Bang & Olufsen has indeed established themselves as renown audio device makers, and to own their product in your home or studio is often considered a luxury.
Their Beoplay E8 are part of their wireless earphone series that caters to casual on-the-go audio listening and hands-free calling.
It’s hard to deny that the E8 looks ravishingly premium with its design and finishings crafted from aluminium, rubber, and plastic. Ergonomically, the earphones fits nicely and rests comfortably to your ears. There’s no official IPX rating but B&O has claimed that the earphones are sweat-proof, although just be wary of getting them drenched. The E8 are available in two colours: gray with gold accents, and black with silver accents. Both look equally fancy.
Both sides of the E8 features capacitive buttons with easy commands for Bluetooth pairing, switching songs, and volume control. Noise cancellation on the earphones are pretty decent, and can be bypassed by tapping the left side button. There were no issues for connectivity thanks to the Bluetooth 4.2 support. As a hands free device, its voice delivery is surprisingly clear despite its microphone is located on the earphones itself. The E8 has a playback time of 4 hours, and can be charged in its case for extended use.
While its functions as wireless earphones are impressive, its audio performance were average at best. The E8’s audio clarity is crisp, but they can be a tad too sharp on the mids and trebles, while the bass came out surprisingly weak. When set at the recommended listening levels, the volume output weren’t loud enough to appreciate most songs. Turning up the volume would only make the audio sharpness too apparent.
B&O’s E8 stands out with its sleek design that could make any AirPods user blush, but its audio performance and price could hardly make it a worthwhile contender against other wireless earphones that are already out in the market.