Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless Review

Beyerdynamic Xelento Earbuds

The Beyerdynamic Xelent Wireless is a high-end set of wireless earphones designed for audiophiles on the go. They feature a miniaturized version of the companies well respected Tesla driver technology and have support for high-level wireless codecs such as APTX-HD. RRP for the earphones is around $1300 USD and 1300 Euros respectively.

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Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless Build Quality and Design

Top marks all around for the design and build of this earphone. Beyer dynamic hand makes these earphones in Germany and as a result, they have a fantastic level of finish on their premium headphones and earphones. The Xelento is claimed to be like jewelry for your ears in the press release and it’s hard to disagree. The chrome-finished one-piece housing looks fantastic in hand and in the ear.

They feel like a substantial and robust design that will take a fair amount of punishment.

The design is slightly dated in the sense that these are still Bluetooth earphones that use a cable to go between the two housings. Most companies are moving to true wireless solutions but the sound quality is generally regarded to be better when the two earpieces are linked due to the reduction of latency issues between the two ears.

The cable section is very well made with silver wire and MMCX connectors at the termination points. Inline you will find one aluminum cylinder that houses the battery and a separate volume and playback control which also houses the microphone.

For the drivers, they use a miniaturized version of the Tesla coil driver you find on the companies flagship headphone the T1 3rd generation.

Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless Photos

 

What comes in the Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless box?

Beyer goes all out on the accessories and throws in a few nice touches that add a lot to the experience.

  • 7 pairs of silicone eartips
  • 3 pairs of Comply foam tips
  • 1 USB-A to Micro USB charging cable (Unacceptable, in 2020 it should be USB-C only)
  • Metal cable to tie clip
  • 1 Spare set of protective grills
  • 1 high-quality travel case

How comfortable are the Xelento Wireless earphones?

The earphones are very comfortable due to a combination of well-made choices in the design.

The housings are extremely ergonomically friendly with a smooth curved teardrop design that is devoid of hard edges. They sit very nicely between the tragus and antitragus of the outer ear. Medium and large ears will get a great fit but if you have very small ears they may not lock into place in the same way.

The included eartips are excellent quality and there were plenty of options to try out for the best fit. I settled on the large olive style silicone model and had no problem making a tight seal in my ear canal.

The cable is designed to go over the ear and as such there are no issues with microphonics. The position of the battery works as an anchor weigh to draw the cable down in symmetry and it makes them much easier to wear than similar designs without a balance point.

Are they good at isolating?

Yes. The earphones performed very well on isolation tests and due to the dense metal housings and medium insertion depth, they are able to block out a lot of external sounds.

Do the Beyerdynamic Xelento sound good?

Beyerdynamic Xelento

Sound quality is, of course, subjective but in my eyes, this is how a premium wireless headphone should be tuned. When out and about as many people will be when using these you probably aren’t going to be wanting a boring and neutral response. These are a fun and bold sounding earphone with a v-shaped signature that goes very well with pop, rock, hip-hop, and EDM. It’s an earphone that will be able to show you some technical mastering yet at the same time is very easy to live with and forgiving of poorly mastered tracks.

Treble

Highs have a good extension and depth whilst remaining smooth in the upper treble range. The transition from the midrange to about halfway into the treble frequency is when you get the most out of the upper end of the sound and this gives you a good emphasis and clarity. Just after this, they start to roll off around the frequencies that would make them appear bright.

It’s a smart way to tune the treble because you get the high-end emphasis which contrasts the bass well but not the sharpness which can be offputting for a lot of people. Sometimes audiophile earphones try to be a bit too clever with the highs and it’s nice to see consideration for how these earphones are likely to be used on a daily basis. If I’m not doing critical listening then I tend to want this type of tuning as I find it less fatiguing.

Midrange

The mids sit back from the treble and bass but they have good clarity from top to bottom. Where they start to exit the bottom of the v-shaped signature is where the lower midrange ends so this means you do get a bit more of a bump to the upper midrange that goes well with piano and female vocals.

The lower range of the midrange is set quite far back and lower octave male vocals I would prefer to be more prominent. Some slight warmth is detected in there but most noticeable is the smoothness to the sound of the mids.

Bass

Low notes sound full and meaty with very good texture and extension into the sub-bass. Speed and impact are very well balanced and the mids bass will pump out the heart of fast-paced tracks but when the bass drops the impact is substantial.

Having reviewed a few other Beyer headphones in the past few months I am inclined to believe that the Tesla technology is not a gimmick. They all have very similar tuning but also certain special qualities in the highs and lows that make them fun and engaging listen to. I have said it before and will repeat it again here. This is more tuned toward how I want t to listen to music for enjoyment and less on how I want them t sound for monitoring or analytical purposes. It’s for that reason I think that the majority f people will get a lot out of this sound signature.

Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless: Final Thoughts

Sound quality is fantastic for a wireless earphone and the build quality and comfort are some of the best I have ever reviewed. minor gripes aside like the outdated use of a micro USB port for charging can be put aside but the big elephant in the room is the price. At every $1000 USD these are not your run of the mill wireless earphones and in fact, I can’t think of any wireless earphone that performs like these. If you can swallow the sticker price without too much of a thought about it then you are getting a very special earphone that you will see very few of in the wild.

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