The Bang & Olufsen brand kind of Apple in the world of audio devices. The cost of the products of this Danish company has always been higher than the roof of a skyscraper, but we have never heard better sound quality from any wireless speakers or headphones.
We was wondering how things were going with the compact headset Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport has at least one Bang & Olufsen attribute – a very high price. AirPods Pro are believed to be expensive. Then what to say about Bang & Olufsen, for which they ask twice as much as for a top from Apple?
The second thing you notice after the price is the design and construction features. Take, for example, the cover – it is much more massive and fanciful than the apple. Its appearance alone sets one in a serious mood. You might well think that this is not a high-tech thing in front of you, but a case in which a piece of jewelry is hidden. Good or bad is hard to say. For example, we don’t really like this approach. Probably accustomed to the minimalism widespread today.
There are also questions about the Beoplay E8 Sport case in terms of practicality. The ribbed surface of the case will cheerfully collect all the dirt, which is also not so easy to clean.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport are two fairly large earbuds with a complex mounting system. The kit includes a set of rubber tips of different sizes, so that everything will fit any ears. You can pick up something, but still you can not call such a comfortable fit: Beoplay E8 Sport belong to those types of headphones that sit very well and firmly in the ear, but which are not very pleasant to screw in when putting on. Because of this, you don’t even want to remove/insert them once again. At the same time, the sound quality strongly depends on the correct fit, so the moment is important.
Touch control over the entire surface of both headphones. It always works accurately and well. But since the headset is very tightly inserted into the ear, the force of touching the fingers to the headphone case must always be calculated very accurately, otherwise, with excessive effort, it can be a little painful and very unpleasant.
It is also worth installing a branded application. It will not only show the charging level of the device, but also allow you to adjust the equalizer. The last option is very important, as you will most likely really have to dig deeper into the setup.
This is because, unlike the same AirPods Pro, Bang & Olufsen headphones can hardly be called universal. Yes, they sound better than Apple. However, in order to feel this, you will have to experiment with the equalizer settings for different types of music tracks. By default, for example, in music with protruding lows, it seemed to us that the bass was not enough – they need to be “tweaked”. However, for quieter tracks, you will need to play with the settings again.
That is, the sound of the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport is really better than that of the AirPods Pro, but you need to “tune it”. In addition, we are not talking about an absolute two-fold superiority (as is observed in the price), but about a relatively small advantage due to a more detailed study of the middle frequencies, which can be distinguished only by direct comparison of the two devices.
At the same time, Beoplay E8 Sport does not have active noise cancellation. True, taking into account the design, it is largely replaced by a passive noise reduction, but they are still far from the “deafening silence” of AirPods Pro.
Another moment that unpleasantly surprised us: in the silence, the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport whistle and make noise. This, of course, is not audible when listening to music, but it can be annoying when paused.
Autonomy and charging
Everything is fine here. The autonomy of Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport is at the level of “airpods” and even slightly higher. If Apple headphones last about 6 hours without recharging, then the Bang & Olufsen headset pulls closer to 7.
You can charge the headphones from the case three times (and a little more), that is, without connecting to an outlet, you can stretch it out for 30 hours. This is also a very good indicator. The case, of course, supports wireless charging.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport headphones are great, but not flawless. And first of all, this imperfection is manifested in the price. Do they sound great? Certainly! Suitable for everyone? Still no. It seems that among the buyers of Beoplay E8 Sport there will be most of all fans of Bang & Olufsen technology, who are not used to looking at price tags, but are guaranteed to get a top-end product from their favorite brand.