Beoplay seems to have a way with stylish headphones. Their H-Series headphones have had a decent amount of success with customers due to consumer confidence in the Bang & Olufsen brand as well as the comfort and quality put into them. The new H4 is a bit of a departure from the rest of their over ear headphones but still manages to retain that sophisticated Beoplay look. Let’s take a quick look at the features on this promsing new over-ear wireless headphone.
NEW Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphone
First of all the Beoplay H4 Wireless uses the Bluetooth 4.2 standard which is a little more advanced than many of the Bluetooth headphones on the market. This means it’s going to be more reliable in pairing and staying connected to wireless devices.
Earpads and Headband
It’s also an over-ear headphone and by the looks of the promotional photos it seems to have a lot more padding than any of the other over-ear headphones in the H-Series. That’s definitely a big improvement as the padding on previous models sometimes didn’t provide full isolation. The headband is similar to other Beoplay over-ear headphones which is a reasonable compromise between comfort and compact.
The H4 Wireless headphone uses a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery capable of lasting up to 19-hours. Having a removable battery is simply priceless. As we all know sometimes batteries just die or don’t work as well after years of use. Being able to replace the battery means you’re not forced to get a new headphone in the event the battery goes bad. This is the same with the other wireless models of Beoplay over-ear and on-ear headphones and I can’t say enough about the value of this feature.
Beoplay uses the standard 3-button combination for smartphone and mobile-device controls. You get play/pause, track advance, volume, and phone controls all within this 3-button setup. Headphone companies are finding that less is more when it comes to buttons and other controls on wireless headphones and Beoplay is definitely all about the simplicity. There’s less to mess around with and frankly consumers like it that way.
Drivers and Sound
The H4 Wireless headphone by Beoplay uses 40mm drivers which is also kind of a standard in an everyday over-ear headphone. Anything bigger than that might sound better but consumers typically want something streamline and not too big. Beoplay are masters at the sophisticated and streamline design and the H4 looks like a elegant effort at pushing the limits in order to give listeners the sound they want in a low-profile headphone.
As for the sound I can say that Beoplay never seems to disappoint. I’ve tried the H6 and H8 headphones and they always have an impressive amount of clarity with a little boost in the bass. The H4 Wireless Headphone specs show it has a frequency range of only 20Hz – 20kHz. This is less than some of their other headphones but I imagine working with Bluetooth there’s a bit of compromise involved. Overall I think it’s still going to sound pristine and full compared to other wireless over-ear headphones in the same price range.
Overall the Beoplay H4 is looking like a hot new headphone I can’t wait to fully test. The added padding in this over-ear and light-weight design has me hoping it’s going to sound and feel just as good as the promo pics. And for less than $300 the H4 Wireless stands to be their best and most affordable wireless over-ear yet.
DESIGNER: Jakob Wagner
DIMENSIONS: 197 X 194 X 40 mm
7.8 X 7.6 X 1.6 in
WEIGHT: 230 g / 8.1 oz
REMOTE: Remote optimised for iOS.
MATERIALS: Aluminium, Leather, Fabric, Polymer
COLOURS: Black / Natural
CORD: 1.2 m / 3.9 ft
SPEAKERS: Electro-dynamic, closed-back 40 mm driver
MICROPHONE: One electret type. Omnidirectional
INLINE REMOTE: 3 control buttons and mic
FREQUENCY RANGE: 20 – 22.000 Hz
IN THE BOX: Beoplay H6 headphones, Cable with 3-button remote, Quick Start guide
OPTIONAL EXTRAS: A short audio cable, A long audio cable, A cable with one button and a microphone, A cable with three buttons and a microphone