Top-class Hearing Pleasure: Beoplay H9 by Bang & Olufsen (Test)
Thinking of high-quality headphones, you wouldn’t get around Bang & Olufsen. The Danish brand is well-known for devices with an easy operation and very good sound, as well as innovative designs. Bang & Olufsen sets new standards with the Bluetooth over-ear headphones Beoplay H9. We tested them for you.
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Interface & design
The Beoplay H9 comes in a plain box with charging chord, jack chord, flight adapter, and carrying pouch. You instantly notice that it is a high-end product. Bang & Olufsen are definitely ahead in the fields when it comes to design and choice of materials. The Bluetooth headphones are no exception. The H9 were created by the award-winning designer Jakob Wagner and convince with a modern, as well as functional appearance. High-quality materials such as anodized aluminum were used for the headphones. The ear pads are made of lambskin with memory foam and the headband of cowhide leather. The headphones feel good and are stable. Nothing is loose or too tight. They are light and fit well on the head. You can easily wear the H9 all day long.
The Beoplay H9 is packed with luxurious features. Some of them are the Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound, a touch interface, an exchangeable battery and the “Active Noise Cancellation“ (ANC). There are two microphones – one outside of the earpiece in high- and low-frequency and one inside the earpiece. Both together, they create an anti-noise effect. The battery lasts for around 14 hours with active ANC and Bluetooth. If that’s not enough for you, you could use the included audio cable. If you want to get the most out of your sound experience, you can connect your H9 with the free Beoplay app. You can select one of the ToneTouch profiles to modify the sound according to your activities. You can access the app via iPhone and Apple Watch.
The headphones are not just looking good, but also sound great. You will notice that these are designed by a brand, which is specialized in high-quality speakers. The sound overwhelms all along the line. The bass is deep and powerful even with loud surroundings or while walking. The middles and trebles are clear – only with Active Noise Cancellation, though. The Beoplay H9 loses in clarity and the bass becomes dominant without the ANC turned on. The headphones also score with a very good noise insulation. Other people will hear almost no music.
A touch interface made of aluminum allows the control of volume, playback, ANC and call acceptance with a finger swipe and tap. By the way, the operation even works with gloves in winter.
The Beoplay H9 convince with the perfect assembly and an impressive sound. They are not a bargain and because of the price probably not affordable for everyone, but if you are willing to invest the money, you will have a lot of fun with the H9 headphones. If you can live with a less stylish device, you will find good headphones alternatives as well.