Top positive review
4.0 out of 5 starsSoulful, Relaxed, and Pleasant... but most of all COMFORTABLE!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 28, 2018
Simply put ...these are worth owning if you’re looking for a super comfortable wired earbud with pretty good sound for the price. Here are details:
Comfort: 5/5 ...I found these to be some of the most comfortable earbuds that I have ever worn and they come with a great selection of custom “bell” shaped silicone tips that seem excellent. They are intended to be worn down, rather than over the ear, so keep that in mind. I wouldn’t wear them for intense workouts, but they’d be fine for walking around, commuting, or office use.
Sound: 4/5 ...The earbuds present a pleasant and relaxing listening experience that is a bit “U” shaped. I would compare it directly to Beyerdynamic’s DT770 sound signature, but in a much smaller package, so if you like those then I think you’ll be probably be happy with the Soul Byrds. Their low end is excellent (5/5) and if you like bass you’re unlikely to be disappointed. Their midrange is good (4/5), but I think it’s a bit reserved. Their highs (4/5) are also fairly clear without being particularly sibilant or sharp. Again, the overall sound experience is laid back and should allow for long, non fatiguing listening sessions with all sorts of music. However, if you’re looking for super hi-res clarity or a mid/high focused sound signature then these may not be for you.
Isolation: 4/5 ...These block most outside noises, but not everything. As a result they also leak a tiny amount of sound, but nothing that most people would notice unless they’re right next to you in a perfectly silent environment.
Additional Notes: ...The Soul Byrds come with an excellent little leather-like, zippered, carrying case, about the size of a wallet, which is a nice touch. I haven’t had a chance to test the inline mic, so I can’t really comment on that yet. The cable is nice though, it’s round and doesn’t seem to tangle easily, which is thoughtful and each earbud is also clearly labeled. Beyerdynamic’s attention to detail seems really good.
Soul Byrd vs the Focal Sphear Earbuds ...simply save yourself the time and forget the Focals. Although the Sphears are comfortable to wear they sound awful due to their sharp, piercing, and painful highs, which is why I had to return my pair. I can’t imagine anyone enjoying the Focal’s sound signature (I’m not sure how they’re getting any good reviews) and I’m frankly surprised Focal would offer up such sonic garbage, given their other outstanding headphones. There is a reason the Sphears are 50% off!
Soul Byrd vs Klipsch R6i ...this was close, but I had to go with the Soul Byrds, due to their fit and comfort. I simply couldn’t get the Klipsch R6i to seal correctly and they kept popping loose in my ears. If I held the Klipsch in place though, they did produce excellent sound… very similar to the Soul Byrds, but with more mids and greater clarity. If someone could get the R6i to stay in their ears and achieve a good seal then I could see them being superior.
Soul Byrd vs Bose Soundsport ...the Bose probably have greater clarity in their mids and highs, but I found them to be significantly less comfortable, so the Soul Byrds win again. Also the Bose aren’t designed to seal or isolate at all, so they leak a tremendous amount of sound and let in the noise from your surrounding environment, which I didn’t like, because it really killed the presentation of the music and my immersion in it. I can see the use case, if you want/need to be aware of the sounds around you, but most people want some sort of noise isolation from their earbuds and the Bose Soundsport have NONE.