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

Last updated date: May 9, 2019

DWYM Score
7.8

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 100 expert reviews, the Bang & Olufsen Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H8 Wireless On-Ear Headphone with Active Noise Cancelling placed 9th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.7
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
216 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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

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.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 13
2. Sony H900N Headphones
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 3
3. Plantronics BackBeat Fit 2100
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Bose QuietComfort 20
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
5. Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Sennheiser RS 165 RF Wireless Headphone
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
7. HyperX Cloud
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Jabra Elite 65t
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 11
10. Beats Studio 3
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 11
12. Plantronics BackBeat GO 410 Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
13. MEE audio Headphones
Overall Score: 6.6
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On

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.

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, like the Bose QuietComfort 20, have plastic wings that create a stronger seal in your ear canal for a more secure fit.

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, but the total noise cancellation option makes them great for long flights.

Some over-ear headphone models, like the Sony H900N, have active noise cancellation as well as ambient sound modes for different listening scenarios. Other types of over-ear headphones, like the Sennheiser RS 165s, come with a transmitter that connects to your home audio or entertainment system for a more robust digital listening experience.

DYWM Fun Fact

You owe your favorite pair of headphones a salute. The first pair of modern audio headphones were picked up by the U.S. Navy in 1910 after being repeatedly rejected by private sector investors. Mormon inventor and engineer Nathaniel Baldwin invented them on his kitchen table; the Navy’s eventual investment made him a rich man. They ordered 100 pairs and sparked a headphone revolution. Unfortunately, Baldwin never patented them, so the German company Bayerdynamic made some serious cash when they created the first pair for home enjoyment in 1937. Baldwin also wound up bankrupt after using his payout from the Navy to make a less-than-sound investment in the Mormon polygamous movement. Whoops!

The 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 like the Bose QuietComfort 35 have up to 20 hours of battery life per charge.
  • Next up: what activities will you be doing while you wear your headphones? Gym rats will benefit from earbud styles, like the Bose QuietComfort 20. Their cone-shaped silicone tips fit securely in your ears, staying in place during very active sweat sessions. Plus, the inline remote helps 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 like Sony’s H900N Headphones provide premium sound and comfort with active noise cancellation. You can use them wirelessly or plug them in for longer battery life. If your goal is to create a surround-sound home theater experience without disturbing roommates or family members, a pair like Sennheiser’s RS 165 headphones is ideal. They’re also full over-ear headphones with ergonomic ear cups, but their included transmitter creates a stronger connection to home speakers or smart TVs for immersive movie-watching or gaming.
  • 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 days or hot summer nights). 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.