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Reviewed on Jan 23, 2018

B&O PLAY Beoplay H6 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.6
Mixed Usage
7.5
Critical Listening
6.2
Commute/Travel
6.3
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
6.0
TV
6.8
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Beoplay H6 2nd Generation are a pair of great-looking headphones with a lightweight yet durable design. They have an above-average sound and a comfortable design for critical listening but no active features, which make them feel somewhat lacking for their price range. They also won't be the best headphones to commute with since they barely block enough noise for public transit. On the upside, they're versatile enough for most use cases.

Test Results
Design 7.1
Sound 7.4
Isolation 6.2
Microphone 6.5
Active Features 0
Connectivity 5.1
Pros
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Lightweight and sturdy build quality.
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Mediocre noise isolation.
  • A bit leaky at high volumes.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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7.1

Design

The B&O Play H6 are well designed, high-end looking headphones. They have a comfortable fit and a lightweight design that you can wear for hours, provided the relatively small ear cups do not clip the top of your ears. They're stable enough for jogging but won't be the ideal headphones for sports. They have an easy-to-use but slightly unresponsive control scheme and don't fold so they won't be as portable to carry around on your person despite their smaller than average size for an over-ear.

Style

The Beoplay H6 are stylish looking headphones. They have a low profile headband and large circular and relatively flat ear cups. This results in a design that doesn't protrude much once you head. They look and feel premium although they're much lighter than you would expect when picking them up. They also come in a couple of color schemes including an all-black variation if you want a more understated yet high-end look.

8.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.5 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.8 lbs

The Beoplay H6 are surprisingly lightweight and have excellent padding but slightly small ear cups. They do not fit as well on all users which may cause a slight pinch on the top of your ears depending on your ear size. On the upside, they're not too tight and you can wear them for hours without feeling any fatigue.

6.8 Controls
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
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The Beoplay H6 by Bang & Olufsen have a simple control scheme with mediocre-at-best feedback. They provide the basics; call/music, track-skipping, and volume controls. Unfortunately, the buttons do not provide a satisfying click once pushed.

6.3 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 6 C
6.3 Portability
L : 7.5 "
W : 8 "
H : 1.2 "
Volume : 72 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The Beoplay H6 are on the smaller side for over-ear headphones but unfortunately do not fold to save space. The ear cups lay flat which may come in handy in some situations but they're a bit cumbersome to carry around on your person, especially without a bag. Unfortunately, they also do not come with a case which is a bit disappointing considering their premium appeal and price range.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
8.0 Build Quality

The B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H6 headphones have a sturdy and lightweight aluminum frame and quality materials for the padding. The ear cups are a good mix of metal and plastic that will withstand a couple of accidental drops without getting damaged. They're better-build and feel more premium than the Nad VISO HP50. The audio cable is also replaceable if it wears over time. However, they have relatively thin hinges that may loosen over time and are the most susceptible weak points of the H6 premium design.

6.5 Stability

The B&O Play H6 are decently stable headphones but won't be ideal for working out. They stay put during casual listening sessions and are even stable enough to jog with. Also, the audio cable will detach if it's hooked on something. Unfortunately, they will slide off your head during more strenuous exercises.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.1 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

The Beoplay H6 come with two cables. A 1/8" TRRS-TRRS with inline controls and a simple 1/8" TRS-TRS audio cable.

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7.4

Sound

The Beoplay H6 2nd Generation are a decent sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a powerful and deep bass, a neutral mid-range, good imaging, low distortion, but an average treble that lacks a bit of detail and presence. Also, their bass delivery may vary slightly depending on the positioning and user's head shape/size, and like most other closed-back headphones, they don't have an open and spacious soundstage.

8.4 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.36 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
3.29 dB
Mid-Bass
:
1.84 dB
High-Bass
:
-1.26 dB

Very good bass range performance for the B&O Play H6. Low-frequency extension is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass, which is responsible for low-end thump and rumble is over our target by 3dB, adding excess thump which some may like. Mid-bass is flat but overemphasized by about a dB which is barely noticeable. The dip in high-bass would have a small negative effect on the fullness of vocals/leads.

8.6 Mid
Std. Err.
:
1.85 dB
Low-Mid
:
-1.64 dB
Mid-Mid
:
1.14 dB
High-Mid
:
1.56 dB

Excellent mid-range performance for the Beoplay H6. The response is virtually flat from 400Hz up to 2KHz, which is great. The dip around 250Hz slightly thins out the vocals/leads, but it won't be noticeable to most.

6.4 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.75 dB
Low-Treble
:
-2.03 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-1.46 dB
High-Treble
:
-2.7 dB

Average treble range performance for the Beoplay H6. The wide 10dB dip centered around 5KHz, negatively affects the presence and detail of vocals/leads. The 5dB peak at 9KHz could make the S and T sounds (sibilances) slightly sharp.

6.9 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.65 dB

Decent frequency response consistency. The H6 shows 5dB of variance at 20Hz across our five human subjects. This amount of variance will be unnoticeable to the majority of the users. In the treble range, the B&O Play H6 also shows 5dB of variance below 10KHz, meaning the perceived brightness of these headphones could vary slightly depending on their positioning on the user's head.

8.4 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.22
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.39
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.55
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
6.2
5.6 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
3.96 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.47 dB
PRTF Distance
:
8.99 dB
Openness
:
4.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.9
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB
7.7 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.801
Weighted THD @ 100
:
2.925

Good harmonic distortion performance for the Beoplay H6. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is low. However, there is a rise in the total harmonic distortion as the volume increases, while remaining within good limits.

6.2

Isolation

The B&O Play H6 only passively isolate against ambient noise. They create a fairly decent seal around your ears that block some high-frequency noise but they won't be ideal for public transit or to use while commuting in loud environments. They will easily let the rumbling sounds of a train or bus seep into your audio. They also leak a little at higher volumes but should be okay to listen in relatively quiet surroundings at moderate levels.

6.0 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-12.16 dB
Bass
:
1.1 dB
Mid
:
-12.59 dB
Treble
:
-26.33 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 dB

Mediocre isolation performance. Like most other over-ear headphones that don't have active noise cancellation, the Beoplay H6 doesn't isolate in the bass range. However, they achieve 13dB of isolation in the mid-range, and 26dB of isolation in the treble range, both values being decent.

6.6 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
41.7 dB

Average leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage sits between 1KHz and 6KHz, which is a moderately broad range. However, the overall level of leakage is not very loud.

6.5

Microphone

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

Average microphone quality. Speech recorded with the microphone of the B&O Play H6 will sound noticeably thin and slightly muffled, but easily comprehensible. Additionally, their noise handling performance is below-average making them unsuitable for environments louder than a busy street.

6.7 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
479.46 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
1.62 dB
HFE
:
5915.41 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.398
Gain
:
23.67 dB

Decent recording quality. The LFE is at about 500Hz, which is quite high, making recorded speech sound thin. Also, with the HFE at 6KHz, recorded speech will be easily comprehensible, yet lacking in presence and detail. The area between LFE and HFE is quite flat, which is good.

6.3 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
15.26 dB

Below-average noise handling. The microphone on the Beoplay H6 achieves a speech-to-noise ratio of 15dB, which is rather mediocre.

0

Active Features

The Beoplay H6 don't have active features.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No active features.

5.1

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
7.8 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
iOS
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Wired connection, negligible latency.

In the box

  • B&O Play H6 Headphones
  • Audio cable
  • Manual

Conclusion

6.6 Mixed Usage

The Beoplay H6 2nd Generation are decent mixed usage headphones. They're best used for critical listening thanks to their above-average sound quality and comfortable listening experience. But they're also lightweight and stable enough to jog with. Unfortunately, they do not block enough noise for very loud environments and they a leak a little at higher volumes.

7.5 Critical Listening

The B&O Play H6 are above-average headphones for critical listening. They have a decently well-balanced frequency response that packs enough bass without drowning the instruments and vocals on any track. They're also lightweight and super comfortable so you can have them on for hours and not feel the fatigue. Unfortunately, their treble range is a little recessed which results in a slight loss of clarity compared to other critical listening headphones. They're also closed-back, so they won't have the most spacious soundstage.

6.2 Commute/Travel

Average for commuting. The Beoplay H6 do not isolate well in loud environments, so they won't be ideal for the level of noise typical on public transits. On the upside, they're comfortable, lightweight and easy to use.

6.3 Sports/Fitness

Average for sports. The Beoplay H6 ae comfortable and easy-to-use they're also stable enough to jog with but won't be ideal for more strenuous exercises. They're also no the most breathable headphones so they will make your ears a little warm during your workouts.

6.4 Office

Average for office use. They have a comfortable design you can wear for hours without getting tired, they also do not leak much at moderate volume levels. However, they don't block a lot of ambient noise for really noisy office environments, and if you listen to your music at high volumes, then they may be audible to the people around you.

6.0 TV

Decent for home theater use. They're super comfortable headphones with a good sound and a low latency wired connection. However, their audio cable is relatively short so they won't have the best range for watching movies comfortably from your couch, unless you have an extension cord.

6.8 Gaming

Decent for gaming. They have a comfortable design and a low latency wired connection. Unfortunately, they lack some of the active features and customization options offered by true gaming headphones. Their microphone performance is also average at best which won't be ideal for multiplayer games.

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