide our fingers to work the controls. We were very impressed at the responsiveness of these controls as well as the touchpad as a whole.
At our fingertips, we have the ability to start and stop media playback by pressing middle of the touchpad twice, as well as playing the next track by sliding fingers to the right (like sliding your iPhone to unlock) and playing the previous track by sliding the contrary, left (it wasn’t tricky at all, just make sure you begin in the middle of the cup as a whole — we got it down after just a few minutes of messing around with our tunes). You can also fast forward or rewind by sliding in both directions respectively but “holding” your finger down at the end of the ear, and controlling volume by sliding up or down. At the same time, we have a microphone attached here on the other, left ear cup. To test, we called a friend and had chat for about 30 minutes and had no disruptions or problems with communicating. We asked their opinion and they told us it was as if we were normally on the phone, and to verify we switched sides and heard every word they stated loud and clear. We were able to accept, end, reject calls or even toggle between two callers all with the touchpad as well.
Upon first turning the headphones on, you’ll hear a female’s voice state, “power on”, followed by indication of what our battery life is at. In our case since it was fresh right after charging the night before (it’ll only take about 2-3 hours to fully charge them, however), we heard, “battery high.” Syncing the headphones were also quite easy, and we initially didn’t even have to press any buttons to be in sync mode. Right after turning them on, the LED notification light was blinking red and blue interchangeable, letting us know they were searching for a friend. They came up as “Aventho wireless” in our smart phone, and after selecting them in our list of devices, heard the voice again state, “Your headset is connected.” If you do have trouble getting it to sync right away, simply hold down the small circular button the right ear cup for 6 seconds and you’ll see the red and blue blinking. Once you’ve paired, it’ll dissolve back into no light at all. You can also use their app, which we speak about later on, to pair if you need to.
If you’re into customizing sound (why not?) as well as tweaking some of the Aventho Wireless’ controls and you’ll be on a smart device, the headphones are also compatible with Beyer’s MIY app, where you can create a ‘personal sound profile’. This of course isn’t a “must” per se, but definitely a plus if you’re into extra features to play around with. When using it ourselves, we found the app not only useful but quite fun at the same time. There’s a ‘hearing test’ you can take that personalizes your sound based on the results, and although we’re not sure what actually goes into this test, felt the sound was fine after it tweaked it based on our settings, even between different devices. This was used by pressing a ‘sound check’ mode that scanned the outside environment we were in which you can then upload into your headphones. In terms of control customization, you can also adjust the sensitivity of your touchpad, which we liked to ultimately keep in the middle as too high was too sensitive in our experience.
Build and stability of the Aventho Wireless
With headphones at this price, we’d hope we were getting some leather, metal or merely an overall rugged casing. This was all true at the same time, and even the headband adjustable arms came in a nice aluminum we were very happy with. Both the headband and inner-ear cups of the Aventho Wireless were a very smooth and comfortable leather, and we experienced no pain after listening for a long amount of time — our longest period in all with this review was probably about 4-5 hours. The headband is very easy to adjust and once we were able to fit it accordingly, did not experience any slippage or instability, even when shaking our heads to test. The outer ear-cups are a nice, harder plastic but also have metal intertwined with the separations between components. The ear cups also swivel which gives us some leeway in fitting it on our heads as well as forming to our movements if we’re outside or perhaps exercising, although we still prefer in-ears if we go to the gym.
Keep in mind when it comes to build that these are indeed “on-ear”, so as opposed to over-ear headphones with larger ear cups that typically cover our entire ears like a pillow, these instead rest on top of our ears for a tighter, snug fit. We’ll always hear the on vs. over-ear debate, and although for us (this won’t help the conversation) it really just depends on our mood, we know some who are all for on while others for over — it’ll just depend on your style. We’ve heard arguments that on-ear help for a better sound isolation and accurate sound experience while the potential for sound to leak out increases, although on the other hand over-ear can help keep your privacy but the lower-end frequencies can start to build up after a while of listening.
Lastly, we want to highlight the carrying pouch that come in the box. It isn’t necessarily a hard shell case so it will depend on personal preference, and although we’re one to want to keep a pair of cans in something harder and rugged in case of a fall or for just our confidence (especially a pair of $500 retail headphones), this pouch is one of the better made, non-hard molded headphone storage solutions we’ve come across. The entire surrounding is thicker than most, and there is a layer on the bottom half that gets thicker as you go down. There’s also an additional pocket inside to place your cables or any other smaller device you may need to carry with you. We don’t think it’ll be safe if you accidentally place let’s say a speaker or very high-weighing piece of gear on it by accident, but any other instance you will be covered, even dropping it will be fine. It will be safe in let’s say a backpack or if you carry it on its own, just don’t throw it around.
The Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless sound
So what is this Qualcomm aptX HD und AAC phrase we see in the bullet points? It looks like a cool term, but is it worth boasting about? To explain for those interested and not get too technical, aptX HD is a technology (in particular an ‘audio codec‘) built-in to higher-end Bluetooth devices that aid in preserving sound data through the transmission of audio via BT, giving us that phrase ‘High Definition (HD)’. The reason it is more expensive and advanced is because it enables 24-bit sound quality compression via a wireless connection (all wireless devices ‘compress’ audio so it isn’t as ‘big’ while it moves through the air), something many wireless headphones (especially with price tags) aren’t able to preserve, since “quality” becomes more difficult to transmit without the security and stability of a wire. It also helps with the speed of transmission which decreases problems with latency. With that being said, we still wouldn’t recommend using a pair of wireless headphones to produce or record music. This is because the headphones still use ‘compression’ and not a true ‘lossless format’ of sound processing. However, all other uses that won’t be very picky when it comes to how data is dealt with, such as movies, TV shows, calls and of course, leisure listening to enjoy your favorite tunes are great. Gaming may be tough because latency (even milliseconds) may sacrifice your overall flow or skills.
On top of the high-end audio codec for transferring the actual sound data to your ears, these also have something called Beyerdynamic’s ‘Tesla Technology‘. It’s essentially a phrase they’ve labeled their technology found in some of their higher-end headphones, such as the T 50 p or T 1 if you’re familiar. ‘Tesla’ means the strength of the magnetic drive and sound reproduction with low harmonic distortion. This ‘strong’ magnetic drive is how the voice coil that generates sound is designed, which ultimately aids in the richness of detail we hear. Having a low harmonic distortion is beneficial because it determines how loud an audio playing device can become without losing it’s accuracy. Just don’t get too loud and damage those precious ears.
Aside from the fancy terminology, supreme materials and overall build quality these wireless headphones have, let’s talk about what’s arguably more important — the actual sound. Of course, this ‘how do they sound?’ verdict will be based on our own subjective ears, but we’re confident in our ability to compare these to the best of the best considering how many headphones we’ve reviewed (even this year alone). After testing the Aventho Wireless for hours on end, not only with numerous genres of music, but also in different environments to check on the noise isolation, we’re very happy with the overall sound quality. We’ll explain in more detail — for one, all three frequencies were present in our mixes, with even the mids (surprising as we rarely can detect mids in wireless cans) were clear — the highs were indeed bright but didn’t overpower the mix, although we do feel the bass could’ve been slightly boosted (or perhaps give us an option to up the bass, but that’s just our personal preference, especially when we listen to music leisurely and aren’t producing).
Now don’t get us wrong, they don’t have as clear of distinction between frequencies as compared to monitor headphones or even in-ears (we’re spoiled since a majority of headphones we’ve seen this year are in this category), but that’s like comparing apples to oranges. It would be unfair to compare the frequency distribution of wireless headphones vs. wired. However, more fairly would be comparing these to other Bluetooth headphones, and to be straight up, these beat most.
In conclusion of the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless
To say we were impressed with this pair of headphones is an understatement, although we don’t think they’ll be suitable for every single person out there. Obviously with the price first and foremost, you’ll have to be OK with dropping almost have a thousand bucks on a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Don’t get us wrong — we’ve done this before, and are still true believers that if you take your audio seriously you’re going to have to pay the price. No where are you going to get the combination of build, overall advanced Bluetooth audio compression as well as higher-end touchpad controls for less than this — it’s just not humanly possible right now. Our advice is especially if you want wireless headphones that aren’t cheap no-name brands from Amazon, something like this is the way to go. To us it’s an investment, especially if you’re an audiophile who doesn’t sacrifice the quality of their audio and overall listening experience.
Are these beneficial for recorders, producers or musicians? Especially if you’re mixing and mastering in the studio, we’d say stick with a wired pair of studio headphones (check in to Beyer’s other headphones, such as the DT series for that). On the other hand and as previously explained, any other use which you find wireless headphones for will be perfect with the Aventho Wireless. We’d even say light exercise is fine, just be careful considering the price of these — we wouldn’t want to risk it in a gym or throwing them around in our car after using them every day.
Ultimately, the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless are a beast and one of the best on-ear headphones with Bluetooth you can buy if your budget is pretty high. They made it on our best on-ear Bluetooth headphones guide and were pretty high up in our list for a reason — it just doesn’t get any better than this if money isn’t a factor for you.