Bang & Olufsen has always had great sounding audio products (anybody remember the Beoplay E8?), but the Beoplay EQ might just take the cake as the best one yet. Here are five reasons why you’ll want to fork out the cash for these true wireless earbuds.
People always say not to judge a book by its cover, but the B&O Beoplay EQ’s “cover” is too classy not to mention. The charging case is made with hard anodised spacecraft grade aluminium, and comes in two gorgeous colours, Black and Sand. Opening and closing the lid is also incredibly pleasant thanks to the smooth hinge. On the bottom, you get a rubber insert for extra grip as well as to include the ability to wirelessly charge the case.
That’s not all though. The earbuds themselves are also beautifully designed, with a metal faceplate and a soft touch coating to help the earbuds sit even more securely in the ear.
2. Battery Life
As for how long these earbuds will last, you get 6.5 hours with ANC turned on and an additional two charges in the case for a total of 20 hours. This means that with moderate use of around two to three hours a day, you’ll be able to go a full week between charges!
There’s also wireless charging, which is very handy if you don’t want to fumble with cables and scratch up that pristine aluminium case.
Another reason why the earbuds are great is the connectivity options. You get Bluetooth 5.2 here, which means you get the good stuff that’s included, like low energy audio, better latency, better sound quality and more.
In addition, the Beoplay EQ supports the standard SBC and AAC, but also the new aptX Adaptive, which supports adaptive bitrate, dynamic low latency and brings support for transmitting 24-bit/48kHz files wirelessly.
4. Sound Quality
As for sound quality, well, it’s absolutely incredible. The sound signature overall is pretty neutral but with a tinge of warmth in the mids. The bassline is tight and impactful, with plenty of clarity and definition generally. Vocals also have a good amount of airiness and emotion. Last but not least, the soundstage is pretty wide, with good instrument layering and separation.
It would be remiss if we didn’t talk about ANC. Active noise cancelling has a tendency to negatively affect the sound of earbuds and headphones, but in the Beoplay EQ, not only is it a great feature to remove most of the chatter and background noise, but you can also fully enjoy your music with very little change in the sound quality regardless of whether ANC was on or off.
There are six mics in total, with two used for voice calls and four mics that work in tandem with dedicated ANC DSP chip for the hybrid feedback feedforward Adaptive ANC, and the Adaptive ANC on these actually work great, ramping up when needed to remove noises such as fan whir, car rumbles and the likes.
At S$629, the Beoplay EQ is not cheap, but is possibly one of the best options if you value design, craftsmanship and incredible sound quality.
This content is brought to you in partnership with Design Collection, an official Bang & Olufsen retailer.
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