Beyerdynamic announced two in-ear headphones, models iDX 120 iE ($140) and iDX 160 iE ($165). The new iDX headphones come with an in-line mic/controller and offer the same sound quality as the DX 120 iE and DX 160 iE in-ear headphones launched at the beginning of this year. The bass reproduction of the new series has dramatically improved in comparison to earlier models, whereby the iDX 120 iE/DX 120 iE leaves more room for the low notes. The top model iDX 160 iE/DX 160 iE, with its enhanced frequency response, sounds balanced and bright due to its ability to reproduce sounds from the treble range in even finer detail.
Both headsets, iDX 120 iE and iDX 160 iE, have a practical remote control integrated into the cable, enabling you to control music playback on your smartphone or tablet; for fast-forwarding and rewinding, as well as skipping from track to track, while music is playing. If someone calls, all you have to do is press the button to take the call – whether you have an Android or Windows smartphone or an iPhone. The headphones are Apple-certified, so you can control the volume while enjoying its reliable performance with your iPod, iPhone and iPad models.
Optimal sound, especially in the bass range, can only be achieved by having the perfect fit. For this reason, the models are supplied with silicone eartips in five different sizes, ensuring the right attachment for every ear. The models are also supplied with two pairs of flange eartips with soft plastic ribs that ensure a comfortable and secure fit in your ear without excessive pressure. The iDX 160 iE features a pair of memory foam eartips from the leading manufacturer Comply. They adapt to the shape of your ear canal and form a comfortable and reliable seal; keeping unwanted ambient noise out and guaranteeing undisturbed music enjoyment.
Like the standard DX series, the iDX models are equipped with a new, flat connecting cable. It is less prone to tangling than conventional cables with a round cross-section. Thanks to its slightly stiff design, the cable unfolds almost by itself when the headphones are taken out of a bag or pocket. The cable just below the right-hand earphone is noticeably thicker, so that improper earpiece placement is a thing of the past.
The high-quality workmanship and an elegant design emphasise the premium character of both headset models. The full metal enclosure made from anodised aluminium is robust and durable. For protection during transport, the iDX 120 iE has a convenient soft case, while the iDX 160 iE rests in a sturdy hard case with a zip fastener.
Price and Availability (available mid August 2014)
DX 120 iE 79 EUR / $109
DX 160 iE 99 EUR / $145
iDX 120 iE 99 EUR / $139
iDX 160 iE 119 EUR / $165