Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2 : Improved on the previous model and a joy to use.

So nice little product for haters of wires like myselfwhat you have is two bluetooth earpieces which each receive the sound wirelessly and basically you pair to your phone in the usual manner and push the ear bud end of the each unit into your ear and twist it about a bit until its inside the ear and your on your way. Let me tell you the sound quality is a step up, but not earth shatteringly so. The real issue is the earbud connection, i have never liked them, but that might be the shape of my ears, one is definitely awkward. However for anyone you still have to push the earbud section inside your ear and twist a bit, so for anyone your going to have a physical sensation of something shoved into your ear and depending on your ear shape. Your either going to find that quite fine or irritating. The manufacturer would undoubetdly say well we provide a variety of sizes and shapes of earbud ends and you just experiment until you are happy. However, i have used these for years and no matter, once you take of the originals you never get others back on properly and they always come of no matter what you do after that. The second problem issue is where you are going to use these, i think that if its just sitting down and listening to music these are a good choice, all headphones/ earphones create some level of irritation to your ears as they have to be put on your head/ ears somehow and unless they are weightless its going to cause some level of annoyance after a long session. However, i am road runner and there is no way these would not fall out when on a good run and it would be easy to imagine them getting lost in the process and at this price thats a non starter. Even with my resevations on the minor awkward fit in my ears, for just enjoying music and non dramatic exercise these are great, sound quality wise i think you would have to go to more traditional headphones to beat them and they regardless of make are more annoying than these.

I’m more of a headphones man because i prefer that enveloping sound, but they’re never practical when mobile and even off-putting to use during oppressive heat. My favourite headphones ever were the sony v6 – classic wired cans, now obsolete, for a killer price. Earbuds were always a significant compromise in sound, though i quite like the cheap wired bullets for my oneplus phone. I was put off wired earbuds because ones i previously tested – for a third of these – were quite diabolical in sound; they were explicitly marketed for workout usage so you wouldn’t be focussing on the very flat and tinny audio. So, now came this box to challenge me. Being a b&o product i knew that it was going to be pretty good and it had better be for the price. The first good sign is the attention to packaging. The box top slides off the bottom part like butter and you’re greeted with your cushioned black earbuds with that swish jazzy logo, plus a bona fide leather case. Anticipating your impatience, there’s a couple of images instructing you to do an initial 10min charge and i found that this was all that was needed to top it off to 100%. You can put it on a wireless charging plate if you have one and there’s a clear indicator on the case – green for done, orange for charging.

These earbud wireless headphones from b&o sit at the top end of the wireless bluetooth earbud market. On opening you are set for a couple of disappointments. Firstly, to set up the app, you need to register and share your email and other personal details, there appeared to be no way round this. How on earth is this mandatory information required by b&o for the full functioning of a set of headphones. I would love to know how this is allowed under gdpr and i expect they will get fined at some point. Secondly you only get one pair of each size of earbud, at £300 i would expect 2 sets. Pairing and use is the least intuitive and most unreliable of all the headphones i have, and i have quite a few. Once set up i found them useable for about 2 hours before they hurt which is okay for earbuds and they seemed to stay in my ears. The charging case is very good and keeps them topped up which means they are always ready to go. On to the sound, they sound fine, like a £40 pair of sennheiser wired earbuds which is what i would expect but do not expect to be wowed, you are paying for the convenience of no wires and a decent charging case here.

But i have to occasionally reposition for optimal fit (more for perceived fit than actual sound/seal). Slightly bulkier and heavier that mtw, but no fatigue after the first day. No wind noise unless ambient sound is turned on. Sound: better at detail than mtw. Slightly better all round to my ears. Best i’ve heard (but not as good as even my backup wired sony xba-h3 from about 5 years ago). Connection: solid in general. Occasional crackling and distortion that seems to be caused by interference rather than distance. I tried to re-pair but it it didn’t help. If it continues to annoy me i will reconsider because it’s unacceptable for the price.

The high-quality leather case is nice but i’m worried i will damage if after a while ion my pocket. Wireless charging on the buds like the samsung is great especially as the cable is a bit of a pfaff. Battery life is sufficient at 16 hours to carry me through a whole day of ignoring humanity. Touch control needs some time to learn. Accessories especially the ear foam is great and there is nothing that’s throw away. Full sound isolation when in use. Bass is good and textured and is good as sennheiser momentum. There’s is a function you can activate that allows you to turn background noise on and off. Right-hand ear only for talking on the phone and left ear for touch function, samsung is either ear. The app will allow you to connect the buds to two different sources on the phone at the same time.

If you’re an audiophile and want to hear the best quality sound, conveniently packaged for use during your daily chores, then these are the earbuds for you. The sound really is glorious, perfect reproduction and well-balanced bass with the option, via the b&o app, of adjusting the equalisation parameters. [a note about the app, if you already own another b&o device you may have installed the older beoplay app – that app does not recognize these ear buds – you need to uninstall that app and install the newer b&o app from google play/apple store. once installed the app is easy to use to change volume; turn transparency off and on, as well as set transparency levels; dynamically play with the equalisation settings and store your selection, or chose some of the presets – you don’t need the app to listen to your music of course, just a player and bluetooth connection, the out-of-the-box “flat” equalisation is good and my generally preferred selection. The earbud touch controls are second nature – once you get use to them – and work reliably. Call volume and sound for both caller and callee is good. These are completely wire free ear buds, and are quite (well ok, very) expensive so there could be a concern about losing one or both of them if they fall out of your ear; however, i’ve been using the “comply” expanding tips that are supplied with the buds, they’re comfortable, fit well, provide reasonable noise cancellation and stay put while cycling and running. Bar the sound quality, one of the most impressive things about these buds is the charging case; this is a cute little thing that screams high quality with its leather body, metal trim and pulsing charging lights. The case safely houses your buds in magnetic enclosures while they’re charging and can recharge the buds up to four times from a full charge. ]

These are the most expensive item i’ve ever got from amazon vine, so the question is, are they worth £300?. Sadly, i have to say, no, not really. They are beautifully designed and built. They come in a box that apple would be proud of. I love everything about them except … they’re totally impractical and non-sensical. What’s the use of incredible sound quality if you can’t move when they’re in your ears?. Ok, so they come with different earplugs to suit your ears but they still fall out if you so much as yawn, let alone sneeze. I think they’re just the wrong shape – too top heavy to stay in place ☹️they’re a bit of a pain to pair with the b&a app, as you have to pair them with the phone first. But b&a tell you to use the app first.

Really liking these earbuds very much indeed. I wasn’t sure they’d be much different to others i have, but after using them a while they’ve definitely become my favourites. The sound quality is wonderful – really excellent for listening to music. They were easy to set up, (app very user-friendly). They’re switched on simply by tapping them. They’re comfortable to wear and fit extremely well, (my previous earbuds were always falling out, but these remain snugly in). They charge efficiently, and i like how they magnetically slot into the charging case.

  • Highly refined sound, very high-end look and feel
  • Stands toe to toe with some headphones
  • Beautiful sound, comfortable and easy to use

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case – Limestone

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The tiny case is very james bond-ish and they look slick and high tech. The pairing was fine but, as ever with electronic stuff , i found the user instructions far too minimalist and would have liked more detail. The sound is very good – i’m not sure i have a good enough ear to rate it in a more sophisticated way than that. My main reservation is that it is so easy to accidentally trigger a command if you brush your hair off your face or indeed put your hand anywhere near your ear. I found this extremely frustrating and for this reason i’m not sure how much i’ll use them. I’m afraid i would never fork out £300 for them.

B&o are a premium brand so i had high hopes for these. They look really good with a lovely leather type look and case. Certainly premium appearance. Connection to my phone was very easy. 4 hours in the devices plus another 3 charges in the carrying case so 16 hours in total with 2 hours for each recharge. Pretty good for such small devices. The comfort in my ears is excellent. The noise cancelling is good. You also get an option with an app to change the sound character with a very easy to use eq app. You can also choose how much background noise to let in with different levels of noise cancelling which i think is really good if you are out and about in town, particularly for running or riding a bike. It allows you to hear hooters and traffic while still enjoying the music. Overall the build quality is excellent and they certainly look and feel like premium devices. Regarding the sound i gave them under 50 hours of burn in.

. The soundi’m a home musician/arranger and when i’ve finished the mixing i always play the piece through various amplifiers/speakers/earphones to ensure they play well in most circumstances. However before that, i need to listen through the best sound and clarity earphones so that i can check the balances between the various instruments and the ensure eve3rything links together well and that there are no ‘bum’ notes. For that i need really good earphones that give a good representaion of the highs and the lows and have the clarity to distinguish between various instruments. These ear buds do all that in spades. I listened to a tune i’d recorded 3 years ago and found a duff note i’d never heard before using other earphones – fortunately, for me, it was well covered. If i were to make any complaint, it’s the software that you have to download (like all these days, you need to register so that you can be inundated with adverts etc). To pair with my phone was both easy and instantaneous, however, to ‘pair’ with the software took me 6 attempts and even then, the software was saying it failed when it had been succesful. The software simply adds some additional functions, one of which is a ‘semi’ equaliser that simploy makes you sounds increase in trebble or bass you cannot do both which is a shame for my purposes. Even so, this review is about the ear buds themselves which are really comfortable to wear (there are a number of differing sizes of ear piece for a close fit).

I’ve tried to avoid “wireless” earphones/buds for the longest time. They’re not really my thing and when i have tried them they’ve been fiddly and, well, not quite up to it in terms of sound quality. Of course bang & olufsen is a well regarded name in sound so you have certain expectations that this will be an excellent product. And i’m happy to say that my expectations were met and exceeded. First of all they look great and come beautifully packaged. Although a little bit of fiddling was necessary to get them going with the app and all that, any issues were probably my fault rushing in and trying to get started too quickly than anything to do with the set-up system itself. They are certainly on the “large” side in terms of fit but that’s good for me as that’s the issue i normally have. Like any earbuds they take a little bit of getting used to when you first wear them but i found them very comfortable. I tried them at home, in the quiet and they were superb sound quality.

These are my new go to ear buds. I have never tried these completely wireless types before as i couldn’t see how they would stay in your ears but i am amazed at how stable they are. The sound quality is pretty good too and i have so far had no problems with them cutting out. Yes there is an app for these too (sigh) but it can be used to adjust sound levels if required. There is a neat little case to keep them in for charging and although there is a hefty price tag attached, if you are tempted i would go for it.

If you’re going to spend this much on a pair of earphones, you need to feel you’re getting what you paid for. And you do, from the luxury packaging to the product itself to the sound they make in your ears. These are high end and every detail tells you that. It’s tiny and perfect and weighs almost nothing. My preference would have been for a more sustainable material than animal skin, but most people will love the soft feel of it. I really like that this version 2. 0 of the e8 has not only the much better usb-c charging connector but qi wireless charging too. Total convenience and bang up to date. When you put the earbuds in the case an orange led pulses softly to tell you they’re charging.

  • Highly refined sound, very high-end look and feel
  • Stands toe to toe with some headphones
  • Beautiful sound, comfortable and easy to use

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case – Limestone

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