According to the Heilbronn-based company, the Byron Series in-ear headsets have been designed to suit requirements for Android and Apple mobile devices. All three variants are characterized by solid aluminium housings. The entry-level Byron model is connected by cable and standard 3.5mm jack to a smartphone or tablet. The remote cable control pauses the music program as required, skips forward to the next title and takes calls. The volume can also be controlled in this way on Samsung devices or other Android players. Replaceable silicone eartips in three sizes ensure the optimal fit.
The wireless Byron BT and Byron BTA models are designed to transmit music and telephone calls via Bluetooth 4.1 and 4.2, respectively, with a slim necklace design that avoids tangled cables. The acoustic transducers for right and left ear are connected to one another by a short cable, which also carries the wireless remote control for Apple and Android devices. All playback functions can therefore be controlled with ease – without having to access the smartphone or tablet.
Apart from standard HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles, both wireless models support Qualcomm aptX, and the Byron BTA additionally offers the AAC codec – for Apple devices, which do not support transmission in aptX. Thanks to a specially adapted digital signal processor (DSP), the top model in the series offers an even finer and more balanced sound than the Byron BT. All three in-ear Byron models feature closed dynamic transducers with extended frequency response.
As a special highlight, magnets on the metal housing hold the two earphones together if required. This means that the Bluetooth headset can be worn around the neck when not in use and does not have to be packed away every time. A high-quality soft bag is also available for storage purposes which protects the headphones when in transport. Three sizes of silicone tips ensure a perfect fit and ear hooks are included for active users.
A high-performance rechargeable battery is contained inside the remote control section, supplying the headsets with energy for up to 7.5 hours. The Byron BT model features a micro USB port, to allow charging with a standard smartphone charger or any USB port from a device supplying power. The appropriate charging cable is supplied.
Yet the Byron BTA goes one step further: a practical fast-charging cradle is also included, eliminating the need for a micro USB port. This compact cradle allows docking the Byron BTA headset remote section for charging and can remain connected to a PC at home. The charging process takes less time, needing just 90 minutes to charge fully instead of the two hours required by the Byron BT. The design also allows the BTA model to have slightly lower weight (12 g).
All three in-ear headsets will premiere from 2 to 7 September 2016 at IFA in Berlin. Beyerdynamic confirms the new in-ear headsets will be available from the start of September at qualified retail stores or directly from the manufacturer.