Beyerdynamic Byron Review
Sort: In-ear | Connector: 3.5mm | In-line distant and mic: Sure | OS assist: Android/iOS
You do not have to spend tons of of kilos to higher these freebie headphones that include your smartphone. Take the Beyerdynamic Byrons. The black-and-metal look offers them a modern, trendy look. The earbuds are petite and you may barely really feel them in your ears. And, for the cash, the quantity of authority, rhythmic precision and subtlety they ship is great. Add a three-button distant and mic, and Android/Apple compatibility into the combo and you have a severe discount.
Beyerdynamic has an extended and illustrious historical past on the subject of headphones, with its finances and high-end pairs gathering quite a few Greatest Purchase accolades through the years.
A model new line of in-ears – the Byrons – emerged in 2017, and at £50 the wired variations had a formidable opponent within the Award-winning SoundMagic E10Cs.
The query then was whether or not the Byrons have been value the additional £10. Since stealing SoundMagic’s crown that yr, nevertheless, the Beyerdynamics’ present availability at lower than their £50 launch worth makes them an solely extra enticing proposition.
Beyerdynamic’s long-standing experience with headphones makes its mark on the Byrons – there’s a degree of heft and management to the sound that you just don’t have a tendency to listen to with finances in-ears.
It’s the best way they ship the deep, sludgy guitars in Stone Temple Pilot’s Massive Empty; the best way they tie all of the advanced musical strands collectively in Radiohead’s 15 Step; the best way they deal with the cease and begin of notes with precision and readability.
It’s a mature presentation from in-ears now costing lower than £50.
The midrange and treble are the spotlight right here. There’s loads of headroom for the highest finish to soar, giving Amanda Palmer’s clear, passionate vocals and the tinkling piano notes in The Mattress Tune area to flourish. Voices are conveyed with a pure, nuanced contact that leaves you hanging on to each phrase.
There aren’t any onerous or shiny edges right here, however we’d nonetheless suggest a day or two’s working in to get the headphones enjoying their greatest.
After that, you’ll end up tapping alongside to the Hamilton soundtrack, with the melodic hip-hop tracks and fast hearth repartee counting on the headphones’ punctual timing and clear, crisp element to make an impression.
There’s a smoothness to the Byrons that make them simple to hearken to over lengthy durations.
The rival SoundMagic E10Cs have an interesting upbeat, boppy presentation and fewer weighty bass, which suggests the rhythm prices together with a bit extra levity. However they aren’t fairly as punctual or as revealing because the Beyerdynamics.
The E10Cs might have a contact extra punch and fluidity, however the Beyerdynamics are much more delicate – you possibly can hear the harmonies surrounding a word, enjoy deep, textured basslines which are satisfying to hearken to, and get a greater sense of the inflections in accents. There’s merely extra to listen to with the Byrons.
Construct and luxury
Beyerdynamic isn’t one for flashy colors and fancy frills – it has caught with its basic black-and-metal look, and we will’t fault the Byrons’ modern, trendy look.
The earbuds are petite and also you’ll barely really feel them in your ears. There are solely three pairs of ear tip sizes included (SoundMagic gives double that), however we did get a passable seal and match from the alternatives given. As soon as in, these in-ears are snug to put on for hours.
The slim, sturdy cable doesn’t really feel flimsy, neither is it vulnerable to twisting or tangling.
Of their varied iterations, the SoundMagic E10Cs had been our favorite finances in-ears for 5 years earlier than the Byrons got here alongside. There had been few contenders to even come near toppling them from their Award-winning perch.
However Beyerdynamic did simply that. Whereas some would possibly nonetheless favor SoundMagic’s livelier presentation, the Byrons are merely extra revealing and completed.