Danish company Bang & Olufsen presented Beoplay HX headphones. They will replace the legendary H9, so it should be assumed that the name is read not as “hi-x”, but as “h-ten”. Actually, the main thing that is remarkable about these headphones is displayed in the advertisement:
Headphones with active noise reduction will compete for the audience with several competitors at once: Sony WH-1000XM4, Bose NC 700 and AirPods Max.
Earlier, Sony headphones were considered the leader in autonomy with their 30 hours of operation, and now they “hold beer”, since Beoplay HX works 35 hours with active noise reduction and 40 without it. Against Bose, Bang & Olufsen headphones will deliver the best build and most likely the best sound. The new “tusks” will play against the AirPods Max at a price: $ 499 against $ 549 for the “pods”.
Of course, in comparison with other competitors, the price is high: “thousandth” Sony costs $ 350, and Bose is even cheaper – $ 330. It should be borne in mind that Bose are not made to enjoy music – they are necessary to enjoy silence.
What’s so special about Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX?
First of all, the battery life, and secondly – the materials. The headphone housing is made of recycled plastic, on which the control buttons and an aluminum ring are threaded. The ear cushions adjacent to this ring are made of memory foam and finished in sheepskin leather.
Otherwise, the headphones are quite typical: an electrodynamic driver that reproduces frequencies from 20 to 22 thousand Hertz, a sensitivity of 95 dB at 1 kHz per 1 mW, 24 Ohm resistance. Dimensions 195 × 200 × 52 mm and weighs 285 grams.
The headphones work on Bluetooth 5.1 with three codecs: SBS, AAC and aptX Adaptive.
In the kit, buyers will find a USB Type-C to Type-A cable for charging. Its length is 1.25 m. AUX cable is of the same length for listening to music over the wire. In addition, the box will contain the following case:
At the start of sales, the headphones will only be available in black. A white version will appear in April and a two-tone version in May. In the US, headphones will be given $ 499 before taxes… Local prices for the countries where you are reading this text have not yet been announced.