Beyerdynamic Xelento remote in-ear headphones announced at CES 2017

Beyerdynamic Xelento remote

Xelento remote is the name of the latest high-end in-ear headphones by Beyerdynamic, the first to be powered by the firm’s Tesla technology. Following on from the AK T8iE, produced in collaboration with Astell&Kern, the Beyerdynamic Xelento remote is “the culmination of more than 90 years’ experience in audio development”.

Beyerdynamic’s Tesla technology is already used in the T1 flagship headphones, but it has been shrunk in size to fit in-ear headphones such as the Xelento remote: it features ring magnets and “an air gap in the micrometre range” to deliver neutral and precise sound. The frequency response is an astounding 8 – 48,000 kHz, with 16 Ω impedance and 110 dB sensitivity.

The cable is silver plated and it is coated with Kevlar; MMCX plugs are plated in gold. There is a diaphragm over the bass reflex openings which protects the interior from water. The “remote” part in the earphones’ name comes from the remote included in the cable: it is a “universal” remote as it can be used both with iOS and Android devices, even though I suppose it is an iOS-compatible remote (with only the play/pause button working under Android).

The company worked hard in creating a housing shape that would prove as comfortable as possible, but they also poured resources in designing silicone tips that could adapt to everyone’s needs. The packaging includes 7 pairs of silicone tips (from XS to 3XL!), 3 pairs of Comply tips, a case and a cable clip. There is also a 1.3 m cable without remote.

The Beyerdynamic Xelento remote will be available starting February 2017 with a price tag of 999€, mostly due to the artisan manufacturing (each earphone is crafted by hand in Germany).

About Riccardo Robecchi

Living in Glasgow, Scotland but born and raised near Milan, Italy, I got the the passion for music listening as a legacy from my father and my grandfather. I have reported on technology for major Italian publications since 2011.
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