B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Review
The Beoplay H4 is an entry-level over-ear headphone. Furthermore, the earphone makes a fashion statement and is an excellent audio production as well. While most people prefer turning to Beats, Bang & Olufsen is muscling in on the space and provides an excellent audio performance. At the moment, the H4 is affordable, and for entry-level headphones there are loads to enjoy when using these earphones.
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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Design
Compared to the rest of the Beoplay line up, the H4 follows a similar design. On each earcup, you get a single anodized aluminum disc with the logo on it. Underneath the disc, you get thickly padded cushioning that is covered with lambskin leather. So if you are Vegan you may not find the design to your liking. The earcups feel comfortable against the ear, and we had no discomfort with hours of listening. On the other hand, you can get the earphones in a black or limestone color. Furthermore, the H4 is compact, but the earcups fit over the whole ear. However, with prolonged use it can become a bit warm.
On the right earcup, you have a multifunction control button. You can control the volume, tune, and pair the headphones using the one button. One thing the over-ear headphones lack is NFC making pairing the headset to your phone a bit more complicated. Another cravat is the exposed cabling that connects the headband and earcups. However, the wires are covered with the same fabric as on the cups. The leather construction is soft to the touch but less hard-wearing. Lastly, all you get included is the Beoplay H4, a quick start guide, 1.24m audio cable with 3.5mm jack, and USB-C cable.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Performance
The Beoplay H4 has a bass soundstage and is not reference headphones. Conversely, the low-end response is tight compared to a booming sound. Therefore, they are refined and do not feel flabby. For testing bass, we chose tunes with drums, and each drum hit had a punch. The earphones perform well when focusing on the bass. However, switching over to another track with bass that is meant to be severe it can become overpowering. On the other hand, you can adjust the frequency response using the Beoplay app.
The app works with most devices when using a Bluetooth connection. What’s more, the detail is perfect when listening to vocals as well. Though listening to quieter tunes, the headphones do allow in a lot of ambient noise in the background. So you will not be able to use the headset to cut yourself off from the rest of the world. When it comes to sound separation, the Beoplay H4 does an excellent job as well.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Specs
- Battery: 19-hours
- Color: Black and Limestone
- Cord Type: Wired and Wireless
- Extras: Omni-directional Mic, 40mm Drivers, Bluetooth 4.2, Supports AAC & SBC Codecs, On-device Control
- Form Factor: Over-ear
- Included: Headphones, Aux Cable, and Charging Cable
- Internet: Voice Assistant
- Noise Isolation: No
- Warranty: 1-year
- Weight: 244 grams
Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Looks stylish
- Refined bass
- Reasonable battery use
- Easy to use controls with trial and error
What we do not like:
- The bass can become overwhelming
- Not the best noise isolation
Should You Buy it?
With the H4 wireless headphones, you can listen to music day or night. The earphone is comfortable for people on the move to get a prestige signature sound. The bass is well-balanced with a clear midrange and full sound stage. With the design Bank & Olufsen takes thing back to basics with the sleek look. You get a pair of wireless earphones with a contemporary edge. On the other hand, the over-ear headphones crafted with luxurious lambskin leather for comfort.
Furthermore, the sliders made with stainless steel and hairline-brushed to give it an elegant finish. The earcups comfortable and offers a consistent listening experience. With the Beoplay app, you can personalize your sound to suit your environment. You get a ToneTouch profile for working out or listening to podcasts while commuting to work.
Our first impressions using the Beoplay H4 wireless headphones impressive. While the earphones are pricey, you still get the same quality available as in the rest of the lineup at a more affordable price. The overall sound quality is impressive, and using the Beoplay app is great for customizing the sounds. Depending on your taste the bass level can be a bit overwhelming at times but not too much. The biggest deal-breaker for us is the controls that do not have an on/off or exclusive pairing button. On the other hand, as a wireless headphone, it is useful on the go.
So if you do not want a pricey over-ear wireless headphone, you will not be left disappointed using the Bank & Olufsen Beoplay H4 earphones. Furthermore, the earphones compatible with Google Assistant as well for you to get more work done.