Our Verdict 
Another pair of strong headphones from Beyerdynamic. If you’re after a smooth, weighty sound, these will do nicely.
Weighty sound
Smooth presentation
Plenty of detail
Tough competition
Needs more punch and agility
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We expect great things from Beyerdynamic – the company has won countless Awards from us. And now we have the DX 160 iEs. And they’re good.


Consider the DX160 iEs if you want a full, weighty sound

There’s plenty of detail and texture to instruments and vocals alike. The presentation is smooth too – a boon for long-term listening. Tonal balance leans slightly towards the low end for a full, weighty sound. It never gets too much though, and the midrange and treble are never threatened.

The only issue here is the competition, namely the (cheaper) Sony MDR-EX650APs. They don’t have the Beyerdynamics’ weight, but are more agile and punchy.

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Build and design

Make sure you have a look through the accessories - there’s a novel Y-shaped splitter that you can attach at chest-height

These buds are well made and come with a flat cable, which helps minimise tangles. There’s no in-line remote, but a split in the cable lets you add the bundled Y-shaped splitter, so someone else can plug in and share your tunes.


We really like the DX 160 iEs – but the competition out there is rather fierce.

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The Competition 

SoundMagic E10S

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Price from £29.99

Sony MDR-EX650AP

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Price from £37

Klipsch x11i

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