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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ True Wireless Headphones w/ ANC (2021)

MSRP 399 USDNEX score 77%

Product Overview

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ are the flagship true wireless headphones in B&O's current lineup. They uniquely feature adaptive active noise cancellation and carry more refined details compared to other Beoplay true wireless options.
The Beoplay EQ are driven by 6.8mm dynamic drivers, one in each earbud. These larger drivers (compared to the E8) consumer more power, as does ANC. B&O has endowed each earbud with a larger, 85mAh battery to address this, achieving 7.5 hours of playback without ANC.
The charging case of the Beoplay EQ has a slim profile. The price for this is smaller battery capacity. Still, B&O has managed to keep wireless charging capability (Qi), and the charging case can quick-charge the earphones.
Other plus points of the Beoplay EQ include Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and six built-in microphones (for ANC + talk).

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Adaptive noise cancelling
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score** 77%
Pros
  • Great battery life
  • Great app options
  • Gorgeous design
  • Excellent active noise cancellation
  • Gorgeous, rich, and detailed sound
Cons
  • No voice-control
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as good as some
  • Bass performance falls short of Apple’s AirPods Pro
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Case

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery Capacity
85 mAh per earbud
CaseBattery Capacity
340 mAh
Colors
Black Anthracite, Sand Gold, Nordic Ice
Drivers
Electro-dynamic, 6.8mm diameter
Form Factor
True wireless, in-ear headphones
Material
Hard anodized Aluminum + Polymer + Silicone
Microphone
6 x MEMS, omni-directional (beam directional for speech)

Dimensions

Size | Depth
27 mm
CaseSize | Depth
40 mm
Size | Height
22 mm
CaseSize | Height
26 mm
Size | Width
24 mm
CaseSize | Width
77 mm
Weight
8 g
CaseWeight
50 g

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
SBC, AAC codec, aptX™ Adaptive
Fast Charging
20 minutes gives approximately 2 hours playback
Noise Cancellation
Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation
Weather Resistance
IP54
Wireless Charging
Qi

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 6.5 hours ANC on / 7.5 hours ANC off / 20 hours with charging case
Charging Time
1.5 hours
CaseCharging Time
1.4 hours via USB-C / 1.5 hours Qi Wireless
Frequency Response
20Hz ~ 20kHz
Impedance
17 ohms
Sensitivity
107dB ±3dB

Production

Debut
2021

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

t3[1]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 sound just as good (and I slightly prefer their audio profile overall), though the noise cancellation and battery are weaker. The active noise cancellation is pretty good in most casts – this is one area where it beats the competition at the same price. They have some foibles in their fit and controls, but nothing that's a dealbreaker, and the audio quality is like a velvet blanket to wrap yourself up in.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent active noise cancellation
  • Great battery life
  • Great app options
Cons
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as good as some

techhive[2]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from techhive have found the following***:
The Beoplay EQ did a wonderful job rendering a lush, intimate presentation. With transparency mode active, human voices were oh-so slightly recessed. If you buy this headphone, learn how to twist and lock the buds into your ears. It might not be the absolute best in every category, but it renders it worthy of consideration.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, rich, and detailed sound
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Bass performance falls short of Apple’s AirPods Pro

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ use a pair of electrodynamic 6.8mm full-range drivers. Wireless connectivity is via Bluetooth 5.2. There are a total of six mics across the pair of earbuds, which deal with call quality and active noise-cancellation. Control is available via the exemplary B&O Sound control app, as well as by touch using the big, responsive capacitive surface on each earbud.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Well-defined mid-range
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • No voice-control

User Reviews

References

2. ^ Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ review: B&O's best true wireless headphone. techhive. 2021-09-13 Retrieved 2021-10-22.
3. ^ Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ review. techradar. 2021-10-13 Retrieved 2021-10-22.

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