Beyerdynamic’s Byrd series and the small change that makes a big difference

Beyerdynamic reinvented itself as this year’s IFA conference with a new logo, new company symbol, new branding, and a slew of new products. There’s much that could be written about the company’s latest vision and lineup (I covered ^( the new headphones from the event for our sister-site Sound Guys ^(, but one of the seemingly smaller details from the announcement is for me the most significant.

Beyerdynamic introduced a range of headphones that, down to the least costly pair, follow a smart design ideology I foresee being adopted by other brands in the future. Beyerdynamic launched the flat-headed “Byrd” series of in-ear headphones, and they look like this:

Beyerdynamic headphones in a person's hand.
The Soul Byrd.
Beyerdynamic headphones in a person's hand.
The Blue Byrd.
Beyerdynamic headphones in a person's hand.
The Beat Byrd.

The flattened shell of the earbud doesn’t result in improved audio quality, nor does it look particularly sexy. The reason it’s interesting is that, unlike the majority of competing headphones, this design allows the earphones to rest comfortably inside your ear while it’s pressed against a surface.

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This means you can place your head on a pillow in bed or on a couch, or up against the window in a plane or train, and enjoy your audio without earbuds digging into you.

Superficially, it’s only a minor alteration to standard headphone design. But it’s a change that, in certain circumstances, could make them more useful than most modern headphones provide.

If all you want to do is lie on your side and listen to music, you’ll require flat headphones such as the low-cost Beat Byrds (above). Even though you might prefer the quality offered by premium, $500 headphones, if they feel like pen lids squashed in your ears, you’re not going to wear them for long.

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In this way, Beyerdynamic isn’t just improving how headphones sound — as any audio hardware manufacturer does — but how we actually use them. And, as someone who likes falling asleep with a podcast, I’m thrilled.

I realize that you can still listen to music in bed or in a car with regular headphones, as long as my head stays in certain positions. However, you may not experience quite the same comfort as with flat headphones like $30 Beyerdynamic Beat Byrds.

That’s not to say they are perfectly comfortable — you can still feel some pressure against the inner ear (though I expect this design will be refined in future) when lying against something. Right now, it’s just a step in the right direction, and enough to secure the Beat Byrd’s as my new nightstand earbuds.

The Beat Byrd’s will launch this month for 24.90 euros (~$29), with the more expensive headphones in the series following soon after. Find out more details at ^(

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Beyerdynamic enters new era at IFA 2018, introduces six new headphone products

Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones from IFA 2018.

The Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones

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Beyerdynamic ^( has launched its new product lineup at IFA 2018. The manufacturer introduced six new headphones at its Berlin event earlier today, and ushered in a “completely new era” for the company.

Beyerdynamic new logo from IFA 2018.

On stage, Beyerdynamic showed off its new logo, new “Y” shaped company symbol and discussed its new brand direction. “Your Beyerdynamic” wants to be a more consumer-focused brand, making “sophisticated products for sophisticated people.” But how is the new approach reflected in the products themselves?

Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd headphones from IFA 2018.

The Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd headphones

Beginning with the new Byrd range, these four in-ear headphones include two wired options, the Beat Byrd and the Soul Byrd, in addition to the wireless Blue Byrd and Blue Byrd ANC (or active noise cancellation ^( All of these come with a flat housing which Beyerdynamic designed these to be comfortable even when lying down — something which should be great for those folks going to bed listening to podcasts.

Beyerdynamic Soul Byrd headphones from IFA 2018.

The Beyerdynamic Soul Byrd headphones

The Beat Byrd is the manufacturers’ entry-level headphones available from September for 24.90 euros (~$29), while the Soul Byrd is a more expensive unit, coming with a tri-band remote for smartphones and a carry pouch. Those will be available from mid-October for 79 euros (~$92).

Beyerdynamic Blue Byrd headphones from IFA 2018.

The Beyerdynamic Blue Byrd headphones

Blue Byrd and Blue Byrd ANC, on the other hand, both come with “Mosayc,” the new brand name for Beyerdynamic’s personalized audio tech ^( This works in conjunction with Beyerdynamic’s MIY app, which will run a hearing test to customize the sound based on your hearing (apparently, the app has also undergone a redesign with a new UX, but we didn’t get many details at the press event).

Beyerdynamic Blue Byrd ANC headphones from IFA 2018.

The Beyerdynamic Blue Byrd ANC headphones

Mosayc is included on a few of the upcoming headphones discussed today but it looks like we’ll be seeing plenty more of it in the future.

The Blue Byrd ANCs, the only model to include a neckband, are the world’s first in-ear headphones to combine active-noise cancellation ^( with audio personalization technology. But they don’t come cheap, launching for 249 euros (~$290) in Q4. The non-active noise cancelling variant costs 129 euros (~$150) and will arrive in the same quarter.

Beyerdynamic Tygr 300 R headphones from IFA 2018.

The Beyerdynamic Tygr 300 R headphones

Meanwhile, Beyerdynamic launched a couple of new over-ear cans, the Tygr 300 R headset for gamers, and the Lagoon ANC, which looks set to be a new flagship product.

The latter is the first over-ear headset to feature both active noise cancellation and personalized sound, but it’s also set to deliver premium sound quality. What’s more, the ear cups of these cans feature LED lights that change color depending on their current state (like they’re battery level and playback mode). These will go on sale Q4 this year for 399 euros (~$465).

Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones from IFA 2018.

The Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones.

It’s an exciting time for Beyerdynamic, though I’ve yet to get a chance to listen to the headphones just yet. Hopefully, there will be a chance before IFA 2018 ends. Stay tuned.

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