Bang & Olufsen - Beoplay H9 Wireless Over-the-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones - Black

Stream your favorite tunes through these Bang & Olufsen wireless headphones. Memory foam padding and soft lambskin covers let you listen comfortably for hours, and controls on the outer metal plates let you manipulate audio with the touch of a finger. Noise-cancellation technology ensures great sound through these Bang & Olufsen wireless headphones.

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    What's Included


    • Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 Wireless Over-the-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones
    • USB charging cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    83% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (43 out of 52)

    Features


    Over-the-ear design

    For a secure fit.

    Bluetooth 4.2 interface

    Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device. Supports HFP, HSP, A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles.

    Noise cancellation

    Effectively blocks out distracting background noises, so you can enjoy a focused, immersive sound environment.

    Rechargeable battery

    Offers up to 21 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.


    Customer rating

    4.4
    83%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    3.4

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Flawed Beauty

      Posted
      Wraith
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      If I could it would probably be 3.5 stars instead of 4 but I rounded up the way we all wish our teacher would have with our grades. I have owned A LOT of high end audio gear over the years so I know what quality sound is like. I also have heard Bang and Olufsen at its finest with some of their speaker systems and they are sublime and can transport you away with their fidelity and beauty. With all my time with high end gear, I have become both incredibly picky as well as incredibly realistic in what can and can't be done sonically at different price points. I have listened to everything from old $25 Koss PortaPros (that sound remarkably good BTW) to Audeze LCD-4s which are $4,000 (which is quite frankly too much money for a headphone - but does sound phenomenal with some kinds of audio). Sometimes I value faithful sound reproduction and other times I want convenient tunes that may not sound perfect but are 'good enough for government work' as my father used to say. I'm going to start our with the cons for the Bang and Olufsen H9 because they are few, but important, and I want to end this review on a high note (no pun intended, ok maybe just a little). The first con is the B&O 'sound'. If you have listened to enough headphones you quickly begin to realize that each manufacturer has a certain 'sound' to their products sometime a few different sounds depending on if they have a wide variety of different lines. Some of this is due to construction elements (using wood vs. plastic for the housing, real leather vs protein leather or fabric) or it can be a design element (open vs. closed back, diaphragm design, diaphragm material,) or any of a hundred little design elements that change the way sound eventually gets from your source to your ear drum. It is incredibly complicated but eventually boils down to sound signatures that people either love or hate. And that love or hate is very, very subjective and in many cases makes headphone reviews (such as this one) a very personal one and may not be perceived in the same way by everyone else so please take this with an entire salt lick not not a few grains of salt. The B&O headphone 'sound' to me as well as to quite a few friends who are also 'phone heads can feel almost 'gauzy' or like something nebulous is just between you and the music. For some music it can make things sound almost etherial while others it can mute or leech some of the punch out of certain frequencies. Again, this is from someone who is looking for the sonic signature of these headphones and if you are not quite as in tune (some may say crazy) to the headphones or your music, or don't really care, then this is not an issue. 95% of purchasers would listen to the H9s and think they are wonderful. They may notice a few differences in some of their favorite songs that don't sound *quite* the way they have heard them before but they will shrug their shoulders and be on their merry way. The second and final nit-pick really isn't a problem for me because I'm not finding it to be a problem, but if you are buying the H9s for their noise canceling ability, you might find them to be a problem especially if you have experienced the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) features of some other manufacturers. First off, ANC changes the sound signature of any headphone and I have always shied away from them for that particular reason, I cared more about the quality of the sound rather than the noise cancelation feature and for that reason have always preferred passive noise cancellation over active. My favorite headphones for an airplane or train ride are my custom fit in-ear monitors that were built from molds of my ear canal and fit in my ears perfectly and don't let a bit of sound in. These are the type of headphones that musicians wear to monitor their own sound and keep out the blasting sound of the amps all around them. You would be hard pressed to find a better sound/noise cancellation combo in ANY other headphone but you are going to pay for it. They are, and always will be, my 'gold standard'. The other reason that I avoid ANC is they produce a known phenomenon of ear pressure that for some people (such as myself) find maddening. It almost feels like you are constantly coming down from altitude and have some air pressure pushing on your ears that you can never clear. This pressure would seem to be related to the quality of noise cancellation provided by the headphones. The industry leader who shall remain unnamed but you probably know who they are, make headphones that are almost startling in their sound isolation but I can't wear them for more than 10-15 minutes before wanting to rip them off my head due to that eardrum pressure. Many people it doesn't bother or doesn't bother them enough to counter their desire/need for absolute top-of-the-line noise cancellation. The H9s do a good job of noise cancellation from both their active components as well as the passive kind from the supple leather and memory foam of the ear cups. They do not provide top-of-the-line noise canceling but they provide GOOD noise cancelling and do not make me want to rip them off my head. If you are primarily looking for headphones to put you in a noise free bubble, look elsewhere. Now the good, and there is a lot of good with the H9s. First off, they are beautiful both inside and out. B&O did not skimp on the quality of these headphones. They are solid, well constructed, and meant to last a lifetime. They are very comfortable. I was worried about these because the headband has a lot less padding than I am used to with headphones of this type (and I don't normally worry about headbands with my in-ears) but surprisingly I can wear the H9s for quite some time before they begin to feel uncomfortable. That is mostly due to the shape of my head (think Captain Picard) and the pronounced 'point' I have that makes a lot of headphones of this type uncomfortable for me. The fact that I can go though hours long sittings without these hurting is a serious positive point for me. The removable battery is another serious positive for me. Many, if not most, of these wireless headphones have sealed batteries and when those go out you are forced to either used them with their cable (defeating the purpose of wireless) or you throw them in the trash and go buy another. Here, when you wear down the battery and that will happen in a few years, you can throw a fresh $40 battery in them and not lose your investment. You can also have an extra one on hand to extend your wireless listening session for an extra-long flight if need be. I have yet to run into the H9s 15 hour run time so I don't need that extra battery now but it is nice to know that these don't have a 'lifetime' to them dictated by the battery. The controls both on the headphone and on the app are easy to use and not as 'wonky' and many other reviews have made them out to be. Do they use some different gestures than are commonly used, sure both those are dictated a bit by the circular design of outer shell. Those are also made moot if you have the app available or better yet, an Apple Watch like I do and can just control the volume and tracks through my watch. Either way, once you get used to the controls, they really aren't a problem. OK, bottom line here. These are beautifully constructed, comfortable, headphones that do a good job with noise cancellation and will last you a very long time all while giving you the signature gauzy B&O headphone signature. If you are good with spending $500 for that, then you will be eminently please with the H9s. If you want to change any of those features (price, sound signature, ANC quality, build quality), you can find others out there that would probably make you happier than the H9s. I encourage you to go to your local Best Buy, and try on some of the headphones there and make your choice based on actually trying them on rather than listening solely to my review or others on here. Use us as a guide to figure out which ones you want to listen in store. BTW, I'm going to check 'No - I would not recommend this to a friend' because I know my friends and they are just as picky as me, but I am being literal with that statement and perhaps not the figurative way that Best Buy intends it to be.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wow.

      Posted
      BenisJ
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      I don't have too many other high-end *noise canceling* headphones to compare these to, however, I have worn my share of quality headphones ranging from commercial earbuds to over-the-ear muffs to studio broadcast headsets. The B&O H9 headphones offer phenomenal depth and range of sound as well as comfort and style. First thing you notice out of the box is how well built these headphones are. Nothing about the materials are cheap. Anxious to us them I did not fully charge them, but after about a half an hour of initial charging I had enough power to listen for at least 2 hours. If I had to find a complaint about the power at this point it would be that, unlike some other brands, the headphones do not announce how fully charged they are on startup. They just simply beep to let you know they are on. The muffs are incredibly soft and comfortable. Pillow soft. The band that goes over your head is not quite as soft. Being bald that bothers me a bit. I am not sure why they didn't make the padding on that part softer--perhaps there are components up there they needed to protect. The muff itself doubles as a touchpad for controlling the headphones. Draw a circle on the right ear and the volume increases. Draw a circle in the other direction and it decreases. Swipe up to turn on ANC (active noise cancellation), swipe down to turn it off. Tap once in the middle to mute/unmute. Swipe forward/backward to skip songs. There are another set of commands to control the phone when you receive a call. The sound quality for a telephone conversation was surprisingly good, but I only tested it in an office environment. The touch controls are appropriately sensitive and intuitively easy to understand/remember. As for the overall sound, again, it is nearly brilliant. Because most of what I listen to comes via streaming services, it is hard to tell if any tonal issues are due to compressed music streams or a possible "softening" done by B&O. Nonetheless, all tracks are nicely balanced without any EQ modifications. These headphones can also push the bass better than any other muffs I have ever hears--including those with "bass boost" which often sacrifice mid- and high-range sounds when boosted. The audio did feel a bit mellowed out when I shift gears to heavy metal but I am splitting hairs here. The audio quality is still a 9 out of 10 for almost every genre of music I enjoy. They would be 10 out of 10 if the high end sparkled a bit more but you might be able to tweak that with an EQ. The active noise canceling is pretty good to. In the office, I can't hear myself type with ANC on. I also tested them in the car (I know, you aren't supposed to wear headphones in the car). With the windows up I was lost in the music and had no clue what was going on around me. I turned on talk radio at a moderate level and voices made it through to the headphones if there was a lull in the music but ambient noise was still canceled out. I cracked the windows enough to get outside noise but not wind. Again the ANC performed well. Turn ANC off and you notice a huge difference. As for the battery and other tech specs, I have to trust what the site says as I will likely never go 10+ hours without charging. A replaceable battery is a nice bonus: · Replaceable and rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery · Capacity 3,7 V, 770 mAh · Up to 14 hours with Bluetooth and ANC · Up to 16 hours with Bluetooth · Up to 21 hours with only ANC · Charging time 2.5 hours Notice a charger is not included in the box (seldom headphones offer a charger anymore but for the price you would think they could throw in a cheap charger): · Audio cable with 3.5 mm jack · Micro USB cable for charging · Flight adapter · Carrying pouch · Quick Guide While I did give the headphones 5-stars, I would prefer to knock a half-star off for value. Pricing similar quality brands and it does appear the B&O suggested retail price is higher than others but even at MSRP I don't think you will be disappointed you spent the money. These are very well balanced, quality headphones.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another hit for Bang and Olufsen

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      SqueakySquid
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      This I my review of the Beoplay H9 Wireless Over-the-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones.   These headphones first look great and are very sturdy. They are, however, very light and comfortable fitting and are suitable for wearing for extended periods of time like a long flight.  The headband is aluminum wrapped with genuine leather and the replaceable ear cups are also genuine leather, which is why these things are so darn comfortable to wear.     As soon as you remove them from the box you will also see a cord with a 3.5 jack on each end for wired listening even though they are Bluetooth wireless. There is also a short USB cord for charging which takes about 2 hrs. if completely drained and you can get as much as 14 hrs. of use on one charge. Along with those is a flight adaptor for use during a flight. There is a soft bag with a heavy duty closing cord to store everything in, again giving a look of luxury.     There is an instruction manual also in the box that explains how to operate the touch controls which are incorporated into the right earpiece in the metal. The only control that is like most headphones is the on/off switch on the outside of the right earpiece that you slide up and hold to connect via Bluetooth. The instruction manual also guides you to download the B&O app to get started.    The B&O app not only walks you through the setup, but it also has a battery meter showing the amount of power remaining. There is also a series of frequently asked questions that are broken down in steps within the app. What I found most useful is a page in the app that you can use to expand the soundstage and vary the tonal quality of whatever you are listening to; you also could use the 4 presets B&O set up or you have the option to create and save your own.     The sound that the H-9’s generate is very good. I find it to be rich and distinctive with a very strong bass response. One of the first songs I listened to sounded so good that I was hearing instruments playing that I had never heard before. Widening the soundstage seems to increase the stereo effect, especially when listening to a movie or video playback with a soundtrack. It's almost like surround sound. The active noise canceling is effective and can be turned off and on with a simple stroke of the finger up or down on the metal outside of the right earphone. In fact, as I mentioned above, a single touch will pause or restart whatever you are listening to and a circular motion will increase or decrease the volume. One thing I noticed though is that it is sensitive and sometimes when I wanted to turn the volume up or down it would pause at the touch which meant I had to touch it again and then make another attempt. I found it frustrating at times. Plus, my finger tips are not as sensitive as they once were, making it even more challenging.  Fortunately, I can use the B&O app or the player (Spotify, Amazon Music, etc.) that I am using to control the volume, etc.    I mentioned that the battery is replaceable. The left ear cup contains a Lithium battery which can be replaced when it no longer will charge. I think the more practical application would be to have a spare battery charged that can be used while the other battery is being charged if you run out of power. I'm not sure what the replacement battery costs.     There is one thing that to me is not a big deal, but to some it may matter. You have to reconnect to a new device each time you switch devices. In other words, earlier I was connected to my computer, and now I am listening to my iPad. I own a set of headphones which will always keep 2 devices ready to connect to as soon as I turn the device and the headphones on. With the H-9's they will reconnect to one device like your phone when you turn them on, but you have to go through the pairing process again if you use something else and come back to the phone.    Now, if catching phone calls is important to you, then you would probably want to stay connected to a phone receiving device like an iPhone and/or an iPad or a MacBook where the calls can be received and shared with another device. When a call comes in you tap the right cup to answer. The microphone is excellent, no need to yell. If you tap the ear cup twice while listening to something, it will redial the last number called. It works well.    Overall, I think the B&O Play H-9's are a superb set of headphones, but I would expect that for the price being charged. You would have to decide for yourself if there are enough positives that outweigh any negatives to justify the investment. I think it is worth it to at least try them, and if you are unhappy return them. I think you will be pleased. 

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Durable, Amazing, and Portable

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      aarondr
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      The Beoplay H9’s B&O’s new premium wireless headphones. They offer some interesting features, including active noise cancellation, audio adjustments via app, wired or wireless operation and touch sensitive controls. My experience with headphones is fairly wide range on the lower side of the budget spectrum. I have everything from $20 no-name Bluetooth earbuds, to super-aerial wired Klipsch. What are unique to me about the H9’s is active noise cancellation. I’ve had plenty of noise isolating headphones, which either attempt to use foam or direct contact with the ear canal to seal out other noises. If you’ve never had an active noise cancelling headphone on before, the effects at first are disorienting. Immediately it is quieter than you ever thought possible. Once you get past the disorientation though, you start to appreciate the silence. In fact I found myself putting on the H9’s just to enjoy some quiet time without so much ‘white noise’ around me. Now, the H9’s are pricey. Retailing for half a grand is quite an ask for many, but rest assure you get a premium product. The construction of the H9’s is amazing. Most moving parts in headphones have a tendency to be made of composite material. The problem with most composites is that they have a tendency to be somewhat brittle over time and crack. I’ve lost a couple good sets of headphones simply because the mechanism has broken. That led me to vmoda cans a few years ago, which are amazing, but somewhat flawed. These make the vmoda look like paper mache. Parts you expect to be plastic are anodized aluminum. I’m not even sure how these were assembled, as even the hinges seem to be milled as one piece. The housing of the speakers themselves are composite, but a type that seems extremely durable. The biggest thing is that no metal appears to attach to plastic, anywhere. So if you are concerned about longevity of this set, don’t worry about it - these are a tank. The headband feels quite solid as well, if just a bit more eclectic than the rest of the headphone’s aesthetic (there is leather sown to the top in one layer, with portions of leather wrapping around and inset fabric). The H9 also sport one of the best sound quality I’ve heard. They blow the Sony MDR-XB950’s I have out of the water (seriously back to back listening was laughably bad). The sound is crisp, clear, and dynamic. Bass is offered up in loads without sacrificing highs. Bass notes flow, and never boom. Mid’s are also quite crisp. I’d still lump the H9’s in with headphones that follow a ‘power’ curve instead of being neutral. That said, these are no Beats. Subtle details of songs, textures of drums, faint percussion or chimes stand out. Bluetooth audio is the best I’ve heard on any set. There are definitely points where the wire help, but for all but the most picky listeners these are a great Bluetooth set. The soundstage (or sense of depth) is narrow, but such is life in the world of cans (closed back headphones). If you try a nice set of open backed headphones, you’ll know what I’m talking about, but I can’t fault a semi-compact set of cans for having an audio profile of cans. The touch controls are hard to get at first. It’s easy to make a joke that the volume control makes you look like you’re calling someone coo-coo (you circle your ear), but in all reality controlling it is a subtle art. I’ve been using them for over a week now and are still getting the hang of it. Play pause is pretty easy (just a tap), and volume just takes an understanding of where the sensor edges are. It could be a bit clearer, but you get used to it. The right ear includes most of the controls and ports. These consist of a on off switch with a Bluetooth moment toggle for turning the Bluetooth on and pairing. Ostensibly if you use the headphones with a wire, you could just use the switch to turn on the noise cancellation and keep Bluetooth off. The headphones charge with micro-usb located under the toggle switch. Further under that near the bottom of the can is the 3.5 mm headphone jack. While on the chopping block of 2017 phone designers, this still offers the best sound quality and the ability to bring your own amplifier. The built in microphone seems quite good to those I’ve talked to, so no concerns there. Interestingly, on the left can you’ll find a switch that will release a removable battery. Inside you find a 750mah li-ion battery which keeps the headphones powered like a champ. I’ve listened for a few days now (admittedly a couple hours here and there) without needing a charge and they’re not even down to 65%. A removable battery is definitely counter cultural these days, but I can appreciate it. It’s unobtrusive and honestly adds to the longevity of the headphones (a non-removable might call it quits after a few years, while this most likely is a 20 spot away from having a brand new battery without any disassembly). Comfort wise, these are very comfortable. Not quite as luxurious as some I’ve owned, but the important thing is that they are relatively compact and offer this level of comfort. While these are full sized headphones they’re not as large as the aforementioned sony model I have as well. All in all I can appreciate the B&O H9’s for their focus on not just providing a great sonic experience today, but also 10 years from now. While pricy, they make their case by being non-disposable, durable, and maintainable. Their audio quality can probably be matched by cheaper headphones, but their build quality is several levels beyond what I’ve experienced. The biggest criticism I can leverage is the lack of a hard case (such as what my vmoda came with). I suppose you could say a tank doesn’t need more armor, but I doubt most $500 headset owners want to risk throwing these in a bag 365 days a year. It does come with a double lined soft cloth bag with a elastic tie. If you’re looking for an amazing set of wireless headphones and have the pocket-change for these, go for them. They’re a great set of ANC cans that will last you for years to come.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Where Headphones meet Luxury

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      TechGuy
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      Pros: -Well-built with luxurious look and feel - memory foam ear pads wrapped in luxurious lambskin make for a very comfortable wear -Sleek aluminum and leather accents and minimalist design -Left and right stereo channels are marked by large “L” and “R” symbols inside each earphone - very helpful, no need to look for a tiny "L" or "R" indicator like on most other headphones -A removable lithium-ion battery is located on the bottom of the left earcup - you can replace it as you like -Pairing with the headphones is fast and easy. Move the power switch on the bottom of the right earphone up towards the Bluetooth symbol, wait for the LED to flash blue, and find it in your device’s Bluetooth menu to pair -Dedicated smartphone app available to fully utilize the headphones -Ideal for casual, work, or travel use -Noise canceling -Built-in microphone Cons: -If you are a colorful person, you may be out of luck as currently the headphones only come in 2 colors (black and brownish gray) -Price tag can be intimidating -While battery life is good (see below in Notes section), it is slightly lower than similar models of competitors' headphones -Not made for athletic use -No multipoint Bluetooth pairing, which means you’ll have to manually pair and unpair the headphones with every device you use -Touchpad mentioned below in notes can be quirky (slow to respond or interprets your movement incorrectly). I compare it to a lot of the touchscreen infotainment centers you see it in cars nowadays. -I think audiophiles will be disappointed with the sound quality, it is good but not exceptional. -I wouldn't give this to someone who is not technically savvy (like a parent or senior citizen) as the the touchpad can be hard for them to use Notes: -Sliding power switch and small LED on the bottom of the right earphone, next to the micro USB charging port and 3.5 mm cable input -Externally, there are no buttons on the headphones. Playback, noise canceling, and volume are all controlled via the right earcup’s touchpad. -For optimum use, a smartphone is recommended -Battery life: Up to 14 hours with Bluetooth and Noise Canceling Up to 16 hours with Bluetooth Up to 21 hours with only Noise Canceling -Comes with in the box, a short USB charging cable, a 3.5 mm cable for non-Bluetooth connections, a two-prong airplane adapter, a fleece carrying case, and the user guide -While I do recommend this product, I do think you can find a better product at the same or lower price point

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wow. Just wow.

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      DaveG
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      Let me start by saying, I've always lusted after B&O gear. It doesn't just sound amazing, it has a sexiness to it as well. Everything has just the right look and just the right feel. When I was approached with the opportunity to audition their latest test of noise cancelling headphones, I jumped at the chance. I'm not an audiophile - I enjoy music for the overall experience. In typical B&O fashion, these look at feel awesome. The build quality is top notch. The ear pieces are covered in leather and have nice thick memory foam creating an excellent, comfortable fit. The headpiece adjusts easily, without any preset detents. It just slides effortlessly and holds the position once set. There aren't any odd pieces of material or leftover threads - just excellence in design and craftsmanship. Bluetooth pairing with my iPhone was effortless - as expected. Let's talk about sound quality. I've been a hold out against noise cancelling headphones as like to be aware of what's happening around me. I can forego degradation in music quality in favor of that. That all changed once I tried these. They do such an amazing job filtering out ambient noise, I'm able to forget all that's happening around me. Maybe not the best walking on the streets of Chicago, but it's perfect for the train. I played a number of songs and all were just delightful to listen to. The lows were extremely pronounced, without being muddy. A kick drum sounded like a kick drum. Other manufacturers seemingly add low end and it seems to change the sound of the music. I have a frequency generator app on my phone and was able to hear/feel down to 18Hz - which is quite impressive. Midrange frequencies were nice and balanced - vocals were extremely clear. High frequencies were also very balanced without being harsh. My favorite part of these is the controls on the headphones. They use gesture control - which I didn't think I'd use because most other manufacturers aren't intuitive. The H9s work exactly as expected. Fast forward a song - swipe forward. Repeat a song - swipe back. Turn the volume up - swipe clockwise. Turn the volume down - swipe counterclockwise. I've worn these everyday for the last week and absolutely love them. The noise reduction works so well, when you disable it, it's as if B&O is piping the sound in, but they're not. It's just that noisy in the world around us.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Magnificent Sound and Touch/Gesture Controls!

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      The Beoplay H9 headphones by Bang & Olufsen are nothing short of amazing. The sound is even throughout the whole audible spectrum with strong bass and sparkling highs. All the music I have listened to has had such strength and clarity and presence that it was startling. But Bang & Olufsen took things even further by designing the exterior of the right headphone so that all functional commands are controlled by touch/gesture. Power and bluetooth are controlled using a traditional (physical) switch; starting, stopping, volume up and down, track forward and reverse, phone answering and release, and active noise cancellation are all controlled by intuitive swiping. Alas, like so many other things, these headphones are right-handed - the left headphone is not touch-sensitive. The headphones can also be used with a mini-jack cable if you want to connect to a source without using bluetooth (or if the batteries are low on the headphones). A shortish mini-jack cable is included along with an adapter for airplane use. Surely the noise-canceling feature of the headphones is very desirable for people who fly. Bang & Olufsen did a great job with physical isolation from external noise with soft padding on the earpieces and with the active noise canceling (ANC) feature which removes a lot of external sounds electronically from the music you hear. I used a vacuum to check the difference in sound with the ANC on/off and neglected to switch-off the vacuum because I forgot it was running. Flawless sound combined with isolation from external noise can add a sense of intimacy with your music (e.g. in some of my recordings of piano music, you can actually hear the sound of the physical movement of the damper pedal - insane). But it can also point out recording or digitalization flaws and problems with equalization (e.g. some pop music is equalized with increased bass and treble and might sound OK on a dance floor with thumping bass but in these headphones, the missing midrange makes it sound hollow and artificial - FYI). The only complaints I have are superficial: (1) the headphones come with a nice soft carrying pouch which would do little to protect them in a backpack or if they were dropped - I would prefer more substantial protection for this investment, & (2) I wish the shape of the earpieces was slightly more oval (not perfectly circular) - I think a longer earpiece would be a little more comfortable (but that might affect the the physical noise isolation). Bose headphones with noise-canceling technology were always the ones to beat and these Beoplay H9 headphones by Bang & Olufsen outperform the Bose in every way. These are stellar.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wow!!!

      Posted
      mamallg
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      B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen - Beoplay H9 Wireless Over-the-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones Included- 1 pr of headphones, travel bag, instruction manual, mini-jack cable, and USB cable. All I have to say is "WOW!" These headphones are amazing! You will not regret buying these. These were super simple to set up. I turned the headphones on, switched the button to bluetooth to pair it and then downloaded the free Beoplay app to enhance my headphones but is not required. The headphones are extremely comfortable and fit well. They are lightweight, made from genuine leather and anodized aluminum. The ear cups don't bother me at all. The controls are located on the right ear cup. With a simple touch or movement, you can play or pause, raise or lower the volume, skip to the next or previous song, answer or end a call or even redial the last number and turn the noise cancelling on or off. Sometimes I don't get the controls to do exactly what I want, but I'm sure over time there will be less and less mistakes with practice. This is my first pair of noise cancelling headphones so I don't have anything to compare them to, but I'm very impressed. There is some outside background noise when there is a pause in between songs or if the volume is pretty low but listening to the music is very enjoyable. You feel totally immersed in the music. The sound quality is amazing. My family was laughing at me earlier and teasing me that I'm like a teenager, because they were talking to me while I had these on and I never heard them. Right now my husband has the Monday night football game on nice and loud and I don't hear a thing except for my music. I love it! The Bang & Olufsen headphones deliver premium sound, luxurious details and comfort. I'm very impressed with the headphones and highly recommend them.

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