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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Beoplay E8 2.0 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.
They have a very good bass. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, suggesting a deep bass. However, low-bass is underemphasized by a bit more than 2dB, indicating that the thump and rumbles of EDM, hip-hop, and film scores will be balanced but slightly lacking in intensity. Mid-bass, which is occupied by the body of bass guitars and punch of kick drums, lacks by about 3dB. High-bass shows a 1dB bump that continues into the mid-range; this adds a bit of boominess to the sound. Overall, the bass is well-extended, but lacks a bit of body and punch and could sound slightly boomy.
The mid-range performance is also very good. The 3dB bump in low-mid, which is the continuation of the overemphasis in high-bass, makes mixes a bit muddy and cluttered, and vocals a bit thick-sounding. On the upside, mid-mid and high-mid, where the upper harmonics of vocals and leads sit, are quite flat and within 1dB of our target response, which is great.
The treble performance of the Beoplay E8 2.0 is decent. Low-treble is fairly flat, even, and follows our target curve well. However, there is a noticeable overemphasis on frequencies beyond 5kHz which will make sibilants (S and T sounds) be sharp and piercing, especially on already bright tracks. However, not everyone will hear this as intensely as others.
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.
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.
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.
Their harmonic distortion performance is good. In the bass range, they show little harmonic distortion, regardless of the level, which is great. This suggests that they may be able to take a good amount of EQ boost in the bass range before distorting. Their THD in the treble range, however, is a bit elevated, making those frequencies a bit harsh and brittle sounding, but on the upside, there are no jumps or peaks in THD under heavier loads, which is good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
While the obstructed range of the Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0 didn’t change much from the first model, the direct line of sight range nearly doubled, which is good. You shouldn’t have any trouble when keeping your source near you or directly on you. We didn’t experience any connection drops like we did with the previous model. However, wireless range is dependent on your device’s signal strength and many other factors, so you might experience different results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.