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CES 2018 News: B&O PLAY H8i & H9i Headphones Launched

Refined by design

by Mark Hodgkinson Jan 9, 2018 at 5:30 PM


  • B&O PLAY has presented two new flagship headphones with the introduction of Beoplay H8i and Beoplay H9i.
    These two headphones bring new features to complement the way we live with sound, new streamlined aesthetics and the latest Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound designed to overwhelm you with precision, power, and detail.

    The wireless Beoplay H9i comes with an over-ear wearing style and is crafted in what’s described as luxurious materials. The headband has a solid and lightweight aluminium frame covered with stitched cowhide leather, anodized aluminium ear cups and underneath the soft lambskin ear cushion is adaptive memory foam that adapts to the shape and curve of the ear for addedcomfort and breathability.

    Beoplay H9i comes with an even slimmer ear cushion design, reshaped anodized mono arm and enlarged aluminium discs with g touch control to give the headphones an even more elegant appearance. Moreover, the ANC microphone grill on the housing has been upgraded for a cleaner design expression, and the battery removal solution is more secure with the removal of the aluminium disc from the left ear cup.

    The hybrid Active Noise Cancellation in Beoplay H9i has been improved to perform better between 300-800Hz meaning that the cancellation of human voices will be more effective. B&O has also introduced a bass port for more powerful bass. With just one quick gesture, you can turn off the music and the ANC at the same time listen to your surroundings and there’s a smart feature that automatically pauses your music or video streaming, when you remove the headphones. When you put the headphones back on, the music or video starts playing again.

    You can also pair the headphones to two devices at the same time, so you don’t have to disconnect from one device to connect to the other.

    B&O PLAY has streamlined the classic design to give the Beoplay H8i a more contemporary and light appearance, increased playtime by more than 100% and added smart features to improve the listening experience.

    The new Beoplay H8i comes with button controls on both ear cups for people who prefer physical simplicity over the smart touch control on Beoplay H9i and the manufacturer has increased playtime from Beoplay H8 to H8i by more than 100 % now sporting up to 30 hours with Bluetooth and ANC on.

    The H8i also sports the same Transparency Mode, proximity sensor and sual device connectivity features of the H9i. B&O has also added an additional microphone dedicated to improving voice

    With Beoplay H8i and H9i you can fine tune your listening experience by using Beoplay App for Android, iPhone and Apple Watch. You can adjust the tonality and sound staging with the intuitive B&O PLAY ToneTouch, choose between a variety of sound profiles specifically for Beoplay H8i and Beoplay H9i to match different types of activities such as working out, commuting or listening to podcasts and you can activate Transparency Mode.

    Beoplay H8i and Beoplay H9i will be available in Bang & Olufsen stores and select third-party retailers beginning 25 January 2018. They launch in Natural and Black and will be available for a suggested retail price of £349 for Beoplay H8i and £499 for Beoplay H9i. Included with the headphones is a cotton carrying bag, a 1.25m USB-C charging cable and an audio cable.

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