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Reviewing the B&O Beoplay H8i and H9i headphones

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The name B&O typically brings to mind an image of premium audio gear. Even if part of the more consumer-friendly B&O Play line, the high-end materials & typically solid sound quality more often than not come with a steep price. At CES B&O announced it would be updating its high-end wireless headphones, the on-ear H8i and the over-ear H9i, adding some new features. Although the additions are certainly an improvement, the overall package falls short when compared to the more compelling high-end offerings from  Bose, Sony and others.

Pros:

  • Premium materials
  • Lightweight, decently comfortable
  • Clear, crisp audio
  • Up to 30 hours of battery life
  • USB-C charging

Cons:

  • Expensive (compared to competition)
  • Lacks touch controls
  • Unimpressive volume
  • Accompanying app offers minimal controls

 

Summary

The H8i on-ear headphones by B&O Play have an impressive battery life and sound good, but they would be improved significantly with a few added notches of volume.