Finally, B&O's new generation of true wireless noise reduction headphones Beoplay EQ was officially released.
Saying goodbye to the more "complex" digital naming model in the past, Beoplay EQ may be a true wireless headset series that has just been hatched and focused on noise reduction.
Based on this, B&O also emphasized during its promotion:
Beoplay EQ is B&O's first TWS+ headset with active noise reduction technology.
Although this kind of publicity may sound a little late, in terms of configuration and design, Beoplay EQ has actually caught up with the mainstream equipment of true wireless headphones at this stage. It should not be difficult to become the main force of B&O true wireless noise-cancelling headphones. .
Design has always been the most important selling point of B&O. This time they found Thomas Bentzen, the design studio of Lousie Campell Studio, to design this new series of true wireless noise reduction design.
However, Thomas Bentzen has not made major changes to the new product styling. We can still see a lot of the shadow of B&O E8 3.0 from Beoplay EQ.
Like B&O's classic brushed metal large disc Logo touchpad, Beoplay EQ is also retained this time.
In terms of the shape of the headset, Beoplay EQ also uses an in-ear design similar to Beoplay E8 3.0. The inner side of the headset has a non-slip and skin-friendly treatment to improve the fixation of the headset. The shape of the earphone also has a curved design that extends along the ear canal, which can also fit the ear when worn, providing the most important stability and sound insulation effect.
Different from B&O E8 3.0, Beoplay EQ will add some raised structures on the edge of the earphones. These structures can be used as a support when wearing them to provide additional fixation.
In terms of wearing feeling, Beoplay EQ is also comfortable for me. As long as you choose the size of the rubber plug and adjust the angle of wearing, the earphone can be stable. There is no too strong squeezing feeling when wearing, Beoplay EQ will be better than the WF-1000XM4 which relies on the same way of fixing.
For those users who are accustomed to wearing it deep into the ear, Beoplay EQ is also very friendly.
In addition, Beoplay EQ, which emphasizes passive noise reduction, also has strong sound insulation capabilities. Even if noise reduction is not turned on, headphones can actually reduce the impact of noise. For Beoplay EQ, this is also part of its own noise reduction function.
If you wear it, you will also mention replacement earplugs.
Here, Beoplay EQ provides earplugs made of two different materials: rubber plugs and memory foam plugs. The rubber plugs are available in three sizes: L, M, and S. The memory foam has a size of M. Users can choose according to their own wearing needs.
Unlike headphones, Beoplay EQ has a major change in the charging box.
The new charging box bid farewell to the rounded pebble design of the B&O E8 3.0, and no longer uses the leather-like shell, it is directly replaced with a harder-looking metal shell, and the proportion of the box has become more slender. After switching to the new design, the charging case of Beoplay EQ is lighter than the E8 3.0.
However, this surface is still relatively easy to scratch, and the bottom is also easy to leave traces of use, so I still hope that after Beoplay EQ is officially released, someone will make a simple protective cover. Otherwise, it is still very uncomfortable to see scratches on the metal shell.
Although it was promoted under the name "B&O's first TWS+ headset that supports active noise reduction", as a product that was supposed to be released in April 2021, Beoplay EQ can still keep up with current mainstream products.
In terms of wireless transmission, Beoplay EQ is equipped with a chip that supports Bluetooth 5.2, and supports TWS+ and aptX Adaptive.
Beoplay EQ, which supports TWS+, also supports a single-sided mode, and it is quite convenient to switch between modes.
However, when switching from one side to two sides, and just taking out the headphone box and starting the two-ear connection, or just starting to play sound, our Beoplay EQ will respond slowly, occasionally it can be obvious Feel the response delay.
This may also be a problem with the new firmware at this stage, or B&O can fix it through a firmware update later.
While aptX Adaptive can realize self-adaption in transmission. When playing music, the headset can be switched to support 24bit 96kHz Hi-Res lossless audio playback mode. When playing games, it can also be switched to low-latency mode to ensure sound and picture Synchronize.
In fact, Beoplay EQ's connection is also doing well.
Whether in an office with more equipment or when walking outdoors, Beoplay EQ can basically maintain a stable connection. Encountered areas with high interference may be stuck, but you can recover as long as you get out of the area.
If you use Beoplay EQ to watch the video, there will be no significant delay in the headset, which is also standard for current true wireless headsets.
When playing games, we tried "The Original God", which is not demanding on sound. The performance of Beoplay EQ is also OK, and there is no obvious delay in the daily operation interface and battle interface.
Even if it is replaced by FPS mobile games with higher sound requirements such as "Call of Duty" or "Peace Elite", the performance of Beoplay EQ can satisfy the renewal.
In terms of noise reduction, Beoplay EQ is equipped with a front and rear dual feedback microphone design. Compared with the previous noise reduction mode that only had an outer microphone, the dual feedback microphone can obtain more information, which can make the noise reduction output more suitable for the live environment.
In addition, Beoplay EQ also uses a body design that enhances the sound insulation effect to further enhance the noise reduction effect.
However, the noise reduction performance of Beoplay EQ is not too outstanding.
The official has not announced the specific noise reduction depth of Beoplay EQ, but from the actual experience, the headset is good for suppressing mechanical noise such as fans and air conditioners, and the noise of the mechanical keyboard can barely cope. But in the face of vocals and high-frequency noise, Beoplay EQ's performance is not very strong.
The performance of Beoplay EQ is okay in the originally relatively quiet scenes such as in the office. But if you go outdoors, Beoplay EQ's noise reduction function is not too strong. It's really good to play with your own music, but if you just make a pure noise reduction tool to improve concentration, then the noise reduction output of Beoplay EQ is still a bit stressful.
In the same way, the ambient sound mode of Beoplay EQ does not have a high sense of presence in the default state. When you switch to the ambient sound mode when listening to a song, it is also difficult to hear the effect of ambient sound. If you want to hear clearly at this time, the fastest way to pause the music without removing the phone, or just take off the headphones.
As for the noise reduction of the call, Beoplay EQ still does a good job.
This time, Beoplay EQ's microphones have been increased from 4 to 6 before, and directional sound wave integration technology has also been added, and the call quality should be improved.
Although we don't have a comparable B&O E8 3.0, we can also know from experience that Beoplay EQ's call reception is not bad. If you have to answer the phone while walking outdoors, Beoplay EQ can also hear the wearer's words clearly, and it feels good to use.
Functionally, Beoplay EQ, which focuses on noise reduction and sound playback, does not provide too many functions.
Bang & Olufsen app can control song playback, switch noise reduction mode and adjust the equalizer of sound output. After all, B&O is not a brand that focuses on AI or multi-function integration, and it is not surprising that there is such a clean app.
On the contrary, for users who want simple use, all simple Scandinavian design may be more friendly.
In terms of battery life, Beoplay EQ is a standard 20-hour combination. When noise reduction is turned on for 6.5 hours, 20 hours of battery life can be achieved with a charging box. If noise reduction is not turned on, then 1 to 2 hours of battery life will be added.
The headset also supports fast charging, which can be used for 2 hours after 20 minutes of charging. The emergency of fast charging is actually okay, but the overall battery life is still a little different from the flagship that has been upgraded to 30 hours, but it is basically enough.
In addition, Beoplay EQ with a flat bottom also supports wireless charging. There is also a small indicator on the front of the charging box to check the charging status. With a stand-alone 6.5 hours of use time and charging box power supply, Beoplay EQ actually only needs to be placed on the charging board every night. Charging is enough.
Rich and realistic voice
In terms of sound, Beoplay EQ is equipped with a 6.8mm dynamic unit, which is slightly larger than the 6mm of the recently launched WF-1000XM4.
In terms of transmission, Beoplay EQ that supports aptX Adaptive can achieve up to 24bit 96kHz Hi-Res specification wireless playback, and it is easy to cope with the recently updated Apple Music lossless format.
In terms of hearing, the sound of Beoplay EQ is also mainly to show details.
Whether it is the output of vocals or high-frequency instruments, Beoplay EQ can show it. When faced with high-quality audio sources, we can clearly hear the details of the singer's singing. Those commonly known as "slobbers" will not be ambiguous when Beoplay EQ restores. The plane movement of the sound in the song can also be clearly distinguished, and this kind of positioning is still very clear.
Vocals and musical instruments will not be vague in the background. Although the background sound field is not wide, it does not feel cramped. It's just that the sense of distance between the two is not enough, and perhaps a greater separation would be better.
The low-frequency output is not the strong point of Beoplay EQ. The drum beats have enough strength and flexibility, but the overall low-frequency of the environment of the headset is not too sufficient. When faced with some weak music in this respect, B&O EQ will feel a little jerky in the music. Although it is not outstanding, it is still at the level of baseline testing.
In addition, this situation also limits the sound thickness of Beoplay EQ, and occasionally feels a little thinner. If this can also be optimized, the entire sound performance will be more perfect.
Great progress, more room for progress
Beoplay EQ still gives me the sense of stability and stability, and it is a fairly satisfactory product.
Of course, we can see a lot of progress and upgrade points from it.
If the new wireless chip is added, it will support Bluetooth 5.2 and aptX Adaptive, which are essential for the flagship configuration. You can also see that after the new unit is added, the headset can show such a delicate sound… These are all smooth and may be a bit What the mediocre predecessor did not have is also evidence of Beoplay EQ showing its flagship status.
There is no doubt that, compared with B&O E8 3.0, Beoplay EQ has stronger product power and overall performance is more comprehensive. Whether you want to pick a pair of true wireless headphones in B&O, or as a noise reduction product of B&O, Beoplay EQ has more reasons to recommend it.
At the same time, after experiencing it, I think it has a lot of room for improvement.
For example, further improve the noise reduction effect and increase the depth of noise reduction. The earphone operation can be more enriched, adding a little more playback control and calling the smart assistant function on the basis of simply controlling the playback and pause. Finally, you can optimize the ambient sound mode to make it more natural. At the same time, you can also increase the sense of presence by turning on the mode and lowering the playback volume…
Probably, after these ideas are added up, we can roughly see the embryonic form of Beoplay EQ 2.0.
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