Bang & Olufsen has launched Beoplay HX, a new pair of wireless headphones that offers up to 35 hours of use with Bluetooth and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) activated. The company says it could last up to 40 hours without ANC, in case you want to extend the battery life and don’t mind letting in some noise. The model, which looks like a continuation of the H9 headphones that has 25 hours of playtime, has 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets and four microphones to enable clear call quality.
The headphones can be quickly connected to devices from different brands through Google Fast Pair, Microsoft Swift Pair and Apple’s Made for iPhone. It pairs with devices via Bluetooth 5.1 and has multipoint connectivity, so it keeps you connected to two devices at the same time. The model has device power buttons that you can use to change ANC presets (you can also do this through the B&O app) and to activate voice assistant control. Your right earbud also has a touch interface that you can use to play or pause and mute or unmute the media, to adjust the volume, and to answer and end calls.
Like other Bang & Olufsen products, Beoplay HX was designed with luxury in mind. The model’s ear cushions are made of viscoelastic lambskin that adapts to the shape of your ear, while its upper headband is covered in cowhide. Its sliders and arm discs are made of aluminum. However, that design and long battery life come at a price: The model will set you back € 499 or US $ 590, which is $ 240 more than the retail price of Sony’s acclaimed WH-1000XM4 headphones with ANC. (That said, the XM4 only offers up to 30 hours of battery life.) The Black Anthracite version of the model is now available with a three-year global warranty, while the Sand and Timber versions will be available at a later date.