The wireless earphone is fast becoming a staple to the day-to-day tech kit for many. They’re perfect for those busy days commuting through town on your bike, just as they are when you’re pushing through the stresses of a day in the office – providing they’re made well, of course.
Beoplay know their way around sound, inside and out. The aesthetics of their products are consistently in line with the highest caliber of audio quality throughout their speakers, headphones and earphones alike. Coming in strong with their first truly wireless earphone, the Beoplay E8 is packed with features to streamline your listening experience wherever you may be.
When you hear ‘Danish’ and ‘design’ in the same sentence, you’re probably aware of where the conversation is going. Scandinavians have a reputation that is signature to their simplistic, yet contemporary style. Ringing true in the Beoplay E8, there’s a surprising amount of detail put into practice on these relatively small earphones.
Both the matte black and charcoal colour-ways are pieced together with a mix of aluminium, silicon, textile and leather. There’s enough weight in the E8’s to feel premium, but not too heavy. The physical shape, while on the bulkier side compared to similar products, fit nicely in ear. The Comply foam ear tips expand in the ear canal to cancel noise; a strange feeling for first-timers, yet comfortable once you become accustomed to the sensation.
The speakers within the Beoplay E8 are a mere 6mm, which would lead anyone not in the know to question their capabilities. Size doesn’t always matter, and once you listen to these you’ll know why. Straight from the box, the E8’s sounded crisp and clear with warm, true bass that wasn’t overwhelming. The mids and highs came in with clarity as well. We all have our preferences though, and fortunately, the Beoplay App lets you adjust your EQs as you see fit.
As far as passive noise cancellation goes, this is some of the best we’ve experienced. What’s really impressive about the E8 is Transparency Mode and the integrated mic, which controls how much external sound makes it to your ears. This can be adjusted via the app, so you can tune in and out of your colleague’s afternoon banter, just as you can with the city’s traffic while you’re on the pushy without affecting the quality of what you’re listening to.
Beoplay take pride in the professionals behind their product, from the industrial designers that produce the look and feel, to the sound engineers that ‘tune’ the earphones. Both the exceptional audio quality and the $449AUD price tag would suggest their team of audio pros are working around the clock in creating such premium product.
As is standard in Scandinavian design, simplicity is key. The Beoplay E8 runs off a tap -only gesture control; a welcome change compared to competitors given the lack of surface area for swipes and other motions. You’ll be surprised with the capabilities here, take calls, play and pause tracks, and even activate voice command without having to pull your smartphone from wherever it may be.
The charging case holds the E8 in magnetically, so you can be confident that your earphones will be charging whenever they’re in place. It’s also nice and compact, so you can take it anywhere. You’ll score a solid four hours of battery life from these at moderate volume, expect a little less if you’re constantly taking calls and messing with the EQs. While that doesn’t sound like much, this is, unfortunately, the industry standard – or slightly above if any.
The earphones connect to your device via Bluetooth, and boy was the connection strong. Our time with the Beoplay E8 produced a total of zero dropouts; the range was very impressive too.
The E8’s scored another tick of approval when taking calls, something that other brands have been yet to master in their wireless earphones. Conversations between friends and workmates were uninterrupted and just as clear as taking a call on the phone. It comes down to components, and it’s clear Beoplay rarely cut corners on each and every element within their products.
The wireless market is constantly expanding, and at some point in the relatively near future, it’s fair to assume that there won’t be any wired earphones at all. While this technology is still evolving, though, it’s important to take stock of the features currently available.
As mentioned, the Beoplay E8 have a fairly substantial price-tag of $449AUD, and there’s definitely cheaper options out there that will excel in some areas more than others. However, if you want a pair of wireless earphones that can do everything that they should, and consistently, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more reliable option out there.
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