Audiophiles tend to prefer to listen to wired headphones, but they might make an exception for Beyerdynamic’s upcoming Xelento Wireless, which will retail for $1,200 when it’s released later this year.
We or anyone else we know haven’t tried the wired Xelento Remote, which costs a mere $1,000, but I’ve heard from others that it sounds terrific. The Xelento Wireless has the same Tesla drivers but terminates in a Bluetooth transceiver with a built-in battery that delivers up to 5.5 hours of battery life (which isn’t great). You clip the transceiver to your shirt.
|Transducer type||Dynamic, Tesla|
|Frequency response||8 – 48,000Hz (cabled use)|
|Nominal impedance||16 ohms|
|Nominal SPL||110 dB (1 mW / 500Hz)|
|Codecs||aptX HD, aptX, AAC, SBC|
|Transmission rate||48kHz / 24-bit|
|Remote control & microphone||Universal 3-button|
|Sound coupling to the ear||In-ear|
|Playing time||Up to 5.5 hours|
|Weight (without cable)||7g|
|Supplied accessories||Bluetooth connection cable, detachable (MMCX) with remote control, microphone and rechargeable battery pack. 1.3m headphone cable with remote control and microphone (for wired connection), micro-USB charging cable, 7 pairs of silicone eartips, 3 pairs of Comply eartips, 1 pair of replacement protective grilles. Carrying case, clip for rechargeable battery pack, cable clip.|