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Wireless earphones are on the rise in recent months. The main catalyst is thanks (or not) to the money-faced Apple with their brand new iPhone 7/Plus’s jackless design. Beyerdynamic is quick to jump in the respond with their Beyerdynamic Byron BT – a wireless pair of earbuds.

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Beyerdynamic Byron BT

Beyerdynamic’s packaging style has always been great. All the information is laid out on the box itself. It’s fairly a huge box too, actually.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

This time around though, they didn’t include the “ENJOY” on the box’s flap – not sure why, but just thought I’d point that out.

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Opening the box reveals quite a lot of things, ranging from a protective leatherette pouch, a few eartips with different sizes to choose from, some documentation, a micro USB cable, and of course, the Beyerdynamic Byron BT itself.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

One side note here – the micro USB cable that Beyerdynamic included is extremely stiff and thick! Even stiffer and thicker than those that come with high-end smartphones!

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

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The Beyerdynamic Byron BT takes on a gunmetal grey/black colour scheme here. Opting for a minimal footprint approach, the Beyerdynamic Byron BT is seriously tiny.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

There are quite a lot of things to talk about the Beyerdynamic Byron BT before moving to its sound test. The first thing I’d like to move out of the way is its weight – or weightlessness. The entire pair of earphone itself weighs in only at 12 grams. Twelve grams only.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

What’s funny is that the leatherette pouch weighs in at 13 grams – effectively doubling the weight. It’s not heavy by any means – and 25 grams is negligible.

 

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

I can see that Beyerdynamic did think of everything from top to bottom while designing the Byron BT. It comes with a total of 4 different set of eartips actually, not 3. For all I can see, you have S/M/L sizes, but the default pre-installed one is a spare pair of M-sized eartips.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

Beyerdynamic included some semi-transparent loopy things as “eartips” too, but they’re actually a complimentary supports for the Beyerdynamic Byron BT to stay better in position.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

Those little loops are easy to install – just take out the eartip, slot in the loopy things as shown below, and then put the eartip back in. The problem here is the eartip itself. They’re extremely difficult to remove!

Beyerdynamic Byron BT
Remember to get the eartips that best fit your ears!

After getting the eartips right, it’s time to position the loopy thing. It sits in at one position on the ear pinna. It locks itself into place, and it’s surprisingly well done. Better yet, it doesn’t feel like there’s something pressing against my ear too.

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It’s basically a hook – but works like a counterweight anchor.

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Now, here is were I think the Beyerdynamic Byron BT truly excels. The Byron BT has a slew of features – and I think Beyerdynamic executed them all very well.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

First off, there are the in-line controls. These buttons work with zero issue with Spotify, and I have to give Beyerdynamic credit for the fantastic engineering they’ve done towards these 3 buttons. They’re the usual volume up/down and the main function button, or MFB for short. I always call the MFB as play/pause button – just for easier understanding.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

Holding volume up or down button for 1 second while songs are playing will seek to the next or previous track. Holding the volume up or down while nothing is playing however will ask the Beyerdynamic Byron BT to tell you the battery level. Really neat.

Let’s not forget that the Beyerdynamic Byron BT actually has its own independent volume controls too. This is indeed one of the major feature that I was hoping it to have – and they delivered. There are other things too like a little LED indicator at the back of the in-line control panel, though I would prefer to listen to its internal announcer.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

While on the subject of its internal announcer, Beyerdynamic included a set of announcements made by the Byron BT itself, and it tells the user a series of information. I absolutely love the way all necessary information are announced within the earphone itself, except for the battery status. Telling me “battery is enough” isn’t really helpful, but at least it’s there. It will however repeat and annoy the living heck out of you when the battery is low. Also, there’s an internal ringtone which is triggered if you receive a call while your phone is paired to the Byron BT.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

All of these little tiny features made the Beyerdynamic Byron BT extremely valuable to me. It might not sound exciting for relevant now, but I assure you – not needing to head over to your music app just to go to the previous/next track or change volume is extremely convenient.

As the Byron BT is a mobile-focused pair of wireless earphones, I was surprised by how well it works with iTunes on a Mac. Doesn’t work on Windows though.

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Comfort

The entire Beyerdynamic Byron BT – as mentioned before – isn’t heavy at all. Weighing in at just 12 grams, it’s one of the lightest pair of earphones I’ve ever tested.

Now, how good does it feel in the ears over extended period of time though?

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

I tested without the loopy thing at first. Just like any pair of earphones though, the earbuds drop by tiny ear muscle movements or walking. This is where the little transparent loopy things come in handy – and by handy, I mean that they really do lend a hand to grab onto ear ears.

As the loopy thing catches on slightly to the ear pinna, it acts as a very nice counterbalance to its own weight. Usually without the loopy thing, the earbuds fall out at an instant – and the counterbalance makes sure it doesn’t even budge. Fantastic idea as it doesn’t annoy the user, and works effectively.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

Also, those loopy things does not affect the time or difficulty to put on the Beyerdynamic Byron BT. They just move itself into place whenever I wear the Byron BT!

Real A+ engineering here.

Listening test

In terms of its performance, I can say that the Beyerdynamic Byron BT is definitely high up on my recommendation list of earphones. Throughout the numerous number of wired earphones I’ve tested, the Beyerdynamic Byron BT excels in vocals, mids, and highs. To me personally, I find that the bass is a tad bit lacking, as there there isn’t enough of that unrealistic synthetic thumping bass on electronic music.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT
Oh yes, they have magnets and snap back-to-back.

For me, that’s fine. The Beyerdynamic Byron BT is by far the most enjoyable pair of earphones that I’ve used – and it comes second to the NAD VISO HP20 that we’ve reviewed here quite some time ago. Keep in mind that the NAD VISO HP20 is a wired pair of earphones too.

Breaking down the entire listening test result though, I’ve enjoyed listening to swing jazz or big band music he most with the Beyerdynamic Byron BT. Alice Francis’s Gangsterlove sounded fantastic in particular, mainly because it’s a vocal-focused genre of music. Listening to other types of music like Emoji VIP by Pegboard Nerds and Adventure Time by Rouge are still enjoyable – just lacks a little bit of that thumping bass.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

Soundstage on the other hand is fantastic! I played Overwatch wearing this pair of earphones and holy moly. The directional audio on this pair of earphones is too good. Listening to some 3D audio files sounds magnificent too.

Of course, there’s the Qualcomm aptX support. Click here to read everything about the Qualcomm aptX technology from top to bottom. but all I can say is – don’t worry about it. The Beyerdynamic Byron BT sounds great even if your device doesn’t support aptX.

Battery life

Then comes the most dreaded question for all wireless gadgets – battery life. Beyerdynamic claims about 7.5 hours of battery life, and I agree. It does last about 7 hours of consistent music streaming to drain its battery.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT
Tiny little micro USB charging port!

Better yet, it took about half an hour at most to charge completely. I’m real surprised by how fast the Beyerdynamic Byron BT can get back into action!

Beyerdynamic Byron BT
Just look at how small the little controller is!

In case you’re wondering – you can listen to some music while it’s charging too – just a little awkward considering that there is one more cable poking out of your wireless earphone at a weird angle.

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Considering the entire set of features and performance that the Beyerdynamic Byron BT offers, I think it’s a fantastic pair of wireless earphones. Sound quality is superb not only for music, but even for gaming actually. Battery life is fantastic too. Even the charging speed back to a full 100% battery capacity is really quick.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

The only real complaint I have is the little leatherette pouch that it comes with. That pouch is difficult to open, and even more difficult to put the Beyerdynamic Byron BT back inside. A little rounded hard case with a zipper should be more suitable. It’s not a big deal, but I expected a better case for something of this price.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

Beyerdynamic never highlighted the Qualcomm aptX feature much, that’s because you shouldn’t give it that much focus either. It’s nice to have, but unless you have an entire library of FLAC audio, then it’s not really worth pursuing.

All in all, I really do suggest you guys to get the Beyerdynamic Byron BT. With the removal of audio jack by veto power, it’s time to invest on a pair of wireless earphone.

To get yourself one unit of the Beyerdynamic Byron BT, click here to get more details on how to get yourself a special deal + bundle with your very own pair of the Beyerdynamic Byron BT/BTA!

Or just head on over to Jaben here and get yourself a pair. Priced at only RM549 – and you get another power bank too!


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