Beyerdynamic have unveiled a new generation of its flagship XELENTO earphones designed for audiophiles. They arrive in wired or wireless form factors. The wired version is called XELENTO remote ($999) and the around-the-neck wireless model is simply called XELENTO wireless ($1,199).

Beyerdynamic is calling each XELENTO 2nd generation earphone an audible piece of jewelry. Each is handcrafted at beyerdynamic’s Heilbronn headquarters in Germany, and utilize gold-plated connectors, silver-plated cables, and claim the logo is 24 ct real gold.

Beyerdynamic XELENTO Remote 2nd Generation Earphones Outer Shell

How they differ from the Free Byrd True Wireless IEMs that we just reviewed requires a much deeper drive — the price differences between the 3 models is rather considerable.

A more price appropriate comparison could be to the Shure SE846 Gen 2, which we recently reviewed that also comes in wired or wireless versions.

Nevertheless, XELENTO (2nd generation) boast exquisite design, offer custom sound personalization, and are sweat and water resistance.

Beyerdynamic XELENTO Wireless 2nd Generation Earphones inside box
Beyerdynamic XELENTO Wireless 2nd Generation

The Skinny

XELENTO are driven by beyerdynamic’s own Tesla technology in its smallest form factor to date. The company says its TESLA.11 driver creates an exceptional level of detail, unparalleled spatiality, and a much more spacious presentation with higher levels of resolution.

The 11mm dynamic one-way driver mixes beyerdynamic’s acoustic expertise, engineering, and craftsmanship. With special new acoustic filters, beyerdynamic’s engineers claim its new dynamic driver offers impact, clarity, and a more extended top end.

Beyerdynamic XELENTO Remote 2nd Generation Earphones Detail

The Beyerdynamic XELENTO includes seven pairs of silicone ear tips that are newly developed by beyerdynamic and perfectly matched for individual fit preferences and high acoustic performance.

The XELENTO also comes with sets of Comply Memory Foam ear tips in three sizes for maximum sound isolation; a really solid add-on to the package.

Audiophile Excellence, Designed for Everyone

Both new Beyerdynamic XELENTO models come with a 3.5 mm jack cable with remote control and hands-free microphone. This allows users to engage in calls or video calls, or use the Google, Siri, or Alexa voice assistants via XELENTO’s connected device while on the go.

Beyerdynamic XELENTO Remote 2nd Generation Earphones
Beyerdynamic XELENTO remote 2nd Generation with Pentaconn cable

The XELENTO remote model also features a symmetric 4.4 mm Pentaconn cable that allows a direct connection to high-quality hi-fi components with balanced outputs. This makes XELENTO remote the ideal choice for enjoying music on DAPs and balanced hi-fi systems.

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XELENTO wireless, on the other hand, has a high-quality Bluetooth 5.2 neckband that guarantees up to 14 hours of playback time. It includes a digital-to-analog converter and amplifier from AKM, to create the perfect wireless hi-fi experience.

Beyerdynamic XELENTO Wireless 2nd Generation Earphones
Beyerdynamic XELENTO wireless 2nd Generation

The XELENTO wireless offers support for LHDC, aptX HD, and aptX.

Both earbuds are flexible with adaptability to the users’ needs due to an MMCX plug-in system. XELENTO remote also transforms easily into the wireless version with the separately available wireless neckband. In turn, the Pentaconn cable is also additionally available to connect XELENTO wireless by cable to high-quality hi-fi systems.

Comparison

XELENTO REMOTE (2ND)  XELENTO WIRELESS (2ND) 
MSRP $999 $1,119
Transducers 1-way, dynamic (beyerdynamic TESLA.11) 1-way, dynamic (beyerdynamic TESLA.11)
Frequency response 10 – 50,000 Hz 10 – 50,000 Hz
Acoustic design Closed Closed
Nominal impedance 16 ohms 16 ohms
Nominal sound pressure level 114 dB SPL at 1 mW 114 dB SPL at 1 mW
Nominal power rating 200 mW 200 mW
Max. limiting sound pressure level 134 dB SPL 134 dB SPL
Total harmonic distortion < 0.02 % at 1 kHz < 0.02 % at 1 kHz
Connection on earphone side MMCX, detachable MMCX, detachable
Wireless Audio Codecs LHDC, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, aptX™ Adaptive, AAC, SBC
Bluetooth Version 5.2
Battery Life Up to 14 hours (charging via USB-C)
Range 10 m
Jack cables 1.30 m, silver-plated copper,
3.5 mm jack with remote control
4.4 mm jack, symmetrical (Pentaconn)
1.30 m, silver-plated copper,
3.5 mm jack with remote control
Certification Hi-Res Audio Hi-Res Audio, Hi-Res-Audio Wireless, Apple MFI, Amazon Alexa Built-in, Google Fast Pair
Sweat and water resistance Yes (IPX4) Yes (IPX4)
Scope of delivery One pair of XELENTO (2nd generation) earphones
Cable 4.4mm, 5-pole jack (Pentaconn)
Cable 3.5mm, 4-pole jack with remote control
Silicone ear tips in seven sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Comply™ memory foam ear tips, Tx-500 series, in three sizes
High-quality hard case
Microvelour cleaning cloth
Interchangeable wax guards, Quick start guide
Compliance booklet
Certificate of authenticity
One pair of XELENTO (2nd generation) earphones
Bluetooth® wireless neckband receiver
Cable 3.5mm, 4-pole jack with remote control
USB cable (USB-A to USB-C)
Silicone ear tips in seven sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Comply™ memory foam ear tips, Tx-500 series, in three sizes
High-quality hard case
Microvelour cleaning cloth
Interchangeable wax guards
Quick start guide
Compliance booklet
Certificate of authenticity
MSRP $999 $1,119

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