Beyerdynamic's new Byrd headphones promise personalised sound quality

Beyerdynamic has added to the avalanche of new products at IFA 2018, launching six new products, offering wired and wireless earphones and personalised sound.

Beyerdynamic Byrd is the new range of affordable in-ear headphones, with wired and wireless models promising the "flattest design and biggest sound". The Byrd in-ears follow in the footsteps of the What Hi-Fi? Award-winning Byron range of earphones, so we are expecting big things when it comes to sound quality and overall performance.

The wired earphones, the Beat Byrd and Soul Byrd, are joined by the Blue Byrd and Blue Byrd ANC wireless earbuds. The wireless models aren't "true wireless" but instead sport a flexible cable (Blue Byrd) or neckband (Blue Byrd ANC) joining the buds, while the Blue Byrd ANC adds, you might have guessed, active-noise-cancelling.

Both of the Blue Byrd wireless headphone models come with "Mosayc sound personalization", which aims to tune the sound to your ears after running a hearing test via the company's MIY app (available on Android and iOS). This tech was first launched with the Aventho Wireless (£400) headphones and has been developed with Mimi Hearing Technologies in Berlin.

The Blue Byrd earphones support AAC, aptX Bluetooth and aptX low latency, plus six hours of wireless battery life and charging via USB C. There's a three-button in-line remote for Android and iOS on the Blue Byrd, Blue Byrd ANC and Soul Byrd headphones. All the new in-ears promise a flat design and a flexible cable.

The Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd will launch in September for 24.90 euros, the Soul Byrd will follow in October for 79 euros, the wireless Blue Byrd is due in Q4 costing 129 euros, and the Blue Byrd ANC will cost 249 euros.

Don't fancy in-ears, then there are the Lagoon ANC over-ears, which also feature active noise-cancelling and sound personalisation.

More details to follow.


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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).