Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2 : Truly great earbuds

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.

If sound quality is important to you then these ear buds are a superb investment. These are two truly wireless ear buds that fit one in each ear. They bluetooth link to each other and to your music device. This is important to get right for best sound quality. A range of tips of different sizes are included. I found a combo or large in the left ear and medium in the right ear gave a perfect seal. Once in the buds were very comfortable in the ear, unobtrusive an did not feel heavy or ungainly – they remained securely in place after vigorous physical activity. I can’t really say more, it went sweet as a nut. The quality is absolutely astounding. I have used them for rock, jazz, folk and classical, and found the clarity and depth of sound amazing. In fact it was way better than listening through my big speakers (though not as good as listening to a vinyl through the big speakers, nothing digital that i have tried yet beats vinyl). And the sound stays clear and nuanced at all volumes, no distortion that i could detect at high or low volume. 4) battery life – buds carry enough charge for 4-4.

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.

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.

At first it seemed to me that these headphones were a contradiction in terms. If you want true very-high-fidelity sound reproduction, my past experience told me you’d use ‘proper’ headphones, not in-ear ones- and yet here are bang & olufsen, undoubtedly one of the best-sounding (if not *the* best) audio manufacturers in the world, producing diddy little in-ear headphones at a size where decent audio reproduction ought to be unviable. The headline result, though, is that despite being tiny, these things deserve to carry the bang & olufsen logo- they sound absolutely stunning. It’s hard to believe that something this small could sound so good. Unlike other in-ear headphones i’ve tried in the past, where to make them sound good you have to squeeze them very tightly into the right spot in your ear, it’s very easy to listen to these casually and still enjoy the immersive and crystal clear sound. Judging them on sound quality alone, it’s undoubtedly five out of five, maybe six out of five, maybe seven. The premium quality doesn’t just stop at how they sound though- there are a lot of other impressive details. The charging case, compact enough to slide into your pocket very easily, is an elegant bit of design that disguises the fact it’s got its own built-in battery, so you can charge from the charging case even if the charging case isn’t plugged in. Stunningly convenient, and very smart-looking too. The charging case even has a cushioned closing mechanism on its lid- very posh indeed- and even has its own built-in qi charging facility, so if you use a qi charging pad for your phone, you can also use it for this case.

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.

I had the opportunity to test the original beoplay e8 earbuds when they first came out, and this is the new 2. As far as the earbuds themselves are concerned nothing appears to have changed, and that is a good thing because they are comfortable to wear for hours and hours, and the sound quality they produce is simply stunning. I have tested many other brands of earbuds, but the b&o e8’s just blow the competition out of the water. Providing you are listening to quality high bitrate digital recordings, you will hear sounds you have never experienced before. Bass is excellent, but not overpowering, and treble and midrange sound superb. The difference between the original e8’s and this new 2. The new rechargeable case can hold 4 complete charges, whereas the original only held 3. Each charge is sufficient to power the earbuds for between 3 and 4 hours, dependant on volume.

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. ]

  • Extremely impressive
  • Highly refined sound, very high-end look and feel
  • Truly excellent, but very expensive

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

Colour Name:Natural  |  Style Name:Without Accessories
Product Description, Signature SoundPristine Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound comes through loud and clear with Beoplay E8 2.0 wireless earphones. Tuned by acclaimed Bang & Olufsen sound engineers, the earphones boast a rich, authentic sound with a subtle and elegant design. Perfectly suited to your busy lifestyle, these sleek in-ear Bluetooth headphones offer a truly wireless way to listen to music and take calls while you’re on the go.A Case for QualityAn included leather wireless charging case features a beautiful brushed aluminium inlay that securely surrounds your earbuds with a quick magnetic click. This convenient charging case provides up to three additional on-the-go charges, four hours each, for a total of 16 hours of playtime. Qi-certified for wireless charging, the charging case is perfectly complemented by the efficient B&O Qi charging pad, sold separately.High Tech Meets High StyleThe luxurious design of Beoplay E8 2.0 is supported by its effortlessly high-tech performance. Advanced Bluetooth 4.2 with DSP allows for sound tuning, equalisation, and gain while the dynamic speaker and electronic transducer of these in-ear headphones deliver premium sound quality. These Bluetooth earphones are crafted with Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI), an innovative audio streaming technology used in hearing aids to reduce dropouts between earbuds.Intuitive Touch InterfaceSimply tap these earphones to change your tune or answer a call. The easy-to-use touch interface lets you switch between tracks, take calls and activate voice commands without having to take your smartphone out of your pocket. It even lets you activate the transparency mode, which quickly and safely reconnects you with ambient noises around you.Impeccable DesignBeoplay E8 2.0 is crafted with quality materials for a sleek and functional finish. The clean and minimalist design of the earbuds, charging case and optional Qi charging pad complement each other beautifully. Hairline brushed aluminium, cowhide leather and silicone materials not only look great, but are strong enough to stand up to the daily wear and tear of your busy life.


From the manufacturer

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

B&O, Bang & Olufsen

Firmly grounded in decades of design excellence, craftsmanship and product innovation from Bang & Olufsen, the Beoplay range interprets the same values for a new type of contemporary product aimed at design-conscious active cosmopolitan music lovers. B&O transforms your listening experience with better sound and acoustic performance wherever you go with in-home music systems, portable speakers and headphones that integrate seamlessly into everyday life.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 earbuds deliver a truly wireless listening experience.

An elegant design ensures the comfortable in-ear headphones look as good as they feel.

The earbuds are enhanced with B&O Signature Sound for pristine sound quality. A luxurious charging case lets you recharge your Beoplay E8 2.0, adding three additional full charges of four hours each, so you can enjoy up to 16 hours of playtime. Intuitive touch controls give you the power to easily switch tracks, answer calls and activate Transparency Mode. An optional Qi wireless charging pad takes cord-free convenience to the next level.

  • Tuned by sound engineers to deliver rich and authentic wireless Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound
  • Intuitive touch interface on earphones lets you easily control music and calls with a simple tap
  • Included leather charging case features brushed aluminium inlay and complements the optional Qi charging pad
  • Enjoy up to 16 hours of playtime; one initial four-hour charge plus three additional on-the-go charges in the wireless case
  • Cord-free design offers a truly wireless listening experience with Qi wireless charging capabilities

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

Effortlessly High Tech

Cord-Free Convenience

Beoplay E8 2.0 in-ear headphones provide a truly wireless listening experience to complement your on-the-go lifestyle. Advanced Bluetooth 4.2 with DSP allows for sound tuning, equalisation, and gain so you can get the most out of the pristine Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound. Entirely free of wires, these splash and dust-resistant earphones offer the ultimate in portable comfort and convenience.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

Effortlessly High Tech

Qi-Certified Wireless Charging Case

Pick up and go with the included charging case designed to perfectly fit your Beoplay E8 2.0 earbuds with a simple magnetic click. Featuring a genuine leather exterior with a premium aluminium inlay for a luxurious look and feel, this charging case holds up to three additional four-hour charges for a total of 16 hours of playtime. It’s Qi-certified for quick and easy wireless charging with the optional Qi charging pad.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

Effortlessly High Tech

Intuitive Touch Controls

Simply tap these earphones to change your tune or answer a call. The easy-to-use touch interface lets you switch between tracks, take calls and activate voice commands without having to take your smartphone out of your pocket. It even lets you activate the transparency mode, which quickly and safely reconnects you with ambient noises around you.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

Effortlessly High Tech

High Quality Streaming

These premium Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth earphones are crafted with Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) to deliver high-quality sound that will leave your ears wanting more. The same innovative audio streaming technology that is used in hearing aids, NFMI reduces dropouts between earbuds.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

Quality, Comfort & Convenience

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and Charging Case - Natural

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Signature Sound

The elegant Beoplay E8 2.0 earbuds are tuned by acclaimed Bang & Olufsen sound engineers to ensure a rich and authentic sound. Experience music the way the artist intended it to be heard with these effortlessly high-tech earphones.

A Perfect Fit

The driver tube of Beoplay E8 2.0 earbuds is carefully designed for a comfortable, secure fit with optimal friction between the polymer and the ear. The ergonomic inner shape and heat-activated memory foam of the Comply™ Sport Pro 200-Series ear tips ensure comfortable long-term wear.

Stay Charged Up

These wireless earphones are designed for your on-the-go lifestyle. The included Qi-certified wireless charging case holds three full four-hour charges to keep the beat going for up to 16 hours. Quickly and easily recharge your wireless headphones as necessary via the convenient USB-C connection.

Bang & Olufsen App

Take control of your sound with the custom options available through the Bang & Olufsen App. This intuitive app allows you to adjust the tuning of your Beoplay E8 2.0 wireless earphones and match a ToneTouch sound profile to your current activity for an audio experience that is unique to you.

Beoplay H3 Beoplay E4 Beoplay E6 Earset Beoplay E8 2.0
Beoplay H3 Beoplay E4 Beoplay E6 Earset Beoplay E8 2.0
Dimensions 26 mm x 20 mm x 23 mm/16 g 20 mm x 30 mm x 26 mm/50 g 47 mm x 26.3 mm 22.2 mm/21 g 40 mm x 55 mm x 24 mm/30 g 69 mm x 46.5 mm x 34 mm/55 g
Headphone Type In-ear In-ear Wireless in-ear Wireless earphones Truly wireless in-ear
Colours Black, Natural, Champagne Black Black, Sand Graphite Brown, White Black, Natural, Limestone, Indigo Blue
Connection 3.5 mm mini jack 3.5 mm mini jack, USB to Micro USB cable for charging Wireless Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, supports AAC codec Wireless Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity20 – 20,000 Hz Wireless Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, supports AAC codec
Frequency Range 20 – 16,000 Hz 20 – 16,000 Hz 20 – 20,000 Hz 20 – 20,000 Hz 20 – 20,000 Hz
Driver 10. 8 mm dynamic 10.8 mm electro-dynamic 6.4 mm electro-dynamic 14.2 mm electro-dynamic 5.7 mm electro-dynamic
Remote 3 Control buttons and microphone 3 Control buttons and microphone 3 Control buttons and microphone 3 Control buttons and microphone Touch functionality on earbuds
Materials Stainless steel, rubber, polymer Stainless steel, rubber, polymer, aluminium Aluminum, textile, rubber, polymer, foam, silicone, nylon Aluminium, rubber, polymer, foam Leather, aluminium, polymer, silicone
Microphone MicroElectrical-Mechanical System (MEMS) MicroElectrical-Mechanical System (MEMS) Omnidirectional Micro Electrical Mechanical System (MEMS) Omnidirectional MicroElectrical-Mechanical System (MEMS) Omnidirectional MicroElectrical-Mechanical System (MEMS)

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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 charging box is very impressive. Nice feeling, compact and generally oozes quality, so a good start. The ear buds themselves took me quite a while to get used to. Pairing with my phone took three attempts, for no apparent reason, but i got there in the end. Working out how to use what controls is the next challenge, with nothing being particularly intuitive. The main problem for me was the slight delay between touching the bud and anything actually happening. Many times, i went back and touched it again too soon, only to confuse it and not get the result i wanted. Another issue was that if you adjusted the position of the bud, it often mistook that for a command and did something you didn’t want it to. Then you get back into the cycle of pressing, repressing and belatedly getting back to where you were in the first place. To round off the negatives, i found the buds, the left one in particular, simply fell out far too often if i was moving.

  • Extremely impressive
  • Highly refined sound, very high-end look and feel
  • Truly excellent, but very expensive

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

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  • TRULY WIRELESS: Beoplay E8 2.0 delivers totally wireless, cord-free convenience. Equipped with Qi wireless charging, these in-ear headphones have an elegant grab-and-go design that is truly portable
  • TOUCH CONTROL: Easily control your listening experience with the touch interface on these true wireless earbuds. Simply tap to switch tracks, take calls, and activate transparency mode and voice controls
  • LISTEN LONGER: With up to 16 hours of playtime (four hours per full charge), Beoplay E8 2.0 wireless earphones are designed for your on-the-go lifestyle. The wireless charging case holds three full charges to ensure the beat goes on
  • CHARGED UP: Beoplay E8 2.0 earphones come with a leather Qi wireless fast charging case for seamless charging on the go. Combine your case with an optional Qi charging pad for the ultimate in wireless convenience
  • SIGNATURE SOUND: These elegant earbuds are tuned by Bang & Olufsen sound engineers to ensure a rich, authentic sound. Enjoy a powerful listening experience with these effortlessly high-tech earphones