For long, Beyerdynamic has been in the frontline in producing exceptionally detailed over-the-ear and in-ear headphones. This German-based audio equipment manufacturer has been in this business for close to 2 centuries now. The family-owned company has amongst the most sought-after sound units, all designed and crafted in their facilities in Germany. Its sound systems have been widely used in Olympic Games and World Cup games both in Germany and other parts.
Beyerdynamic’s Byron BT and Byron BTA Bluetooth in-ear headphones are worth a look if you aim at being the coolest in the airplane. Their detailed craftsmanship has brought a new revolution in mobile listening enjoyment. These are dedicated, high-end pieces that aim at bringing optimum convenience with phone calls and media control.
So, if you’re undecided on which to buy, our sagely detailed review and comparison of the 2 will help you decide which unit meets your expectations better.
Byron BTA Bluetooth, In-ear Headphone with DSP
- Hands-free microphone
- Controllable bass
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Qualcomm aptX and AAC codecs
- 1.5 hours charging time
- 7.5 hours playtime
Design and comfort
Like most of its previous in-ear models, Beyerdynamic has retained the low profile design with this unit too. As usual, the manufacturer has opted to keep it simple but highly functional in terms of sound quality (which is, needless to say, the most important feature in a headphone).
Byron BTA is, therefore, an ideal choice if you’re looking for something that’s not too flashy and bulky at the same time.
This package comes with 3 pairs of silicone ear tips with different sizes. You’ll certainly find a pair that won’t screw off your ear while delivering exceptional comfort in your auditory canal. Notably, you shouldn’t have any trouble replacing the tips all by yourself.
This headset’s high wearing comfort is then accentuated by a pair of silicone hooks. These ear loops are birthed out of the need to have the headphones on no matter how active you are.
- Fixing Magnets
Byron BTA is a pricier champ at around 200 bucks and will certainly leave a dent in your wallet. Again, they are incredibly lightweight and could slip off your neck as you hustle your way out in malls and busy passageways. You don’t want that, do you?
For this reason, Beyerdynamics have fitted the ear tips with fixing magnets that hold them together around your neck when idle.
- Natural Sound Quality
Byron BTA utilizes Bluetooth 4.2 with an impressive operating range of between 45-50 feet. This Bluetooth version backed by the Digital Signal Processor (DSP) offers excellent sounds almost zero flaws.
This model is also fitted with AAC codecs and Qualcomm aptX which allows you to experience the full versatility of your Apple and Android devices. You can now make or receive calls without fishing your phone out of the pocket thanks to the built-in microphone. Moreover, music playback is also smooth thanks to its 3-button remote control.
These in-ear headphones also give an incredible amount of high fidelity consistent sounds and customizable bass thanks to the DSP.
- High Battery Life
Beyerdynamics again kills it by offering a unit that offers up to 7.5 hours of continuous entertainment. Even better, Byron BTA charges fully in 1.5 hours only thanks to its fast charging cradle included in the package.
Byron BT Bluetooth Headphone
- Bluetooth 4.1 version
- Qualcomm aptX and AAC codecs for sound consistency
- Extra ear tips
- Silicone ear hooks
Byron BT Bluetooth in-ear headphone also boasts most of the features found in Byron BTA. For instance, it’s compatible with both Apple and Android devices. The earpieces also have solid aluminum housing and a superior finish.
- Optimum wearing comforts
Just like its younger brother, Byron BTA, this sound piece is incredibly lightweight at 4 Oz. It also comes with a pack of 3 easily replaceable silicone ear tips that can be used to customize your fit. Moreover, the package also includes 2 ear loops that nestle into your ‘earshell,’ so the ear tips remain put.
- Hands-free microphone and remote control
Byron BT also features a 3-button remote control with which you can jump to the next or previous track without taking your phone out.
Its built-in microphone also allows you to receive and end calls hassle-freely. Its Qualcomm aptX and AAC codecs ensure that you get strong sounds with a high-fidelity Bluetooth connection. On this note too, Byron BT utilizes Bluetooth 4.1 version which may offer a slightly smaller range than the Byron BTA model.
- Sound Quality
Byron BT also proves a warmer headphone and promises excellent audio performance. However, don’t expect a completely flawless experience especially if you’ll be so active. Its Bluetooth 4.1 version may shutter once in a while. It’s also not so reliable if you extend its quite limited performance range.
- Battery Life
This model also offers hours-long music entertainment. It comes with its charging cable, but it’s also chargeable via any other USB cable. It recharges fully in utmost 2 hours and will offer you up to 7.5 hours of usage.
These 2 models are pretty similar in construction design. Their main difference lies in their Bluetooth versions. Byron BTA uses version 4.2 while the other model uses version 4.1. It’s dead giveaway that the former has a wider wireless connectivity and has reduced hiccups. However, this doesn’t make Byron BT any inferior provided the device remains within range.
Secondly, Byron BTA charges via an included dongle while BT can be charged directly via any USB.