CES 2018: B&O Play announces two new wireless noise-canceling headphones
Wireless headphones have surged in popularity ever since most smartphone makers decided that the 3.5mm headphone jack is mostly redundant and have removed them from their flagship phones.
And at CES 2018, B&O Play has updated its two wireless noise-canceling headphones to ensure that they stay fresh.
From the outside, very little has changed, but the two models feature substantial internal tweaks and updates.
We begin with the larger over-the-ears H9i, which now has a larger battery life of up to 18 hours (with Bluetooth and noise-canceling on). The batteries are also removable so you can bring extra battery packs for those extra-long travels.
It also has proximity sensors that automatically pause your music when you take your headphones off and automatically resume playing when you put them back on.
There's also a new Transparency Mode that instantly lets you hear your surroundings clearly, which is a very nifty feature for travelers who might need to quickly tune in to announcements.
As befits a B&O Play headphone, the H9i is made out of premium materials like aluminum and a combination of genuine calfskin and lambskin leather.
Finally, the H9i also features retuned drivers to deliver more precise bass and clearer highs. I had a quick listen and they sound pretty good, and were noticeably more dynamic than my own MDR-1000X.
Oh, another cool thing is that the H9i charges using a USB-C connector.
The H8i is the smaller model and differs in that it sits on your ears rather than over it.
Like the H9i, the H8i also features proximity sensors and the new Transparency Mode.
Battery life is an impressive 30 hours. But unlike the H9i, the H8i's batteries are non-removable.
Again, the H8i is constructed using top-rate materials like aluminum and genuine calfskin and lambskin leather.
And like the H9i, the H8i features re-tuned drivers for a more engaging sound.
Finally, the H8i also recharges via USB-C.
The B&O Play H9i and H8i will go on sale later this month and will be priced at US$499 (about PhP 25,000) and US$399 (about PhP 20,000) respectively.