B&O Beoplay H4 $299 wireless headphones launch with iOS app, Apple Watch controls

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B&O Play has launched the Beoplay H4 wireless headphones, the Bang & Olufen brand's cheapest wireless option in its over-ear headphone range, with users able to alter the settings of the headset from an Apple Watch.




Priced at $299, the Beoplay H4 (available direct from B&O or via Amazon) is a full $100 cheaper than the Beoplay H7, the second-cheapest wireless headphone offered by the company. While cheaper, the H4 uses premium materials similar to the rest of the range, including aluminum, lambskin leather, and a braided textile cord, with 40mm drivers providing sound in each earcup.

The lower price has forced some compromises in the design compared to the more expensive models. Most noticeably, the H4 uses a set of three physical buttons on the right ear cup for Bluetooth pairing, music control, and answering phone calls, while its pricier stablemates offer touch controls.




Just as with the higher-priced versions, the H4 is compatible with the Beoplay app for iOS, providing users the ability to alter the audio profile and adjust other settings. There is also the option of using the Apple Watch app, to select profile presets and monitor the battery level from the wearer's wrist.

Connecting using Bluetooth 4.2, the headphones offer a 10-meter (32 feet) operating range, and though it can connect to one source at a time, it can remember the last eight devices it paired with. Its rechargeable 600mAh lithium-ion battery is said to last for up to 19 hours, with a recharging time of 2.5 hours.

The battery can be recharged using a microUSB cable, with a second 1.2-meter (3.9 foot) audio cord providing a wired connection option.

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  • Reply 1 of 11

    "While cheaper, the H4 uses premium materials similar to the rest of the range, including aluminum, lambskin leather, and a braided textile cord, with 40mm drivers providing sound in each earcup."

    I wonder how they can use such premium materials like aluminum and fabric-wrapped cords on such cheap $300 headphones.  /s

  • Reply 2 of 11
    Those are really good looking headphones, and really tempting. I've been holding off on a pair of Bluetooth headphones for a while. Just waiting and watching what's coming out, now that Apple has gotten the ball rolling with wireless headphones by dumping the headphone jack. I love the battery life and pairing ease of the Solo 3 but I hate the Beats aesthetic and brand image. I wish Apple would license the W1 chip, this design with the Solo 3's battery life and pairing ease would be phenomenal. 
  • Reply 3 of 11
    Those are really good looking headphones, and really tempting. I've been holding off on a pair of Bluetooth headphones for a while. Just waiting and watching what's coming out, now that Apple has gotten the ball rolling with wireless headphones by dumping the headphone jack. I love the battery life and pairing ease of the Solo 3 but I hate the Beats aesthetic and brand image. I wish Apple would license the W1 chip, this design with the Solo 3's battery life and pairing ease would be phenomenal. 
    I would suggest taking a look at the Sony MDRZX330BT, they list for $80 and you can find them for less. 30 hours battery life, astonishing range (similar to W1), excellent sound. They're a pretty good bargain, although far from perfect (they rest on your ear so some people find them uncomfortable)
  • Reply 4 of 11
    The Bose QuietComfort 35 is the best---phenomenal sound, wireless, super comfortable. 
    Unbeatable.
  • Reply 5 of 11
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,310member
    I like high-end cans and have a few. But if I'm going to pay $300 for cordless cans, they'll be wireless and not BT.  BT is still flakey and doesn't support cd bandwidth. 

    Those are really nice looking though, A clean, minimalist, elegant look. I can't tell if they're supra aural  or circumaural. I've never liked supra aural cans for anything more than a few minutes.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,304member
    macgui said:
    I like high-end cans and have a few. But if I'm going to pay $300 for cordless cans, they'll be wireless and not BT.  BT is still flakey and doesn't support cd bandwidth. 

    Those are really nice looking though, A clean, minimalist, elegant look. I can't tell if they're supra aural  or circumaural. I've never liked supra aural cans for anything more than a few minutes.
    I'd not even thought of bandwidth limitations in all this and not checked on it yet  ... not doubting you, just shocked, so you are saying Apple's new Beats Bluetooth headphones can't even receive CD quality?
  • Reply 7 of 11
    rumblestriprumblestrip Posts: 4unconfirmed, member
    I bought my wife a set of the Bose QC35's for her birthday, color me very unimpressed with the sound quality. It does a great job at noise cancelation, but the quality of the music coming from them is very sub par.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    microUSB, no thank you.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    I bought my wife a set of the Bose QC35's for her birthday, color me very unimpressed with the sound quality. It does a great job at noise cancelation, but the quality of the music coming from them is very sub par.
    If you would be using headphones with great sound quality in a noisy environment, the overall experience would be sub par too.
    Bose QC35 does not chase for superb sound quality, but for superb noice canceling. And in this segment, they are the best.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    MacPro said:
    macgui said:
    I like high-end cans and have a few. But if I'm going to pay $300 for cordless cans, they'll be wireless and not BT.  BT is still flakey and doesn't support cd bandwidth. 

    Those are really nice looking though, A clean, minimalist, elegant look. I can't tell if they're supra aural  or circumaural. I've never liked supra aural cans for anything more than a few minutes.
    I'd not even thought of bandwidth limitations in all this and not checked on it yet  ... not doubting you, just shocked, so you are saying Apple's new Beats Bluetooth headphones can't even receive CD quality?

    I had the same reaction.  Unfortunately I couldn't find any technical specs on the Apple site to say whether AirPods provide "CD quality" (16-bit @ 44.1kHz) or not.  At least some products/technologies purport to achieve this, so perhaps AirPods do.
  • Reply 11 of 11
    Those are really good looking headphones, and really tempting. I've been holding off on a pair of Bluetooth headphones for a while. Just waiting and watching what's coming out, now that Apple has gotten the ball rolling with wireless headphones by dumping the headphone jack. I love the battery life and pairing ease of the Solo 3 but I hate the Beats aesthetic and brand image. I wish Apple would license the W1 chip, this design with the Solo 3's battery life and pairing ease would be phenomenal. 
    I would suggest taking a look at the Sony MDRZX330BT, they list for $80 and you can find them for less. 30 hours battery life, astonishing range (similar to W1), excellent sound. They're a pretty good bargain, although far from perfect (they rest on your ear so some people find them uncomfortable)
    Sony is not near sound quality to high-end headphones. Trust me. I compared them side by side on the same music and the same device. I used my family members as guinea pigs as well. We are now on Sennheisers. B&O might be good, but as far as I know B&O is more about fashion and not always about top quality as opposed to common belief.
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