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Love it ??. The best headphones ever. B&O did it again.
Pros: Beoplay H8
Cons: No auto shut off
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B&O PLAY Beoplay H8 by Bang & Olufsen - Active noise-canceling and wireless listening help make travel a little easier
Crutchfield: B&O Play BeoPlay H8 noise-canceling headphones
Those of us at Crutchfield who are geeks about sound quality sometimes give short shrift to what headphones look like. That's not going to happen here. The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H8 headphones are cool. Very cool. Just look at 'em — they stand out enough to turn heads without looking ostentatious. Think how cool you're going to look walking on the plane with these. Oh, you'll wear them on the plane — they've got noise cancellation circuitry to minimize distractions like airplane hum and pretentious business-class banter. You're also going to look cool listening to them without a cord — they're Bluetooth compatible for connecting wirelessly to your phone. I know what you're thinking: all style, no substance? Wrong. They sound great, offering up rock-solid bass and sparkling detail.
Built-in noise-canceling circuitry and Bluetooth make the Beoplay H8 headphones (shown in Gray Hazel) excellent for listening on the go.
The coolest aspect of the H8 headphones has to be the aluminum touch panel. It allows you to control music and calls with just the tap or swipe of a finger. Slide your finger forward across the panel to skip a track. Move it in a circular motion forward as if you were controlling a dial to increase the volume. Got a call coming in on your phone? Tap the panel to answer — the built-in microphone on the headphones ensures clear call quality. You can even turn noise cancellation on and off with the touch panel.
A great pair of headphones should feel comfortable and inviting, both in your hands and on your ears. How do the H8 headphones achieve this? Memory foam earpads that are covered with soft lambskin offer a plush on-ear fit. The cowhide leather headband is both durable and stylish, while its interior is softly padded for long-lasting comfort. The aluminum frame lends durability to these headphones without weighing them down — they're as lightweight as any headphones with both Bluetooth and noise cancellation that we've seen.
The H8 headphones are powered by a rechargeable battery — it's replaceable should it ever stop taking a charge. Recharging is easy using the included USB cable. A full charge offers up to 14 hours of use with both Bluetooth and noise-cancellation activated. Plug in the included headphone cable and increase your battery life to 35 hours with only noise cancellation activated. Turn that off too, and you won't use any power at all, just in case you want to stay aware of your surroundings or conserve the battery.
Love it ??. The best headphones ever. B&O did it again.
Robbie, Rosemead, CA
Average Customer Review(s):
Love it ??. The best headphones ever. B&O did it again.
Pros: Beoplay H8
Cons: No auto shut off
Sound and other features are great except too much pressure on ears
Pros: Great sound and controls e.g. Volume fwd/rwd on headphones. Love these features
Cons: Too much pressure on ears. It hurts after a while
OK but I feel Max volume should be set higher. Also the swipe,volume, phone answering etc doesn't work good. Doesn't measure up To B&O reputation
Back away from the sexiness...I will admit they sound decent, noise canceling is average, build quality is nice, but the connectivity...ugh. The interruption of the signal with these is just inexcusable. My laptop will be sitting right in front of me and I get interrupted play. I'll have my phone in my breast pocket and get interrupted play. These are honestly one of the most regrettable tech purchases I have ever made. BUT, i have to share with you the best part. I emailed B&O regarding the connectivity issues and got a response that was obviously from a support document or something that was copied and pasted into an email. It reads like this: "Investigations have shown that most users are not aware that the Bluetooth antenna signals is blocked by body parts. By placing the Bluetooth sound transmitter/receiver behind body parts, water in the body will dampen the signal drastically. This issue may be even worse outdoors with fewer reflecting walls." Enough said, save your pennies or apply them elsewhere. You have been warned...
This is the first "real" set of headphones for me. New job in open space, after an hour on transit, which means I need to wear them could wear for hours a day. The out-of-box experience was solid but not mind blowing. These things *are* beautiful. Time to put 'em to the test. On the bus, they're close to a disaster. The sleek controls are sexy, but they're too finicky especially between volume and pause. On a bumpy bus ride, even after a couple weeks honing my gestures, I still can't adjust volume uuccessfully with more than 80% success rate. The worst, though, is the noise-cancelling on the bus. It's nearly unusable. Every so often, with a particular bump, there's a terrible worble and a click. Must be the same as my footfall. An earlier reviewer mentioned that and I ignored it. Don't. Unless you're built like a ballerina, but I'm built more like a bulldozer. At work, they've been good. I hard-wire, and because I'm still, the ANC isn't intrusive. I had to stretch them for comfort, and that helped, but now they're too unstable. Bottom line: sending them back.
Pros: Flawless design--pleasing to the eye and touch. Neck-wear is exceptional--I forget I have them on. Sound quality (without ANC) is full and deep Decent phone performance
Cons: Just terrible ANC experience--flutter and static with external 'bump frequencies.' Nitpicky control pad, not good for the non-dextrous like me For me, not comfortable for long periods, stretching solved this, but then the fit was too loose.
The best sounding wireless headphones on the market today. Worth every penny!
Beautiful design, really a nice fit. Though being over 6 ft, I have a smaller head. And now going thru cancer, I'm forty lbs lighter. I like the B&O H8 because even on ear is usually not my first choice. At the same time I found these quite comfortable and they didn't slip off, a Huge plus. The sound quality, excellent !! Of the many headphones i've tried, I have to say these rank way high along with bluetooth and noise cancelling design, all I can say is Cool...
Pros: great design, (sorta), Hi marks for comfort and they feel solid. Sound is rocking, (sorta) Colud be louder. I like the R & L on the inside ear pad. Stupid I know, Hey, I'm a little slow so that's helps... To much of the seventies
Cons: I'm device challenged but love the toys if that makes sense. The H8 have the rt swipe which kinda drove nuts. It was swipe once for this, I called somebody. They way its marketed the swipe functions run flawless for the techies but for me it was frustrating, tried and gave after 2 days. I have to say, the only real con of this phone is the operator but with practice I would have got it, Buy these..these are great headphones
These B&O H8 headphones are really sweet -- they've made a great impression on me. The feature set is spot on (including excellent telephone quality), the battery life is gracious, the sound is really good -- they may not be end-game audiophile phones, but they're not playing that role as Bluetooth noise-reduction phones -- they sound great enough for wireless walking and around the house while doing other things. I'll fly with them in the next few weeks and update if I have other thoughts, but I'm looking forward to wireless while traveling!
Pros: Style, features, wireless, battery life, rechargeable batteries, sounds full and engaging, and love the touch controls. Use as telephone headset works really well.
These are the best headphones I have ever used. Amazing sound quality. Great battery life. Very easy to use and very stylish.
Pros: Great quality sound, stylish and very strong battery life
Cons: kind of expensive but worth the value
Solid headphone choice for those looking for sound quality and design. Lightweight and practical! They sound phenomenal with an emphasis on bass. ANC does intrude on sound quality (slightly) and lowers sound volume; however, it is the price to pay for when utilizing ANC. ANC itself works fairly well. You do get the occasional high pitched hiss when moving your head fast or touching the headphones. I was told this might be normal as the microphones are trying to process what frequencies to cancel out. It's not perfect, but good luck finding headphones that are! I've received numerous compliments on the look of the headphones and they seem to be built to last. Only time will tell! Overall, I find them worth the expense.
Pros: - Sound Quality - Materials Used - Ease of Use - Battery Life
Cons: - Crappy Carrying Case (bag) - Actual Buttons Flimsy - Touch Area Not Always Responsive - Some Discomfort After Time (long time though) - Slight ANC hiss when introduced to a new outside noise
Before committing to going with B&O's H8, I extensively researched other products in this category of wireless headphones. I considered Sennheiser Momentum, Bowers & Wilkins P7, Parrot Zik and when I was able to try each one of them out, I narrowed it down to B&O and Sennheiser. When I started shopping for it online (Amazon, Best Buy, etc.) I ended up at Crutchfield.com and my conversation with the representative knew both headphones I was interested in and provided me great information and insight on each of the product. I eventually went with the B&O H8 and it's worth every penny of the price. The design is great, sounds excellent, and is loaded with features, including noise canceling. I use it weekly on my flight to and from the SF Bay Area and couldn't be happier with this purchase. Thanks Crutchfield team!
Pros: Comfortable, great design, excellent sound, noise cancelling, controls, and battery life.
Cons: It's really not a con, but just getting use to the on-side ear controls for volume control, pause, forward, etc.
They're beautiful and well made, but some people may find them uncomfortable for long periods of use. The bluetooth is a little grumpy but once you figure it out, it works fine.
Pros: Quality materials and craftsmanship, design, sound quality
These headphones look great and are comfortable and easy to use Bluetooth function, my only concern is the limited volume loudness
Pros: Well build
Cons: Limited volume
Was really looking forward to the headphones, and was thrilled to receive them. The build quality is good, but once i got to use it, there was a hissing noise in the right earpiece. The high pitch noise - heard by others not using the head phone - becomes really bothersome especially when your fingers try any of the touch controls or even if the metal part of the headphones touch the shirt collar. THis only happens with the ANC mode on. Thought it was a peculiar issue with the headphone i had, so i called Crutchfield who were gracious enough to send me a replacement. The replacement has exactly the same problem. B&O seems to have failed in their testing and product quality. Returning both the headphones - will need to review and try others before deciding on which one to go with.
Pros: - Build quality - Cool factor
Cons: - High pitch shrill noise when anything touches the right metal pars with ANC on. - Thumping noise when ANC on when walking.
These headphones truly are the Bugatti of headphones. The design is second to none. Touch interface is very responsive. Sound quality is refined and perfect for at home or travel. The only thing I would say that keeps them from 100 is that there is no battery indicator like the Beats headphones has so unless you keep track of that it's a guessing game. The battery last very long however and the replaceable battery is great especially for travel. Another this is that although it is an on ear headphone, every time you step you can almost feel the vibration from the impact of your foot on the ground. After a while it actually does not cause any annoyance. Overall great product and the leather should age beautifully. 95/100 for me.
Pros: Design, Sound quality, leather, touch, battery life.
Cons: no battery indicator on phone nor light indicator (except red light to indicate less than 10%), weird vibration noise when walking,
Nice! Great sound, but one would expect that from B&O.
Pros: Easy to use & plays nice with my iPhone.
Cons: Have not found any as of yet.
Great wireless headset
Pros: Build, style and sound quality
Cons: On ear build comfortable but over ear option would be better.
I am really impressed with these headphones!! Everything from the anodized aluminum to the two types of leather used that smell delicious and feel great. The way the ear pads twist off with a hydraulic feel for cleaning or replacement is genius.The innovative touch sensor works perfectly. The removable battery design so you can buy a second backup battery if need be although it may not be necessary since it lasts for 14 hours with ANC on. These are also surprisingly light and grab your head nicely without falling off when bending over to pick something up. When they are around the neck I like the way the cans twist and sit comfortably flat on my chest. The frequency response is impressive with extremely clean and dry treble, nice upper bass with good presence with a powerful, deep sub base all the while sounding like they have a audiophile's preferred flat frequency response so as to sound proper with all types of music from jazz, classical, pop, rock or electronica . I have a android phone with Aptx codec and use Neutron Player app to listen to mostly 2.8MHz 1bit DSD/DSF and 24 bit FLAC stored on a 128gb SD card so the sound is open and very low in distortion allowing the volume to be turned up to the maximum without listening fatigue and giving you goosebumps all the way! I own four other bluetooth headphones (Sennheiser MM-550x, Logitech UE9000, Phaiton Chord MS530, Parrot ZIK 1st gen) and the H8 are my favorite by far and getting the most use since I got them! So Happy!
Pros: Sound quality, build quality, aesthetics, comfort on ear and around neck, battery life and removability, touch control, light weight
Cons: This is not a big deal but with ANC on if I walk around barefoot and strike my heels hard on the ground like a caveman there is a slight high frequency feedback in response to the shock that travels up my spine. If I walk on the balls of my feet or wear shoes then it's fine. I'm being a little nit picky here so most won't even notice this at all.
Very good product from B&O. Sound quality is great. I thought they'll be a bit more powerful. If your song is not the best quality, the headphones let you feel it right away. I hope they will break in after a while because if you have them on for some time your ears would definitely hurt.
Pros: Sound and look is great.
Cons: Bluetooth and ANC is something they still need to work on.
Sound Quality These are tight. Highs are crisp, mids are clear and even the lows sound remarkable. I was a bit shocked when I threw them on and clicked through some classical, hip-hop and rock. Everything sounds fantastic. I will however state that the bass may be just a hair too over zealous. Nothing to complain about, just an observation. Coolness Factor I am still the only person I have seen rocking a set of these which speaks for itself. They look great and work with formal and casual wear seamlessly. They are understated while still making a statement that does not require a 'b' or the flashy silver tones of the competition's offerings. Build Quality These are very well built. I have played with them a bit just to see their resistance to being packed and jarred, and they have proven resilient. The weight feels substantiated without being heavy, the metal is sturdy and joined to the headband on the speaker assemblies quite well. Nothing feels loose, nothing jiggles from imprecision, the joints are sturdy and the overall feel gives you comfort knowing you can drop, jar, squash or otherwise abuse these. Comfort Personally, on ear headphones are great, but eventually they do cause a bit of discomfort from the constant compression on your ears. I tend to remove these every few hours to give my ears a break. Noise Reduction That plane noise? Gone. Din of the subway? Gone. All without that pressurizing sensation of the competition. B&O's ANC tech is second to none.
Pros: Sound quality, build quality, noise reduction and exclusivity (at USD 500 these are not common)
Cons: On-ear design can become a little bit uncomfortable for your ears after some time, but it's nothing a little break can't resolve.
Great sound quality wrapped with elegant design. Good bluetooth connectivity range. Sound is so crisp and true to its original tone. I found the clapping force from the band to be a bit strong, could have used some softer material in the head band.
Pros: Good sound quality, amazing noise reduction ability.
Great product, but touch controls take getting used to and are a little frustrating.
Pros: So far, quality is excellent and Bluetooth rarely loses signal.
Cons: Volume control takes time to master--it's touch sensitive and a bit difficult to adjust while moving; if your finger is too close to the center of the earpiece, you pause the play rather than adjust the volume.
The absolute worst product to hit the high-fidelity market in many years. Save your money on these unless you don't mind paying hundreds for headphones that will only work with certain mobile devices (not all) and will not be compatible with many computers--even if equipped with Bluetooth 4.0. Had these phones1 since early February and immediately I experienced sound drops from within 2 feet of my MacBook. A slight turn of the head (minimal) and the Raw RSSI (received signal strength indicator) drops below -75 causing sound to drop out. There is little range in direct line of sight with the MB--within 8' completely gone. B&O's answer to this? Via BeoCare: "I received feedback from Denmark, In principle a Bluetooth 4.0 enabled product with A2DP Bluetooth profile should be able to send music to the BeoPlay H8. Practical tests have shown a very differentiated market picture. Most newer computers with updated software and adequate hardware should be able to connect to BeoPlay H8, but we are not able to recommend or support this setup." When I asked for clarification of this rather peculiar choice of words, I was told via BeoCare: "Unfortunately we can't guarantee the same bluetooth performance with all Apple laptops." So much for product support. Navigate to the H8 page on BeoWorld and find out that there are similar problems of this nature with mobile devices as well. Thankfully, my iPhone seems to work well with these. Expensive headphones for your phone. Sometimes.
Pros: Nice fit and finish
Cons: Doesn't work well with all devices. Absolute stonewalling from B&O support. Stuck with expensive headphones that just don't work well wirelessly.
I am very pleased with my initial impression of these headphones. From the Apple-like unboxing experience to the easy pairing with a number of devices, I still am impressed with the sound quality and frequency response. I listen to all types of music; Classical, punk to dubstep and these are a great all rounder, very sensitive and can be driven by low output devices. What's not impressive for a $500 'fone is the quality of the 3.5mm headphone cable and cloth carry bag - very disappointing. The touch controls are decent but as other reviewers have mentioned, are finicky in operation. ANC is decent but tends to overboost the signal when connected via cable. They are a delight to look at, seriously and are some of the smallest, unobtrusive cans I have worn. They look like they will last a long time.
Pros: Design, sound, weight, comfort (I have a size large head)
Cons: accessories, expensive, proprietary battery (cannot find a spare for sale at this time)
These headphones deliver as advertised. Superior build quality, incredible sound quality and a intuitive interface design. I am primarily using these headphones with a iPhone6 in bluetooth mode. I have been surprised with just how good the BT4 sound quality is with lossless files. The headphones are light weight and can be worn for the good part of a work day without fatigue. ANC is new to me and I don't think I would use it unless on a plane or similar environment. The on-ear design does a good job of blocking a good amount of external noise without the ANC. Very happy with the H8's so far.
Pros: Sound Quality, Build Quality, Interface Design, Style, Weight
The headphone designs is magnificent, comfortable to wear, I didn't like the ANC it performed below my expectations
Pros: Design Built quality Bluetooth
Cons: Anc not very good
After an extensive search for the best-sounding, travel-friendly headphones, the Beoplay H8 rose to the top. First and foremost, the sound quality is excellent. They cover the entire spectrum well, with accurate highs and a broader range on the lower end providing a fair amount of depth and fullness in sound. Mids are perfectly balanced and never dominate, which I found to be the case with the Sennheiser M2. The soundstage is a bit compact, possibly due to their snug on-ear fit. As on-ear headphones, the noise-canceling is surprisingly good. Design could not be better if you're a frequent traveler like me -- they are extremely light and portable, and the the leather pads provide great fit, although the constant pressure on the ears can become somewhat uncomfortable. Bluetooth range is about 30 feet, and I haven't noticed any dropouts which others have reported. Call quality is good, and so far, no complaints from those on the other end. Battery life with ANC on at 14 hours in adequate, and having a replaceable/rechargeable battery is an added bonus devoid of most other bluetooth phones. The only negatives are that these do not have battery-level voice alerts, nor provide the battery indicator on the smart phone (there is only a tone and red indicator light at 10%). For Apple users, I don't believe you can activate Siri from them either. Still, these are minor inconveniences when considering the amazing sound, design, and portability of the H8.
Pros: Excellent sound quality Good noise canceling Portability Replaceable battery
Cons: No battery level alerts No Siri activation Discomfort from on-ear pads
Great headphones. Comfortable and look good. Sound quality is superb and true to the music. Balanced bass and treble and human voice. Great sound satge
Pros: well built and sounds great
Cons: blue tooth connectivity can be better
I have had the H8s for just one week now so this is just some initial finding. Build quality appears very nice as the photos and few B&O video indicate. The fit is tight but on the other hand, if you are not careful they can start to slip off. The headband provides very little cushioning and as a result, for me, is not as comfortable as I would like but not a show stopper (yet). The padding looks plush but in truth there is very little give. About the only other somewhat related thing I would add is that from a cosmetic point of view, I would have preferred black over the brown. As for functionality, the touch controls are reasonable but far from perfect. The swiping actions often provide unintended results. This I assume will improve with time. There is no detent or any physical feedback from the touch panel. I was expecting this desirable feedback as the panel is not capacitive like so many devices. There is some audio feedback to confirm a mode change however. The sliding mode switch feels a bit cheap it that is scrapes a bit and does not move smoothly. Its not all that bad but noticeable in use. The audio jack is solid. Bluetooth has its disappointments. There is some delay/ lag. I have not measure it but it may be in the 50- 200mS range. From what I understand this is not unlike most Bluetooth devices, but this, for me, makes using the H8 for watching videos, uncomfortable if not impossible. Bluetooth connection is not always consistent with typical dropouts e
|Earcup Width x Height||2.876" x 2.876"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||20-22k Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Overview: The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 is an elegant on-ear wireless headphone with high-performance sound. These Jakob Wagner-designed headphones feature genuine lambskin-covered memory foam ear pads, a high quality cow leather-covered head band, and polished anodized aluminum construction. The H8s have technically advanced features such as Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), dynamic 40mm drivers, and on-board touch controls for your music and phone calls. The headphones come with a 4' audio cable with airline adapter, a Micro USB charging cable, and a plush soft storage pouch.
Drivers: The BeoPlay H8 is equipped with custom 40mm drivers with strong Neodymium magnets for a full and rich musical performance.
Bluetooth: Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, the H8 lets you roam freely while listening to your favorite tunes. The aptX codec lets you enjoy your music wirelessly without losing fidelity. The headphones are compatible with the following profiles: Headset Profile (HSP), Hands Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP). The H8 has a wireless range of about 30 feet.
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC): The BeoPlay H8 on-ear headphones feature Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to reduce ambient noise, so all you hear is your music or phone call. External noise, picked up by microphones on each ear cup, is cancelled by inverted sound waves reintroduced into the headphones. You can also use the ANC by itself to simply shut out external noises. Active Noise Cancellation can be used easily turned on or off with the touch controls when you're listening wirelessly, or with the on/off switch when you're plugged in.
Rechargeable Battery: The Bluetooth and ANC features are powered by an 800mA Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The battery charges in about 3 hours via the supplied Micro USB cable. A fully charged battery gives you enough power Active Noise Cancellation for up to 35 hours, Bluetooth for up to 16 hours, or ANC and Bluetooth for up to 14 hours.
Cable: The BeoPlay H8 features a 48" cable with 3.5mm plugs at each end that allows you to use the headphones when the battery becomes exhausted, or Bluetooth cannot be used. The ANC feature can be used when connected via the cable, however, the touch controls do not operate.
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The B&O BeoPlay H8 Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones feel great on your head and look great, too. They're designed to be stylish, but also sound terrific.
AGAIN LOVE THEIR PRODUCT [ Roberto Aug 24, 2017 ]
They looked stylish and had great sound quality [ Christian Aug 25, 2016 ]
Awesome [ Joseph Aug 13, 2016 ]
because it looks amazing [ Jaimee Jul 14, 2016 ]
Gift request [ Charles Jun 03, 2016 ]
Great history of quality and style [ Jonathan Dec 16, 2015 ]
Only if the receiver outputs a Bluetooth signal. [ James Dec 29, 2015 ]
If you mean, did I receive the item from Crutchfield in the original box and packaging, the answer is yes. [ Simon Mar 25, 2015 ]
Yes [ Sainan Mar 24, 2015 ]
Yes it was [ Ronald Mar 23, 2015 ]
Yes [ SERDAR Mar 23, 2015 ]
Yes [ Paul Mar 23, 2015 ]
Sd R - Yes the item was shipped in the original B&O packaging. [ Paul Mar 23, 2015 ]
Yes, NIB [ ARJUN Mar 23, 2015 ]
When I bought these, the headphones showed up in the original B&O packaging. [ Michael S Mar 23, 2015 ]
Yes, the BeoPlay H8 is a new item to the B&O line and the one I purchased from Crutchfield was new, as in not previously owned. Hope this answers your question. [ Janie Mar 21, 2015 ]
Yes [ Joanna Mar 21, 2015 ]
Yes [ Lowell Mar 21, 2015 ]
It was released about a month ago. Great headphones. [ James Mar 21, 2015 ]
Yes [ TODD Mar 21, 2015 ]
Yes [ James Aug 10, 2015 ]