BEOPLAY E8 2.0

Design & Construction

Bang & Olufsen have once again taken the true wireless market by storm. The Beoplay E8 gets a new upgrade to become Beoplay E8 2.0 in new colourways. All controls for music playback and calls are controlled via both touchpads on the earbuds themselves. For simplicity sake, I listed the full control scheme for your easy reference. It takes about 2 hours to charge both the case with the earbuds. A Blue LED lights up when connected. Both earbuds bear the B&O logo. The earbuds also come with different size silicone ear tips and a set of Comply Memory Foam ear tips to ensure a tight seal and secure fit. 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 upgraded USB Type-C 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 a couple of accidental drops. The earbuds do magnetically click into place when they are docked into the case.

Sound Quality

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 categories 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 surroundings even when I had no music on and when I am using it at a low volume level. Throughout the frequency response, you will hear a neutral sound signature which I certainly enjoy. High are crisp and mids have clarity and bass is just slightly boosted for the impressive oomph. The soundstage was not bad with distinct left and right channels being 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 managed to 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 support 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 3 additional charges from the case; a total of 16 hours. The package also comes with a USB Type-C cable for charging.  The case is also Qi-enabled wireless charging compatible, so you can place the case on any Qi wireless charging pad and have it charge up. The headphones' connectivity to the app is perfect as I never experienced it being unable to detect my in-ear headphones. If you are planning to watch videos or movies with these, I am glad to report that they do not suffer from any latency anymore.

 

 

PROS

  • Durable Construction

  • Premium Materials Used

  • Water-Resistant

  • Controls For Music Playback & Calls

  • Transparency Mode

  • ToneTouch Customisation

  • Low Profile

  • 3 Charges From Charging Case

  • Wireless Charging

PROS

  • No Wireless Charging

  • No Official Weather-Resistant Certification 

 

The Bottom Line

The Beoplay E8 2.0 is a top-notch truly wireless noise-cancelling in-ear headphone that costs much more than its competitors. With a long battery life of 16 hours and customisable sound settings, wireless charging, and slick design, it makes it worthy of its price. Beoplay does offer 4 colours for this model to fit users of different genders and promised new colours will arrive in the upcoming season collections.

WE RATE IT!

9.5/10

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