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Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE In-Ear Headphones Review


Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE In-Ear Headphones Review Highlights

As you can see from SECRETS' growing collection of headphone and earphone reviews, new companies enter the headphone market every day.

Beyerdynamic is not one of those new entrants. In fact, Beyerdynamic invented dynamic headphones in the 1930s! The subject of this review, Beyerdynamic's DX 160 iE In-Ear Headphones, are true to that heritage. The DX 160 iE sits squarely in the "3 Series" sector of the earphone market, with top-notch materials/build quality and strong focus on ergonomics at an "entry level luxury" price. They are voiced solidly on the bass-rich side of neutral, but can be easily driven from portable devices and offer enviable dynamic capability.

Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE In-Ear Headphone Review

Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE In-Ear Headphones Highlights Summary

  • • Excellent build quality
  • • Many thoughtful ergonomic flourishes
  • • Enough tip options to ensure a good fit for anyone
  • • Efficient enough to drive directly from a mobile device
  • • Powerful dynamics with low compression
  • • Voicing emphasizes the upper bass

Introduction to the Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE In-Ear Headphones Review

Beyerdynamic has been in the headphone market so long they practically created the market. However, until recently Beyerdynamic focused on large headphones for studio, broadcast, DJ, and stationary audiophile use. In-ear headphones are a relatively recent addition to Beyerdynamic's lineup.


  • Design: Single Dynamic-driver In-Ear Headphones (Earbuds)
  • "Neodymium HD Acoustic" Drivers
  • All-metal Housings
  • Sensitivity: 107dB at 1mW at 500 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: 47Ω
  • Flat Cables with TPE Covering to Resist Tangling
  • Included Ear Tips: 7 Silicone + Comply T-400 Foam
  • Input Connection: 3.5 mm Mini-jack
  • Cable Llength: 12" + 35" Extension
  • Splitter Plug and Cable Clip Included
  • MR: 10 Hz – 25 kHz
  • MSRP: $145 USD
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  • SECRETS Tags: Beyerdynamic, DX 160 iE, In-Ear Headphones, Earphones, Earbuds, Dynamic Drivers, Headphone Reviews 2014

The DX 160 iE are the flagship of Beyerdynamic's six-deep range of in-ear headphones. Beyerdynamic fitted each housing with one of Beyerdynamic's "Neodymium HD Acoustic" dynamic drivers in a closed cabinet. Beyerdynamic does not disclose the diaphragm material of the Neodymium HD Acoustic drivers.

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