Design & Construction
2017 saw the newest trend in the audio game, the rise of truly wireless in-ear headphones. It have since become the talk of the town. The Beoplay E8 is the Beoplay's first truly wireless in-ear headphone. All controls for music playback and calls are controlled via both touchpads on the earbuds themselves. For simplicity sake, I shall not list the array of controls in my review, please refer to the list provided. It takes about 2.5 hours to charge both the case with the earbuds. Bluetooth pairing can triggered when the holding the touchpads on the earbuds for 5 seconds. A Blue LED light up once in 3 seconds during wireless usage. Both earbuds bear the B&O logo and have microphones to turn on Transparency Mode and pick up calls. The earbuds also comes with different size silicon eartips and a set of Comply Memory Form eartips to ensure a tight seal and secure fit. Honestly, I would prefer them to include the ability to attach ear wings as the earbuds do not quite stay in place for intense sports use. The earbuds are water-resistant too. The earbuds also do a great job at resisting fingerprints smudges. Moving on to the case, it is rounded and fits right into my palm of my hands. The Micro-USB port can be found on the rear of the case. The hinges holding the cover and body of the case is strong and is likely to survive couple of accidental drops. The earbuds do magnetically click into place when they are docked into the case.
Don't let the tiny 5.7mm drivers size fool you, it may seem small but they do get pretty loud. They produce a decently balanced sound signature. Beoplay also allows users to tune the sound settings to their liking via the Beoplay App available on the App Store and Play Store. In the app, you will find functions such as ToneTouch customisation which allows users to choose from 4 catergories of Warm, Excited, Relaxed or Bright. Alternately, you may choose from presets like Commute, Clear, Workout or Podcast. Based on user experience, the noise isolation is top-notch, I could not hear much of my surrounding even when I had no music on and when I am using it at a low volume level. Thoughout the frequency respnse, you will hear neutral sound signature which I certainly enjoy. Soundstage was okay and distinct left and right channels could be heard clearly. This makes the headphones great for all genres of music ranging from soothing jazz to fast-paced EDM tracks. Call quality was fantastic, the caller manage hear me clearly on the other end.
Connectivity & Portability
The headphone operates only wirelessly. So if you are out of battery, you are out of luck. The earbuds supports the basic AAC codec together with Bluetooth Version 4.2. The earbuds also automatically power on/off when docked or taken out from the case. The battery life peaks at 4 hours per use and 2 additional charges from the case; a total of 12 hours. The package also comes with a micro USB cable for charging. The headphones' connectivity to the app is perfect as I never experienced it being unable to detect my in-ear headphones. However, if you are planning to watch videos or movies with these, they have a 1 second delay in transmission.
Premium Materials Used
Controls For Music Play & Calls
Delayed Audio Transmission For Movies/Videos
The Bottom Line
The Beoplay E8 is a top-notch truly wireless noise-cancelling in-ear headphone that costs much more than its competitors. With a long battery life of 12 hours and customisable sound setting, and slick design, it will surely be worth its price. Beoplay do offer two colours for this model to fit users of different gender and promised new colours will arrive soon.
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