We’re big fans of B&O’s H8 headphones, with its wireless function and active noise cancellation. It’s on-ears, though, so you’ll need to keep the noise cancellation running the entire time, unless you’re willing to put up with occasional ambient noise. The new B&O Beoplay H9 offers an alternative to those who prefer the passive noise-drowning function of over-the-ear cans as an extra line of defense.
It’s, basically, an over-the-ear version of the popular H8, combining the latter’s premium feature set with the design of last year’s over-the-ear H7. As such, it gets premium construction all throughout, from the lightweight aluminum frame and memory foam ear cushions to the soft lambskin and cowhide leathers.
The B&O Beoplay H9 is a wireless headphone sporting 40mm electrodynamic drivers that deliver sound over a 20Hz to 20kHz frequency range. A pair of microphones, one internal and one external, provide the active noise cancellation, which can be activated with a vertical swipe in the right ear cup. The same touch interface allows you to take calls, control playback, and adjust volume with simple taps and gestures, even while wearing gloves.
Swappable batteries allow you to extend the cans’ 16-hour runtime (14 hours with active noise cancellation on), making it ideal for long trips and extended stays out. It also comes with two 3.5mm cables (one short and one long) for those times you need to plug in instead.
Available in two colors, the B&O Beoplay H9 is priced at $499.