B&O launches its first wi-fi headphones, the BeoPlay H8
Bang and Olufsen’s foremost announcement this yr is the splendidly-bizarre “Second” residence music system. The Danish firm had a number of different issues to point out although, and the BeoPlay H8 Bluetooth headphone is one in every of them. A mix of cow cover, lamb pores and skin and aluminum, the H8 is certainly one of many extra premium-feeling pairs of Bluetooth headphones we have held shortly. With Lively noise cancellation, a bunch of excessive-high quality playback options (aptX/A2DP) and a customized metallic contact interface, they’re one of many nicer specced ones, too. We took a fast take a look at CES.
The aluminium contact controls are one of many extra fascinating options. Bang & Olufsen needed to create controls for the BeoPlay H8 that not solely look good, however work nicely too. The corporate feels that capacitive controls do not all the time reply properly, particularly when uncovered to the weather (as headphones invariably are). To work round this, B&O designed an answer that makes use of the small distortion created within the aluminum whenever you contact it to trace your finger. In my brief testing, it did not work all that nicely, circling my finger to vary to quantity gave combined outcomes. Extra easy gestures, like skipping tracks labored simply advantageous although, so maybe it is all about method.
Regardless of being primarily a wi-fi headphone, the H8 is definitely fairly succesful as an all-spherical set of cans, too. That is principally because of the inclusion of lively noise cancelling, which can be utilized whether or not the H8’s are wired or not. Do you have to choose to maintain them plugged in, the battery will run the ANC for 30 hours (that drops to a claimed 14 when utilizing them wire-free). The BeoPlay H8 ought to attraction to those that’ve been tempted to go wi-fi, however nonetheless need a number of premium touches (ANC and good supplies are much less widespread in Bluetooth headphones). It can additionally please the Bang and Olufsen trustworthy who’ve been ready for an opportunity to chop the twine. Anticipate to pay a worth for the privilege although, because the H8 will set you again $500 when it launches later this month.
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