Bang & Olufsen’s latest pair of headphones is Beoplay HX. They are over-the-ear, noise-canceling and provide up to a truly impressive 35 hours of battery life. The headphones launch in black today for $ 499 (£ 499 / € 499), but a white model will arrive in late April, followed by a white and brown version in May.
At $ 499, the Beoplay HX is among the more expensive wireless noise-canceling headphones available. But this is not an unknown area for Bang & Olufsen: the previous Beoplay H9 headphones cost exactly the same – and this is the company that also sells a $ 800 Bluetooth headset.
Thirty-five hours of battery life beats pretty much all competitors (and it rises up to 40 hours if you turn off the ANC). The $ 549 AirPods Max is rated at just 20 hours with the ANC on, while our top choice $ 350 Sony WH-1
Beyond battery life, the second thing your $ 499 gets you build quality. Beoplay HX’s ear pads are made of lambskin with a memory foam interior, while the headband uses cowhide and knitted fabric in the construction. The ear cups themselves have an aluminum disc surrounded by a recycled plastic housing, and the arm sliders are also aluminum.
The rest of the Beoplay HX specifications are typical. There is a USB-C port for charging, a 3.5 mm connector for wired connection, buttons on the left and right ear cups, and also touch controls on the right side. The headphones support Bluetooth 5.1, and for codecs you get aptX Adaptive, AAC and SBC. Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair are both included for easy pairing with their respective platforms. And yes, the headphones come with a 3.5mm cable in the box, unlike the AirPods Max.