Bang & Olufsen is no stranger in quality sounding, but very expensive audio equipment. However, at US$499 a pop, the newest audio cans with active noise cancellation from the Danish may sound like a bargain after the US$800 H95 that debuted last year.
The 500 dollars Beoplay HX is still expensive at this price point, but if you were to put the name, reputation for high-end audio reproduction, craftsmanship, and battery life – which it boasts 35 hours (or 40 without ANC), perhaps it is indeed a bargain compared to its current competitions like Apple’s US$549 offering, for example.
For 500 bucks, you will be treated to custom-made 40 mm drivers with neodymium magnets, adaptive active noise cancellation, 35 hours of play time, customizable sound profile via mobile app, and a luxurious construction comprising of lambskin-wrapped memory foam cushion, cow hide and knitted fabric headband, and recycled aluminum and polymer-painted plastic for the ear cups and sliders.
Other noteworthy details include USB-C port for charging, 3.5 mm jack for wired connections with included the cable, Bluetooth 5.1 that supports aptX Adaptive, AAC, and SBC, and buttons on both ear cups, along with touch controls on the right side.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX ANC Headphones is available now in Black Anthracite, with a white model arriving end of April and a white and brown version later in May.
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