At the exact affordable price, two high-quality earphones are in a competition today. Carrying forward Beyerdynamic's rich legacy, the Byron is a tough competitor to the Sony MDR-XB55AP, one of the biggest names in consumer electronics.
The Byron has been crafted with good looks and even better performance. You won't find any tacky colors or an extreme design. They have a subtle metallic and black look, enough to leave an impression. These in-ears house a solid aluminium body to last a long time while also being considerably lightweight.
The cords are built in such a way so as to be tangle-free and leave that frustration behind. It has an angled 3.5mm jack that leads up to a Y-split and doesn't compromise on the build quality. For the uninitiated, an angled jack keeps the connector from being accidentally yanked out from your phone (most of the time).
BEYERDYNAMIC'S LEGACY VS SONY'S POPULARITY
The Sony MDR-XB55AP is a successor to the last Sony bestseller the MDR-XB50AP. Thanks to its plastic build, it is considerably lightweight and you won’t get tired of constantly carrying it around.
Looks-wise, it is impressive having a metallic look and a variety of colors to select from. Blue, black and white are the options to have the pick of your choice. And don't worry about the wires tangling. They are built with serrated cords to keep themselves knot-free.
With the Byron, you get 3 pairs of silicon eartips in varying sizes, a cable clip for a secure and firm hold and a case to carry them along. You can have a longer and more comfortable listening experience once you find the perfect fit for your ears.
The cable has a 3-button remote and mic to help you better manage and control your calls as well as your music. You can start, stop or skip any song when you want and even switch between your music and calls as per your convenience. It even lets you control the volume to enjoy a completely hands-free experience.
3-BUTTON REMOTE & MIC VS 1-BUTTON UNIVERSAL REMOTE & MIC
While using the remote was quite easy, iOS users ought to know that this will not work on their devices, at least not the volume buttons (Yay Android!).
With the Sony MDR-XB55AP, 4 pairs of silicon tips of varying sizes are packed along with a double-flanged pair. You also get a small carry case to put them away with care, a shirt clip and a double pin adapter to connect the headset to a laptop or a computer. One more thing Sony offers with this earphone is the 1-button controller that sports a universally compatible microphone.
To stay perfectly in your ears, the MDR-XB55AP has an angular in-ear fit and while the noise isolation is not the best, a pair of Comply eartips can easily solve the problem.
The Byron delivers a detailed and balanced sound. You can easily feel the depth of the music. They carry a certain smoothness in them to make the audio quality pristine.
The metal housings contain a 9mm neodymium speaker that gives you an enhanced bass but not at the cost of the clarity in the highs and mids. The midrange sounds balanced and is consistent throughout. Treble is precise without being harsh. They can get pretty loud even with low-powered sources.
PRISTINE AUDIO VS POWERFUL SOUND
This is the perfect in-ear for a lazy Sunday afternoon or a relaxed music session.
Now over to the Sony MDR-XB55AP. These are built with 12mm neodymium drivers that present an exceptionally powerful sound. And, for the extra deep bass, there are powered bass ducts in them. They will never disappoint you if you are a dedicated bass lover.
The sound is well, what we would call classic Sony i.e. a heavy, punchy and energetic sound, especially at the lower frequencies. While the treble is smooth and mids are clean, they tend to get drowned out by the bass at high volumes.
With a clean and classic design, the Byron provides an excellent music experience with a balanced sound. Whereas, if you are a consistent bass lover and want color choices to choose from, the Sony MDR-XB55AP is a perfect choice.