B&O has a history of making great products, but they’re not exactly what you would call “bang for your buck”. The H5 wireless earphones are the newest pair of headphones to get added to the B&O line-up. Like their other products, these were made with quality in mind.
The design isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, with the two ‘buds being attached by a wire that has a small control module on it, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have the same feel as any other B&O products. Mainly because B&O makes it a point to partner with top designers, in this case Jakob Wagner. You’ll still get the sleek aesthetics and quality build materials that B&O is known for.
These earbuds aren’t as minimal as some of the companies other products.
Unfortunately these earbuds aren’t as minimal as some of the companies other products. Though they do have a unique design, they also have B&O branding on the outside of each ‘bud. On large headphones that isn’t a problem, but it’s more noticeable on earbuds. The H5s are also sweat resistant thanks to the textured rubber build. So B&O is hoping you can also use these as your workout headphones. They also have small magnets built into the back of each earbud so you can snap them together. When you’re not using them, simply let them click together around your neck for safekeeping.
These have a frequency range of 20Hz – 20kHz, but B&O stepped it up a notch with support for aptX, aptX-LL, and the newest Bluetooth v4.2. It’s also compatible with the Beoplay App which lets you fine tune the sound of the earbuds to your liking. You can give vocals a small boost on your early morning commutes and then pump up the bass for your evening jog, all via the app.
Wireless earbuds in general tend to have lackluster battery life, but it seems like B&O didn’t even try with the H5s. These have a battery life of only 5 hours with music playing at moderate levels. On the bright side they do charge up completely in only about 2 hours. As long as you don’t forget to plug them in at the end of the day you should be fine.
The Beoplay H5 wireless earbuds come in black or pink color options and will run you about $249.