It’s once again time to sit down with a pair of headphones from Beyerdynamic, this time with one of their latest in-ear solutions, their wired Soul BYRD earbuds. The new BYRD series welcomes a number of new models to Beyerdynamic’s family of product, and this is where good quality of sound begins among them.
What seems to be a solid all-around style of buds, these seem to be perfect for the average listener who needs a good travel pair of in-ears that are both light in weight, easy to store away and aren’t going to be limited to certain playback scenarios.
They are so very light and just as simple. They do have your normal three-button inline remote to control music and calls with, as well as a microphone that results in crisp communication. They come with 5 pairs of tips to adjust them to the size of your ear with, providing enough options for any listener, and have a slider on the cable in case you want to bring it close to your neck.
You also have a small pocket-friendly case you can store them as well as the tips in. It closes pretty flat which makes it easy on the pocket, with what was described by someone here as an oval-shaped moonpie-like case. It works well and we kind of like it better than a lot of the cases for similar models we have kicking around.
They have a decent range to them compared to something like 1MORE’s dual-driver in-ears (price-wise as well) and other equivalent models. Their highs are real crisp, as well as their mid-highs. Their mids are around average and the lows can differ depending on how you are driving them. If you simply have them connected to a mobile device like a phone, the lows are there but nothing stands out or anything. In these scenarios, the mid-highs and highs will shine the most.
What really works though is when they are paired with a good DAC solution like the Dragonfly USB DAC, or a nice DAP coming from a company like Sony or FiiO (sounds great when using a FiiO M9 DAP). Now you can draw out some of those lows. Of course, since this is more of an all-around pair of buds, you might not be going to such lengths.
If you do pair them with something like that though, you can get a decent amount of bass when using the right tips. We found the second to the largest to have the perfect balance between bass and comfort, however, this is purely dependant on the user (the size/shape of your ears).
This is a good starting point if you want to get to know Beyerdynamic without spending too much. A good all-around solution for mobile use. They sound fine by themselves, with a highlight on their mid-highs and highs, and shine better when a nice/small amp (given the amp would cost more than the buds), where their mids and lows peak in performance. They come with a good amount of tips and a great travel case. They do offer solutions that fall in price from here, but again, this is a better place to start if you really want to know what Beyer strives for. It only gets better from there.
*Average price is based on the time this article was published
TRANSMISSION TYPE: Wired
REMOTE: Universal 3-button remote
HEADPHONE FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 10 – 25,000 Hz
SOUND COUPLING TO THE EAR: In-ear headphones
CABLE & PLUG: 1.2 m cable (both-sided, fixed) with 3.5 mm plug (4-pole)
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