Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beyerdynamic iDX160ie In Ear Monitor Review

Today we have received the Beyerdynamic iDX160ie to review. They are a standard IEM design with a single dynamic driver. But at $130 MSRP, there are not standard. They came with a boat load of accessories. And they even have an in-line remote to control your iPhone. Having a bunch of ear tips to help you get the right fit is also critical, and Beyerdyamic has you covered there as well.

Features and Specs:
Transmission type

Headphone design (operating principle)

Headphone impedanceAlso known as nominal impedance. The impedance is the AC resistance of the coils of loudspeakers and headphones in ohms. Since impedance depends on the frequency, it is always specified at a frequency of one kilohertz.

47 ohms
Headphone frequency responseThe frequency response specifies the highest and lowest frequencies reproduced by the acoustic transducer of the headphones.

10 - 25,000 Hz
Nominal sound pressure levelThe acoustical level, the headphone transducer produces to an artificial ear (a measurement device, which simulates a human ear) with an input power of 1 mW (dB/mW @ 500 Hz).

107 dB (1 mW at 500 Hz)

3-button Apple remote
ConstructionSound coupling to the ear. A differentiation is made between supraaural headphones, circumaural headphones and in-ear headphones.

In-ear headphones
Cable & plug

0.30 m straight flat cable / extension cable 0.90 m with mini stereo jack plug 3.5 mm / 1/8”
Net weight without packaging

53 g

The Beyerdynamics, iDX160ie came shipped in good looking packaging, which included photos and specs of the product. They are mostly plastic in construction with some metal, which is typical. Quality of materials used were good, as was the construction. Fit and finish were good as well. They felt like a fairly well constructed product in hand. Also included were the owner’s manual, multiple sets of ear tips, hard zipper carry case, cable clip and adapter plug so someone else can plug in and also hear the music. Also included were a couple of detachable extension cables.

When it came to listening to them, they sounded quite good.  Fresh Aire II: Going To  Another Place, the strings were crisp with nice dynamics. The piano sounded natural. Bass drum had nice impact and kick.  Steve Miller Band: Swingtown, percussion was crisp and clean, guitar had nice detail. Vocals were very natural and smooth sounding. Drums had nice impact and depth.  No Doubt: Hella Good, percussion was crisp and clean with nice dynamics. Bass was very deep and played with authority. Vocals were very natural.  Eric Bibb: Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down, guitar sounded clean and detailed with nice resolution. Piano was natural. Vocals also sounded quite natural with good harmonics.

If you are on a tight budget but looking for good sound, the Beyerdynamic iDX160ie should be on your short list.  And all of the accessories that they come with are just icing on the cake! Based on their design, features, quality and performance, the Beyerdynamic iDX160ie has earned our Value Award.  For more info and complete specs, checkout their websites at