Selecting a pair of headphones has never been easy. With dozens of brands out there and even more models introduced year after year, the buyer’s journey becomes more and more difficult. Hopefully, we can ease your mind by putting forth honest, in-depth reviews from well-regarded brands. So without further delay, let’s take a closer look in this Beyerdynamic Byron BT wireless headphones review.
• Modern, industrial look
• Lightweight design
• Superb sound reproduction
• Affordably priced ~ $99
• Ear hooks could use a more secure design
• No smart foam ear tips included
• No wall outlet plug included
Beyerdynamic Byron BT Wireless Headphones Review
The minimalist design of the headphones is one which is lightweight (under 0.5 oz) and easy to operate.
Upon examining these headphones, you’ll notice the solid construction of the Byron BT. Also, this may be the lightest wireless in-ear headphones you’ll ever wear. You’ll barely feel them around your neck and ears when listening to music. I know this to be true as I’ve typed much of this review while listening to my Amazon Music.
As of today, the Byron BT wireless headphones are available in one color: Anthracite. Should additional colors be introduced down the road, this post will be updated.
The 5 Things You Need To Know for Operating the Byron BT Wireless
- To power on the Byron BT, press and hold the main function button (MFB) until you hear “Power On.” It will only take a few seconds for it to occur.
- To power off the Byron BT, press and hold the MFB until you hear “Power Off.” It will only take five seconds for it to occur.
- To pair the Byron BT to your mobile device, press and hold the MFB until you hear “Device is connected.” It will take about six seconds for it to occur. Then head to the Bluetooth Settings on your mobile device and pair the headphones.
- Volume up and down is controlled by pressing the upper (+) and lower (-) buttons. The center tab controls answering and rejecting calls, and playing or pausing the track. To mute the mic, or forward and reverse the track, press the upper (+) and lower (-) buttons for one second.
- Play time lasts for 7.5 hours with a five-day standby time. Charging the headphones takes approximately 2 hours. You’ll notice a red light while charging and a red blinking light when the battery is low.
You’ve got to appreciate a pair of headphones when there’s little that you need to know for proper operation. It couldn’t be simpler.
There’s even the ability to pair two Byron BT headphones to one audio source under multi-point settings.
• Headphone Frequency Response: 10Hz – 23kHz
• Driver Diameter: 9mm w/Neodymium Magnet
• Ambient Noise Attenuation: 10db @ 1 kHz
• Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.7% (1 mW / 500 Hz)
• Range: 30 Feet
• In-Line Control: 3-Button Universal Control w/Mic
• Codec: aptX™, SBC
• Size: 9.8 x 58 x 6.2 mm
• Battery: 110mAh Lithium-Polymer
• Music Play Time: 7.5 Hours
• Standby Time: 5 Days
• Charging Time: 2 Hours
• Weight: 13 Grams (< 0.5 Ounce)
• Profile: HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, SPP
• Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones
• 4 Pair Silicone Ear Tips (S, 2x M, L)
• 1 Pair Ear Hooks
• Magnetically-Closed Carrying Case
• 19″ Micro USB Charging Cable
• Quick Start Guide
• Lady Gaga – Born This Way
• Lana Del Rey – Born To Die, Paradise
• The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die
• My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade
• Muse – Absolution
• Zedd – Clarity
• The Black Keys – El Camino
• 30 Seconds To Mars – 30 Seconds To Mars
As we often state when reviewing headphones, the most important performance factor is the quality of sound. The Byron BT wireless headphones were tested with a broad range of music per the list above.
When you’re testing headphones with 9mm drivers and a frequency response of 10Hz – 23kHz, you expect high-quality sound. Suffice to say, the Byron BT wireless met expectations and then some.
Vocals and bass were most impressive and didn’t falter even up to the highest volume setting. The sounds were high-quality and free of distortion. I know this because I conducted something we call “The Prodigy Test.” I take an album from an electronic group like The Prodigy and put the headphones through its paces. (Feel free to insert your choice of artist who happens to play complex music using a variety of instruments and sounds.)
After having played albums from rock acts like 30 Seconds To Mars and My Chemical Romance, in addition to The Prodigy, I can report that the Byron BT wireless headphones passed the test. Bass sounds were deep and rich throughout the volume range. Vocals come out smooth and full of life.
On artists like Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga, vocals again sounded terrific. The vocals of all the female artists were more vivid than anticipated and a slight improvement on the more expensive Moshi Vortex Air. Keyboards, violins, and certain percussion instruments (ex. cymbals) while pronounced, could have sounded a bit more so. I would have liked a little more here, matching what I heard from the vocals and bass.
I nearly forgot to mention that switching back and forth between music and incoming calls worked like a charm.
Comparisons were made between our best-rated wireless in-ear headphones, the Mythro and Vortex Air, both by Moshi. (We have other wireless in-ear headphones in our arsenal, but they weren’t worth comparing as these others performed below expectations.)
In the Moshi reviews, I noted that “the sound across the 15Hz – 20kHz spectrum was rather good.” With the Byron BT, you get 10Hz – 23kHz of frequency response, so the vocals and bass (guitar and drum) sound took it up a notch.
As expected, the Byron BT outperformed the $70 Mythro Air, and in a couple of areas, beat the $120 Vortex Air headphones. From price and quality perspectives, the $99 Byron BT wireless headphones fit perfectly in the middle of these two. One noticeable difference between the Vortex Air and the Byron BT was the volume. Going back and forth between headphones on the LG G6, I noticed the Vortex Air able to get two notches higher in volume. In other words, you’re paying $10 per increase in volume for the $20 more expensive headphones. While you may want more volume, and many of us do, listening to music at the highest settings is counterproductive and can lead to hearing problems, so be mindful.
The statement on expected battery life of 7.5 hours was true to its word, as was the one regarding a 2-hour charging time.
There was one con in the review. I happened to tear one medium-sized silicone ear tip during my first attempt to remove it. Outside of this issue, there were only pros concerning the physical construction of the headphones.
In my testing, these Byron BT wireless headphones performed phenomenally. The production of strong, clear vocals and bass at the highest volume setting was a breeze for the Byron BT. And I love the fixing magnet feature which keeps the headphones locked around your head.
These aren’t sport headphones, so I don’t recommend them for any aerobic activity beyond walking. From first-hand experience, there’s no issue when used during weight training. Sound isolation from your surroundings is fair.
I would like to add that these headphones survived a 12-minute run on high heat setting in my GE Dryer. I forgot they were in the left-side pocket of one of my shorts.
The silicone-tipped headphones are quite comfortable even after a few hours of continuous listening. You can thank a minimalist design approach for this. At $99, the Byron BT wireless headphones are priced well against their competition in the marketplace.
What do you think of this Beyerdynamic Byron BT wireless headphones review? Do you agree or disagree with our verdict? Let us know in the comment section below or via social media. We’re eager to hear your thoughts.
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FTC Disclosure: Beyerdynamic provided Beantown LLC with one (1) Byron BT Wireless headphones sample for review purposes. This writer’s opinion is 100% his own and not a paid product ambassador.
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