Beyerdynamic Free Byrds im Test

With the help of a hearing test, the headphones adapt to the personal needs of the user.
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  • adaptive, broadband and well-working ANC
  • long endurance with more than seven hours of music at a time
  • innovative MIY app with sound adjustment to the hearing performance of the user
  • modern and chic design

  • no multipoint connection
  • quite far out center of gravity of the earpieces
  • upgradeable telephony acoustics


connect test verdict: very good (455 out of 500 points)


One thing straight away: The sound of the Free Byrd is by no means bad and, with a maximum volume of an impressive 113 dB, it also plays fairly loud. Balanced and a bit mid-weighted, you can only enjoy the best sound performance after a few optimizations using the equalizer in the MIY app, but the sound is still a bit too good even then.

A circumstance that we don’t actually know from the sound inventors from Heilbronn. All in all, the Free Byrd unfortunately lacks the last bit of power and detail. Even if the whining is at a high level – various competitors do it a bit better.

However, modern headphones must of course be able to do more than just provide a rich sound: in addition to the sound, a user will probably think of wearing comfort and operation first.

Wearing comfort of Beyerdynamic in-ears

Thanks to the five supplied interchangeable ear pieces made of high-quality memory foam, thanks to which almost every user can have one good fit should find, the Free Byrd is a pleasant companion even when listening for a long time. Unfortunately, the in-ears don’t sit quite as firmly in the auricle as one would like.

The center of gravity of the Free Byrd is quite far out, which is detrimental to the grip and can sometimes lead to problems with movement-intensive activities.

One would have wished for simpler operation, especially for the volume control.
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When it comes to the operation of Beyerdynamic’s latest in-ears, we can’t do without criticism. The bottom line is that the controls are quite good, but there are a few unnecessarily complicated quirks in a few places. Why, for example, the volume can only be changed by double-clicking and holding the second click was not accessible to us, and the missing multi-point connection was also a thorn in our side.

To do this, the Free Byrd connects to the smartphone in no time at all using Google Fast Pair. In addition, such practical features as the smoothly functioning Wear detection or the good integration of the various voice assistants a lot to simplify the daily handling of the small plugs.

ANC der Free Byrds

The damping of the in-ears alone provides mechanical protection on average 11 dB of noise. If you then switch on the ANC, you get a medium damping of stately 24 dB. The Free Byrd may not exactly be the damping world champion, but since the ANC works broadband, smart and reliable, there is nothing to complain about here.

If you also want to make phone calls with the Free Byrd, you should make sure that you are in a quiet place – that’s when it works call quality the in-ears are absolutely fine. Unfortunately, the situation is different if conversation or street noise in the background disturbs the telephone call, since in these cases the quality of the telephony acoustics of the Free Byrd decreases significantly.

The 65 x 40 x 28 mm case of the Free Byrd can also be charged wirelessly without any problems.
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battery power

In matters persistence the Free Byrd presents itself with an uninterrupted music playback of good seven hours (428 minutes) quite strong. That’s more than just respectable, but not quite at the top level of the long-distance headphone specialists, who now often scratch the ten-hour mark. The endurance performance is representative of the overall impression of the Free Byrd.

Test seal connect very good
Beyerdynamic’s Free Byrds achieved a “very good” result in our individual test.
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All in all, Beyerdynamic’s latest in-ear headphones don’t really do anything wrong, a lot of things are even really good, but unfortunately not everything is perfect either. Due to the extremely high level of the predecessor models, one would have hoped for a little more here.

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