REVIEW: Bang & Olufsen E8

MONDAY MAY 7, 2018

PRO

Commendable sound quality

Lightweight

Compact size

CON

Connection issues

SPECIFICATION

4 hours of battery life

Bluetooth 4.2

13 grams (L: 6g R: 7g)

45 grams charging case

RM 1,599

Here comes another luxury item from Danish audio makers Bang & Olufsen. And they say it promises to provide a premium wireless experience with outstanding sounds. Activating is as simple as taking them out and connecting the device only requires a long tap. The ear buds are noticeable light at 6 and 7 grams respectively and anchors comfortably in the ears.

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Touch controls aid in controlling the volume, answer calls, switch between modes and the usual play and pause. Bang & Olufsen engineers have given a thought in the use when it comes to out and indoors. Its party trick would be, the lightweight leather case that provides two more charges of four hours listening time. The E8s’ are a delight to be brought around especially when it comes to travelling as they are compact yet functional. They too do not attract unnecessary attention as the E8 remains stealth especially in this charcoal sand colour.

The Beoplay E8 has been designed to not have a single button thus everything goes by touch, resulting in much waiting as you can never be sure on whether or not the command has been received. That aside, this pair of earphones are not good with calls. Unfortunately, my pair had frequent hissing and connection interruption on the left side of things. Often times putting the earphones back in the case and taking it out again is the only way to fix such issues.

When it’s finally working, sounds pumped out of the E8 earphones are delightful. Mids are detailed, especially so when playing music of funk genre while highs are detailed while not being painfully sharp. As for bass, they possess a very B&O sound signature, tight and clean. If you still are not persuaded by sounds on default, they can be altered in-app, making things sound more warm, excited, relaxed or bright (whatever each of them means). Honestly, not much more could be asked given the size as they certainly impress in terms of sound, only falling slightly short in terms of openess.

At the time of writing, Bang & Olufsen’s H8 is unquestionably the best wireless earphone. However, this may not be sufficient to demanding audiophiles, then again nothing else is quite like it. In Charles Darwin's spirit in embracing change, wireless is the future and the time is now.

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