Bang & Olufsen had just released their new BeoPlay H9 headphones which are touted to be their best headphones yet. In the H9, you can clearly see the precision and dedication to great design that B&O has become famous for.
The H9 has Active Noise-Cancelling technology, meaning that you can groove to the beat on your daily commute – without trying to beat the noise by turning the volume up! What I love about B&O headphones is that they spare no expense when it comes to workmanship. The ear-cups are not wrapped in synthetic leather but soft lambskin leather! This was also true for earlier BeoPlay headphones like the on-ear H8. It can wirelessly connect by Bluetooth or you could use a cord if the battery runs out.
The H9 sports a high-polish anodised aluminium plate that covers the side of each ear-cup. The BeoPlay H9 also uses touch sensors on its right ear-cup, giving you intuitive gesture control over your music. For music lovers concerned about Hi-Res file formats and Bluetooth versions, the H9 supports the current Bluetooth 4.2 standard with aptX and A2DP, meaning that you can wirelessly enjoy your Hi-Res files.
One concern I have about the H9 is its weight. Coming in at 290 grams, it is 50 grams heftier than the popular Bose QC35, and 35 grams more than the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless. Overall, it’s an acceptable weight given the opulent materials used for its construction, and not likely to cause strain from long periods of wear.
The H9 has a 14hour battery life from a 3 hour charge. Unlike the Bose QC35 headphones, it’s possible to switch off the H9’s Noise Cancelling and simply enjoy the headphones wirelessly, to extend battery life by 2 hours. This is a plus, especially when you’re using it at home in a quiet environment. It also has a new feature called ‘Intelligent Battery-saving’ which will put the headphones on standby after 15 minutes of inactivity. However, the Bose QC35 boasts a 20 hour battery life and double that if you use it wired, which means that you don’t have to charge it as often as the H9.
On the other hand, unlike the Bose QC35, it’s possible to buy optional replacement batteries for the H9 and swap them if they run out!
Overall, with its premium design, precision-crafted build quality and solid features, it looks like the BeoPlay H9 will be very popular amongst folks with more disposable income – it will be retailing in Singapore for S$699 from 30th December 2016!
Here are the tech specs:
(Updated price and availability on 5th Dec 2016)