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B&O's H8 wireless headphone

If you're familiar with the H6, you know what to expect in terms of design. B&O carried over the aesthetics from the older model, save for some new color options. The stitched headband returns, as do the leather-wrapped earpads and metallic construction from the wired edition. In fact, the switch from silver to gold in some places is one of the only visual differences between the H8's and my trusty H6's. The earcups still rotate, allowing the set of lie flat on a desk or in a bag. It also means that the edge of the earcups won't graze your chin if you need to wear them around your neck for a spell.

As on several other wireless headphones we've seen recently, B&O built touch controls into the right earcup for volume and play/pause adjustments. Tweaking the volume requires a circular motion rather than a vertical swipe, which I found a bit tricky at first. Once I got the hang of it, though, I didn't encounter any ongoing issues. The power/pairing slider button is on the edge of the right earcup as well, positioned at the back so that you can easily flip the switch with your thumb. It's a similar location to that of Samsung's Level On Wireless headphones, and as I said with those, it's really the best spot.

Finally, on the bottom of the right earcup you'll find both the USB port for charging and a headphone jack for when the headset's battery runs out. And speaking of battery life, I used these for a few hours every day and found myself having to charge 'em up about once a week. That's with both Bluetooth and active noise cancellation turned on. B&O promises up to 14 hours of playback before needing to recharge, and I saw no indication that the H8 couldn't match that claim. Of course, you can expect a boost if you turn either of those features off while listening.

There is one major design change that I haven't mentioned yet: The H8's are on-ear. I prefer the feel of over-ear headphones to the on-ear variety, so, to me, the H8's aren't nearly as comfortable as the H6's. Sure, it's mostly a matter of personal preference, but I think they just feel better, especially after lengthy listening sessions. I do have to give B&O credit for some skillful design; the H8's could have been a lot heavier due to the addition of those wireless components. You can definitely tell the difference between the two, but the increase isn't significant, so you won't feel any extra heft after more than a few minutes. The H8's are still quite comfy, but for my ears, they're just not as lovely as the H6's.


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