The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 have a clean, symmetrical design that's pleasing to both the eye and touch.
High-fashion, feel-good headphones
Style and comfort don't always go hand in hand — think of the last time you tried on jeans or shoes. So it is pretty remarkable that Bang & Olufsen's Beoplay H4 wireless headphones are among the best-looking and perhaps the most comfortable over-ears I've ever tried.
A sturdy, elegant design
The H4s have a sturdy frame and earcup sliders made of aluminum. Their plush earpads are lined with soft leather. These headphones felt light in my hands, and I could almost forget I was wearing them after a while.
Bluetooth headphones in general are pretty liberating — you can listen without connecting a cord to your phone. But these easy-going headphones were extra pleasant because of their super-comfortable fit. In the morning, I could throw them on, turn on a podcast, and move around freely to make coffee or breakfast.
Smooth, detailed sound
Of course you can only enjoy headphones if they sound good, too. B&O's sound signature is a good match for the relaxed fit of the Beoplay H4s. You don't get the extreme, bass-heavy sound you might expect from some modern headphones. Instead, you get a smooth, midrange-focused sound profile with detailed highs.
I found the on-ear controls very easy to use.
My listening impressions
I started my work day with a J-Dilla mixtape of instrumental, jazz-infused hip-hop. I followed it up with the Isley Brothers' Givin' it Back album, then sampled the new Japandroids rock album Near to the Wild Heart of Life. The headphones remained even-keeled, letting the different music styles dictate the mood. I honestly lost track of time before I realized it was lunchtime. When I pulled them off, there was no sense of strain or fatigue on my ears — a testament to the both the satisfying sound and well-padded fit.
On-ear controls that you can figure out quickly
Three tactile buttons on the right earcup control music, calls, and voice commands (like Siri® or Google Now). Sometimes I fumble with on-ear controls like these, but B&O included a clever design touch. There's a raised bump on the center button, so you can quickly locate the correct button without having look at it.