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In 2021, Beyerdynamic introduced the 2nd-gen Blue Byrd Bluetooth earbuds, which include a flexible neckband. Today, the company has launched its first true wireless pair of earbuds in the Free Byrds, which combine the most modern earbud design concept with beyerdynamic’s audio and active noise cancellation (ANC) technology.
With a design reminiscent of the classic guitar pick, the Free Byrd earbuds offer easy Bluetooth pairing, ANC, and up to 11 hours of battery life per charge. Edgar van Velzen, CEO of beyerdynamic, says the focus for the earbuds is on sound performance. “We’re proud to have prioritized sound quality over market pressures,” he says, “and with this time taken, have successfully achieved a new level of development in sound performance, offering audio enthusiasts the perfect pair of in-ear TWS earbuds that look and feel as great as they sound.”
The unique acoustic design includes powerful 10mm driver, and the latest aptX adaptive and AAC codecs. Onboard digital ANC with hybrid technology gives music fans a sound experience with consistent quality and no distracting ambient noise. Ambient noise can be easily mixed in via Transparency Mode, so you can go from an immersive soundscape to a meaningful conversation with a tap of the earbuds.
Choose among five different silicone earpieces designed by beyerdynamic’s acoustics specialists to ensure the best possible fit with a focus on in-ear ergonomics. Three additional memory-foam earpieces are included for use during sporting activities, and Free Byrd is splash-resistant with IPX4 certification to protect against sweat during extreme workouts or rain while on the go.
Qualcomm’s dual two-mic cVc technology allows for good speech intelligibility during phone calls and meetings. A total of four microphones, two each on the left and right earpieces of the Free Byrd, deliver natural phone calls. With Google Fast Pair, the earbuds connect to Android devices within seconds, while Bluetooth connection options are available on iOS, Mac OS, and PC devices. Certifications from both Amazon and Apple also add ‘Hey Alexa’ and ‘Hey Siri’ voice assistants to Free Byrd.
Gamers and series fans will love Free Byrd’s Low Latency Mode that ensures perfect synchronization between image and sound. The Light Guide System helps facilitate different user operations such as the Bluetooth pairing mode by using different colour LEDs.
Free Byrd can also be connected to beyerdynamic’s MIY app. The “MOSAYC – Attention to Detail with Mimi Sound Personalization” is designed to “elevate the sound of the Free Byrd to the next level.” After a listening test of two minutes, the sound and settings of the headphones can be personalized within the app and adapted to the individual user’s hearing profile. The Sidetone feature helps the user hear their own voice during phone calls, and the equalizer offers customization of audio content to one’s preference with presets. In addition, the app can be used to keep the earbuds up to date via over-the-air firmware updates.
For charging, the earbuds can be stored in the compact charging cradle/case at any time, powered via USB-C or Qi wireless pads. If users are in a hurry, a quick 10-minute charge provides up to 70 minutes of listening pleasure.
The beyerdynamic Free Byrd true wireless earbuds come in either black or gray and are available starting today for US$249.