Trends come and go, but minimalism always has its place in contemporary design. There’s something timeless about a clean aesthetic and attention to detail. What we also love about minimalism is its singular focus on the essentials and disregard for everything else. When it comes to technology, sometimes it’s good to eschew additional features and refine on core functionality. Danish audio expert Bang & Olufsen gets that down to a tee, delivering premium sound presented in an attractive minimalist package. With the Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones, the brand takes on a no-frills approach, and concentrate on things that matter the most – superior performance and ergonomic design.
The H4 has a minimalist look, with clean lines and muted colour. Featuring a charcoal grey body, the headphones are accented by two rose gold aluminium ear plates, adding a refreshing touch to the understated design. The handle and ear cushions are wrapped in lambskin, with a braided textile cord connecting two ears.
The over-ear design felt extremely comfortable on our ears, even after an extended time of use. It’s sturdy but light, thanks to the aluminium and high-quality plastic construction. The ear cushions feel like marshmallows (yum!), with the lambskin cover and the memory foam inside. And the best thing is that they stayed firm on our ears whether when we were sitting in the office or rushing up the stairs to catch a train.
If you’re wondering if the headphones sound as good as they look and feel, then the answer is yes, and more. The Beoplay H4’s sound performance is engineered with a casual consumer’s interests in mind. With rich bass, balanced mids, and clear trebles, the sound is especially warm and soothing. The trebles are especially crisp, resulting in great detail and clarity. We were able to pick up on elements so subtle or deeply buried in a song that we missed before. All in all, it’s a well-balanced sound – clear and detailed enough to showcase the intricacy of a well-produced track but never too sharp that’s borderline grating.
Control and Battery
The control buttons rest on the right ear. Press the middle button to play/pause, or hold it for longer to power off/on. The left and right button are for volume as well as for skipping to the next or previous track. Next to the buttons is a micro USB port for charging (cable included). Each battery cycle lasts around 19 hours of playback and takes 2.5 hours to charge. If the battery runs out when you’re on the move, just connect it to your phone using the adjacent 3.5mm jack (cable also included).
The Beoplay H4 connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Pairing it for the first time takes less than 10 seconds. Just turn it on and then select to pair it on the phone. Battery status is displayed on your screen so you’ll always know when to charge. For further control and customisation, you can download the Beoplay app, which is available on both Android, iOS and watchOS. The app lets you access playback controls, battery life, sound adjustment and software updates. Tone Touch is definitely our favourite feature on the app. With an intuitive interface, you can easily and endlessly personalise the sound to your liking.
The H4 has the lowest price tag for a pair of Beoplay headphones yet, arriving at $399 AUD. By keeping it clean and simple, the H4 succeeds at what it sets out to be – an affordable, yet well crafted piece of gear that excels in performance and comfort.
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