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The Beoplay EX are true wi-fi earbuds that look beautiful, really feel safe and light-weight within the ears and ship a crisp and balanced sound. You may get extra highly effective noise cancellation for much less with rival earbuds, however then, if you’d like one thing inexpensive, Bang and Olufsen isn’t for you.

Execs

  • Gorgeous glass contact panels
  • Crisp name high quality
  • Balanced and customisable sound

Cons

  • Costly
  • ANC might be stronger
  • No voice assistant button

Availability

  • UKRRP: £349
  • USARRP: $399
  • EuropeRRP: €399

  • B&O’s first stem type earbudsThat includes tempered glass contact panels

  • Energetic noise cancellationAdaptive ANC and a transparency mode

  • Bang and Olufsen appWith 5 listening mode presets and customisable EQ

  • 20 hours complete battery life6 hours with ANC on or 8 hours with ANC off

Introduction

Premium Danish audio model Bang & Olufsen brings forth its newest true wi-fi creation within the Beoplay EX. 

Don’t be fooled by the EX in its title, B&O’s newest earphones aren’t to be left behind prior to now like a nasty relationship, they’re a step in a special route the place design is anxious, with one of many principal variations between it and the Beoplay EQ is the light-weight, stem-shaped design and tempered glass contact panels. 

The Beoplay EX additionally pack bigger drivers and the next water resistance score, coming in at an ever-so-slightly cheaper price than the EQ. 

Design

  • The earbuds function a stem design with a reflective contact panel 
  • The ear suggestions provide a snug and safe match 
  • They’re water and dirt resistant as much as IP57 

The Beoplay EX visually stand out from the Beoplay EQ and the Beoplay E8 Sport as a result of their Apple AirPod imitating stem design. I personally favor the looks of spherical or oval-shaped earbuds, however its laborious to disclaim that the Beoplay EX look beautiful. 

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX angle

The matte tail on every earbud contrasts with a brushed aluminium ring that circles a tempered glass contact pad. Inside every contact pad is a mirrored “B&O” panel that appears to shift in color when mild beams onto it. The glass is vulnerable to selecting up fingerprints, however smudges are powerful to identify on the extremely reflective panel until you’re up shut and searching for them. 

The earbuds are available three finishes: Gold Tone, Black Anthracite and Anthracite Oxygen, the blue shade seen on this overview.

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX ear tips

The EX include 5 pairs of ear suggestions in sizes XS, S, M and L, together with B&O’s Comply suggestions, that are designed to sit down tight within the ears while you work out. I used the usual ear suggestions and located them very comfy and safe within the ears, irrespective of now a lot I moved round.

The earbuds even have a mud and water resistance score of IP57, that means they are often immersed in as much as one metre of water for as much as half-hour. This implies you’ll get the identical safety towards sweat and rain because the fitness-focussed Beoplay E8 Sport. 

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX case

The wi-fi charging case feels simply as premium because the earbuds. It has a reassuring quantity of weight to it at 53g, however its nonetheless pocket-sized and has a matte end that feels cool to the contact and doesn’t decide up smudges.

Options 

  • ANC is respectable however not 100% efficient 
  • You possibly can transfer between presets and modify EQ within the B&O app 
  • The earbuds provide 6 to eight hours of battery life, relying on whether or not ANC is switched on 

The Beoplay EX benefit from each lively noise cancellation and a transparency mode, permitting them to restrict and increase environmental noise as wanted. 

I put the earbuds to the check on my morning commute and located the ANC did an respectable job of suppressing the hum of the air-con and the chatter of passengers. I might nonetheless make out the low rumble of the tube and the bulletins overhead have been distinct sufficient to make out, which is to say the noise cancellation didn’t suppress every thing. A pair of over-ears could be more practical, however the Beoplay EX did a stable job of decreasing distractions. 

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX with case

The transparency mode made practice bulletins and visitors considerably clearer, together with the adaptive ANC toggle within the B&O app. This function is designed to observe and adapt to ambient sound as wanted. Whereas I discovered it did a good job nearly all of the time, it was sluggish to react to loud noises and I discovered it ceaselessly let in ambient sounds that the usual ANC setting would block out. 

Together with permitting you to regulate the ANC and transparency mode settings in your cellphone, the Bang and Olufsen app additionally helps you to monitor battery life, management playback, modify your name settings and toggle between 5 listening modes: Optimum (default), Sport, Commute, Clear and Podcast. 

Bang and Olufsen EX app

There’s additionally the Beosonic function, which lets you modify the EQ by leaning towards completely different traits relying in your private preferences. These embody Brilliant, Energetic, Heat and Relaxed, together with various levels of bass and treble. 

Calls sound extremely crisp by means of the Beoplay EX, and there are three mics squeezed into every earbud to make sure your voice is evident on the opposite facet of the road, too. 

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX on case

The contact controls are intuitive, permitting you to cycle by means of the ANC settings, management playback, modify the quantity and decide up calls with the faucet or maintain of a finger. Nonetheless, there’s no shortcut to get up your cellphone’s voice assistant and you’ll’t customise these controls within the app. 

Bang & Olufsen claims the battery is able to lasting as much as six hours with ANC switched on and as much as eight with out noise cancelling. This provides as much as a complete of 20 hours with the charging case included.

I discovered the battery hit the 50% mark round three hours in and the battery lasted 5 hours and 45 minutes in complete with ANC activated, that means the battery lasted about so long as anticipated, if just a little in need of B&O’s declare. 

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX one earbud

5 to 6 hours is pretty customary for a pair of true wi-fi earbuds, although cheaper noise cancellers just like the Sennheiser Momentum True Wi-fi 2, the Jabra Elite 85t and even Apple’s AirPods Professional carry bigger batteries of their instances, providing 25 hours of playback and extra.

The Beoplay EX additionally assist wi-fi charging with any Qi charging pad, together with quick charging assist that’ll help you get one hour and 45 minutes of listening from a fast 20 minute cost.

Sound high quality

  • Function giant 9.2mm drivers 
  • Crisp, balanced and dynamic sound at larger volumes 
  • You possibly can personalise the sound additional within the app 

The Beoplay EX’s sound is pushed by a 9.2mm driver in every earbud. That’s larger than the 6.8mm ones within the Beoplay EQ and far bigger than the 5.7mm drivers within the E8 Sport, making them the most important but. 

The result’s a sound that’s each clear and balanced, and may be customised additional with the B&O app. 

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX earbuds

PS5 by Salem Ilese is impressively crisp and the vocals are filled with element and nuance. The tonal steadiness between the highs and lows sounds extremely pure, and the stereo picture paints a transparent sense of location for every instrument. 

The sound is dynamic too, although you’ll have to push the quantity previous halfway to get a very punchy impact. Nonetheless, the soundstage can really feel cramped – one thing that’s significantly noticeable when all of the components layer up within the bridge. 

I discovered the bass leaned towards the hotter facet within the default Optimum listening mode, as may be heard in Rapstar by Polo G, although you’ll be able to modify this to your liking within the B&O app. 

Like PS5, the hip hop monitor is crisp and dynamic from the guitar solo within the intro to the drums that leap in in the course of the first verse. Vocals sound significantly refined by means of these earbuds and the general presentation is balanced and complex, if a bit reserved at extra middling volumes.

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Must you purchase it?

You desire a premium pair of all-rounders The Beoplay EX mix a high-end design, with customisable audio and respectable ANC.

You need an inexpensive pair of noise cancellers You don’t have to splash out to get an excellent pair of earbuds. Bose, Sony and even Urbanista all promote true wi-fi noise cancellers for lower than this – and that isn’t even going into the sub-£100 pairs that provide the function.

Remaining Ideas

The Beoplay EX provide a delicate step up for Bang and Olufsen’s true wi-fi line, with their larger drivers, improved IP score and new design. 

The audio is crisp and balanced, the decision high quality is crystal clear and the customisable options within the app are helpful. The ANC and transparency mode do a stable job of decreasing ambient noise and letting it in as wanted, however the noise cancelling impact isn’t as robust as different pairs. 

The earbuds are additionally very costly. Should you’re searching for a premium pair that sound nice and block out most annoyances, these earbuds can be proper up your alley. If you need extra, nevertheless, you may get stronger ANC for much less.

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FAQs

Do the Beoplay EX have noise cancelling?

The Beoplay EX function adaptive ANC and a transparency mode.

How lengthy is the battery life on the Beoplay EX?

The Beoplay EX have a battery lifetime of 6 hours with ANC on, 8 hours with it off and as much as 20 hours with the charging case included.

What colors are the Beoplay EX obtainable in?

The Beoplay EX can be found in Anthracite Oxygen (blue), Gold Tone (gold) and Black Anthracite (black).

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ANC

ANC (Energetic Noise Cancellation) makes use of an array of microphones in a headphone to detect the frequency of the sound coming on the listener, with the ANC chip creating an inverse wave (i.e. opposing sound) to suppress any undesirable exterior noises.

Qi Wi-fi Charging

 

The most typical format for wi-fi charging and the one supported by nearly all of gadgets. Cost speeds range quite a bit by the cellphone. 

IP score

An abbreviation for ‘Ingress Safety Code’, which helps you to know to what extent a tool may be waterproof or dustproof.