Beyerdynamic DX 160 IE review: A bona fide audiophile in-ear headphone that costs less than you'd think

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.1
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Sound quality: 9.0
  • Value: 8.0
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The Good The Beyerdynamic DX160 iE features impressive sound for the money, with meaty, tight bass. A nice carrying case is included.

The Bad No inline remote or microphone for making cell-phone calls; treble clarity a tad lacking.

The Bottom Line While the Beyerdynamic DX160 iE has some small downsides, it's a bona fide audiophile in-ear headphone at an invitingly affordable price.

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In case you've never heard of Beyerdynamic, it's a German headphone company that makes some very good sounding headphones, some of which are very expensive.

The DX 160 iE and DX 120 iE, in-ear headphones that retail for $115 and $89 respectively (£86 and £60 UK), represent the company's attempt at serving up more mainstream headphones at more affordable price points -- and indeed, both are up there with the best in-ears we've heard in their price range.

The two models come with seven different sizes of silicone tips, one pair of Comply tips, and carrying cases. The more expensive DX160 iE reviewed here comes with a hard carrying case while the DX120 comes with more of a pouch-style case. Unfortunately, neither features a mic or phone controls, which is too bad.

These two Beyerdynamics sound similar, but there's a bit more life and detail with the step-up DX 160 iE's sound, so we naturally we spent more time with that model.

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  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features 45 degree plug
    Tangle-free
    flat cable
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm