Overall score: 85/100
Tested: July 2020
- Type: on-ear
- Battery life: Up to 19 hours
- Noise cancelling: No
- Accessories included: Charging cable, audio cable
- Location of in-line controls: On ear-cup
Available from: amazon.co.uk
What is it?
The Bang & Oulfsen Beoplay H4 2nd generation are an excellent-sounding pair of wireless on-ear headphones. They look good too, and will last for up to 19 hours between charges. Comfortable to wear, they even come with a 3.5mm audio cable so you can use them when the battery is dead.
GHI expert verdict
These headphones have it all – style, comfort and high quality sound – but they are expensive. The battery lasts well and the app lets you tweak the sound to suit your preferences.
During testing, we were impressed by how good these headphones sounded. They offer the right balance of treble and bass and can go extremely loud without distortion if needed. They’re comfortable to wear for long periods of time too, and we also found it was easy to pause, play and skip tracks, as well as take calls from the buttons on the right ear cup.
We love the addition of the voice assistant button on the left ear cup. This can be used to summon your built-in voice assistant, but really comes into its own when used with Google Assistant, as one press can give you an audible run down of any notifications you have.
The headphones aren’t suitable for exercise as they slip forward when jogging and the music doesn’t stop playing when they’re removed.
- Ease of use: 3.5/5
- Design: 3.5/5
- Instructions: 3.5/5
- Performance: 4.8/5
How we test
We test the sound quality of headphones by listening to everything from Rock and Pop to Jazz, Classical and even Electronic Dance music. We evaluate the battery life of the headphones and the time they take to charge, as well as how comfortable they are both when sitting still and when walking about.
We assess any noise-cancelling technology where available, and test the ability to make and take phone calls , as well as how easy it is to play, pause and skip tracks using the controls.
All product information provided by the manufacturer is correct at time of publication.
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