B&O PLAY Beoplay H4 by Bang & Olufsen
Wireless Bluetooth® over-ear headphones (Black)
Our take on the B&O PLAY Beoplay H4 by Bang & Olufsen by Crutchfield's Jeff Miller
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.
- closed-back, over-ear design
- Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity for wireless music listening and phone calls with most smartphones
- AAC decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
- 40mm dynamic drivers deliver clear, detailed sound
- balanced, natural-sounding profile doesn't overemphasize bass
- built-in microphone for clear phone conversations
- durable aluminum frame, padded headband, and memory foam earpads with soft leather
- rechargeable battery provides up to 19 hours of wireless music listening
- buttons on right earcup offer easy control of music, calls, and volume
- earcups fold flat for easy storage
- USB charging cable included
- 47-inch miniplug cable included for wired listening
- frequency response: 20-22,000 Hz
- weight: 8.3 ounces
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Over-ear Bluetooth headphones (black)
- 50" Audio cable (3.5mm plugs on each end)
- 13" Micro USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and a Micro-B USB on other end)
- Quick Start Guide
Great sound quality, very comfortable, easy set-up
Steven, Paso Robles, CA
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Features and Specs
|Earcup Width x Height||3.532" x 3.532"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||20-20k Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Overview: The Bang & Olufsen (B&O Play) H4 Wireless is an over-ear headphone with Bluetooth 4.2 and high-performance sound. The H4 Wireless is powered by a rechargeable battery for hours of wireless listening. The headphone comes with on-board controls for music and phone calls.
Design: The Jakob Wagner-designed H4 Wireless weighs only 8.3 ounces, and is comfortable to wear for hours. It features 40mm electro-dynamic drivers that deliver the famous Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound. The H4 Wireless features lambskin leather, an aluminum and stainless steel frame, and a braided textile cord. You can use the H4 Wireless headphone with or without a cord.
Bluetooth: The B&O H4 Wireless features Bluetooth 4.2 that lets you listen wirelessly at a distance of approximately 33 feet (10 meters). Three buttons on the right ear cup allow you to control the following functions while listening wirelessly: Power On/Off, Bluetooth pairing, Volume Up/Down, Pause/Play, Skip Forward/Skip Backward, and Call answer/Call reject.
Battery: The headphones feature a 600 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery that provides up to 19 hours of wireless listening via Bluetooth. The battery can be charged in approximately 2.5 hours using the supplied Micro USB cable.
Cable: When the H4 Wireless headphones' battery is exhausted, or you're in an area where you can't listen wirelessly, you can plug the supplied 50" cable into your music source. You will need to control playback and volume on your music device, as the on-board controls only work in Bluetooth mode.
- Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
- Driver Size: 40mm
- Dimensions: 3.532" diameter, 1.961" depth
- Weight: 8.3 ounces
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Why did you buy this?
My advisor David [ DAVID Nov 30, 2017 ]
2 questions already asked
My previous answer of "No" was INCORRECT. The CORRECT answer is "YES, IF YOU PURCHASE THE WIRES TO CONNECT THEM FOR USE WITH TV OR ANYTHING MORE THAN APPROXIMATELY 3 FEET AWAY. I apologize for the previous incorrect reply. [ BILL Jan 10, 2018 ]
If you mean wired capability, then yes they do. But I suggest buying your own cable/wire because the one that comes with these is extremely short. But I gotta say these are great headphones. They sound great, the bluetooth works flawlessly, & they are so comfortable and fit wonderfully. Some of the best fitting headphones I've worn. [ TERRY Jan 08, 2018 ]
Yes, comes with a cord. [ DAVID Jan 04, 2018 ]
Yes, audio cord 1.2 m with 3.5mm jack [ John Jan 04, 2018 ]
No, but they are great wireless. [ BILL Jan 03, 2018 ]
Yes comes with a wire. Works when battery runs out. [ Brian Jan 03, 2018 ]
Yes, they do. They come with an optional wired cord that you can use, or you can use the bluetooth option that they are equipped with. [ Nathan Jan 03, 2018 ]
hi John.... I have an iPhone 6 and the Bluetooth connection is solid, consistent and trouble free. I would assume that the iPhone 6s+ Bluetooth connection would be very similar, but my experience with the iPhone 6 is my only reference. Good luck, Kevin [ Kevin Apr 27, 2017 ]
i own the iPhone 6s, connectivity has been error free including my iPad. I see no reason there should be connectivity issues with the 6s+, great headphones. [ John Apr 27, 2017 ]
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