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Bang & Olufsen Play Beoplay E8 2.0 [Review]

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Bang & Olufsen Play Beoplay E8 2.0

The B&O Play E8 2.0 are premium fully wireless earbuds that can be used for a wide range of activities. They are well-isolating, can be used for commuting, and have a style that is ideal for sports. They don’t have the best audio replication, but for the most part, it should suffice. Unfortunately, their latency is higher than the previous one, and their overall output is similar, so they aren’t worth upgrading for most people. The main difference between the two versions is that their charging case now allows wireless (Qi) charging.

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Last updated on September 24, 2021 10:05 pm

Style

The Beoplay E8 2.0 headphones have a stylish style that is similar to the previous edition. The earbuds are slightly angled to fit comfortably within the ears and protrude minimally. They’re low-profile, but they come in a variety of colours, including black, natural (an all-white bud style with a beige case), limestone, and indigo blue (which is pretty much navy blue).

Comfort

The Beoplay E8 are truly wireless in-ears that come with a range of tip choices to help you find the ideal match. They come in four different silicone tip sizes, as well as a single foam tip, which some people might prefer. The earbuds are incredibly light, and once in your ears, you can hardly notice them. They do, however, have a standard in-ear configuration and join the ear canal. If this worries you, the Bose SoundSport Free’s earbud-like fit may be a better choice.

Controls

The control scheme on the Beoplay E8 2.0 is the same as on their previous iteration, which has a few flaws. You can answer and end calls, play and pause music, skip songs, and even adjust the volume, which isn’t always possible with completely wireless in-ears. You can also use your device’s voice assistant to enable an ambient mode. Their various buttons, on the other hand, are a mix of multi-presses and holds that can easily register as single tap commands like play/pause or talk-through. There are no visual or auditory reminders to validate your recorded orders, which can be inconvenient and take some getting used to.

Breathability

The Beoplay E8 2.0, like most genuinely wireless headphones, is very breathable and won’t trap much heat between your ears. When you wear these headphones, you shouldn’t feel a noticeable change in temperature, and they won’t make you sweat any more than normal if you use them when working out.

Portability

These earbuds, like most genuinely wireless headphones, are highly lightweight and can comfortably slip into your pockets or a purse. They also provide a lightweight, hard charging case that fits into most pockets.

Case

The Beoplay E8 2.0’s case is outstanding, shielding the headphones from physical damage, scratches, and minimal water exposure. The leather coating gives the case a high-end feel, and the 2.0 model now has a brushed metallic silver finish inside, making it even sturdier and more polished. Wireless Qi chargers are also compatible with the case, which is a nice feature.

Build Quality

The Beoplay E8 2.0 maintains the same high level of build quality as its predecessor. They’re made almost identically, with thick plastic, metal, and rubber. The headphones appear to be well-made and should be able to withstand a few drops without too much damage. They have the same premium build quality as the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless headphones. Their case is also excellent, well-made, and effectively covers the headphones. The E8 2.0 is among the most well-made completely wireless headphones we’ve seen.

Stability

The Beoplay E8 2.0 are stable truly wireless in-ears, and the various tip options can help you find a more stable fit. They don’t shift much once they’re in your ear, so you should be fine running with them in. Their compact size makes them perfect for the gym, and their wireless nature removes the possibility of a cable being tangled and yanking the headphones out of your ears. They are, however, less robust than other fully wireless headphones with ear-hooks, such as the JBL Endurance Peak.

Noise Cancellation

They have good noise isolation. They gain around 11dB of isolation in the bass range, which is adequate for the rumbles of airplane and bus engines. However, this is very impressive for an in-ear without active noise cancellation. They achieve around 21dB of noise isolation in the mid-range, which is excellent for blocking out speech. They minimize noise by 38dB in the treble range, which is dominated by sharp S and T sounds and A/C noises, which is excellent but slightly lower than the previous E8 model. We assume this is due to the fit and seal, and the results are still within the measurement tolerance. The treble isolation improves as the user’s fit improves.

Battery

The Beoplay E8’s battery lasts about 4.5 hours on a single charge, which is about average for truly wireless headphones. They also have an auto-off timer to save energy if you fail to turn them off before returning them to their case. They also charge in a little more than an hour, which is faster than the advertised 2-hour charge time. Their charging case can accommodate up to three additional charges, and it can also be used with a Qi wireless adapter, which is a new feature with this model.

Bluetooth

These earbuds, like most fully wireless headphones, use Bluetooth to connect to other devices. They don’t support multi-device pairing at the same time or NFC. Their pairing procedure is a little more straightforward than the previous one. Instead of pressing and holding both earbuds for 5 seconds, you just have to press and hold the right earbud for 5 seconds before the LED indicator turns blue. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything in the way of input, such as a distinct auditory chime, to show that you’re in pairing mode. On the plus side, when you turn the earbuds on, they remember the last paired unit, so if you don’t often switch between Bluetooth sources, you should be fine.

The Bluetooth latency of these earbuds is marginally higher than normal, and it is significantly higher than the previous iteration. When watching video content, you might notice a pause, but some devices and software compensate for it, so you might not notice it as much.

Verdict

For mixed use, it’s sufficient. The Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0 are high-end fully wireless earbuds with decent audio reproduction but excellent isolation, making them ideal for commuting and office use. Their nature is both breathable and compact, making them an excellent choice for sports. Unfortunately, due to their lag, they aren’t ideal for watching TV, and their microphone isn’t up to scratch, so they won’t be good for online gaming.

It’s ideal for commuting. The Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0 headphones block a lot of noise and do a surprising good job of passively isolating against lower-frequency noises like engine rumbles, making them a good bus choice. Furthermore, their completely wireless nature is lightweight and portable, and their battery life should be sufficient for your daily commute, but will most likely require charging during long flights.

Last updated on September 24, 2021 10:05 pm

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