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.
- Good audio reproduction.
- Lightweight and sturdy build quality.
- Comfortable fit.
- Mediocre noise isolation.
- A bit leaky at high volumes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 100% SpNR
Below-average noise handling. The microphone on the Beoplay H6 achieves a speech-to-noise ratio of 15dB, which is rather mediocre.
The Beoplay H6 don't have active features.
No active features.
- 10% Bluetooth
- 32% Wired
- 10% Base/Dock
- 22% Wireless Range
- 25% Latency
- 79% Multi-Device Pairing
- 20% NFC
- 0% PS4 Compatible
- 0% Xbox One Compatible
- 13% Analog
- 9% USB
- 26% PS4 Compatible
- 26% Xbox One Compatible
- 26% PC Compatible
- 4% Optical Input
- 22% Line In
- 4% Line Out
- 22% USB Input
- 4% RCA Input
- 9% PS4 Compatible
- 9% Xbox One Compatible
- 9% PC Compatible
- 2% Power Supply
- 13% Dock Charging
Wired connection, negligible latency.
In the box
- B&O Play H6 Headphones
- Audio cable