Best B&O headphones 2019

Best B&O headphones Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best B&O headphones you can buy in 2019.

Whether you're looking for elegant Bluetooth wireless headphones, nifty in-ear noise-cancellers or good old wired headphones, Bang & Olufsen has something to suit your needs.

B&O's headphones tend to boast premium price tags, but the Danish audio outfit does tend to deliver a mix of premium materials and excellent build quality. 

If you're a commuter, might want to opt for a pair of headphones with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology to block out ambient noise. If you'd prefer to go cordless, it could be worth opting for a pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones with decent battery life.

Read on for our round-up of our favourite B&O headphones on the market...

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Best B&O headphones 2019

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1. B&O BeoPlay H8

Comfy, wireless noise-cancelling B&O headphones


Type: On-ear | Wireless: Yes | Battery life: 14 hours | Noise-cancelling: Yes | In-line mic/remote: No | 3.5mm connector: Yes | Weight: 255g

Reasons to Buy
Effective noise-cancelling
Balanced, full-bodied listen
Good dynamics and detail
Replaceable battery
Reasons to Avoid
Bass a little fat
Slight thud when walking

If you want to cut the cord to your B&O headphones, take a look at the luxurious H8s. These impressive wireless all-rounders serve up effective noise-cancelling, plush materials and touch-sensitive playback controls. 

Battery life is decent: three hours charging returns 14 hours of Bluetooth and noise-cancelling playback. You can swap out the battery if needs be, and the softness of the lambskin-coated earpads makes them a pleasure to wear.

If you're after a more open, expansive soundstage, Sennheiser's Momentum Wireless 'phones should be in the mix. But overall, the B&O H8s are a sublime blend of style and substance.

Read the full review: B&O BeoPlay H8

Best B&O headphones 2019

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2. B&O BeoPlay H3 ANC

A powerful-sounding pair of B&O noise-cancelling headphones.


Type: In-ear | Wireless: No | Battery life: 20 hours | Noise-cancelling: Yes | In-line mic/remote: Yes | 3.5mm connector: Yes | Weight: 40g

Reasons to Buy
Solid sounding with good bass weight
Detailed and insightful
Stylish design
Good fit
Reasons to Avoid
Needs more attack and excitement
Noise cancelling only okay

These B&O headphones crafted from lightweight aluminium and blessed with a plenty of oomph and midrange detail.

They're sleek yet sturdy, with a battery that's good for 20 hours of active noise cancellation. They may not be ruthlessly effective when it comes to drowning out chatter, but they excel at blocking out the vroom or a car or hum of a jet engine.

Would we like a touch more attack? Yes, but B&O has done a commendable job with the H3 ANCs, which sound authoritative and natural at any volume. A classy addition to your commute.

Read the full review: B&O BeoPlay H3 ANC

Best B&O headphones 2019

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3. B&O BeoPlay H2

Stylish B&O headphones with an excellent, detailed sound.


Type: On-ear | Wireless: No | Battery life: N/A | Noise-cancelling: No | In-line mic/remote: Yes | 3.5mm connector: Yes | Weight: 155g

Reasons to Buy
Hugely enjoyable sound
Superb build
Comfortable fit
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

Blending performance and musicality, these on-ear headphones are light, robust and comfortable to wear. Once B&O's soft lambskin earcups are in place, you'll be wowed by warm, intimate vocals and crisp treble. 

Features are minimal: you get an inline mic and three-button remote to answer calls, skip tracks and tweak the volume. Although there's no active noise-cancelling, the ear cups cut out a lot of ambient noise.

The H2s have been around for a few years now, but they still make a stylish statement and deliver B&O's signature sound profile at a tempting price. 

Read the full review: B&O BeoPlay H2

Best B&O headphones 2019

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4. B&O BeoPlay H3

A premium, natural-sounding pair of wired B&O earbuds.


Type: In-ear | Wireless: No | Battery life: N/A | Noise-cancelling: No | In-line mic/remote: Yes | 3.5mm connector: Yes | Weight: 16g

Reasons to Buy
Detailed and open sound
Balanced across the frequency range
Easy to listen to over long periods
Reasons to Avoid
Bass could be tighter

Want to go back to basics without sacrificing quality? The wired H3s, hewn from machined aluminium, keep things simple with a three-button in-line remote and a mic for taking calls.

B&O's decision to put all its eggs in the sound quality basket has paid dividends. They deliver a warm, insightful and detailed sound. High frequencies are particularly impressive at high volume.

We'd like a little more precision from the pulsing bass, but that's really our own gripe. If you're not bothered about extra bells and whistles, these polished performers are fantastic value for money.

Read the full review: B&O BeoPlay H3


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