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B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen BO1643626 H9 Wireless Over-Ear Headphone with Active Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth 4.2 (Black)
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- Wireless headphones with Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound and advanced Active Noise Cancellation. Connectivity Technology: Wireless
- Lightweight and long lasting luxurious materials in an over-ear design for extended comfort
- Intuitive aluminum touch interface gives you control over your music and calls
- Rechargeable and replaceable battery with up to 14 hours of playback capacity
- Includes noise cancelling headphones, audio cable with 35 mm mini-jack, USB to Micro USB cable for charging, flight adaptor, carrying pouch and Quick Start guide
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From the manufacturer
Firmly grounded in decades of design excellence, craftsmanship and product innovation from Bang & Olufsen, B&O Play interprets the same values for a new type of contemporary product aimed at design-conscious active cosmopolitan music lovers. B&O Play transforms your listening experience with better sound and acoustic performance wherever you go with in-home music systems, portable speakers and headphones that integrate seamlessly into everyday life.
Beoplay H9 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Move freely with Beoplay H9 wireless, Active Noise Cancelling, over-ear headphones. These premium headphones let you enjoy pure music and clear calls without the noise. Featuring Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound, intuitive touch interface, exchangeable battery and luxurious materials such as anodized aluminum and natural, genuine leather for strength and comfort. Whether Active Noise Cancellation is on or off, or your headphones are used wirelessly or corded, the sound will overwhelm you with its precision, power and detail. Beoplay H9 headphones come with an impressive battery life of up to 14 hours playback time so you can keep listening and calling all day.
- Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound and advanced Active Noise Cancellation
- Lightweight over-ear design
- Intuitive aluminum touch interface
- Up to 14 hours of battery life with ANC and Bluetooth enabled
- Includes audio cable with 35 mm mini-jack, USB to Micro USB cable for charging, flight adaptor, carrying pouch and Quick Start guide
A New Standard in Wireless Headphones
Signature Sound Quality.
They may be lightweight and portable, but decades of expert sound experience have been packed into these wireless headphones. Tuned by acclaimed Bang & Olufsen sound engineers, these headphones deliver the superior authentic audio performance listeners have come to expect from B&O Play products. The result is big sound with a small footprint.
High Tech with High Style
The Latest Bluetooth Technology
Beoplay H9 headphones utilize the latest Bluetooth 4.2 technology, supporting aptX and AAC codecs to ensure CD-like sound quality on wireless playback. Whether you listen wirelessly or corded, these headphones provide powerful and detailed precision sound quality so you can hear the music the way the artist truly intended.
Keep the Party Going
These wireless headphones are designed to keep the music going with a rechargeable and replaceable battery that offers up to 14 hours of playback when ANC and Bluetooth are enabled, or 18-35 hours when they aren’t. If you manage to outlast the battery, simply plug in with the included audio cable and keep listening.
Over-Ear Comfort and Style
Large, cushioned ear pads cover your ears for comfortable extended wear as you immerse yourself in the music with full noise-cancelling coverage. Available in your choice of contemporary Black or Argilla Gray colors, these sleek, neutral headphones make a fashionable travel accessory wherever the music takes you.
Do More With the Beoplay App
Enjoy a more convenient and personalized listening experience through the Beoplay App’s intuitive TouchTone technology. Select from preset ToneTouch profiles to adapt your sound to your activity, whether you’re working out, commuting, listening to podcasts or relaxing. Save your favorite presets on your iPhone and access them easily on your Apple watch.
|Beoplay H6||Beoplay H7||Beoplay H8||Beoplay H9||Beoplay H4|
|Headphone Type||Over-ear||Over-ear||On-ear||Wireless over-ear||Wireless over-ear|
|Dimensions||7.8" x 7.6" x 1.6"/8 oz||7.8" x 8.9" x 1.6"/10 oz||7.1" x 7.4" x 1.5"/9 oz||7.8" x 8.9" x 1.6"/10 oz||7.7" x 8.7" x 2"/8 oz|
|Materials||Anodized aluminum, genuine leather, lambskin leather, memory foam||Anodized aluminum, genuine cowhide leather, lambskin leather, memory foam||Anodized aluminum, genuine cowhide leather, lambskin leather, memory foam||Anodized aluminum, lambskin, memory foam, cowhide leather||Aluminum, stainless steel, leather, fabric, plastic, braided textile cord|
|Colors||Black, Natural||Black, Natural, Cenere Gray||Black, Natural, Gray Hazel, Deep Red||Black, Argilla Gray||Charcoal gray|
|Connectivity||3.5 mm mini jack||Wireless - Bluetooth 4.1, supports aptX and AAC codecs; Corded - via included audio cable with 3.5 mm mini-jack||Wireless - Bluetooth 4.0, supports aptX and AAC codecs; Corded - via included audio cable with 3.5 mm mini-jack||Wireless - Bluetooth 4.2, supports aptX and AAC codecs; Corded - via included audio cable with 3.5 mm mini-jack||Wireless - Bluetooth 4.2, supports AAC and SBC codecs; Corded - via included audio cable with 3.5 mm mini-jack|
|Battery||N/A||Up to 20 hours playtime with Bluetooth; charging time of approximately 2.5 hours||Up to 14 hours playtime with Bluetooth and ANC; charging time of approximately 2.5 hours||Up to 16 hours with Bluetooth and ANC; charging time of approximately 2.5 hours||Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, up to 19 hours playtime with Bluetooth; charging time of approximately 2.5 hours|
|Frequency Range||20 - 22,000 Hz||20 - 22,000 Hz||20 Hz - 22,000 Hz||20 Hz - 22,000 Hz||20 - 22,000 Hz|
|On-Device Controls||N/A||Bluetooth pairing slide button; touch interface on right earcup for play/pause/take call, volume, track selection||Bluetooth pairing slide button; touch interface on right earcup for play/pause/take call, volume, track selection, ANC||Bluetooth pairing slide button; touch interface on right earcup for play/pause/take call, volume, track selection, ANC||One slide button for on/off and Bluetooth pairing; 3 buttons on right ear cup for controlling music and phone calls|
|Microphone||One electret type, omni-directional||One electret type, omni-directional||One electret type, omni-directional||One electret type, omni-directional||One electret type, omni-directional|
|Included in Box||Beoplay H6 headphones, cable with 3-buttone remote and microphone, Quick Start guide||Beoplay H7 headphones, audio cable with 3.5 mm mini-jack USB to Micro USB cable for charging, Quick Start guide||Beoplay H8 headphones, audio cable with 3.5 mm mini-jack USB to Micro USB cable for charging, flight adaptor, carrying pouch, Quick Start guide||Beoplay H9 headphones, audio cable with 3.5 mm mini-jack, USB to Micro USB cable for charging, flight adaptor, carrying pouch, Quick Start guide||Beoplay H4 headphones, audio cable with 3.5 mm mini-jack, USB to Micro USB cable for charging, Quick Start guide|
Explore the sound and feel the silence with B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones. These luxurious wireless headphones make a stylish statement while delivering detailed sound quality, making them the perfect travelling ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION Advanced ANC for music lovers. A simple swipe turns the noise down and lets you focus on your favourite tracks. That’s the beauty of hybrid noise cancellation which uses two microphones to accurately capture and measure ambient noise and effectively cancel it out with the opposite signal.
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-Bose QC30: functional and slender, but has this awful neck strap thing and the noise-cancelling seemed flawed at best. Returned the next day
-Bose QC35: exceedingly comfortable, but you can never turn off the noise cancellation. I don't just wear these on the airplane, so not being able to use these wireless without ANC was a fatal flaw. Also, the sound quality was good but not great. If you aren't an audiophile, like physical buttons, and don't mind ANC always on, you probably won't be disappointed. $350 is honestly not a bad price for what you get here. I've been a Bose fan for years, this just wasn't for me.
-Sony MDR-1000x: Sound on par with Bose. Definitely the most features by far of any headphone, some of which were cool and welcome, others which were more of a nuisance than anything. Kind of feels like Sony's engineers agreed to just throw everything into a single pair of headphones. Very plastic, but comfortable. If you bought these without hearing anything else, you'd probably be a happy customer (thus all the positive reviews). For me, build quality and sound quality were ultimately too hard to overcome. Are these things going to last two years? Unlikely. These came in third place.
-Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2.0: Sound fantastic, and an interesting industrial design. That being said, I don't have giant ears, but these things were unwearable beyond two hours. They crushed my ears. That was impossible to overcome, not to mention the lack of controllable wireless ANC (like the Bose QC35 - always on). Definitely my least favorite. Also $500, which seems overpriced when they aren't as good as the PXC550.
-B&W P7: Sound was excellent, but has literally ZERO isolation, for you or your neighbors. Everyone is listening to the same thing you are. Build quality was top notch, but these things are like vice-grips. I have a big head, but dear God they are headache-incuding tight. Also no ANC. DO NOT buy these if you are looking for travel headphones. If you want something for home or office only and have an average sized head, I could see these getting the job done.
-Sennheiser PXC 550: definitely my second place headphone. Middling comfort, and the earpads are oddly shaped and made a weird crinkly sound. Also not sexy. But sound was great, build quality was great, and the touch pad worked well. Also could connect to two devices easily, ANC was optional, and had NFC. Definitely a feature-packed headphone. They have this funky "twist to start" concept instead of a power button. This ended up being more annoying than anything else. Comfort is a huge factor for me, which prompted me to keep looking, and led me to the Beoplay H9s.
At the end of the day, the best marriage of feature, function, and comfort was the Beoplay H9's, which were released right near the end of my journey for new headphones. It's not without limitations, but ultimately the price premium was worth a better overall experience. Some pros and cons:
Pros of the H9:
+Supreme comfort. Big, supple lambskin earcups are the real deal. Would honestly forget they were on my head.
+Divine build quality. I can't overstate this. They are amazingly engineered and strike the perfect balance of weight, materials, and design.
+Sexy. These are headturners. People at work and at the airport already are asking me who makes my headphones. They look expensive, which is more important to some than others. I enjoy this, though, because they were, in fact, expensive :)
+Sound quality was excellent. To me, these were the best sounding headphones of everything I tested. And they sound GREAT over bluetooth, bluetooth with ANC, and wired. There might be some subtle differences, but this was an important factor for me. I use them in all three modes.
+Removable battery. Only headphone offering this. That means in three years if I'm only getting 8 hours of battery life, I can buy a new battery instead of new headphones. And I can have backup for continental flights.
+Touch controls are nice when they work (more on this later)
+Bluetooth range was plenty sufficient
+Battery was lasting me 16+ hours. I know others offer 20+, but 16 is PLENTY for me, and the removable battery really means these can last 30+ if they have to
+ANC is such a nice thing to have for plane and train rides.
+Bluetooth 4.2 and APTX - future proofed
*If Bose and Sony are A+ noise cancellers, the H9s would be a B-. There is a noticeable difference. That being said, they also put WAY less pressure on the ears, and the sound quality is better. I think B&O made some intentional decisions to try to find the happy medium for ANC. I am satisfied, but not thrilled. Three modes (off/medium/high like the PXC 550s) would be a welcome future enhancement
*No NFC. Pain in the butt, but only for like ten seconds and then I'm over it
*App works fine. I'm really not changing anything in here as I find the sound settings OOB sufficient
*Bluetooth doesn't automatically reconnect, but if you press the on button up for a second if does reconnect. Just took me a few to figure this out.
*Regular USB charger. Wish it was Type C, but at least it isn't proprietary.
*WAY less features than Sony and Sennheiser, but I think if we are being honest with ourselves that stuff goes unused after a few listens and ends up being superfluous. I want these things to just WORK, I don't need 5,000 options. The only thing I miss is their ambient noise feature so I can hear my wife yelling at me or the flight attendant.
*Definitely has a bass-heavy sound OOB. I personally greatly enjoyed this, but I could see how it wouldn't be for everyone. If you don't like it you can adjust the EQs in the app.
-Can't connect to multiple devices simultaneously. Bose does this seamlessly. I underestimated how nice this was.
-No nice lady telling me on/off/what device is connected.
-No nice lady telling me battery remaining, and no way to tell besides the app
-Oh my goodness. How does a $500 pair of headphones not come with a killer case? This satchel they come with is so outrageous I can't even begin. It is a good thing the headphones are so good. I bought the $50 GoCase on Amazon instead: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JQ2SZ4G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
-The headphones don't fold up. Their footprint is much larger than Bose, Sony, or Sennheiser.
-The touch controls are futuristic and cool, but flawed. Touching it accidentally happens, but the volume controls with a half moon shape are very frustrating. Sony and Sennheiser's touch control interface is much more intuitive. Also, and this is important, the sound on the headphones is separate from the sound on the device. So I can turn the sound all the way down on my headphones via half moon swipes, but my phone will still be on full volume. Kind of strange, but has its benefits. I think people complaining about weak sound don't realize these are separate.
Overall, for me these are a major go, a big win for B&O, and will be my every day listening headphone for years to come. After buying the case and the backup battery they were $600 USD, but I would do it again without hesitation. Comfortable, rich, deep sound, sexy, functional, wireless w/ ANC. If you are like me and need headphones for work, play, and travel and can put up with the noted limitations, these are the ones to get.
Let me save the suspense and spoil it for you right away: What you’re looking for in the wireless headphone/earbud world doesn’t exist (yet). B&O H9, does in fact move a step closer to this ideal (in some areas), but unfortunately, the steps are minuscule and marginal at best.
Headphones and earbuds are a very very difficult problem to solve. Comfort and fit are orders of magnitude more challenging to get right than a smartphone, because unlike a smartphone, these are devices that you actually wear, and becoming a perfect fit for every person, considering the breadth of variety in human anatomy shapes and sizes is a Herculean challenge for any designer. My review here merely reflects what I sensed based on my body compatibility with the H9.
I’m not a professional audiophile, but have a great deal of professional experience in the world of visual/audio design and multimedia. Form to me is just as important as function. For a product to be truly great, form & function need to exist intimately fused together.
These are the current wireless Headphones/Earbuds that I own: Beats Studio Wireless, Bose QC35, B&O H9, Bragi Dash wireless earbuds, Apple AirPods, Powerbeats 3
B&O H9 is without a doubt in my mind, the best sounding _wireless_ headphone I’ve ever listened to. The Beats Studio wireless is embarrassingly muffled and lacks detail compared to the H9. The QC35 sounds good and is balanced in quality, but the detail that you can experience with the H9 is unquestionably more noticeable and enjoyable when listening to instruments and vocals.
The B&O H9 as an object, is a beautiful device. The materials feel great to the touch, quality oozes from the colors, textures, and the precision craftsmanship. The device looks beautiful when hanging around your neck. The cans stick out farther than the Beats, and the connecting arc is thick and heavy. Compared to the Beats Studio wireless, they look somewhat bulky on the head. But because the materials are beautiful you could pass it as a fashion statement. When you look closely at the materials of the QC35 and compare the build to the H9, the difference is so evident that it blew me away. I expect the H9 leather to last many many times longer and age more gracefully than the thin & cheap looking material used in the QC35.
Between Bose QC35, H9, and Beats Studio wireless, I would rate the Bose as the most comfortable. The oval shaped cans of QC35 not only fit my ears better, but the lighter weight of the QC35 and minimal pressure on the ears make it a more comfortable experience for all day listening. The Beats and the H9 come in second in somewhat of a tie. The feel of the lambskin material of the H9 is great, but I just notice too much pressure after a few hours of wearing the headphones, and they’re noticeably heavier than the Bose. The H9 are the most comfortable of the 3 to wear around the neck however, if that matters to you, due to the generous size of the arc around the neck and the ability to turn the cans flat toward your chest.
Active Noise Cancelation:
In a world filled with sound pollution from busy city life, to the crazy loud train and plane noises while traveling, active noise cancelation has become an indispensable feature. The first time you experience it, it’s a truly ear-opening experience.
The ANC of the Beats Studio wireless is a joke. Enough said.
The ANC of the H9 is quite effective and decent. It feels well balanced.
The ANC of the Bose QC35 is truly jaw dropping. It is so effective that it gives you a spine shivering world-isolating sensation. Perhaps the type of isolation you would experience in a sensory deprivation chamber…
The verdict here is that if shutting out the world is truly important to you, Bose is the king. There is something strange and unnerving about too much isolation such as the ANC you get from the Bose. It's almost disorienting. I bought the Bose for flying and while in ridiculously noisy situations. It truly has no equal there, though the Bose ANC cannot be turned off, where as the H9 ANC is deactivated with a simple downward gesture on the right can. For everyday normal life sound levels, I actually prefer the H9.
You may have wondered, why did I give the H9 a 2-star rating considering the above performance. You’ll find those reasons here. I’ll have to admit, that although I’ve given the headphones a 2-star rating, I’ve decided (just barely) to keep them and not return them purely for a few areas of strength that I mentioned above. Sadly, where the H9 shines, there are no other wireless headphones on the market to compete.
They are terrible. Simple as that.
The volume control is awkward. There’s no clear feedback whether you’re successfully changing it and by what increment. Drawing a circular touch motion on the right ear can _seems_ intuitive (and looks cool in a promo video), but in practice it’s awkward and extremely finicky and imprecise. Bose QC35 and Beats Studio wireless's physical controls beat (no pun) the H9 in this area.
The pause/play controls are the most infuriating. Every pause/play action involves me making several attempts, to hit the center of the touch sensitive area and wait to check if I successfully triggered a pause/play event. Most of the time, it makes me look like an idiot, trying to perfectly aim and repeatedly tap my headphones.
Some of the control choices are just baffling. For example, if you double tap the right can, it’ll redial the most recent phone number that called you (or you called). This feature CANNOT be turned off. With such finicky controls, it’s very easy to accidentally call someone when you don’t intend to (and there is no _obvious_ feedback that you’re calling someone!!!…). Even more baffling is that this feature was included at all. No one that I personally know would find this useful enough to be available and turned on by default. Maybe if you work at a call-center? Seriously. For a company like B&O that takes pride in designing with care, their user interface designers are an embarrassment to the caliber of the brand. With the H9 on your head, be worried and be prepared to accidentally call people more often than you have ever done so in your life.
Why is there no control to activate Siri? Surely siri could dial phone numbers and more…
The track-skipping gesture is ok, but it’s hard to draw a horizontal line sometimes. I would almost say that if there is one control feature of the H9 that is better than the other headphones, it's the skip-track gesture (when it works). It's a smooth straight swipe and very intuitive. But I’ve accidentally turned the ANC on/off when I meant to skip a track or go to the previous one. Think about it. Your head can be straight, or looking down/up. If you swipe just slightly at the wrong angle, it can turn an ANC toggle into a track-skip gesture or vice versa.
My old and worn Beats Studio wireless do a much better job with a steady reliable audio connection than the brand new H9. Specially when outdoors, walking around the city with an H9, I get an experience that reminds me of the finicky Bragi Dash earbuds with strange garbled audio during phone calls or strange artifacts when you're going up and down stairs and there is a lot of movement. These issues are usually quick and not show-stoppers but they’re embarrassing for a $499 headphone when the competition clearly doesn’t exhibit this problem. Please note that with ANC headphones, if you rub the surface of the headphones the built in Mic will pickup some additional sounds. What I'm talking about is not this. It's really noticeable garbled sounds and it becomes clear when you happen to be listening to human speech such as on the phone or listening to a podcast.
I didn't run a very scientific test on this, but I wore them on an 8 hour workday constantly streaming music. When I left for home, the battery was at 60%. That's more than adequate for my needs.
+Materials and build precision & quality
+Beautiful design (though this is subjective due to the size)
-Awful interaction feedback from the controls
-Poor comfort during really long use
-Strange rare connection artifacts (mostly noticeable outdoors)
-No hard-shell travel case (The BOSE QC35 has a beautifully compact case in comparison)
I’m hopeful that the controls and connectivity issues can be improved through software updates in the future.
As it stands, I’ll keep the H9 for those times when I need to the best wireless sound at home, or I’m trying to make a fashion statement. For traveling and extra long use the Bose QC35 is my pick. I'm a bit concerned however about the durability of the Bose based on the more flimsy materials and construction. And the Beats Studio wireless… I just have them as a last resort emergency backup these days.
I own other B&O speakers and truly admire their visual design language, material choices, and their commitment to beautiful and honest sound. I do believe that as a company their user interface and usability competency is lacking. For the life of me I still have issues with a simple pause/play on their A9 speaker. These kinds of controls should be stupid simple. Easily operated even if you're intoxicated. The outdoor sound artifacts that I experienced (with my iPhone 7)… I have no explanation or excuse for that. They should be holding themselves to a higher standard of excellence in user experience, considering the price tier of the products they sell.
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