Beyerdynamic Byron BT £59
The Beyerdynamic Byron headphones have been the best budget in-ears around for a little while now. And it appears these talents run in the family. The Bluetooth version of the same headphones are also a bit of a bargain, and have dropped in price over the past 12 months from £90 to £60. The Beyerdynamic Byron BT earpieces are aluminium and feel like they could take some rough treatment. There are also magnets on the back of each earbud, meaning they stick together around your neck when not in use, like a tiny little gadget scarf.
If you want a more secure fit, perhaps for running, you can attach a little in-ear hook as well as a pair of silicone tips. This is just an extra bit of rubbery scaffolding to avoid you accidentally pulling the pair out. Four pairs of tips are included, as well as a simple pouch. Beyerdynamic hasn’t piled too much of the budget into accessories.
The Byrons’ battery life of 7.5 hours is impressive. You recharge them using the microusb port on the remote housing, which is covered by a little rubber flap when not in use. The sound of the Beyerdynamic Byron BT is a little more forward than the wired Byron. Bass is controlled, and the presence of the upper mids and highs are significantly more pronounced with increased definition. The Beyerdynamic Byron BTS are ambitious wireless earphones, attempting to level-up the sound of the standard Byron pair with bettercontrolled bass and significantly increased definition. And ultimately, the fact they deliver on that promise and do so at this price makes them a Best Buy Award winner.
Magnets on the earbuds mean they stick together when not in use