Bang & Olufsen - Beoplay H4 Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones - Black

Listen to music without disturbing others by using these powerful Bang & Olufsen Beoplay over-ear headphones. The 40mm electro-dynamic driver delivers clear audio, and Bluetooth technology eliminate wires for less clutter. These Bang & Olufsen Beoplay over-ear headphones have a 19-hour battery life, so you can use them all day.

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What's Included


  • Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones
  • USB charging cable (25cm)

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (34 out of 38)

Features


Over-the-ear design

For a secure fit.

Bluetooth 4.2 interface

Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device.

Rechargeable battery

Offers up to 19 hours of use on a charge.

3.5mm connector

Enables flexible connection options.

Built-in microphone

Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.

40mm drivers

Deliver powerful sound.

20Hz - 22kHz frequency response

For faithful sound reproduction.

Dynamic transducer design

For reference-grade audio.

Stereo design

Delivers crisp tones.

Stainless steel and aluminum exterior

Along with leather earpads for stylish looks and durability.


Overall customer rating

4.4
90%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

3.8

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Premium Entry Earphones – Amazing Balanced Sound

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    pauldar
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    The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Over-Ear-Headphones have totally taken me by surprise. I did not expect this amazing quality of sound from these entry, but premium headphones out of the B&O lineup of audio products. They play like confectionery candy for your ears, yummy and sweet, for pure, listening enjoyment. What truly impressed me was the clarity of the background, nuance sounds, like falling rain, far away thunder, or the distant chirping of birds. Subtle sounds move from ear to ear and as if they were in motion. Wow! The preset bass is a much richer bass then most Bluetooth units I have tried with mellow, low pitches, yet a nice wide range. If you are looking for ear-bursting, reverberating, pounding low frequencies - these headphones are not for you. The H4 features frequency from 20Hz to 20,000Hz, the limits of our human hearing range. The sound is mainly focused towards the mid ranges, but there is a clarity to the highs and instrumentals that gives quality depth to all the ranges. The contrast between the right and left side of the headphones provides great width coupled with a well-balanced level of sound, which is good as I have ever heard on a Bluetooth unit. These headphones perform superbly for all kinds of music genres. This degree of sound quality is what I would expect from much more expensive, high-performance headphones. However, B&O definitely has a premium set of headphones in this Beoplay H4, and, at an affordable price point. As outstanding as these Beoplay H4 headphones are over Bluetooth, they are unbelievable when connected to an amp receiver with a 3.5mm cable. I have a 'retro' vinyl collection of records I play on a turntable connected to my amp, which has an equalizer with twelve frequency bands. Adjusting these bands makes the vinyl come 'alive' and compensates for any treble and bass shortcomings. These H4 headphones do an outstanding job of delivering crisp, vibrant, and studio-quality sounds over a full range of frequency settings. I love it! Be aware when you plug-in the 3.5mm jack to an another audio source that your internal battery power of your headphones is disconnected automatically, and your auxiliary audio device then controls the sound volume. The construction of the H4 is primarily designed for weight and durability. The headband is stainless steel covered with a vinyl protection material on top, and a cushioned fabric cover on the bottom, which comes in contact with your head. The outer covering of the headphone ear pieces is aluminum, and the body of each ear pieces is composite plastic. The inner ear pieces are shrouded in memory foam covered with genuine lambskin. Each ear piece is marked as 'R' or 'L'. The whole headphone unit only weighs 8.3 ounces. Pretty lightweight. These headphones are extremely comfortable to wear, especially for extended periods. The soft lambskin cups on the ear pieces is kind to your ears. In fact, yesterday I fell asleep with them on while listening to my vinyls. Both ear pieces of the headphone fold inward for storage. There is no storage case or bag included. However, the build of the headphones appears to be rugged enough to hold up to tucking it away in your backpack or overnighter. The on-board controls are located towards the bottom of the right ear piece. There are two volume control buttons for Vol + and Vol - , plus they double as Bluetooth pairing buttons when both are depressed for five seconds. A smaller multipurpose button is in the middle. The smaller button is easily identifiable without having to look at it, just by touching alone because it has a raised point on its center. The small middle button is used as ON/OFF, press five seconds to turn OFF – a sound prompt will play when it is turning OFF; Play and Pause music – press center button once; Double press the center button to go to the next track – Triple press to go to the previous. For phone calls you must depress the center button to answer an incoming call – press center button for five seconds to reject the same call. After taking a call you have to press the center button for five seconds to terminate – double press the center button to transfer audio from the Beoplay H4 to your phone. If you want to use your voice assistant or Siri – press the center button for five seconds for voice activation. In the same area is an LED light that turns Blue when you are pairing, Red when the battery is below 10% with sound prompt, blinking Red when you are charging, and Green when fully charged. Some key information: * When the battery is low the volume of the headphones will automatically be reduced. * The battery takes approximately two and a half hours to fully charge. * The manufacturer states that the contained lithium-ion rechargeable battery will last up to four hundred charges before the capacity goes below 80% compared to its original. However, a partial discharge reduces stress and prolongs battery life. Hence, if you do not discharge the battery completely, the charges can go up to several thousand cycles. * Therefore it is recommended to charge your Beoplay products when necessary, e.g. every second day and store in normal room temperature when not in use. * If you play music at a moderate volume, the battery in your Beoplay H4 can provide up to 19 hours of playback. * The Beoplay H4 has a power savings feature – it turns itself OFF if it is out of Bluetooth range, or no music is streaming for fifteen minutes. * You can Connect Beoplay H4 with an Apple watch using the Beoplay App. * The Beoplay H4 has a two-year warranty. * The manufacturer suggests to clean the lambskin on ear pieces with a dry cloth only. * The H4 automatically remembers previously connected devices and when turned back ON it will try to reconnect to previously paired devices. * If you are using your phone to Bluetooth music to your H4 - increasing or decreasing the headphone volume controls will increase or decrease the volume on your phone, correspondingly. * The Beoplay H4 headphones are not noise canceling, but fit so well they are almost passively noise canceling. Included in the box: * Beoplay H4 Wireless Over-Ear-Headphones * Quick Start Guide * Twelve inch long USB 'A' to Micro USB cord for charging. * Forty-Eight inch long 3.5mm audio cable. The Beoplay App, which is available for free to download from Apple App Store or Google Play Store is pretty comprehensive. The main feature of this app is the Tone Touch adjustment. It acts like an equalizer of sorts, but not according to sound frequencies. Instead the Tone Touch allows you to adjust your music to your activity and, or, moods: Warm, Relaxed, Excited, and Bright. You can adjust anywhere in between these various moods and expand the tonality (expand the width) as you wish. It really is quite cool and fascinating. It has a Tone Touch Guide, which will walk you through the options. This app also allows you to increase or decrease the volume; stream to other B&O speakers; and provides detailed product information and support. After three days of pretty constant use - these Beoplay H4 Headphones are becoming my new best friend. They enhance the listening enjoyment of the music genres I love so much. They help me reduce anxiety, stress, and make me happy when I am immersed in so much rich, musical bliss. My kind of cloud nine. That is the best recommendation I can possibly make for purchasing these Beoplay H4 headphones. You will NOT be disappointed. And, remember with Christmas coming up – these headphones would make a phenomenal gift for that special someone, family member, or friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable Headphones With Great Sound

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    mikeheel
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    The Beoplay H4 by Bang & Olufson is a pretty good set of bluetooth headphones with a couple of mild disappointments. I'll start with the good stuff that keep it from being a 5-star product. But the question with headphones is how they sound, and B&O does a very nice job in that regard. The sound is what B&O calls "Pure Sound" and is extremely good across all ranges, but the H4 really shine in the bass range. Fortunately, the H4 also do a very strong job with vocals and lighter instruments. If the bass weren't so rich, the rest of the range would be strong enough to shine on most headphones. The sound is clean and distinct, albeit not pristine. Overall, listening to any genre of music on the H4 is an enjoyable experience. Battery life seems very strong, which is also nice. The Beoplay app allows you to customize the sound field with a digital equalizer, but I found the basic preset to be the best overall sound, anyway. Charging is via micro USB. I'd prefer USB-C at this point, but that's not a big deal. The sturdy metal headband is covered with comfortable leather and cloth. The soft over-the-ear cups are wonderfully comfortable and well-marked to make sure you know which side is which. For a full-sized BT headphone, the H4 is pretty light. I did not worry at all about ear fatigue wearing the H4. Call quality, while not excellent, is acceptable. I'd prefer dual mics with noise cancellation, but it gets the job done. As for the few negatives: 1. The headphones would not update properly despite several attempts. 2. Initial pairing was a problem until I found a trick online that was not listed anywhere in the instructions. Basically, hold both volume buttons in for 5 seconds, and the headphone will pair easily. Prior to that, it wouldn't pair no matter what I did. As seems to be the norm these days, the included instructions were not especially helpful. 3. The power button has too many functions. Press it to turn on. Press it to bring up Google Assistant or Siri. Press it to answer a phone call. Press and hold it to shut down. Pretty much every time I try to shut down, it pops Google Assistant open on my phone in the process. 4. While the headphones twist flat to lie against your neck, the do not fold up and there is no carrying case. At this price point, I expect both. 5. There is only passive noise canceling. It would be very nice to get active noise canceling. 6. There is not a noise-canceling second mic for phone calls. 7. The package does not include a wall plug, so you either have to pirate one from somewhere else or plug it into a USB outlet. I know that sounds like I'm very critical of these headphones, but I still rate them as a 4-star product. The sound and comfort are worth 5 stars. The lack of noise canceling and storage options drop it to a four. The power button is an annoyance, but livable once you're up and running. I'd definitely buy these for the sound if they're on sale. Even if not on sale, the sound quality is strong enough that you won't regret buying them, if you can live with the minor inconveniences noted.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Sound and Performance, OK comfort

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    Saitzev
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    I was pleasantly surprised by these headphones. I know that B&O has a stellar reputation but have not had the pleasure of experiencing their products until now. Where to begin? Well they were very easy to pair with my phone. However, the app you need to use, it required me to update the firmware on the headphones before I could start using them. The download for the update went incredibly quick, maybe a few seconds with my internet. The biggest issue was installing the firmware. It was a good 20-30 minutes to update the firmware. It was moving about 1% a minute. Pretty disheartening when you can use them right out of the box, ymmv though depending on the manufacturing date. Comfort. They fit quite nice and stay in the place you put them in. The band doesn't feel loose or shifts at all and requires a bit force to initially adjust. Likely because of being used the first time. My issue with them is with most of the headphones designed like this is the way they sit on the ears instead of over them. This is of course completely dependent on how huge or small your ears are haha. They were actually fine for about an hour or so, but after that I had to frequently adjust them to be comfortable again, usually only after 10 or 15 minutes and adjust them again. Comfort aside they are really nice headphones. I'm not audiophile, but I have used my fair share of them. The build quality is really nice on these. They definitely have a high quality feel to them and don't feel cheap or make me feel like they are going to fall apart with use. On to the most important thing, how do these sound? Well they sound incredible. One thing I will say that I really enjoy is their app and it's Tone Control. It's works like an EQ, but without managing the individual frequencies. It's like choosing a pre-set EQ. Since I prefer a fair amount of LFE in my listening I found that right in the Middle at the top of the Tone Control between Warm and Excited is perfect for Bass centered tracks. It even worked great for Rock tracks. There were sounds that I hadn't quite made out before in songs that I've played over other Headphones of similar price. One thing I really enjoyed is that regardless of the Tone Control settings they sound great, even with it off. The Tone Control certainly add's tons of depth to the headphones. Most of all though, everything comes through even. Obviously there are differences to the types of sound, but i never felt like i was being overpowered with one thing over the other. this is evident in orchestral or jazz like tracks. Even while listening to Electronic, Rock, or Hip-Hop tracks I was never overwhelmed and everything just blended, but had in a sense it's own sound stage. One impressive thing I did notice with these headphones, is in bass focused tracks, I could feel the bass. I could actually feel the effect you would get from the reverberations from a speaker. I've never really felt this on most of my headphones I've used. My only complaint really aside from the exceedingly long firmware update is going to be the comfort of the headphones. They are such great headphones that I'm just sad because they get uncomfortable after such a short period of time. Again, this is going to be all in how they fit for you so they could be perfect for you, and if they are, the price of entry is more than worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, not great...better ways to spend your money

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    The Beoplay H4’s are perhaps a good contender for my “Studio” category, and for me add in wireless functionality to my current go-to headphone (side note, really wanted to refer to my go-to headphone as a daily driver, but thought the pun may be lost on some). As I’ve stated (verbatim) before, “a good pair of studio headphones are typically over-the-ear or on-ear; they have a great feel to them and put out some serious sound. These are the headphones you’ll use when binge-watching Dexter on your laptop or tablet, and while they might have a cord, they’re not an inconvenience.” The problem with this middle range of headphones, is that to be successful in the space, a product has to have so many features to be worth the look. B&O prices the H4’s at a retail price of $300, which puts it in the neighborhood of Bose’s QC35’s and some higher quality Sennheiser and Audio Technica. Bang and Olufsen is not marketing as heavily as Bose, though, so naturally I’d expect the price to be a bit lower. If I’m being 100% honest, the price tag is the first thing to make me think twice about these—they would need to put out some high quality sound to really be worth the cash. Out of the box, the H4’s came with enough charge to power the first week of periodic wireless use—this included heavier use the first day (approximately 3-4 hours), then varying use of wired and wireless over the next several days (approximately 8-10 hours total). And, while that’s not a great (or objective) battery test, B&O’s quoted 19 hours of battery life definitely seems plausible; to be honest, 8-10 hours should be plenty for most users, with more obviously being better. The unboxing experience itself was minimalist, the way it should be: sturdy packaging, limited stuffing (but enough to protect it), and very little time between unboxing and pairing. The lambskin ear cups are soft and well padded, and the metal headband is protected by a durable mesh on the bottom and (maybe real) lambskin across the top. The back side of the cups are plastic, with only 3 buttons on the right cup along with the micro-USB and 3.5mm audio ports; there is a small bit of exposed braided cable running from each cup to the band. The entire headphone is very light in the hands—nearly matching the Bose QC35’s 235g weight. And, from a quality perspective, I have the same sort of feeling about these as I do the QC35’s—they almost feel to light to be durable; that doesn’t mean they’re not durable, but only time will tell. Audio performance is a difficult thing to review; it’s hard on video and even harder through text. The H4’s allegedly deliver what B&O refers to their “Signature Sound,” intended to true-to-life and seemingly, not particularly heavy in lows, mids or highs unless the audio was intended that way; this is similar in many ways to how the QC35’s present audio, but I found the H4’s to present the lows much better than the QC35’s. Mids and highs are fine, and in general the actual audio experience with the H4’s is a very balanced one with a decent amount of bass representation. For additional reference, here are a few other products I use regularly and how they compare to the H4’s: * Sennheiser HD598SE - if it’s even fair to compare closed-back and open-back headphones, the H4’s have more defined lows and highs than the HD598SE, but the Sennheiser wins in sound stage and overall balance. They are cheaper, but don’t have bluetooth and again, are open-back headphones. * V-Moda Crossfade LP2 - H4’s have a more “real” and balanced sound, but can’t compete with the bass output of the LP2’s. LP2’s are cheaper, but again, no bluetooth. * Master & Dynamic MH30 - while the MH30’s are more “luxury” than the H4’s, the price tag is the same between the two. MH30’s win in lows, mids and highs, are more balanced, can out perform the bass of the H4’s, and have a more solid build. Again, though, no wireless for the MH30’s. So this in some ways puts the H4’s into a bit of a different perspective. Sure, the sound is overall very good, and the battery life is great, but great sound is possible for less money without wireless; with wireless and another $30, you can pick up Bose’s latest QC35’s (Series 2), or for less money grab the Series 1 and get a still great headphone. But, I’m not done yet; there are some additional things I noticed about the H4’s that could use an update on the next release. For starters—the provided 3.5mm cable is not braided. Yes, I know this doesn’t have any impact WHATSOEVER on performance—but it also doesn’t scream $300 headphones when I see a boring plastic cable. Braided cables are far more durable and look higher quality too, and while using these with a cable is secondary in most cases to using them wirelessly, it’s an incremental cost upgrade that would play well with a buyer in this price range. And, speaking of cables—this NEW product charges using Micro-USB, not USB Type C. Again, not a deal breaker, but as more and more phone and computer manufacturers are releasing product with type-C ports, the accessory producers should be keeping up. Charing via USB-C, even quick-charge capability—adding this to something with incredible battery life would be a win for everyone. There are 3 dedicated buttons on the headphones, most generally volume up, volume down and play/pause. As an iOS user, pressing and holding the play/pause triggers Siri, but with a longer hold powers down the headphones—so triggering Siri is a bit of a gamble if you don’t time it correctly. To put the device in pairing mode, you have to simultaneously hold the volume up and down buttons, which is a two-handed operation. And, the headphones can only be paired to one device at a time, meaning switching from phone to laptop to tablet is a bit of a to-do. With added bluetooth functionality and a dedicated bluetooth button, many of these things could have been avoided. And finally, B&O’s app. It’s a fine experience, but relatively basic and certainly not intended for someone who truly wants to customize their sound experience. It’s fine for a beginner, but including “advanced” tuning capabilities into the app might make it more attractive to users picky about how they hear their music. All things considered, I’m not entirely convinced that the H4’s are a real good buy for the money. They are EXTREMELY comfortable, perhaps more so than any other headphones I own. And they have phenomenal battery life, along with slightly better bass than the Bose QC35’s. But, without noise canceling, I would sooner recommend the QC35 Series 1 or a less marketed offering from Sennheiser, V-Moda or Audio Technica—in an effort to get similar performance at a smaller impact to your wallet.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Recommend, but with Reservations

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    Steve62305
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    DISCLOSURE: In the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to let you know I received these headphones free from the manufacturer in exchange for an honest review. If you check my review history, you’ll see I’ve given negative reviews when warranted. PACKAGING: I’m not sure how important retail packaging is to overall customer satisfaction, but B&O must feel it is because the retail box and everything in it is protected and presented in luxuriously cushioned, black velour. Very nice presentation, but probably not really necessary. SETUP: First, I charged the headphone batteries for about five hours. Then, as suggested, I installed the BeoPlay app on my Android phone. When I paired it with the H4 headphones, the app told me there was a firmware update available for the headphones. Somewhere during the update process, the app displayed the following unhelpful error message, “Internal error (4-8) during update to firmware rev. 5.0.1”. I ended up having to force close the app and restart it. After that, everything seemed fine and I’m left to assume the update completed correctly. It appears the sole purpose of the BeoPlay phone app is to handle firmware updates for the headphones. I found no other controls. When you first turn on the H4 headphones, they automatically go into Bluetooth Pairing mode and will pair with any device that’s discoverable at that moment. So be ready. Unfortunately, the little Quick Start Guide that is included with the headphones doesn’t tell you how to later reinitiate Bluetooth pairings or how to make the H4 headphones “forget” previous Bluetooth pairings. Digging around on the Bang & Olufsen website turned up that information...you have to simultaneously press and hold the two volume +/- buttons. OPERATION: In order for my wife and I to use two headphones when we watch TV, I direct the TV’s audio output into an MEE Audio Connect Universal Dual Bluetooth Wireless Audio Transmitter that allows us to simultaneously connect two wireless headphones. By the way, that is a great way to watch TV! During our first evening watching TV, my new B&O H4 headphones lost their Bluetooth connection no less than a dozen times. At the same time my wife experienced no dropped connections using her other brand headphones. I sit about 10 feet away directly in front of the TV. That’s well within Bluetooth range and there are no obstructions between me and the audio transmitter. The disconnects occurred anywhere from 2 to 35 minutes apart. Yes, I timed them to see if there was a pattern and there wasn’t. I have no clue as to why this occurred. Unfortunately, this was a very poor first impression of these new headphones. We have three other brand and styles of headphones that we use with this audio transmitter. They only lose connection if the wearer heads to the kitchen while forgetting to take them off. So I tried again the next evening and only suffered three dropouts during another movie. Much better than the previous evening, but my wife still experienced no drops with her other brand headphones. In all fairness, I also used these H4 headphones to watch online videos and listen to music for several hours on three different mobile devices without any dropouts. Of course, the distance between the H4 headphones on my head and the various tablets and phones I tried was at most maybe a few feet. QUALITY: These headphones seem very well made. In fact, they even sport genuine leather coverings on the ear cushions. They look and feel like they’ll last a long time. The sound is as great as you would expect from headphones in this price range. However, you can only control the volume as there are no other sound controls on the headphone. I especially like that the inside of each ear cup is marked with a large L or R. There’s no mistaking which way to put these on. DISLIKES: Other that the aggravating dropouts when connected to the audio transmitter, I only have two minor dislikes. The spring steel headband squeezes my head and ears a little too tight which quickly gets uncomfortable if you are wearing glasses. This might be because they’re new and could lessen as they get broken in. The other dislike is more of a concern for potential long-term damage. There is a vintage-looking, cloth-wrapped wire bundle that loops out each end of the headband as they enter their respective ear cups. This is done to allow wire slack as each ear cup pivots. The wire loops stick out about an inch and a half and I’m worried they’ll catch on things and eventually be damaged. RECOMMENDATION: Overall, I like these headphones. They’re not the best I’ve ever worn and they’re certainly not the worst. However, I can only recommend them with reservation because of the disconnections I experienced while watching TV. A dozen disconnects during one movie really takes the shine off the apple.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Headphones I have ever had by far!

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    Nate34
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    The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Headphones comes in a nice thick box with plush protection to keep them safe in shipping. The upper box comes off revealing the H4's. My first impression was “Wow, these look awesome”. I have the black version and the combination of black and metallic makes them really stand out. The first thing I noticed when I picked them up was how light are. The upper headband has great cushion and the ear pads are very plush. In the box is the H4 headphones, a USB charging cable, a 1.25m audio cable with 3.5 mm jack, and a multi language quick start guide. The quick start guide is easy to read and understand with illustrated instructions with 6 easy steps. First you download the Beoplay app from the Play or app store. Second turn them on by holding the power button for a few seconds to enter pairing mode. Third find the headphones on your respective device, phone, etc. In my case it was my Galaxy S8+. I immediately saw the H4's in the Bluetooth settings. One click and I was paired with an audible ding sound indicating a successful paring, and was ready to go. Very simple. The fourth step is learning the H4's controls with the 3 available buttons. The buttons have a very nice click to them. They are volume up and down and the power button is multi function depending on how many times its pressed. Once is play/ pause, twice is next track, and three times is previous track. So its a very simple set up. The fifth step is learning how to use the power buttons for calls, and the sixth step is just charging them. The charge time is about 2.5 hours and they are rated for up to 19 hours of play time so you should easily get through a day without a problem. Onto the important one and that is of course sound. One word..... WOW!! Ive had many sets of headphones in the past and these are definitely the best sounding yet. One thing Ive noticed with other ones in the past is lack of good bass. That is not the case here. It is what I call perfect tight bass. Not sloppy lows that are just trying to be low, but as close to what its suppose to sound like as possible. Of course this is based on preference and I guess to some degree age. When I was younger I liked that brain rattling trunk bass. I'm a bit older now and appreciate accurate bass. Now its not just bass that sounds great by any means. The highs, mids, and overall clarity is top notch. A great test song for me is Deadmau5's “Strobe”. When the bass finally drops at about 2:52 I literally got chills. Another bass test that might show my age a bit is the Beastie Boys “Slow & Low”. Again perfect sounding without going overboard. The H4's are also very comfortable. As mentioned they are very light and with the plush earpads I barely notice they are on. Long sessions will be no sweat...literally. Also I have a large head and they are adjustable enough to fit my big noggin comfortably. Overall the H4's are easily the nicest, most comfortable, well made & best sounding headphones I have ever had. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    BeoPlay H4

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    Comfortable, clear sound   The headphones have a very simple yet classic design. The headband is a single piece of metal wrapped with leather on top and cushion and fabric inside. The headband is fused to the hinges that hold the earcups, with exposed cables. The earcups are plastic with a polished metal cover. The inside is a very comfortably cushioned leather and fabric. Sound isolation is very good. People around you can hear the music but does a good job of isolating ambient noise. Note that the earcups are not replaceable. Controls: There are three controls: Volume up/down and a multi-function that works for play/stop/next/back/on/off depending on how it's pressed. -- Pairing and full reset is by holding the + and - simultaneously. There is no NFC nor voice prompts. There is a single color-changing LED (That's off during normal use, so it's not distracting), audio-in and micro-USB for charging. The audio-in works without battery power.   Sound quality: Overall, it produces a very neutral and clear sound. If you're planning on using the headphones with an iOS or Android phone, there's an App 'Beoplay' that checks for firmware updates on the headphones as well as an equalizer that's very intuitive and simple to use. In my particular preference, the default was a bit more muted and bass heavy than I'd preferred, but the EQ made it a lot better. The headphones support the Bluetooth AAC codec, and the audio quality with my iPhone was about the same as with a wired connection. Bluetooth range is excellent. No drops three rooms away from the phone. Once the headphone is paired, the connection when powering on is very quick. Microphone for voice calls is good. I tested making voice recordings and recordings were very clear. A drawback is that to turn it off, one has to press the multi-function button for several seconds. The phone will first trigger Siri, start listening and then the headphones eventually turn off. The headphones also turn off after 15 minutes or so of no use. Battery easily lasts all day. Rated for 19 hours when new. I was disappointed that there  was no carrying case included with the headphones.   To resume Pros: • Clear and balanced sound • Very comfortable to wear • Classic simple design • Lightweight • Long range BT with AAC support • 2 years warranty Cons: • No carrying case • Difficult to turn off • No replaceable ear cushions • Non-replaceable Li-Ion battery

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, but a few sad points

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    Let's start from the most important - the sound. B&O product has to sound fantastic and these headphones are no exception - crystal clear, full range, fully enveloping sound. Headphones have a good frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz (I've tested with a REW software), precise highs, powerful but yet gentle bass. Headphones design is very pure and simple, round ear cups with very soft leather cushions, aluminium band, braided wire, just 3 control buttons, one LED. But there comes the first problem - middle button works as a power, play/pause control and when you want to turn the headphones off - you supposed to press and hold the middle button for 5 seconds, but guess what happens? Siri comes up! Then headphones turn off and your phone is talking aloud! Same experience with the Mac - holding the power button summons Siri and headphones turn off immediately after that. I would say this is the most annoying power control experience I ever had. Bluetooth pairing - headphones have a great range, I was able to go downstairs and they did not loose the connection to my Macbook sitting upstairs, however you could only pair to one device at a time. Listening the music on the Macbook and phone call comes in? Nope, you'll need to pick up your iPhone. What if you want to pair them to the phone and your computer was the last device you've paired them to? You supposed to disconnect headphones from the computer manually and then manually connect to the phone. Battery life is pretty good, it supposed to last up to 19 hours, however there is no way to tell the actual percentage of the battery left without pairing headphones to the phone first (what if you listening on the computer?). Beoplay iOS and Android app does not have anything to add either - it does have some sort of "equalizer" that allows you to cut highs or boost bass, I did not find that very useful. All the app did for me - updated the headphones firmware. To summarize - very sweet sound, however a bunch of sad things like power control, Bluetooth pairing with just a single device, absence of a carry case with the phones would prevent me from recommending these. There are plenty of other manufacturers that would give you a better experience for the same price. I really hope that B&O will fix some of the problems by updating the firmware in the future.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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