Beoplay Portal are Bang & Olufsen's newest headphones engineered for gaming, built with Active Noise Cancellation and designed for long-term wear. Beoplay Portal comes with Dolby Atmos for Headphones, offering virtualized surround sound for an immersive and precise gaming experience on Xbox and computer platforms. The virtual boom-arm makes way for crystal clear conversations .
Immersive and precise surround sound. Beoplay Portal comes with Dolby Atmos for Headphones, offering virtualized surround sound for an immersive and precise gaming experience on Xbox and computer platforms.
Virtual boom arm for crystal clear conversations.
Contemporary design aesthetics. From the stunning gradient anodization on the aluminium earcups through to the premium, durable materials, and unparalleled craftsmanship, Beoplay Portal adds Scandinavian design values to the world of gaming.
Lightweight and crafted for long-term comfort. Designed for extended wear, Beoplay Portal weigh only 246g and feature memory foam ear cushions with built-in jaw support that improves acoustic performance as well as comfort.
Beoplay Portal is packed with dedicated gaming functions for quick access: instantly adjust ANC/own-voice balance, mute, and more.
The First Designed for Xbox Limited Edition headset
Bang & Olufsen brings its world-leading expertise in sound, design, and craft to Xbox
Virtual boom arm amplifies your voice while filtering out background noise for crystal clear game chat
Lightweight and crafted for those long gaming sessions
Experience immersive game audio with Bang & Olufsen Signature sound featuring Dolby Atmos
Packed with dedicated gaming functions for quick access
Instantly adjust ANC, game-chat balance, mute, and more
Game on the go with Bluetooth 5.1 and aptX Adaptive
3 hour recharge gets you back in the game faster
Customize your personal audio mix using the Bang & Olufsen audio app to fine-tune your gaming audio experience
Customize your audio preferences with Beosonic Tuning, now available in the Bang & Olufsen app
Beoplay Portal Xbox Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
FOR PC GAMERS WHO DABBLE IN XBOX GAMING
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
I play all my games and watch all my movies/shows/streams on my monitors.
These headphones replaced my Philips SHP9500. I find for me the B&0 Portals are an upgrade.
Let me tell you why.
The ANC makes my PC gaming experience way better. It blocks out the noise of my 3070. I play on Bluetooth on my PC. I find it to be just as good as it is when wired in terms of latency and sound quality. You can test it too. Bluetooth quality is my opinion. Sound is always personal.
These headphones come with a DAC/AMP built in. It can charge and use the DAC/AMP at the same time. These things wired through the USB-C make it sound even better.
If you have a budget motherboard or laptop, you get a DAC/AMP upgrade and volume controls.
You can connect wireless to the Xbox, and then switch over to PC and connect the USB-C to charge and use the DAC/AMP combo or use Bluetooth 5.1.
If you run a 3.5mm line from the monitor headphone jack to the line-in port in your motherboard you can use your pc and the Xbox at the same time.
The mic is fine. I really do not play with anyone, so the mic is the least of my concern. I am not an active voice comm chatter anymore. I just like the fact that it will be available for that special occasion when I want to speak on voice comms or in game.
The quality of the headphone build is unrivaled. It comes from Bang and Olufsen. Think about it.
How long do you usually keep a pair of headphones? It is an everyday investment for someone like me. The Xbox Series X is going to be here for a while, and I do not plan on stopping gaming any time soon on my PC or Xbox Series X.
Dolby is fine on the Xbox and PC you get a license with these headphones. I use it occasionally, but I am one of those who uses everything default (Stereo NO EQ). I never mess with EQs. I disable EQs in Dolby and it sounds great as well for me.
500 is a lot, but it is an everyday use item for me like a car. The time I spend using headphones is a lot. USB-C prevents overcharging BTW.
These were made for delivering audiophile quality audio to your PC, Xbox, and mobile phone wirelessly, and connected.
If you are not used to sound style of these types of headphones, they were not made for you.
I have had these for a day and have no plans on returning them. They have exceeded all my expectations personally.
They do suffer from micro-phonics. Just be aware of that. This is solvable and does not happen to everyone.
TLDR: FOR PC GAMERS WHO DABBLE IN XBOX GAMING.
WAAAAY too expensive for mediocre headphones. Sound quality is good not great. App is good not great. Quality is ok not good. ANC is ok, reminds me of earbud ANC. Headphones Feels real cheap. On the other hand it’s pretty light so not bad wearing all day for gaming. Speaking of which, mic is horrible. If you don’t plan on using it for chatting then they are good. Battery is not good as well. 12 hours max. That’s assuming you go 12 hour strait without stopping. I fully charged them over night, turned them on to play the next day and they had lost 17%. App showed they were at 83% when I started gaming at 5:45 by 2am they were at 20% and lowering by the minute. All in all, these headphones are not worth more then $200 I would not personally recommend this to anyone at anything above $150. For $500 you can get the xbox counterpart headset with much better mic and battery and some higher quality headphones for less then $300.
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Good but not for $500
Let’s get one thing out of the way. These are NOT bad headsets. They’re pretty great especially for music. However, for $500? The price of an Xbox series x/ps5? 100% not worth that money.
If you already own a high end headset like the Astro A50s, these are not going to be a good enough upgrade to warrant the extra $200 and on some areas won’t be as good, either.
The app is nice and easy to use. Connecting to the Xbox is a pain sometimes. I really dislike that the headset disconnects from the Xbox here and there. It seems like the connection is not very stable between the headset and the Xbox. The Bluetooth works flawlessly if you connect to your phone, for example.
What I can’t understand is why I can change settings like tremble or bass in Bluetooth mode but not in Xbox mode?? Seems really dumb to me not to allow that. Sometimes (not often) I’ll get some kinda of interference with the wireless connection which I also got when I owned the Stealth 600s Gen 2’s but it was nowhere near as bad as those with the connection interference. I’m not sure if it’s the way my setup is or if it’s the headphones.
They are SUPER comfy. Way more so than my Astro A50s were. They’re also super stylish and can be used like your regular headphones when you’re out and about. An issue I have is, is that the sound level for these headphones is way too low. Even on max volume, they do not sound loud enough. I don’t need overbearing sound levels like the maximum sound for the Astro A50s but I also don’t want a lack of loudness.
All in all, they’re great and if they were priced around $300-350 it would be far more reasonable. But there’s no way I could justify spending an extra $200 over something like the Astro A50s which sound a bit better for competitive gaming. I don’t see the market for these headsets, they aren’t top of the line for competitive, they aren’t for the casual gamer at $500.. so who are these for? People that have $500 to blow? Save your money until these get a price reduction.
These headphones are expensive but they check all of the boxes for me. So far, I am blown away by how these are bringing games to life. Music sounds great as well.
Are there more cost effective options out there that deliver the same qualify sound? Maybe.
I like that they are multipurpose but built with Xbox in mind. You can take a walk with music and easily switch to gaming when you are back in your house. If I ever start cloud gaming on the go, the nonchalant design will be even more useful.
Some occasional minor sound glitches that I am sure will be addressed in future updates. There was an update ready to download as soon as I opened the box.
They are comfortable even while wearing glasses.
The app is easy to use and allows for some nice customization.
Bought the Portal as I've always wanted a audiophile company to make a wireless headset that worked with the Xbox. The Portal connected within seconds to my Series S. Played about 3hrs so far and everything has sounded phenomenal. The Portal is super comfortable, built durable and has a crystal clear microphone.
For $250 maybe even 300 these are an absolute steal. the sound is incredible and comfortable, on a full charge they can last 15- 20 hours...
But here is the problem they're 500 dollars. So naturally there are cons to this as well.. they don't get loud and I mean really they do not get loud.. you don't feel or hear that feeling when you have good loud headphones that are not bleeding your ears but really make you immersive these do not have that. As well as the battery should be longer..
And generally they're just not that user friendly you're not sure which button does what or even if that thing is on or not like Dolby, noise cancellation etc.
Side note please please companies stop with the leather fine let it be an option but please let me have the open back better air flow of polyester.
Save your money by the Astro a50s. sound incredible and by far the most comfortable headset for hours on end.
As suggested in the app, one of the things that I tried was downloading the Dolby Access app from Microsoft Store into my PC. Once the app was downloaded, the site opened up for me to try out the Dolby Atmos using different movie & game clips, trailers & short features. This was Bluetooth connection. Seeing & hearing the promo features film featuring Dolby Atmos, I was transported inside a multi dimensional of sound with different voices and instruments bouncing up and down, from left to right, corner to corner. Very impressive. The few video games clips that I watched had similar effect – it’s like you are transported inside the world of the video games.
I am mostly using the headphone to listen to music or occasionally to watch movies. A few movies that I tried watching using this headphone was Tenet by Christopher Nolan. I was really impressed with the sound. I was watching it on my 2020 iPad which broadcasted it on 4K and it was a really cinematic experience with the sounds bouncing all over – matching exactly what’s going on in the movie.
Listening to Al Jareau’s Mas Que Nada, a song that I always use to test for a new headphone, you can hear the clear separation among each instruments and between Al Jareau & his backing vocal.
So far, I am pretty impressed with the sound of this headphone.
Another thing that I like about it is that there are real buttons to push for on/off or to increase volume. There are also gestures you can perform by tapping the headphone to play and pause music, but I don’t always find it successful. That’s why I always prefer headphone with button that I can physically touch to perform this function.
Bluetooth connection is also very impressive. According to the guide, it should be able to connect to up to 8 devices. Once the Bluetooth connection is established, you just need to push the on button, as long as the device is near, to connect to it.
I also found that the ANC is pretty effective in blocking most of the sound. And you don’t feel like the air was sucked out of your ear, even when the ANC is at the highest.
According to the spec, the battery should last about 24 hours even with the ANC on. Xbox connection will last you 12 hours.
The over ear cushion is pretty comfortable. The earcup is made from a soft material that’s comfortable to wear for a long period of time. I wish instead of round, they would make the ear cup in a more oval shape. Maybe because of the size and shape of my ear, I don’t think I can wear this headphone continually more than 3 hours. But other people may have different experience. I do appreciate that the headphone extends pretty far so it doesn’t feel too tight on my head.
While the material looks soft, I do have to admit that when I looked at it the first time, I didn’t think this was a high end headphone.
And lastly, for the high price, I do find it annoying that this headphone doesn’t come with a pouch or a case. While the earcup itself can be turned around so the headphone can lay flat, this is a pretty big size headphone. And not having a case, it will be harder to carry it if you are traveling or even to keep it safe while it’s not in use.
In the end, while I like the sound, the comfort and the connection, I do find that the features don’t justify its price.
I was so incredibly excited to hear that one of the best and well-known brands in the speaker and sound business, Bang & Olufsen, created wireless headphones for gaming especially after recently acquiring the new Xbox Series X. The Beoplay Portal Wireless Noise Cancelling over-the-ear headphones was a welcome addition to my gaming set up even though I already had good headphones to prior to getting the new Beoplay Portals as I have been an audiophile for over 20 years and love to see what the high-end competition is creating.
The packaging is what you would expect from B&O, simple yet classy, and briefly covers the features and options you can expect from the headphones. They come with a simple set of directions, a USB-C charging cable and an auxiliary headphone cord which is needed to plug into the controller and set up the Dolby Atmos registration on the Xbox through the app. The headphones themselves are made using high grade materials with a combination of metal, breathable fabric, leather, and hard plastic. This combination creates a comfortable and durable masterpiece of sound. You are able to adjust and control settings, including sound and the ANC transparency, through the smartphone app even while connected to the Xbox. You can adjust the equalizer on the app for different genres of music, movies and games.
The Beoplay Portal headphones are a Limited Series specifically designed for Microsoft Xbox and PC gamers in mind. They connect to the Xbox via a 2.4 ghz wireless instead of Bluetooth to create a more solid connection and not take away from the Bluetooth signal the Xbox controller uses. The gaming experience with these headphones is next level offering not only a Bluetooth 5.1 surround experience but also Dolby Atmos sound which can be activated through the Dolby Access application on the console. The headphones are perfect for when my wife prefers the sound off and not blasting out ears with the full stereo on during gaming or movies. They sound amazing regardless of what gaming you are into and especially for first-person shooters as you can hear everything going on around you. The microphone is built into the headphones and acts as a virtual boom arm so there is no need to attach a mic for chat or talking smack. The active noise cancelling works great although not the best I have heard from the high-end headphone market.
To add to the impressiveness, I want to add how incredible they sound for music or movies on your Bluetooth smart device. Every time I put them on, I am seriously blown away how much better they sound compared to the other high-end wireless over-the-ear headphones I have used in the past. The balance of low-end bass, mid-range and high, crisp highs creates a symphony of incredible sound no matter what genre you are listening to; honestly, better than any other sounding headphones I have ever used. To ensure it was not just me being bias about the B&O brand and knowing they always raise the bar in sound, I decided to showcase them to several other friends who own other makers of high-end, expensive headphones. Needless to say, they were all taken back by the sound as well; I even had a neighbor tell me to put them away before he walked off with them.
Personally, I am thrilled I have headphones that sound amazing for gaming, movies, and music. I can easily see these replacing and consolidating every set of headphones I own; or, perhaps, this is just me justifying the high price tag since they cost about the same as buying two separate sets of other maker’s headphones... feel free to use that excuse as well to negotiate with your spouse the purchase of these as, in my opinion, it’s well worth the investment in sound. You’re welcome. Now I just need to make sure I lock these down before someone does take off with them… I hope the next version adds GPS tracking because I would hate to lose these masterpieces.
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A:AnswerThe Portals are very comfortable, and can be worn for extended periods of time without issue. I have not tried the A50s, but I was unable to wear Steelseries headsets for longer than an hour or two without discomfort due to the clamping pressure.
A:AnswerThey are much more comfortable for one. The Penrose X is one of the least comfortable headsets I have owned. The Penrose are louder and have a much more pronounced bass response. The Portal have a very clear and balanced sound and some really cool controls. The mic sounds better on the Penrose but there is a boom mic where the Portal only has a mic array that works pretty well. They both work very well and are very clear. Positional sound is really good on both. The software for the portal app make updating sound settings on the fly a breeze. If you are planning to use them for more than games I would grab the Portal. Just gaming I would probably go for the Penrose as long as you dont have a big head (size 8)
A:AnswerNo it goes to a default for all settings at power on with mic on. But it becomes habit to connect to it via the app after powering on to set Volume, Mute, ANC level and such and have a visual representation of these settings.