Bang & Olufsen’s newest pair of headphones are the Beoplay HX. They’re over-ear, noise canceling, and supply as much as a really spectacular 35 hours of battery life. The headphones launch in black at this time for $499 (£499 / €499), however there’s a white mannequin coming on the finish of April, to be adopted by a white and brown model in Might.
At $499, the Beoplay HX are among the many costlier wi-fi noise-canceling headphones accessible. However this isn’t unfamiliar territory for Bang & Olufsen: the earlier Beoplay H9 headphones price precisely the identical — and that is the corporate that additionally sells an $800 pair of Bluetooth headphones.
Thirty-five hours of battery life beats just about all rivals (and it rises as much as 40 hours should you flip ANC off). The $549 AirPods Max are rated at simply 20 hours with ANC on, whereas our top pick $350 Sony WH-1000XM4 can go for as much as 30 hours. Others, just like the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless or Shure Aonic are rated for 16 hours and 20 hours, respectively.
Past battery life, the opposite factor your $499 will get you is construct high quality. The Beoplay HX’s ear cushions are constructed from lambskin with a reminiscence foam inside, whereas the headscarf makes use of cow conceal and knitted cloth in its building. The ear cups themselves characteristic an aluminum disc surrounded by a recycled plastic housing, and the arm sliders are additionally aluminum.
The remainder of the Beoplay HX specs are typical. There’s a USB-C port for charging, a 3.5mm jack for wired connections, buttons on the left and proper ear cup, and in addition contact controls on simply the fitting facet. The headphones assist Bluetooth 5.1, and for codecs, you get aptX Adaptive, AAC, and SBC. Google Quick Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair are each included for straightforward pairing with their respective platforms. And sure, the headphones include a 3.5mm cable within the field, in contrast to the AirPods Max.