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Austrian Audio Hi-X65

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Studio Headphones

  • Open
  • Circumaural
  • Metal hinges and brackets for maximum durability
  • Foldable for easy transport
  • Frequency range: 5 - 28,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 110 dB spl/V
  • Distortion factor (@ 1 kHz): < 0.1%
  • Impedance: 25 Ohm
  • Power rating: 150 mW
  • Dimensions: 200 x 170 x 85 mm
  • Weight (without cable): 310 g
  • Incl. detachable cables (3 m and 1.2 m) with 3.5 mm jack plug incl. adapter to 6.3 mm jack plug
Available since May 2021
Item number 519312
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Design Over-Ear
System Open
Impedance 25 Ohms
Frequency range 5 Hz – 28000 Hz
Adaptor Yes
Replaceable Cable Yes
Colour Black
Max. SPL 96 dB
Type Of Connector Jack, mini-jack
Weight 310 g
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Headphones made in Austria

Austrian Audio, a relative newcomer to the scene founded in 2017, released the Hi-X65 in May 2021. These circumaural, open-back headphones are fitted with rigid 44mm "high excursion" drivers (hence the name) and a system of ring magnets which, according to the manufacturer, improve sensitivity without raising distortion levels and achieve a full-spectrum sound. Furthermore, the open-back design limits internal reflections, adding to the "cleanliness" of the sound. Like all of the company's products, the Hi-X65 is both developed and manufactured in Austria.

Comfortable and reliable

The headband and ear cups of the Hi-X65 are padded with memory foam, which means that the headphones will always adapt to the user’s ears and provide a snug fit. Despite their compact size, the ear cups do not press down and thus always remain comfortable, especially during longer sessions. The sound is precise and detailed, all the way down to the lowest frequencies. The Hi-X65 achieves a sensitivity of 110dB SPL per volt, and as their nominal impedance is only 25 ohms, they will generate a healthy output level from any amp - so using a smartphone will also not pose any problems.

Full Metal Jacket

Though the Hi-X65 is primarily aimed at the studio technician, its compact, foldable, and robust construction, which includes metal brackets, will satisfy a variety of different users, including modern laptop producers. The headphones are designed for critical listening and mixing and, to quote the manufacturer, constitute "a critical new tool for professional mixing and mastering". Of course, music lovers will also appreciate the extremely precise and sensitive reproduction of the Austrian model. The headphones ship with both a long and a short cable, fitted with 3.5mm mini-jacks that lock to the base of the left ear. A 6.3mm adapter is also provided.

About Austrian Audio

The Viennese manufacturer Austrian Audio was founded in 2017 by 22 former senior AKG employees, including engineers and managers - as the traditional Austrian manufacturer was closing its offices and factories in Vienna. The first product releases from Austrian Audio immediately put them on the map, confirming their pedigree. The company's product range, which so far consists of headphones and microphones, is characterised by elegant design and smart concepts with a modern twist. In addition, all products are manufactured in Austria, as during the golden age of AKG. It will be interesting to see what Austrian Audio will come up with next.

Aimed at the professional market

The Hi-X65’s classic appearance certainly cuts a fine figure in the studio, be it in the mixing and mastering room or in the recording booth. Though not at the cheap end, the Hi-X65 achieves an excellent price-performance ratio which, coupled with its excellent acoustic properties and high degree of comfort, will certainly appeal to audio professionals. Should the latter group prefer a closed-back model, the Hi-X55 is also available. As always, we recommend that customers do a few listening tests before choosing their headphones.

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Top Notch
Munroe 07.12.2021
These headphones have had mixed reviews but for me, as a pro composer, I need cans I can rely on and cover the frequency spectrum beautifully. I have Dynaudio 5A speakers but I find I use these cans for mastering and mixing now. I wear them for hours upon end and my only regret is that I didn't have them years ago. I can also take screw off the tip and plug it into my MBP. Totally pro gear.
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Not Bass-heavy, Exceptional details
Fuuzy 19.08.2022
Great builds and fits my big head very well. Folds in half the size so it was really easy to travel with. A great addition to my rack for good reasons!
I purchased the x65 along with a pair of R70X from Audio Technica. I fell immediately in love with R70X and wondered how exactly did the x65 get so many high ratings. 1 day later when I came back to it, with the x65 warming up all night and refreshed myself with a good night's sleep, I was speechless. I was able to make out the layering in the music so effortlessly. Even though the x65 lacks a bit in terms of a warm atmosphere, it definitely has one of the best imaging and most nuanced differentiation between instruments.
The R70X was a lightweight, extremely comfortable, and great-sounding headphone that I now enjoy for multimedia use like videos and gaming. But the x65 really fits my need for a portable, comfortable and reliable headphone. I would recommend this to anyone with a good experience in hifi headphones or generally anyone in the music production industry. Incredible value and quality of a headphone for the price you get on Thomann!
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These are as good as it gets
Idle 10.03.2022
Just got these yesterday and straight away l was able to pinpoint problems with my mix on two tracks that l couldn't hear on my monitors or my other headphones... definitely no regrets and the comfort and build quality is top notch
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Great studio headphones for the money
Der Klaviermann 26.06.2022
The Austrian Audio Hi-X65 headphones have just become one of my favourite headphones for studio use and also leisure listening.

The build quality is very good and solid. I would not expect more or less for the price. Since I have a pretty big head size, I find the headband has a pretty strong clamp force but not so much that it becomes uncomfortable. The clamp force is similar to HD600/650. I do feel the pressure from the headband after a long listening session.

The headphones sound pretty neutral and balanced to my ears. I used own a pair of DT1990 pro which I find the upper treble can be a little too forward sometimes. I do not find the forwardness issue in Hi-X65. Bass is accurate but don't expect the quantity you'd usually find in audiophile headphones. Soundstage is decent in width and has good depth. There is very good imaging accuracy.

I highly recommend this pair of headphones. They do not require a lot of power to drive them. I can even listen off my phone with them, unlike some of other studio headphones in the price range e.g. HD600, DT1990. These are exceptional value headphones for both studio use and general listening use.
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