When launching a new pair of truly wireless headphones, the first question now would probably be, “Does it have active noise cancellation?” This feature has become a must-have for OEMs producing audio devices and has now made its way to smaller headphones. The good news is that the technology has evolved enough that truly wireless headphones can carry this feature, as we’ve seen in recent product launches. Bang & Olufsen’s new Beoplay EQ is the latest to have what they call adaptive active noise cancellation.
B&O is of course one of the most popular audio brands out there, but Beoplay EQ is their first ANC TWS headphones. It uses six microphones and an ANC DSP to bring this feature to its premium-looking sleek product. When you double tap the buttons on the left earbud, ANC turns on or if you prefer to let the sound through, another double tap will activate Transparency mode. You get a seamless wireless experience with aptX adaptive and Bluetooth 5.2.
You should be able to get 6.5 hours of playtime with ANC and 20 hours without it, but that already includes the charging case. Just charge it for 20 minutes with its fast charge feature and you should get 2 more hours of playtime. It also supports the Qi wireless charging standard. Meanwhile, the charging case is made of space-grade aluminum that you can easily fit in your pocket. Meanwhile, setting it up is easy for Android devices and it is also compatible with Microsoft Swift Pair.
The headphones are IP54 water and dust resistant, so they can cope with the sweat and splashes of water that you may encounter while wearing them. It also has interchangeable ear pads, so you get passive noise cancellation too. Because it is ergonomically designed, B&O says it can be for all-day use, as well as for commutes and other long-term uses. It matches the “luxurious but functional” design of B&O products.
The Beoplay EQ in Black Anthracite is now available in China and Japan and then on August 19 for the rest of the world. The Sand Gold Tone variant will also be available globally online and in B&O stores starting August 19. They are priced at $ 399, which is even more expensive than the Apple AirPods Pro.