Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H8 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Last updated date: June 23, 2020

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7.8

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H8 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless On-Ear Headphones

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We looked at the top Headphones and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Headphones you should buy.

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 155 expert reviews, the Bang & Olufsen Wireless On-Ear Headphones placed 22nd when we looked at the top 25 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Cut the cord and move wherever the music takes you with the high-quality immersive listening experience of Beoplay H8 wireless headphones. Bang & Olufsen’s Signature Sound remains perfectly balanced and uncompromised when paired with your favorite Bluetooth device, whether you’re listening to music or talking on the phone. Choose when (and if) you want to let the sound of the city in with advanced active noise cancellation (ANC) designed for serious music lovers. Enjoy the freedom and control of an intuitive touch interface that lets you easily adjust volume, switch tracks, answer calls, and more with the touch, or swipe, of a finger. The Beoplay app lets you customize your listening experience via your smartphone or Apple watch to ensure you can enjoy music the way the artists intended. With a battery life of 14 hours when Bluetooth and ANC are enabled; 16 hours as Bluetooth headphones; and up to 35 hours with just ANC enabled, these hardworking wireless headphones are ready to take the show on the road with you. Designed by Jakob Wagner, these chic headphones possess an honest, authentic charm you can feel in their clean lines and premium materials. Carefully sun-polished and anodized aluminum, soft lambskin, and rich high-quality cow leather start out looking chic and only get better with age as their patina develops.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.7
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.0
216 user reviews

What experts liked

It features active noise canceling, touch controls in the right earcup and a replaceable rechargeable battery that delivers an ample 14 hours of battery life with Bluetooth and noise canceling turned on.
- CNET
Noise cancelling is so effective (it did the job silencing descending planes and office chit-chat) we find ourselves reaching for it on nearly every occasion.
- What HiFi
February 22, 2016 | Full review
It has comfy ear cups.
- Tech Spot
The real treat from the H8 is the active noise-cancelling technology. Unlike many competitors where wind can cause a "tearing" sound, the H8 doesn't suffer from such an issue.
- Pocket-lint
June 8, 2015 | Full review
Top notch audio quality from a well known brand in the industry of sound. Rechargable up to 13 hours playtime.
- BestReviews
When cord connected they have medium sensitivity regardless of whether the noise canceling feature is turned on or off, so they can provide satisfying volume levels when used with home audio equipment and all but the lowest powered portable audio devices.
- Consumer Reports
The controls are intuitive and easy to master within a few minutes.
- Mashable
Good gesture motion controls.
- Headphones Compared

What experts didn't like

The on-ear design isn't as comfortable as some over-ear designs and the sound isn't quite as open as we would have liked.
- CNET
Treble doesn’t let the side down, with shakers and cymbal strikes biting and defined. It’s bass that proves their weak spot.
- What HiFi
February 22, 2016 | Full review
Gesture controls don't work when headphones are wired.
- Tech Spot
Resonant interference when walking not ideal.
- Pocket-lint
June 8, 2015 | Full review
Expensive. Some reports of Bluetooth issues and other quirks.
- BestReviews
We found that these headphones produce a moderate sense of pressure on the ears. The ear pads might feel hot and/or sticky after prolonged use.
- Consumer Reports
No way to turn off active noise-cancellation when connected through cable.
- Mashable
Rumbles when you walk and heel hits the pavement.
- Headphones Compared

Our Expert Consultant

Calvin West   
Music and video producer

Calvin West, a music and video producer, recorded his first album at 19 and has been in the music business since. Currently based in Spain, where he has worked with artists and labels around the world providing services in music mixing, mastering and lyric video production.

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An Overview On Headphones

Headphones are huge right now. Music fans, gaming buffs and podcast aficionados spent more than $9.5 billion dollars on them in 2016, and that number is projected to balloon to $13.8 billion in the next seven years.

There are multiple styles of headphones. Earbuds, on-ear and over-ear headphones are the three most popular types, and they’re all available in wired and wireless versions. If you’re intimidated by the number of options you’re seeing online or in the electronics aisle, there are a number of ways to narrow down the choices and find the best headphones for your needs.

“The most important factor to consider when shopping for headphones is the environment it’s going to be used in,” says music and video producer Calvin West.

Will you use the headphones at the gym, at home or on the train? If you’ll be outdoors a lot, or wearing the headphones on the bus while you commute to work, consider headphones with noise-canceling properties, West suggests.

Earbuds, or in-ear headphones, sit just inside your ear canal. Soft silicone tips fit snugly inside your ears, and some models come with different sizes for a customized fit. Other models have secure-fit tips that create a stronger seal in your ear canal so they stay put.

Earbuds are available in standard wired versions, wireless versions (which connect around the back of your neck with a small wire but do not need to connect to your device with a wire), and true wireless versions where both earbuds operate independently with no wires at all.

On-ear headphones, which are sometimes called supra-aural headphones, are larger, with soft ear cups made from real or synthetic leather. They sit on top of your ears and allow more sound in while you’re listening, which makes them great for times when you want to listen to music without completely canceling out surrounding sounds. They’re also more lightweight and portable than heftier, full-coverage over-ear headphones.

Over-ear headphones enclose your entire ear in soft ear cups. They’re the largest headphone option, and they boast advanced features like noise cancellation and higher sound quality than other types of headphones. They’re great for wearing indoors while you’re focused on work, playing video games or enjoying high-definition sound on your smart TV. They tend to be a bit bulky to take with you when you’re commuting or traveling, but the total noise cancellation option makes them great for long flights.

Some over-ear headphone models have active noise cancellation as well as ambient sound modes for different listening scenarios. Other types of over-ear headphones come with a transmitter that connects to your home audio or entertainment system for a more robust digital listening experience.

The Headphones Buying Guide

  • If you’re picking out new headphones, the first order of business is choosing between wired and wireless. Wired headphones are generally more reliable, since they don’t rely on a Bluetooth connection to connect you to your music, but wireless technology is quickly catching up. You can get more bang for your buck in terms of sound quality with wired headphones, too, and you’ll never have to worry about your wired headphones running out of battery. However, the freedom of wireless headphones outweighs their downsides for many people, and high-end styles have up to 20 hours of battery life per charge.
  • Next up: What activities will you be doing while you wear your headphones? Gym-goers will benefit from earbud styles. Their cone-shaped silicone tips fit securely in your ears, staying in place during active sweat sessions. Plus, the in-line mic and volume control help you answer calls or switch songs without fumbling with your phone. If you’re relying on headphones to help you focus while working from home or enjoying your favorite music, a pair of plush over-ear headphones can provide premium sound and comfort with active noise cancellation.
  • How portable do you need your headphones to be? Earbuds are lightweight and fit into a purse, pocket or briefcase, but wireless and true wireless versions are easier to lose. If you’re not planning on taking your headphones far from home, on-ear or over-ear options make more sense; you can enjoy their superior sound quality without worrying about hefting them around.
  • If you’re going to drop your hard-earned cash on headphones, you’ll want to take steps to care for them to keep the music playing. Wired headphones need cable care; you’ll want to wind up the cable and secure it with a twist tie or velcro rope while not in use. Make sure you don’t leave your headphones in areas where it becomes extremely hot or cold (like inside your car during chilly winter nights or hot summer days). Those temperatures can damage the internal audio components.
  • Keeping your headphones clean also contributes to their life span. Earbud-style headphones need special attention since wax buildup can affect sound quality and hygiene. Removing the silicone ear tips, rinsing them with warm water, and drying them with a soft cloth should be part of their regular maintenance. All types of headphones should be wiped with a damp, clean cloth and dried if they’re exposed to excessive sweat or moisture. Make sure to keep your charging port clear of crumbs and debris for reliable charging, and store on-ear and over-ear headphones in a hard case when they’re not in use.