Wireless earbud headphones are a great concept on paper, but being tiny and separate, you just know that they’re going to get lost one day. Or rather, that one of them will go missing – leaving with you with a single, totally useless earpiece.
Bang & Olufsen has thought things through, though. The Danish company’s new Play H5 wireless earbuds – the first wireless headphones B&O have ever made – are joined together by a braided cord, while magnets inside each allow the user to click them together when not in use.
That means they can be transformed into a sort of necklace: wear them round your neck for most of the day, then un-click them and put them on when it’s time to listen to some tunes. Constructed mostly of aluminium and rubber, they’re resistant to dirt and sweat, so you can sling them on even if you’re going for a run.
The headphones work with a companion app for either Android, iOS or Apple Watch, which allows you to switch between several preset sound profiles or create your own by adjusting the tonality and staging. The app also allows you to monitor the headphones’ battery life and update their firmware over the air.
The Play H5 comes with a charger and seven different pairs of ear tips, so that you can achieve a nice snug fit. Three of these pairs are made from breathable, rugged and heat sensitive Comply Sport, a material designed for active use. So there’s no doubt that B&O is pitching these at runners and gym bunnies rather than golden-eared audiophiles.