Bang & Olufsen is banging out the headsets. (Sorry.) Coming on the heels of the Dutch audio giant's Beoplay H6 and Beoplay H8 headsets, not to mention the Beoplay H5 earbuds, the Beoplay H9 is a sleek-looking, modernistic piece of headgear with advanced noise cancellation (ANC), which uses sound waves to cancel soundwaves, and Bluetooth 4.2 (plus an audio cable for direct connect, with a charging cable included for Micro-USB). The ANC and Bluetooth are both power hogs, but B&O claim that you'll still get 14 hours of battery life when they're turned on. (They estimate 18 to 34 hours when they aren't, which should cover a flight to Australia or two.)
The ear cups are large and comfy, coming in Black or Argilla Gray, which should blend in with just about anybody's hair color or tastes in running wear, or give you that dark, mysterious look while you hang around airport terminals trying to look like you're headed for someplace cool. Because B&O knows (probably because you bought a pair of headphones) that you want convenient access to your music collection, they supply the Beoplay App, which lets you set up what they call "profiles," so that you can tune your choice of music to your mood and your mode of activity. You can even activate your profile using your Apple Watch, which should be particularly convenient when you check your heart rate around the seventh mile of a marathon.
The controls are on the right ear cup, to let you skip tracks, adjust volume, answer the phone and hang-up on telephone stalkers like your credit card company. And speaking of the credit card company, these phones aren't cheap, about the same price as the H8 and with about the same 4-star rating on Amazon. If you're looking for something less expensive that might not be quite so advanced sound-wise but still has a high hipness quotient, look at the Beats line from Apple, like the Beats Studio Wireless or the Beats Solo3 Wireless.
To summarize, they are a fashion accessory, they sound like garbage in comparison to the HD600... and are comparable to cheap gaming headsets...
Like the other reviews stated, these have amazing build quality. Sound quality is excellent... Overall, $500 can be a tough price point to swallow but you'll be glad you did.
I'm disappointed that the H9s don’t live up to the Beoplay heritage, but not disheartened. What I’d like to see for a future revision is an upgrade in sound quality.
They’re durable, good looking, and of course they sound amazing. If this sound like it’s up your alley, we highly recommend that you give them a try.
Built well, great materials, great fit. Unfortunately, nothing else matters... they have no volume and muddy sound. Really disappointed!
Sound quality is superb and the noise cancellation works a treat. No airplane engine noise to hear during the flight. I love them.
The B&O Play H9 headphones are achingly beautiful, sonically capable, and really smart.
These headphones are a delight. The headphones themselves look and feel amazing. They are easy to operate and are clearly a very premium product.