New Toys: Beyerdynamic Free BYRD Ear Buds

The Free BYRD Ear Buds from Beyerdynamic are Bluetooth-enabled and sound better than my expensive wired models. With their closed-backed dynamic transducers, I've been using them every day with my iPhone on my hour-long walks and I'm impressed. When they are properly fitted into my ears, they sound great!

They come with a compact charging case in which the ear buds drop into and there is an USB-C and cable to plug it into any socket or charger. You can also use Qi® wireless pads for them—a 10-minute charge will run them for over 60 minutes. A full charge will run them 8 to 11 hours with ANC or Active Noise Cancellation also activated.

I received a pair of gray Free BYRDs and charger, but they also come in black and I was immediately struck how intuitive they operate. Functions or commands are initiated by taping on ether the left or right ear buds' black touch strips. Things like: play/stop/previous/next song or accepting/rejecting incoming phone calls and calling up voice assistant are all various number of "taps" on either the left or right ear bud. This all works great, although I do have to get use to them! I'm having a great time with the comfortable and completely adjustable Free BYRD ear buds.

I've started using Apple Siri on my walks and a tap and hold on the right ear bud wakes her up. Amazon Alexa and Google Fast Pair are supported. Free BYRD has two (one in each bud), built-in MEMS omnidirectional microphones with Qualcomm® cVc™ speech enhancement technology all running under Bluetooth version 5.2 with aptX Adaptive, AAC, and SBC.

Beyerdynamic Free BYRDs include five pairs of silicone ear tips and three pairs of foam tips in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, an USB charging cable, and instructions. Free BYRDs cost $249 MSRP.