Announced at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Beyerdynamic’s new Byrd and Lagoon lines of headphones promise to push the boundaries of comfort and quality. The latest release is an eclectic mix of headphone styles: from wired earphone options, to neckbuds, and full-sized headphones – Beyerdynamic’s Byrd and Lagoon series of headphones are sure to appeal to a variety of use cases.
The Byrd series, named to conjure visions of freedom, melodiousness and … the jazz legend Charlie “Bird” Parker, is Beyerdynamic’s new line of in-ear earphones. They come in four variants: the Beat Byrd, Blue Byrd, the Soul Byrd, and the Byrd ANC.
The Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd is the entry-level product in the extensive line-up and is available exclusively on the Beyerdynamic online store. The Beat Byrd sports a distinctive and durable orange cable and Beyerdynamic Y signet. Its driver casings sit flat against the auricle, making it perfect for users who plug in even with one ear pressed against the pillow. It promises great clarity and powerful bass.
The Beyerdynamic Soul Byrd is, too, fully wired, and presents itself as the in-ear wired premium option. Beyerdynamic claims this is the all-rounded performer, featuring balanced sound, rich musical details and sonic clarity. The driver casings, too, have been optimised to fit the human ear for the best comfort and ergonomics over a range of activities. Premium materials, a durable build and a stylish design characterise the Soul Byrd, with decorative plates made from anodised and glass-bead blasted aluminium and a high-quality cable that reduces microphonics and deformations.
The Beyerdynamic Blue Byrd is the in-ear wireless neckbud option. Modelled after the Soul Byrd, the Blue Byrd adds Bluetooth functionality to the impressive list of accomplishments of its sibling. A battery life of six hours and a fast charging time via USB-C make these earphones ideal for those often out and about. The Blue Byrd features a three-button remote compatible with both iOS and Android, and employs Bluetooth with aptX Low Latency and AAC support. This means the Blue Byrd would work well even when watching videos or playing mobile games.
The new MOSAYC sound personalisation platform by Beyerdynamic, which builds upon the Mimi technology available on their MIY (Make It Yours) app. Users take a six-minute test to figure out hearing capabilities in both ears, which is implemented on the main processor chip on the headphones to adapt the sound to your listening ability. This means that users of all ages and hearing ability can enjoy all the details in the music as it is intended.
The Beyerdynamic Blue Byrd ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) is the noise cancelling variant of the Blue Byrd. It packs the technology in a solid yoke word around the neck, utilising digital ANC with hybrid technology to eliminate environmental sounds. Microphones on the inside and outside of the ear cups to detect unwanted sounds, which are then eliminated with counter noise waves. This effectively stops the sound waves from noise from reaching the ear, leaving only perfect silence and crystal-clear music. The state-of-the-art ANC technology, combined with the new MOSAYC personalisation make the Blue Byrd ANC truly unique. It sports 18 hours of use without ANC, and 10 hours with ANC activated, with fast USB C charging. Top-notch microphones make the Beyerdynamic Blue Byrd ANC ideal for the busy professional where call quality
Conjuring images of luxury and serenity is Beyerdynamic’s new Lagoon series of headphones. The Lagoon ANC headphones were designed with travellers in mind. Its over-the-ear design, coupled with state-of-the-art ANC technology provides outstanding noise isolation, which is available at two levels of intensity with a flick of a switch.
The Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC promises comfort even on long-haul journeys. With earcups made with memory foam and smooth protein synthetic leather, the headphones are designed around the anatomy of the human ear, sealing off environmental sounds even without Active Noise Cancellation. The band is made from a high-quality spring steel shackle, holding the headphones securely in place. To fit into your carry-on, the headphones fold flat, and can be stowed away securely in the included compact hard case.
Where most of the competition relies on ostentatious LEDs on the outside of the earcups to indicate the status of the headphones, the Lagoon ANC uses a unique Light Guide system instead. The status of the headphones is indicated with lights on the inside of the earcups, meaning you don’t disturb your spouse of seat partner with an unwelcome light show in the pitch darkness. Like the Blue Byrd ANC, the Lagoon ANC supports the latest wireless audio codecs including Qualcomm aptX, aptX Low Latency and AAC, together with a top-notch microphone system.
With 24 hours of battery life with ANC activated and 46 hours without, the headphones can last for a voyage and a half before requiring a quick recharge via USB C.
The Beat Byrd will be available by the end of September, the Soul Byrd by mid-October and the Blue Byrd in Q4 2018. The Beat Byrd is available exclusively on beyerdynamic.de at an RRP of EUR 24.90 (SGD 40). The Soul and Blue Byrd will be available online and in retail: the Soul Byrd at EUR 79 (SGD 126.30), and the Blue Byrd at EUR 129 (SGD 206.20).
The Blue Byrd ANC will be available on beyerdynamic.de from the fourth quarter 2018 at an RRP of EUR 249 (SGD398). The Lagoon ANC headphones will be available in Traveller (black/blue) and Explorer (grey/brown) in Q4 2018 at an RRP of EUR 399 (SGD 637.90).
Local prices and availability in Singapore has yet to be announced. Prices in SGD are conversions with exchange rates at the time of publishing.