B&O Play have just announced the H5, which promises the power to transform the listening experience for its users. Together with the Beoplay App, that changes the tonality of the sound the match the activity, the Beoplay H5 brings sleek aesthetics and the beauty of music into an active everyday life.
B&O Play announced their company’s first wireless earphones with the launch of Beoplay H5. The H5 is designed for people who don’t just love music, but are also involved in an active lifestyle. It combines the signature sound of Bang & Olufsen as well as sleek aesthetic and an effortless tech experience. Using the Beoplay App, users can choose of the preset sound profiles on their smartphone or Apple Watch, such as working out, commuting, listening to podcasts or simply relaxing. They can also be innovative and adjust tonality and staging with the intuitive B&O Play ToneTouch Interface.
Practicality is important, as the Beoplay H5 comes with a magnet built into each earpiece, so users can click them around their neck for effortless wear and easy access. Clicking them together also automatically powers the headphones down to save battery life.
“Beoplay H5 is the most versatile product we have ever made. It is designed to be worn and used effortlessly, and with the integrated app to change the tonality to what you are doing, it will be a device that enriches the everyday lives of people worldwide. Combined with an active, fashionable and dynamic design that complements your active wear as well as your best outfit, we are very proud to broaden our range of wireless headphones with Beoplay H5”, says Senior Vice President of B&O PLAY Henrik Taudorf Lorensen.
The design focuses on the minute details here. For example, the cable connecting the two earpieces is encases in braided textile, making it comfortable against the skin, and is molded directly inside the rubber to prevent dirt or sweat from interfering with the electronics. The housing itself is made of textured rubber and polymer to resist sweat and moisture, and a diamond cut and radially polished aluminium plate is mounted on top of each earpiece to finish it off.
The designer, Jakob Wagner had the following to say about the complexities of designing for every individual ear.
“When designing earphones to be worn in the inner ear for many hours, comfort is the most important factor. The human ear is a delicate and fascinating part of the body, and I wanted to honor that and take care for it to make Beoplay H5 sit beautifully in the outer ear and blend in naturally. Soft and yet precise.”
Of course, design isn’t everything. The Beoplay H5 features a 6.4mm dynamic speaker, a small electromagnetic transducer and a Bluetooth 4.2 chip complete with a DSP unit that allows for dynamic sound tuning. The tuning is done by B&O sound engineers for the best all round sound profile that prevents listening fatigue, and the Beoplay App works for Android, iPhone and Apple Watch to control the Beoplay H5 in several ways:
- Bang & Olufsen sound engineers have created a variety of sound profiles specifically for Beoplay H5 to match the sound to different types of activities such as working out, commuting or listening to podcasts. These are available as presets for Beoplay H5.
- Users can adjust the tonality and sound staging themselves with the playful and intuitive B&O PLAY ToneTouch. The interface lets users feel their way through different sound settings and finding the one that best suits the situation. Once adjusted, Beoplay H5 stores the setting on the product itself until you adjust it again.
- Connected to Beoplay H5, the Beoplay App makes it easy to monitor the battery status of the earphones.
- Users can control the music (play, pause, forward, back), and they can personalize the earphones by giving them a specific color and name in the app.
- Connecting Beoplay H5 to Beoplay App, users also receive software updates over the air.
The Beoplay H5 will feature a rechargeable battery, much like most wireless headsets out there. The battery of 100mAh promises to give a battery life up to 5 hours, which according to them should be enough to complete a marathon (not happening!). It comes with a cubic charger, which charge it instead of the usual micro USB method. This is supposed to be easier, though we can only comment after we have tried this.
The headphones also come with seven pairs of ear tips for different performances.
Beoplay H5 comes complete with a charger and a carrying pouch in black and dusty rose and retails for GBP 199. Both colors will be available at www.beoplay.com/h5, Bang & Olufsen stores and selected third party retailers from June 30 2016.
A separate Beoplay H5 charger retails for GBP 29 and is available on www.beoplay.com/