by Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Tuesday 17 December 2013

Bang & Olufsen (B&O) is a well-regarded brand in the world of high-end consumer electronics. Their expertise and taste in great design dates back to 1925, and they have a colourful history to show for it. Seven of their products, including the classic Beomaster 3000, were chosen to be part of the permanent collection at the MoMA. They’ve also developed sound system products for luxury automotive brands such as BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Aston Martin.

So, yeah they’re kind of a big deal in the audio business. And we were lucky enough to have gotten a hold of their newly-released wired headphones, the BeoPlay H6, and test it out.

The last headphones B&O developed were the Form 2s in 1985. That was 28 years ago! But it looks like the Danish company hasn’t lost its touch as the H6 carries the trademark look and design of any B&O Play product. The design is simple, elegant, and cutting edge. One look, and I instantly fell in love with it, especially in contrast to other high-end headphones in the market. The tan colour pallet even gives the modern design a classic look, a refreshing alternative to drab all-black headphones.

At $400, the H6 is not cheap. So I was a bit dismayed when I found out that it wasn’t wireless. But what I loved about these headphones were the attention to detail and innovation that justified its wired nature. For instance, ever have the problem of forgetting which side of the headphone the audio port is on? I have that problem, like, ALL THE TIME. With the H6, there are headphone ports on both sides.

So you can plug into any side you want, plus, you can plug into a Macbook or share your music with a friend simply by utilizing the vacant port. The ports are also universal, so you can connect any type of audio cable you have. I only wish they used an L- shaped connector instead of a straight one so it would be much more comfortable in my pocket. But that’s just me nitpicking.

Ok, let’s talk materials. Again, at $400 a pop, nothing but the best should have been used for the H6. For the headband, they used cow hide that’s stitched on to a padded fabric cushion. For the earpads, B&O Play used sheep’s skin. The leather looks great and is sturdy too.

My old PS3 wireless headphones quickly shed its leather, but hey, you get what you pay for, right? The H6 looks like it won’t be shedding its skin any time soon. As for the aluminum parts, they felt sturdy but still light to carry with ease. Comfort-wise, the H6 really fit comfortably and my ears didn’t feel “fatigued” after hours of wearing the headphones.

Finally, let’s talk about sound. The H6 is not like those headphones that isolate you from the world. You’ll still hear bits and pieces of background noise whether you’re in a café or a studio. The sound, however, is near flat and crisp. You’ll be able to hear the fine details of a song or a recording. There’s also no distortion at top volumes, while the midrange is great. Bass is balanced rather than strong, preferring accuracy and refinement to simple power.

Think of these headphones as fine wine and other headphones as beers. When you start appreciating its beauty and fine sound, oh boy, where have you been all my life? Check them out here.

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