Bang & Olufsen has released the Beoplay Portal wireless gaming headphones. Thus, B&O fulfilled its promise made last summer: at that time, it was talking about the release of a series of high-end audio equipment for Xbox X as part of the “Designed for Xbox” program in partnership with Microsoft. The corresponding logo appears in the descriptions of the new product.
According to the manufacturer, the Beoplay Portal combines premium sound and design. 40-mm speakers with neodymium magnets are responsible for the sound. The absence of a microphone boom is compensated by a directional array of MEMS microphones (with integrated electronics). They are also responsible for adaptive active noise reduction.
As for the design, the headphones are made of milled aluminum, soft sheepskin on the ear pads with a shape remembering filler, composite polymer and a breathable knitted fabric made of bamboo fiber. The new product is available in three colors: “Black anthracite”, “Grey Mist” and “Navy”.
The headset supports USB-C connection, 3.5 mm audio cable, wireless Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX Adaptive and Xbox Wireless with lossless audio transmission at 2.4 GHz. Connected to an Xbox or a Windows 10 computer via USB, the Beoplay Portal headphones can play virtualized Dolby Atmos surround sound.
A mobile app with an equalizer is responsible for setting up the headphones. Right on the cups, you can adjust the balance of the ANC and your own voice, turn off the sound, etc. With a game console, the headphones will last up to 12 hours, and when using only Bluetooth with ANC enabled — twice as long.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal is already available for 499 euros.