Listening to music is one of the most personal and intimate experiences that one can enjoy. And thanks to the increased ubiquity of smartphones, headphones and IEMs (in-ear monitors), are in huge demand. As a result, we can clearly observe a thriving parallel industry of audio accessories. However, most headphones have a very plain agenda: deliver audio to your ears. Enter the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless, a pair of headphones that aims to create a personalised, unique SoundID just for you.
Shown at IFA this year, the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless works in tandem with an app called Make it yours (MIY) on your phone. When you fire up the app, it first asks for your age, and then runs a hearing test for your left and right ears separately. Using the data it collects, the app then creates your unique SoundID. This SoundID is then uploaded, and stored, in a chip inside the headphones. With the SoundID, the headphones don’t just make simple tweaks to the EQ and instead learn the intricacies of the human ear with personalised calibration suited especially for your ears.
How can a pair of headphones achieve something like this? That is where Berlin-based Mimi Hearing Technologies comes in. Mimi, as a company, uses a cloud-based software technology which has already been used by tons of folks already to test their hearing and adjust the sound accordingly. In fact, Mimi’s tech has been certified as a medical product. This shows the level of expertise involved. The first hardware-based integration for Mimi is the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless. In fact, when I enquired with a Mimi representative at the Beyerdynamic booth at IFA she said they arein talks for more integrations in the future as well. Maybe, even streaming services like Spotify could integrate Mimi’s hearing software as a feature. But, that’s for the future.
So, I tried it out the MIY app but it struggled to record my hearing data primarily because the show floor was very loud and you need a silent environment to actually capture your hearing data.
Anyway, I heard the headphones regardless and must say that I came away supremely impressed by its sound signature. It sounded shockingly good for a pair of wireless on-the-ear cans. The sound seemed to be tuned for clarity and detail with an emphasis in the top and the mid-end frequency range. I also felt the headphones offered a wide soundstage as well. I have a suspicion the Aventho Wireless sounds incredibly detailed because of the Tesla drivers used in them, which is incidentally also used in more expensive Beyerdynamic headphones like the Beyerdynamic Tesla T1. Obviously, these observations of mine are based purely on two fairly long separate listening sessions at IFA. In no way can this article be considered a review of the Aventho Wireless. That said, I can’t wait to test 'em out for you guys in the near future when it becomes available to the general public.
As far as the design of the Aventho Wireless is concerned, it takes major inspiration from the T5i, a critically-acclaimed pair of headphones by Beyerdynamic. There’s the signature dangling wire, on the outside that terminates at the earcups, a hinge holding the fairly small earcups, and the metal adjustable headband covered with plush leather. The Aventho Wireless is flexible and foldable as well to easily transport it anywhere.
All in all, the Aventho Wireless is an impressive pair of headphones with our without the MIY app. That said, I can't wait to test out the MIY feature and how it will tune the headphones according to my hearing. The Aventho Wireless will be available sometime later this year for 449 Euros or approximately Rs 32,000, a price that puts it squarely in competition with the big leagues which includes products from entrenched brands like the Bose, Beats, Sony, Sennheiser, V-Moda, and more. Having said that, the Aventho Wireless definitely offers a unique proposition with a feature that is not present in the rest. It is a risk for Beyerdynamic, one that the company hopes pays off in the long run.