B&O PLAY Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.1
Neutral Listening
7.9
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
7.1
Office
5.7
Wireless Gaming
5.6
Wired Gaming
6.6
Phone Call
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Truly Wireless
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The B&O Play E8 2.0 are premium truly wireless earbuds that are versatile for a variety of everyday use cases. They isolate well, can be used for commuting, and their design is suitable for sports as well. However, they don’t have the best audio reproduction, but it should still be okay for most people. Unfortunately, their latency is higher than the previous model and the overall performance is pretty much the same, which means they won’t be worth the upgrade for most. On the upside, their charging case now supports wireless (Qi) charging, which is the biggest difference between both models.

Pros
  • Wireless charging case.
  • Great isolation performance.
  • Premium build quality and comfortable design.
Cons
  • High latency.
  • Treble-heavy sound.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Isolation 8.4
Microphone 6.2
Active Features 6.3
Connectivity 2.9
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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8.0

Design

The Beoplay E8 2.0 are built pretty much the same as the previous model. These truly wireless earbuds are angled and fit nicely inside the ears, and they come with a few tip options (silicone and foam), to help you find the most comfortable fit. They have the same touch-sensitive control scheme that still has a few flaws, but their buds remain dense and well-built. Their case now supports wireless (Qi) charging, which is a nice addition. Overall, the Beoplay E8 2.0 kept the same high-end look and feel of the previous version and will still be a decent option for a variety of use cases.

Style

The Beoplay E8 2.0 are great-looking headphones that kept the same overall design as the previous model. The earbuds are slightly angled to fit nicely inside the ears and don’t protrude much. They are fairly low-profile, but you can also get them in a few color options: black, natural (which is an all-white bud design with a beige case), limestone, and indigo blue (which is pretty much navy blue).

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Beoplay E8 are comfortable truly wireless in-ears and come with multiple tip options for you to find the best fit. They come with 4 different silicone tip sizes, and you also have a single foam option too, which some may prefer. The earbuds are lightweight, and you barely feel them once they are in your ears. However, they have a typical in-ear design and enter your ear canal. If you find this uncomfortable, you may prefer the earbud-like fit of the Bose SoundSport Free.

7.0 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Ease of use : Okay
Feedback : Mediocre
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
Yes
Additional Buttons : No

The Beoplay E8 2.0 have the same control scheme as their previous model, which has a few flaws. You can manage calls, play/pause your music, skip tracks, and even control the volume, which isn’t always available on truly wireless in-ears. You can also activate an ambient mode and trigger your device’s voice assistant. However, their different controls are a combination of multi-presses and holds, which can easily register as single tap commands such as play/pause or talk-through. There are no tactile or audio prompts to confirm your registered commands, which can be slightly frustrating and will take a bit of time to get used to.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most truly wireless headphones, the Beoplay E8 2.0 are very breathable and won’t trap much heat inside your ears. You shouldn’t notice a big difference in temperature when wearing these headphones and they will not make you sweat more than usual if you use them when working out.

9.5 Portability
L : 1.2 "
W : 1.8 "
H : 0.6 "
Volume : 1.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most truly wireless headphones, these earbuds are very portable and can easily fit inside your pockets or in a bag. They also come with a small, hard charging case that will fit in most pockets as well.

8.0 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 1.7 "
W : 2.6 "
H : 1.1 "
Volume : 4.9 Cu. Inches

The case of the Beoplay E8 2.0 is great and protects the headphones well against physical damage, scratches, and minor water exposure. The case has a high-end feel thanks to its leather coating, and the 2.0 model now has a brushed metallic silver finish inside it, which gives it an even sturdier and more polished look. The case is also compatible with wireless Qi chargers, which is a nice feature.

8.0 Build Quality

The build quality of the Beoplay E8 2.0 is still as great as the previous version. They are practically built the same way with dense plastic, metal, and rubber. The headphones feel well-made and should survive a few accidental drops without too much damage. They have a similar and premium build as the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. Their case is also great, well-built and protects the headphones effectively. The E8 2.0 are among the best-built truly wireless headphones we’ve reviewed so far.

7.5 Stability

The Beoplay E8 2.0 are stable truly wireless in-ears, and you might even find a more stable fit with the different tip options provided. They don’t move much once in your ear, and you should be able to run with them in without a problem. Their small design is also great for the gym, and their wireless design means you won’t have to worry about a cable getting stuck on something and yanking the headphones out of your ears. However, they’re not as stable as other truly wireless headphones with ear-hooks like the JBL Endurance Peak.

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Sound

0 are okay-sounding closed-back in-ears. Their bass is very good, deep, and consistent. They also have a good and well-balanced mid-range. However, their bass lacks a bit of punch and body and the mid-range is a bit muddy and thick-sounding on vocals. Their treble is also sibilant (sharp and piercing on S and T sounds), especially on already bright tracks. That said, they should still satisfy most users since they’re suitable for a wide variety of genres and sound similar to the previous model. You can also somewhat EQ the Beoplay E8 2.0 within their companion app, but we measured the headphones with the ToneTouch EQ set to the center position.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
9.1
Bass-Heavy
:
5.1
Warm
:
3.6
Bright
:
8.3
6.6 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.36 db
Dips
:
1.48 db
9.0 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.21 dB

They have excellent frequency response consistency. If the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

8.8 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.24
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.69
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.25
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.41

They have great imaging. Their weighted group delay is 0.24, which is very good. The graph also shows that the entire group delay is under the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were decently-matched but showed some mismatch in frequency and phase response, which could have a small negative effect on the coherency of the stereo image. However, it doesn’t affect the accurate placement and localization of objects (like voice and footsteps) in the stereo field.

0.5 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
2.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0.6

Like most in-ears, the soundstage of these earbuds is poor. This is because in-ears bypass the pinna (outer ear) and don't interact with it; activating the resonances of the pinna is one of the key factors in creating a speaker-like and out-of-head soundstage. Also, because of their closed-back design, their soundstage tends to be less open than that of open-back headphones.

8.0 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.222
WHD @ 100
:
0.092
8.4

Isolation

The B&O E8 2.0 isolate quite well passively and are even better than some noise-canceling headphones. If you can get a good seal with the provided tips, they prevent a lot of ambient noise from seeping into your audio. They also barely leak, which makes them a suitable option to use on the bus, train, or at work, and you’ll be able to raise your listening volume without disturbing people surrounding you.

7.9 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-22.88 dB
Bass
:
-10.76 dB
Mid
:
-20.73 dB
Treble
:
-38.01 dB

Their noise isolation is decent. In the bass range, where the rumbles of airplane and bus engines sit, they achieve about 11dB of isolation, which is decent. However, for an in-ear without active noise cancelling, this is quite impressive. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve about 21dB of noise isolation, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and A/C noises, they reduce noise by 38dB, which is excellent, but significantly lower than the previous E8 model. However, we believe this to be due to the fit and seal, and the results are still within measurement tolerance. The better fit the user gets, the better the treble isolation will be.

9.5 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
24.36 dB

The leakage performance is excellent. The significant portion of the leakage is concentrated in a narrow band in the treble range. This results in leakage that is very thin sounding. The overall level of the leakage is very quiet too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at around 24dB SPL and peaks at 36dB SPL, which is way below the noise floor of most offices.

6.2

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The integrated mic's performance is mediocre. Speech recorded or transmitted with this microphone will sound quite thin and lacking in detail and presence. However, it will still be relatively easy to understand in quiet environments. In noisy situations, it struggles to separate speech from ambient noise, even in moderately loud places like a busy street.

6.4 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
339.03 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.29 dB
HFE
:
3466.89 Hz
Weighted THD
:
2.884
Gain
:
38.15 dB

The recording quality of the mic is mediocre. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 339Hz suggests recorded/transmitted speech that sounds quite thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.5kHz indicates speech that is intelligible but lacks brightness and airiness.

6.0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
11.71 dB

The noise handling of the integrated microphone is mediocre. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 12dB, suggesting it is best suited for quiet environments and may struggle to separate speech from background noise in moderately loud environments.

6.3

Active Features

The Beoplay E8 2.0 have a decent battery life for truly wireless headphones and are compatible with a new B&O app, but it still feel as though they're lacking in features. The earbuds provide over 4 hours of playback on a single charge and the case holds 3 additional charges. They won’t be ideal for listening to music all day long, though, since you’ll need to take breaks to charge them. The app lacks a proper EQ but still lets you slightly customize the sound of the headphones with presets, and also provides access to transparency mode control and an in-app player.

6.3 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
4.5 hrs
Additional Charges
:
3
Total Battery Life
:
18 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.2 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : USB-C

The battery of the Beoplay E8 offers about 4.5 hours of continuous playback, which is about average for truly wireless headphones. They also have an auto-off timer to save some power if you forget to turn them off without putting them back in their case. They also take just above an hour to charge, which is better than the advertised 2-hour charge time. Their charging case holds about 3 additional charges, and you can also use a Qi wireless charger with the case, which is a new addition with this model.

6.5 App Support
App Name : Bang & Olufsen
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
Presets
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : No
Room effects
:
Yes
Playback control
:
Yes
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

The new Bang & Olufsen app is a nice-looking app, but it still lacks a few features. You have access to the ToneTouch EQ which acts as a quadrant EQ where you can move your selector between the warm, excited, relaxed, and bright quadrants. Since you don’t have control over specific frequencies, we don’t consider this to be an actual EQ since it functions more like presets. You also get an in-app player, battery information, and you can enable transparency mode.

2.9

Connectivity

The Beoplay E8 2.0 are straightforward Bluetooth truly wireless headphones. They don’t have a wired connection, but their wireless range is pretty good. They won’t be ideal for watching videos and gaming, since they have slightly high latency, but they will be acceptable for most use cases if you keep your phone near you. B&O also seemed to have fixed the issues with connection drops that some people experienced with the previous model, which is good.

7.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.2
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No
Line of Sight Range
:
136 ft
Default Latency
:
256 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

These earbuds, like most truly wireless headphones, only connect to other devices via Bluetooth. They don’t support simultaneous multi-device pairing nor NFC. Their pairing procedure is slightly simpler than the previous model. Now, you only have to press and hold the right earbud (instead of both) for 5 seconds until the LED indicator turns blue. Unfortunately, there's not much feedback, like a distinct auditory chime, to let you know when you're in pairing mode. On the upside, they do remember the last paired device when you turn the earbuds on, so if you're not often switching between Bluetooth sources, they should be fine.

These earbuds have slightly higher than average Bluetooth latency, and it is quite a bit higher than the previous model. You might notice a delay when watching video content, but some devices and apps offer some sort of compensation, which means you might not notice it as much.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A
Wired Latency
:
N/A

These headphones don’t have an audio cable or a wired connection. If you want decent-sounding and stable in-ears with a wired connection, we would suggest the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
No
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
2.2 Base/Dock
Type
:
Charging Case
USB Input
:
No
Line In
:
No
Line Out
:
No
Optical Input
:
No
RCA Input
:
No
Dock Charging
:
Yes
Power Supply
:
USB-C

Their case acts as a charging dock that provides 3 additional charges for the headphones. It doesn’t have any inputs, but you can use a wireless Qi charger to power up the case, similar to the Altec Lansing True Evo, which is a nice addition to the previous E8 headphones' case. Also, the case now supports USB-C charging, which is a nice upgrade from the micro-USB charging case of the original E8 model.

In the box

  • B&O PLAY E8 2.0 earbuds
  • 4 silicone tip sizes
  • 1 foam tip size
  • Charging case
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Beoplay E8 2.0 are a slight upgrade over the previous model and set themselves apart with their high-end and premium feel and their new wireless charging case. However, their audio reproduction isn’t on par with some cheaper models, which is disappointing. We suggest taking a look at our picks for best truly wireless earbuds, the best Bluetooth earbuds, and the best earbuds and in-ears.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless and B&O PLAY E8 2.0 are very similar headphones, even in design. They have the same style and perform quite similarly in most of our tests. However, the E8 are significantly more comfortable and have slightly longer battery life, with a useful auto-off timer. On the other side, the Sennheisers have better wireless range, support lower latency codecs, and offer a better EQ.

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The B&O PLAY E8 2.0 are better truly wireless headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free. The E8 have a more compact and premium looking design than the Bose. They also have a smaller case that's easier to carry around and a better control scheme, although it can be a little confusing at first. The E8 also have a customizable sound thanks to their app support, better isolation than the Bose due to their closed-back in-ear fit, and a slightly better battery performance with a faster charge time. On the other hand, the Bose have an earbud fit that some will find more comfortable than the fit of the E8. The Bose also have a better-balanced sound out of the box, which may not even require an EQ for most tracks.

B&O PLAY Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless 2018
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The B&O PLAY E8 2.0 is slightly better than their previous mode, but won’t be worth the upgrade if you already purchased the first model. Their case now supports wireless charging, and their treble range is slightly more accurate but is still very sibilant. However, the 2.0 model now has significantly higher latency than the first B&O PLAY E8 variant. Other than that, the two models are pretty much identical.

Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The B&O PLAY E8 2.0 are a better truly wireless headset than the Apple AirPods. The E8 have a more isolating in-ear fit that also translates into a better bass range thanks to the better seal they create in your ear. The E8 also have a customizable sound and better app support than the Apple AirPods, even on iOS devices. They also have a better control scheme that gives you all the essential functions, whereas the AirPods rely heavily on voice-enabled controls which is not always practical. On the other hand, the AirPods have longer cumulative battery life at 25+ hours compared to the E8’s 15 hours at best. The AirPods also have a more reliable wireless connection with greater range and better latency than the E8, especially on iOS devices.

7.3 Mixed Usage

Satisfactory for mixed usage. The Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0 are high-end truly wireless earbuds that have an okay audio reproduction but great isolation performance, which is good for commuting and to use at the office. Their design is breathable and very portable, making them a great option for sports as well. Unfortunately, like most Bluetooth headphones, they aren’t the best for watching TV due to their latency, and their microphone is sub-par and won’t be suitable for online gaming.

7.1 Neutral Listening

Decent for neutral listening. Their bass is very good, deep, and consistent. They also have a good and well-balanced mid-range. However, their bass lacks a bit of punch and body and the mid-range is a bit muddy and thick-sounding on vocals. Their treble is also sibilant (sharp and piercing on S and T sounds), especially on already bright tracks. You can slightly EQ their sound with the ToneTouch feature in their app, but the in-ear fit might not be ideal for long listening sessions.

7.9 Commute/Travel

Good for commuting. The Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0 block a lot of noise and do a surprisingly decent job at passively isolating against lower-frequency noises, like engine rumbles, making them a good option to use on the bus. Also, their truly wireless design is easy to carry around and their battery life should last you long enough for your daily commute, but will more than likely need charging during long flights.

8.2 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. Like most truly wireless earbuds, the design of the Beoplay E8 2.0 is portable, breathable, and fairly stable. You won’t sweat more than usual when wearing these, and they shouldn’t pop out of your ears if you run with them. However, they don’t have an official IP rating like most sports headphones do, and some might prefer an ear-hook design, or fins, for added stability.

7.1 Office

Decent for the office. They do a good job at isolating against noises in high frequencies like ambient chatter and A/C noises, which is great at the office. However, you won’t be able to use them continuously throughout the day as you’ll need to take a break to charge them at least once. Also, while they’re comfortable, in-ears might not be ideal to wear for very long periods of time. On the upside, they barely leak so you won’t bother colleagues when playing audio at higher volumes.

5.7 Wireless Gaming

Poor for gaming. Their latency is way too high for gaming, and their microphone performance is mediocre and won’t be suited for this use case. Also, they aren’t as customizable as other gaming headphones, and the in-ear fit isn’t great for long gaming sessions.

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