Beyerdynamic Byron £49
It wasn’t until last year that Beyerdynamic added the budget in-ear headphone category to its long line of previous Awards wins – but it seems the Byron earphones now have this category sewn up. The company’s long-standing expertise with headphones made its mark here, and we’ve not found a better pair of in-ears under £50 this year.
With the Byrons, Beyerdynamic has delivered an expertly balanced sound, something many affordable earphones struggle to do, favouring a bright, eye-catching delivery. Here we get deep, solid bass notes as well as crisp and clear treble sounds, all packaged together in a smooth performance that’s very easy to listen to. As a result, extended periods of listening are a pleasure. Listening to Travis’ All I Want To Do Is
Rock the driving guitars sound powerful and detailed, while the whining vocal has the necessary rasp and emotion. Laurent Garnier’s The Man With The Red
Face is a solid test of timing and rhythm and the Beyerdynamic Byron buds pass with flying colours sounding precise but never mechanical.
Vocals are clear, spacious and insightful without ever sounding bright, as highlighted by The Temptations’ My
Girl. Voices are conveyed with a natural, nuanced touch that leaves you hanging on to every word.
With in-ears, comfort is vitally important, of course, and the Byrons get top marks here too. The earbuds are petite – you have the choice of three sizes – and you’ll barely feel them in your ears. Once in, these in-ears are comfortable to wear and do a good job of isolating outside noise.
The slim, sturdy cable doesn’t feel flimsy, nor is it prone to twisting or tangling, but it still brings the benefit of a mic and three-button remote control.
The Beyerdynamic Byron in-ears are simply superb value for under £50. Sonically they have a great balance and a smooth presentation, coupled with a comfortable fit and the bonus of a remote and mic. Suffice to say these are worthy winners once again.
For comfort and a balanced sound, these Byrons are worthy winners