Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Mar 20, 2019 at 10:39 am
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019 Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
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.

Our Verdict

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.

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

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.

5.6 Wired Gaming
6.6 Phone Call
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 7.9 Commute/Travel
  • 8.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.1 Office
  • 5.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.6 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Call
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

Design
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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 Cancelling 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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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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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

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-1.54 db
Treble Amount
0.48 db
9.0
Sound
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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.15 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
-2.28 dB
Mid-Bass
-2.85 dB
High-Bass
0.92 dB

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.

8.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.11 dB
Low-Mid
3.3 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.38 dB
High-Mid
0.19 dB

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.

7.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.34 dB
Low-Treble
-2.12 dB
Mid-Treble
4.21 dB
High-Treble
1.04 dB

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.

6.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.36 db
Dips
1.48 db
8.8
Sound
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
Sound
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
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.222
WHD @ 100
0.092
Isolation
7.9
Isolation
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
Isolation
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.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
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
Microphone
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
Microphone
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.

Active Features
6.3
Active Features
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
Active Features
App Support
App Name Bang & Olufsen
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS 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.

Connectivity
7.0
Connectivity
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
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
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.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
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.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

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

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless and Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019 are very similar headphones, even in design. They look and perform quite similarly in most of our tests. However, the Bang & Olufsen are significantly more comfortable and have slightly longer battery life, with a useful auto-off timer. On the other side, the Sennheiser have a better wireless range, support lower latency codecs, and offer a better EQ.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless 2018

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019 is slightly better than their previous model, but won’t be worth the upgrade if you already purchased the first version. 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. Other than that, the two models are pretty much identical.

Bang & Olufsen E8 3.0 True Wireless

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019 are the previous generation of the E8 lineup. While similar, the 2.0 feel more comfortable and isolate background noise better than the 3.0. Their case feels more stable too and is less likely to open on its own. On the flip side, the 3.0 have an increased battery life and their case also includes one more charge.

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019 are better truly wireless headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free. The Bang & Olufsen 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 Bang & Olufsen 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 Bang & Olufsen. The Bose also have a better-balanced sound out of the box, which may not even require an EQ for most tracks.

Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019 are a better truly wireless headset than the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017. The Bang & Olufsen have a more isolating in-ear fit that also translate into a better bass range thanks to the better seal they create in your ear. The Bang & Olufsen also have a customizable sound and better app support than the Apple, even on iOS devices. The Bang & Olufsen also have a better control scheme that gives you all the essential functions, whereas the Apple rely heavily on voice-enabled controls, which is not always practical. On the other hand, the Apple have longer cumulative battery life at 25+ hours compared to the Bang & Olufsen’s 15 hours at best. The Apple have a more reliable wireless connection with greater range and better latency than the Bang & Olufsen, especially on iOS devices.

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