There’s no shortage of flair and flamboyance when it comes to personal audio whether it’s from an established or budget brand. So it’s difficult not to appreciate the no-nonsense approach Beyerdynamics takes when it comes to their products. After having reviewed and loved the DTX 350M, I was eager to review the Beyerdynamic Byron BT as well after the folks at A. Refinery asked if I wanted to check it out.
Beyerdynamic Byron BT Specs
- Speaker diameter: 9mm
- Frequency range: 10-23,000 Hz
- Transducer type: dynamic
- Remote and mic: 3-button universal
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Playing time: 7.5 hrs
- Charging time: about 2 hrs via micro USB
What’s in the Box?
The Beyerdynamic Byron BT comes in a box that’s pretty similar to anything else in the German brand’s current lineup. The packaging is pretty simple, although it’s not like you’re going to need more than the 3 extra pairs of buds, charging cable, and carrying pouch that was included.
If you plan on using them with workouts though, it does include a pair of in-ear hooks to help keep you from accidentally pulling them out..
Build Quality and Design
Taking the Byron BT out of the box, I was instantly reminded of the DTX 350M due to its no-frills design. It’s sleek yet understated, with enough design cues to make it interesting without overdoing it.
The earphone shell is finished in a metallic silver and has a bit of weight to it, and similar to a lot of Bluetooth neck buds the Byron BT has a flat, tangle-resistant cable. The remote can be found close to the right earpiece and even that barely adds to the cable’s thickness or weight.
One nice aspect of the design that also acts as a feature is the magnetic earpieces that can easily snap together when you’re not using them so the Byron BT can simply hang like a necklace.
It isn’t perfect though. The charging port is protected by a pretty thin and flimsy flap that you feel might end up getting torn off with ease.
As expected, there aren’t a lot of features outside of playing/pausing music, increasing/decreasing volume, or answering/ending calls with the remote. While it uses the slightly older Bluetooth 4.1 standard, this actually helps keep the Byron BT more affordable. Beyerdynamic also has a Bluetooth 4.2 version that’s around 30% more pricey.
Possibly the best “feature” I like about these buds is the touted 7.5 hour battery life. This company estimate pretty much translated well into real life and it was a nice surprise considering I’m accustomed to wireless headsets that have typically only lasted about 4 hours or so.
The Byron BT doesn’t disappoint when it comes to audio quality, although it wasn’t as balanced as I was expecting. The sound reproduction is on the brighter side, meaning the treble is noticeably more pronounced. This does have an advantage if you like to listen to acoustic tracks or focus on the vocals. And you can always tweak the equalizer settings to get more bass. While it wasn’t immediately apparent from the beginning, the Byron BT can actually perform well with thumping beats while minimizing the distortion.
So Should You Buy the Beyerdynamic Byron BT?
The Beyerdynamic Byron BT is an excellent pair of no-frills wireless neck buds that’s all about the audio. Its sound reproduction does lean toward being brighter, which is great for vocals and other acoustic details. For a pair of neck buds that are geared towards audiophiles, it isn’t Beats pricey. However, these aren’t your kid brother’s Aweis so it’s still pretty up there at Php6.8K.