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B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H5 Wireless Bluetooth Earphone Headphone (Black)
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- Immersive wireless sound for life on the move.Connectivity Technology: Wireless
- Adaptive sound profile via the beoplay app
- Designed to be out and about (splash and dust resistant)
- Comfortable on the long commute (and the short ones)
- Convenient magnetic USB charging cube recharges your wireless Bluetooth earphones quickly and easily
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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 H5 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Beoplay H5 wireless earphones deliver an immersive listening experience with the power to move you. Combined with a splash and dust resistant design, these elegant earphones bring the beauty of music into your everyday life. When not in use, they rest comfortably around your neck – simply click the magnets on the earbuds together to power down and save the battery.
- Ultra-portable wireless earbuds; charge lasts up to 5 hours
- Sound profile adapts to fit your activity (via the App)
- Stylish and durable splash and dust resistant finish
- Magnetic earbuds conveniently click together
- Easy-to-use magnetic charging cube
The Small Earbuds with the Big Sound
Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound
Designed to deliver the best sound profile for active, metropolitan listeners, these Bluetooth earbuds have been professionally tuned by acclaimed Bang & Olufsen sound engineers. These small earphones provide big sound and are effortlessly high-tech thanks to Bluetooth 4.2 with DSP, a long-lasting battery and B&O PLAY ToneTouch.
The Beoplay App lets you adjust the settings of your sound profile via your smartphone or Apple Watch for a custom listening experience. Preset ToneTouch sound profiles geared toward specific activities such as commuting or listening to podcasts let you conveniently access the best sound quality for whatever you’re doing.
High Quality Materials
The Beoplay H5 comes with earbud tips in multiple sizes and are made of silicone and Comply Sport materials for added comfort. The cable connecting your earbuds is encased in a braided polyester and nylon blend textile, which looks great and prevents dirt and sweat from interfering with the delicate electronic components.
Adaptable Earbud Tips
Adapt your listening experience to your activity through your choice of earbud tips. Three pairs of Comply Sport Premium Earphone Tips with SweatGuard offer a comfortable grip in the ear canal when you're on the move. For relaxing with your favorite tunes, four pairs of silicone tips provide an easy, comfortable fit.
Dynamic and Durable Earphones
Dust and Splash Resistant
Beoplay H5 wireless earphones are designed to fit into your active lifestyle. A textured rubber and polymer housing protects your earphones from dust, sweat and water. These durable, dynamic earbuds are as fashionable as they are functional, making them a smart choice in any environment.
When not actively listening to music, you can click the magnetic earbuds together. Not only does this allow them to hang conveniently and securely around your neck, it also powers the earphones down to conserve the battery. When the magnets are connected, the earbuds turn discreetly toward your chest.
Whether you’re getting centered for yoga, listening to podcasts on your commute or relaxing with music at home, Beoplay H5 has your wireless needs covered with its powerful battery. Each charge provides up to five hours of wireless mobility so you can listen on the go, wherever you go.
Charging your earphones is quick and easy with your included USB charging station. This cubic charger connects to a computer or wall socket and holds the earbuds in place with magnets. Simply click your earbuds into place and when the indicator light turns solid green they are fully charged.
|Beoplay H5||Beoplay H3 ANC||Beoplay H3||Beoplay EarSet 3i|
|Colors||Black, Dusty Rose||Gunmetal Grey||Black, Natural, Champagne||Black, White|
|Materials||Aluminum, rubber, polymer, fabric||Stainless steel, rubber, polymer||Stainless steel, rubber, polymer||Aluminum, rubber, polymer|
|Weight||0.04 lb (18 g)||0.09 lb (40 g)||0.03 lb (16 g)||0.05 lb (22 g)|
|Designer||Jakob Wagner||Jakob Wagner||Jakob Wagner||Anders Hermansen|
|Battery||Up to 5 hours||Up to 20 hours||n/a||n/a|
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|Sold By||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||GoodStuff CR Division||Amazon.com||MusicTeck|
|Color||Black||Black||Charcoal Sand||Gray||Black||Aluminium, Black|
|Item Dimensions||28 x 23.5 x 39 in||1 x 1.12 x 1.12 in||6 x 6 x 2 in||22.24 x 14.17 x 8.66 in||2 x 6 x 6 in||0.79 x 0.79 x 0.79 in|
|Item Weight||0.64 ounces||0.8 ounces||0.6 lb||—||0.6 lb||0.45 ounces|
|Additional Features||Bluetooth, Wireless||—||—||noise-cancellation, microphone-feature||—||lightweight|
BeoPlay H5 wireless earphones deliver an immersive listening experience with the power to take you anywhere. Conveniently pair them with your Bluetooth device to bring the beauty of music into your active everyday life. Whether you're out walking, listening to podcasts on your daily commute or relaxing at home with your favorite tunes, these wireless earbuds will deliver outstanding Bang & Olufsen signature sound to suit your activity. The BeoPlay app lets you customize your listening experience via your smartphone or Apple watch to ensure you can enjoy music the way the artists intended. Combined with a splash and dust resistant design, these elegant BeoPlay H5 earphones are as fashionable as they are functional. To ensure Optimal fit and sound quality, each pair comes with seven sets of earbud tips in various sizes - four made from silicone and three made from rugged and breathable Comply sport foam. When not in use, your wireless earphones can rest comfortably and securely around your neck - simply click the magnets on the earbuds together. Not only is this a convenient hands-free way to keep your earphones accessible, clicking them together will also cause them to power down and conserve battery life. When you're ready to recharge, the sleek magnetic USB charging cube quickly and easily provides up to five hours of power to meet up with the demands of your mobile lifestyle.
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With the announcement and of Beoplay H5, I kept a close eye out for the ratings and reviews. In the beginning, as I'm sure most of you all are, I was extremely skeptical about spending $250 for what seemed like a less than perfect pair of earphones.
The consensus seemed to be:
-earphones don't stay in your ear
-braided cable rubbing against your clothes makes too much noise
-magnetic clasp is not strong enough
-there is not enough bass
-not good earphones for working out
-charging cable was not universal
I'd like to give you my honest and unbiased opinion based on all of these statements.
The most common complaint, the earphones don't stay in your ear:
I am a 6' male with reasonably large ears. The B&O earphones fit perfectly in my ear with both types of earbuds provided. If you read the user manual provided about proper placement in the ear, just about anybody can get the earphones to fit. I can walk and run around with confidence; these earphones do not fall out. There are enough sizes to fit just about any ear, it just takes about a minute of your time to read the user manual. And honestly, the earbuds are the single most important factor when determining whether any earphone will stay in your ear. So, it makes sense if the earphone doesn't stay in, then you need to try a different ear tip. It just so happens that the ear tips are easily the least expensive part of the product. Sure some people may say, "I'm spending 250$ already for the product, so I expect it to be perfect!" But the fact of the matter is not everybody has the same ear dimensions, and a company can only do so much to try to cater to its vast audience. It's up to the consumer to optimize the product to their specific needs.
The braided cable makes too much noise rubbing against your clothes:
This is one of the complaints that I do agree with, somewhat. Due to the nature of the sturdy and stylish braided cable, there is a distinct sound that is made when rubbing against your clothes. Since the braid is connected to the ear piece, it makes sense that this sound would transfer to your ear. I do not agree with the claim that this makes the earphone completely unusable or unbearable, however. The only time I really noticed the "rubbing" sound is when the earphone is paused/off or when I am moving my head from side to side repeatedly in a short period of time, which is not at all common movement. Generally speaking, when I have the music at half volume and I'm moving around, I can barely notice the sound of the braid, if at all.
The magnetic clasp isn't strong enough:
The magnetic clasp is as strong as it needs to be. Unless you are planning on using the H5 whilst practicing gymnastics, the magnetic clasp is just strong enough to keep your earphones fastened when around your neck, but not too strong as to cause a struggle when you wish to use your earphones again. It also allows from a pretty stylish necklace when not in use, and a handy quick "off" feature.
The bass isn't strong enough:
If you're looking to listen to only bass heavy tracks, these earphones are probably not for you. But honestly if you are planning on listening to only bass heavy tracks, earphones in general are not the right choice for you. The H5 delivers extremely well balanced and reasonably strong and punchy bass. If you wish to play around with the EQ of the H5, you can easily download B&O's free app to do so.
H5 doesn't seem good for working out:
I've used the h5 a couple of times whilst lifting and the earphones worked perfectly for that task regard. No cords to worry about, and it never fell out of my ear once. I have also used the H5 whilst running and cross-fit, and whilst using the comply sports tips, I did not have much trouble with the earphones staying in my ear. I personally didn't have a problem with the earphones falling out when using the sports comply tips provided, but again it is up to the consumer to optimize the product to their specific needs.
The charging cable isn't universal:
I don't know any B&O consumers who wish to buy a "universal" product. I mean part of the experience is buying the eccentric and unique products. I think the charging cable is a perfect description of what the B&O experience really is. There were also many complaints that the charging cable didn't come with a USB to wall port. In this day and age, every phone comes with a USB to wall charging port. You will almost certainly have AT LEAST one, if not more, USB to wall ports available; and that's only if you'd like to charge your H5 from the wall. From my experience, I have not once even considered charging my H5 from anything other than my laptop just because of convenience. Also, the H5 is not the type of product you can use whilst charging, so USB to wall seems like more of a burden than a luxury.
The H5 sounds amazing:
The H5 sounds amazing.
By far the best earphone on the market in terms of premium sound quality. As an owner of an H8 and various other headphones, I can honestly say that if the H5 had come out before I purchased my H8, and other headphones, that I would seriously consider taking the H5 over many other headphones. The H5 sounds that good. In my opinion, I believe the 250$ price point is completely justified due to the fact that it can hold its own against many premium headphones on the market.
All in all, the H5 is a stylish and well designed product that I would give a must buy for music audiophiles and music enthusiasts. I believe much of the bad press that the H5 is getting is due to the consumer's unwillingness to experiment with alternative ear tips/read the user manual.
I would consider myself an audiophile, I produce commercials and television programs (you've seen them) and sound to me is just as important as picture. It is amazing in just a few years how far the wireless technology has come--until recently wireless headphones never matched the standards of audio quality that I always strive for.
That said I've never actually owned a pair of wireless earbuds. I have the h6 and upgraded to h7 and LOVED them. The clarity and sound of the wireless h7 were nearly on par with the wired h6s. I also own a number of other expensive wired earphones from Shure, B/W etc etc.
So I was in market for my first wireless earbuds... I've used my roommates Beats (yuck), my girlfriends Jaybirds X2, and tried the Bose soundsports at the store. I was genuinely unimpressed with the Beats, but to me all Beats are overpriced and under performing. The jaybirds were quite nice for the price (79.99 now if you can find it), but fit and finish was meh and the sound was lacking the audiophile standards I strive for--I've heard the Jaybirds Freedom add better sound but have some quality control issues, I haven't used them so I cannot say. The Bose were quite nice, and they were my first choice until I saw the B&O Play H5.
The negative reviews freaked me out, I was surprised to see a B&O product with such negative feedback. I dove into the reviews to read a few key points:
-the headphones have great sound
-the headphones look great
-the headphones do not stay in ears
-the headphones cable creates an audible rubbing sound
-many people have returned there units due to this
Here are my thoughts on the H5:
They look beautiful. Like most B&O products, they aesthetically stand in a class of there own. Their looks seems to be matched by solid durability and maybe even a little bit of waterproofing. I wouldn't wear these in the rain, but they should be sufficiently proofed for excersise, tough I can see the fabric braided cable becoming sweat stained after a while.
The sound is fantastic. Even without a significant amount of burn in time they have incredible clarity and wonderful depth. A little tinkering with the B&O control app and I got them to sound where I like them. I like the ability to save the EQ presets and that the last preset stays in the headphones as long as they pair to the same device--pairing to a new device seems to reset the EQ.
I will agree that the fit was tough at first. The rubber earbuds were a bit uncomfortable, and only the largest size would sit in my ear without falling out. I finally used the medium size Comply earbuds that were included. So far they are very comfortable, seal off and reduce outside noice well, and stay in my ears throughba significant amount of head banging. There were times where the braided cable caught on a thicker collar or jacket when I wore it, but it wasn't enough to "yank" the bud out of my ear not enough force to even dislodge it a little.
When the cable runs on clothing you can hear the sound transmitted to the headphones. I see a lot of complaints about this and frankly I don't fully understand. The noise is only present when no music is playing and it is hardly an annoyance. In face I found the jaybirds to make just as much rubbing noise when no music is playing.
Unfortunately the major issues with these phones are going to be personal and case to case based on ear size etc. But I really doubt anyone who spends a little time and respects the process won't be able to get a clean fit with one of the included buds.
I really do think these buds are great, but to play devils advocate, there are a few things that I don't love or can be improved.
-the charger hub is really cool I love the magnetic aspect, but the built in cable is not--would have preferred the ability to use any USB cable that was proprietary to the magnetic charging hub.
-the magnetic locking/turn off is also cool. But I would prefer stronger magnets and instant on and pair feature when the headphones are pulled apart.
-the remote control button functions are kind of dated and the raised button indicators aren't great. Takes time getting used to what buttons your pressing.
-4hr battery... really guys... this should be 8hrs no exceptions.
To round up: these headphones are great, if you're going to work out a lot maybe look at the Bose sound sports. But if you want unsurpassed wireless audio quality, and beautifully made product, these are the buds to buy!