As notable for their distinct design language as for their technical prowess, Bang & Olufsen is a Danish producer of audio and video products. Each product, from their smallest earphone to their largest motorized TV, has an inevitable, organic feel that will bring a smile to your face each time you pick it up or turn it on.
The original BeoPlay E8 earphones were billed as truly wireless, and that was true — except when it was time to charge them up. This 2.0 revision eliminates that final cord with a leather changing case that supports both micro USB and Qi wireless charging. As before, they're crafted from aluminum, stainless steel, and leather, with a reassuring build quality that feels great in your ears. An app-accessed Digital Signal Processor lets you adjust the EQ and gain to suit your preferences, a built-in mic lets you handle phone calls, and an adjustable Transparency Mode that lets you hear the world around you. The latter is accessed via an intuitive touch interface that also lets you start and stop the audio, change tracks, and activate voice commands. They offer a playtime of four hours on their own, with an extra twelve provided by the case, and are a great-sounding alternative to ubiquitous white 'buds. With the release of the 2.0's, it means you can also pick up the original E8's for quite a bargain.
Frequency: 20 - 20,000 Hz / Impedance: 16 Ohm / Wireless: Bluetooth 4.2 AAC Codec
Earphones: 0.9" x 0.79" x 0.98" / Charging Case: 2.87" x 1.85" x 1.30"
The pinnacle of the BeoPlay collection from Bang & Olufsen comes in the form of their wireless H9 headphone with active noise cancellation. Unlike many of its counterparts in the market, the H9 is almost entirely devoid of plastic components, instead opting for natural materials. The over-ear design sits comfortably due to the softness of the lambskin and adaptive memory foam so you can easily use all 14 hours of noise-canceling battery life for tunes or to take your calls on the go without your ears protesting. The highly-advanced polished and anodized aluminum plate on the ear cup is sensitive to the touch, allowing you to adjust volume and active noise cancelling even with gloves on. A major plus for long-haul jet-setters is the ability to remove and replace the Lithium-Ion battery in seconds, allowing for virtually unlimited cord-free play time.
Enjoy Bang & Olufsen-quality sound anywhere with the portable but sturdy A2 Active Bluetooth speaker. Six total speakers, three on each side, provide 360-degree sound and true stereo can be achieved when pairing two A2's via the Beoplay app. A single sub-three-hour charge via USB-C yields up to 24-hours of playback at moderate volumes. The smart charging system automatically adapts to match the energy being provided from the source, meaning you'll never have to worry about overcharging and subsequent loss of battery life. Water and dust resistance, plus the ability to be fine-tuned to your preference via the Beoplay app, makes the A2 the most refined yet rugged portable Bluetooth speaker around.
Dimensions: 5.6" tall / 10.1" wide / 1.7" deep
Weight: 2.4 pounds
Frequency Response: 55 Hz - 20,000 Hz
Power: 180 W Peak provided via 2 digital Class D Amps
New to the Bang & Olufsen connected-home lineup and designed by Copenhagen-based Cecilie Manz, the Beoplay M3 Speaker is the most compact in the company's wireless collection. Its exchangeable covers let it fit any interior style, either with Kvadrat-sourced wool blend fabric or anodized aluminum. The main rigid polymer body holds a 3.5-inch driver and high-quality soft dome tweeter, tuned by B&O engineers and adjustable further via a three-position switch. The M3 is future-ready as it will support Apple AirPlay 2 which rolls out next year, allowing it to pair with any speaker that's AirPlay 2 enabled. Other listening options include Bluetooth or Wi-Fi playback using Chromecast, Beolink Multiroom, or QPlay. Available in Natural with fabric cover or Black with anodized aluminum cover.
Truly wireless earphones are quickly becoming the norm, but for those who'd rather have something sleek and sophisticated as opposed to the fruit company's blaring white ear dongles, the E8 earphones from Bang & Olufsen are your choice. Made from premium materials like leather, aluminum, stainless steel in stealth black, the earphones have all the attention to detail you expect from the brand, with features including a Digital Signal Processor that lets you adjust the EQ and gain from within an app, a built-in microphone for taking calls, and an adjustable Transparency Mode that lets you hear the world around you with a simple tap. The rechargeable earphones offer a playtime of four hours, with an extra eight provided by the leather, micro USB charging case.
Crafted from pearl-blasted aluminum and leather, the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay P6 Speaker offers poolside portability and living room looks. It uses True360 sound processing and a pair of amplifiers to get the most out of its compact dust- and splash-proof body, with an integrated microphone for calls and 16 hours of battery life. Controls can be handled on your phone via Bluetooth or using the Beomaster 6000-inspired flex buttons on top.
Drivers: 2x 1.5" Full Range / Woofer: 1x 4" / Amplification: 2 x 30W Class D (Full Range), 1 x 36W Class D (Woofer) / Frequency Range: 55 - 20,000 Hz
Height: 6.69" / Width: 5.12" / Depth: 2.68" / Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Great design is timeless. Just ask Anders Hermansen, who penned the basic design of the BeoPlay Earset in the 1990s. Using a moveable hook set atop a height-adjusting piston, they allow you to adjust the angle of the earbud, ensuring a comfortable fit. The frame is made from durable anodized aluminum, while the drivers sit inside vented cabinets for optimal sound quality. There's also a three-button remote and mic combo on the cord, a USB-C rechargeable battery that lasts up to five hours per charge, and an included carrying case.
Driver: 14.2mm Electro-dynamic / Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz / Sensitivity: 105 dB / Wireless: Bluetooth 4.2
Width: 1.57" / Height: 2.17" / Depth: 0.94" / Weight: 1.06 oz.