Bang & Olufsen is taking its wonderful observe file for delivering most high quality, natural-sounding audio and wrapping it in a sports-oriented package deal with the Beoplay E8 Sport ($350). These completely wi-fi earbuds include an extended checklist of nice options, together with IP57 water resistance, 30 complete hours of battery life together with as much as seven hours on a single cost, and transparency mode for exterior audio pass-through.
The E8 Sport is a brand new model of the three-generation E8 completely wi-fi earphone that Bang & Olufsen has produced for some time now. It’s the primary within the collection to characteristic sport-specific water and sweat-resistance. That’s to not say you couldn’t most likely get away with utilizing the prevailing E8 headphones for train (I undoubtedly have), however the the E8 Sport’s IP57 score, you will be assured they’ll stand as much as a run within the rain or any quantity of sweat, since they’re technically in a position to be totally submerged in shallow water for so long as 30 minutes.
These aren’t for swimming, nonetheless; that water resistance will get you sturdiness, in addition to the choice to rapidly run them underneath water to wash them off when you so need. It’s principally a peace-of-mind characteristic, however a welcome one.
The E8 Sport additionally features a new extra rubberized exterior end, a cost case that provides simply barely much less reserve energy (solely by round 30 minutes) however that gives USB-C and wi-fi charging in addition to 23 hours of backup battery life on prime of the seven contiained within the earbuds themselves.
You’ll additionally get 4 completely different sizes of silicone earbuds, in addition to one set of Medium Comply reminiscence foam ideas, and there are three units of various sized silicone fins that present a bit extra anchor stability in your ear for while you’re utilizing these whereas working or doing different vigour train. The Beoplay E8 Sport is accessible in two primary colours, together with a pastel turquoise referred to as ‘oxygen blue’ and black. There’s additionally a brand new particular version created with accomplice On, the Swiss working model, which includes a distinction coloration grand and grey design.
Inside, Bang & Olufsen has used largely the identical internals as you’ll discover in the usual, non-sport E8 – which suggests you may anticipate the identical nice sound that B&O is thought for.
Design and efficiency
The E8 Sport is a brand new strategy to design for Bang & Olufsen, that includes a extra rugged, rubberized exterior vs. the graceful end of the E8. The case of the E8 can be completed in leather-based, however the E8 Sport is likewise rubberized plastic. Both characteristic slender ridges of their development as effectively, which helps with grip, particularly when there’s sweat concerned.
Unlike lots of different sport-specific merchandise, the Beoplay Sport E8 nonetheless manages to really feel largely understated and refined, nonetheless. The buds themselves are fairly low profile when within the ear, and the black model particularly will certainly fly underneath the radar. The ‘oxygen blue’ model has just a little extra flare, however nonetheless presents softer somewhat than daring or vibrant.
Inlaid on the face of every bud is an aluminum ring, together with the B&O emblem overprinted on the touch-sensitive button faces. The total look undoubtedly distinguishes them from the usual E8, however doesn’t enterprise to date afield that you just’re left questioning whether or not they have been really made by the identical firm.
Performance-wise, the E8 Sport lives as much as all its guarantees, offering long-lasting battery life, wonderful passive sound isolation, remarkably readability and sound separation and an excellent safe match. I used them in quite a lot of completely different conditions, together with throughout 30-minute plus runs, they usually provided nice connection high quality and sound all through. Especially for a set of sport buds, I used to be actually impressed by the sound high quality – usually, I discover that on this class producers sacrifice high quality for muddy bass, however not so with the E8 Sport.
That’s what actually makes these nice: They’re all-around earbuds that you need to use for train, in all climate circumstances, and for quiet enjoyment at residence, too, due to their supreme audio high quality. If you need one set of wi-fi earphones that may do all of it, with out compromises, these are it.
The B&O app permits you to fine-tune the sound profile to your preferences, as effectively, and you’ll simply management playback and entry the built-in transparency options utilizing the touch-sensitive earbud management surfaces. All of this works whether or not you’re in the midst of a run or a convention name, and the decision high quality is superb, too. In my testing, folks I spoke on the cellphone with mentioned it was an unlimited enchancment over even utilizing the handset held as much as my face, and even approached the sound high quality of my podcast (the place I take advantage of professional audio tools).
The wi-fi earbud market may be very crowded and getting busier on a regular basis, with loads of choices at quite a lot of worth factors. Bang & Olufsen has already delivered what I contemplate to be the very best audio high quality in the marketplace with their present third-generation E8, and the brand new E8 Sport offers all that nice sound together with superior sturdiness, too.