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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 Classy Noise Cancelling Headphones

If you like exaggerated bass and don’t care about having extra wireless features, the B&O Beoplay H9 could be a good choice. These headphones have an exciting sound profile that will be better suited for bass-heavy genres. They’re also ANC, but they don’t block that much noise.

They’ll still be a decent option for commuting and to use at the office, but aren’t the best performing ANC headphones.

Their high-end over-ear design isn’t designed for sports. They also aren’t very stable, so running or doing any physical activity with these headphones is not recommended.

Also, due to their Bluetooth latency, they’ll be sub-par for gaming and watching TV

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Overview

Love them or hate them, Beats headphones have normalized purchasing headphones that cost way too much. But with their ubiquity.

There are some out there who want to stand out from the crowd and aren’t afraid of paying a bit more to do so and luxury brands, like Bowers & Wilkins, Master & Dynamic, and Bang & Olufsen have started to take notice.

 Each now have luxury headphone offerings for the audiophile fashionista.

Headphones from these brands push the envelope when it comes to design and materials but often have a major Achilles heel when it comes time to perform.

Unfortunately, the B&O Beoplay H9 wireless headphone that we’ll be reviewing today fail to buck this trend.

While the build quality and materials help the B&O Beoplay H9 feel as luxurious as its $500 price tag would suggest, it misses the mark when it comes to sound quality and features. Here’s why. 

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Design

The B&O Beoplay H9 are wireless headphones that are designed to fit around your ears, rather than on top. This means the headphones feel great for hours on end, though our ears did get steamy walking around the city with them.

Bang & Olufsen nails the look and feel of the H9 with its mix of leather, canvas and metal. The headphones feel substantial and special. Those sick of the plastic build of most headphones will appreciate the materials and attention to detail.

Externally, there are no buttons on the headphones and that’s because playback and volume are all controlled via the right earcup’s touchpad.

We’re not fans of touch controls on headphones as we find them universally finicky and, while we wish it were otherwise, the B&O Beoplay H9 is no exception.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Performance

If you’re dropping this much money on a pair of headphones, they had better sound good. Unfortunately, the B&O Beoplay H9 miss the mark in the sound department.

Bass is overly exaggerated, resulting in a muddled mid-range and its highs sound sibilant at times.

For those who love the exaggerated bass of the Beats Solo 3 headphones, the H9 may be a good choice. There’s a ton of bass impact and top 40 songs sound exciting with boosted bass.

Audiophiles who value neutrality and balance probably won’t enjoy these as much and should probably stick to other, more balanced headphones like the Sennheiser HD800.

Soundstage is good, with a good sense of space around your head and gets better when in wired mode. In fact, we found the H9 sounded slightly better in wired mode with tamer, tighter bass and an even wider soundstage.

What it Feels Like

The H95 is available in light and dark color schemes. For our test, we had the “Grey Mist” version, which was delivered in a color-coordinated cardboard box with a classy elegant finish.

 In the interior aluminum case, we found the artfully folded headphones, in an “extra room” of the cardboard box in the same color scheme we then found the USB charging cable, audio cable, and airplane adapter.

The cables are textile-coated and slightly short at 1.20 meters, while the ear pads are made of the finest lamb’s leather and are lined with memory foam.

They can be removed with a magnetic closure and can also be replaced. The underside of the headband is textile-covered and the upper side is finished with leather.

Everything is well made, feels high-quality and you immediately have the feeling of wearing something more luxurious than usual on your head.

A Festival of Technology

The two drivers are made of the finest material: Titanium drivers and neodymium magnets are – so the brochure says – carefully selected, which should be a matter of course in this price range.

The H95 operates via line-in, i.e. via cable, as well as via Bluetooth 5.1 – as Bluetooth codecs, in addition to SBC, AAC, and aptX Adaptive are implemented.

The H95 is also a Multipoint-capable – a very convenient feature when you are connected to a computer and Smartphone at the same time, for example, you can therefore accept phone calls and pause audio transmission from the computer the moment a call is displayed or the phone rings


Adaptive Noise Cancelling

When it comes to noise suppression, the Bang & Olufsen engineers have also pulled everything the development department has to offer out of the hat.

Out of a total of eight microphones, two outside mics and two in each ear cup ensure that noise from outside is suppressed as much as possible.

With ANC activated, only a small amount of noise is audible on the inside, so the H95 can also be used as a snooze aid in noisy environments.

The H95 can’t get rid of the hellish noise of neighboring construction sites which the contractors in front of my office have been delivering to my house for weeks now, practically free of charge but these special birthday headphones reduce city noise and the monotonous humming and buzzing of traffic noise to such an extent that you could call it peace and quiet. But it doesn’t get quite as quiet with these as with their competitors.

Our Final Verdict

In a vacuum, the B&O Beoplay H9 wireless are a great pair of over-ear headphones. They offer exciting bass response, good battery life and excellent build quality and materials.

However, when you start comparing the H9 to the competition, the headphones fall short of excellence.

It’s unforgivable that the H9 doesn’t offer multi-device pairing, a feature that can be found in headphones a fifth of the price.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know You might have questions about the product, we have taken the liberty to provide answers to some of the pertinent questions asked by our reader. We hope you find it useful.

Are B&O headphones good?

The Beoplay E8 true wireless earbuds have great battery life and surprisingly good sound, but the high price and annoying connectivity make it hard to recommend to anyone that doesn’t enjoy burning cash. Bang & Olufsen (B&O) is one of those companies that a lot of people know of, but most people don’t.

Why is B&O so expensive?

B&O produces active loudspeakers, meaning they have the amps and crossovers built-in. The benefit of this is the elimination of external amplifiers and crossover equipment which can change the sound quality from the showroom to your home as well as the extra cost

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