The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H8 is a pair of noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones from the Dutch audio wizards who may also have made the sound system for your car. The smooth, shiny black ear cups look like the hubcaps on a very expensive car and have a full set of controls for playing, pausing, skipping tracks and switching to your phone when a call comes in. The controls work simply by swiping across the surface, much like the controls on your iPad. The lithium-ion batteries last for 14 hours, even with Bluetooth on, so joggers should be able to run up plenty of miles before they stop for Gatorade and a recharge. (A full charge takes two-and-a-half hours, so prepare for a lot of Gatorade.)
The inside of the earcups is covered with lambskin, which seems to be a popular material in B&O headphones (see the Beoplay H6), underlaid with memory foam to fit the curvature of your ears. These phones aren't cheap, as you might guess by B&O's pictures of attractive models wearing them. (All attractive models look like rich people, though for some reason not all rich people look like attractive models.) The entire headset is slim, lightweight and can be worn around your neck like a scarf, though probably not one that will keep you warm in chilly weather.
The Beoplay App coordinates with your music collection, so you can set up playlists for different kinds of activities, depending on just what kind of activities you perform while wearing leather gear on your head. There's a built-in microphone, so when you're taking phone calls you'll be able to talk back. In addition to the Beoplay H6 mentioned above, Bang & Olufsen also make the Beoplay H5 ear buds. While shopping for audio headwear, also take a look at Sennheiser's PXC 550 and the Apple Beats line, like the Beats Studio Wireless. Or for something completely different, consider the Koar Kbone, which plays directly through your skull, bypassing your ear canal.
I had high expectations for these given their price range and they did not disappoint. Very sturdy construction. Quite comfortable. Great treble and fairly good bass...
Constant static sound when nothing is playing. I find the sound to be a bit tinny... Bluetooth skips a beat every time you turn your head. Really disappointed!
Initially an outstanding headphone, after two and a half months bluetooth no longer connects which is quite disappointing.
The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 on-ear headphones look great, hammer out bass, and their active noise-cancellation is brilliant.
Looks great and build quality is awesome. Bluetooth has been flawless so far... Overall, very happy with the purchase.
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.
These headphones are gorgeous. They're incredibly comfortable to wear and the noise cancelling is second to none.
These are expensive but worth it. Build quality is high, they are comfortable to wear for long periods and they sit neatly on the ears and do not stick out...