Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless 2018 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Updated Mar 06, 2018 at 05:47 pm
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless 2018 Picture
Mixed Usage
Neutral Sound
Wireless Gaming
Wired Gaming
Phone Call
These headphones were replaced by the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Beoplay E8 are decent mixed-usage truly wireless in-ears, with a great design. They look and feel like premium headphones and have a durable build quality that's compact and stable enough for sports. They also have a comfortable in-ear fit that isolates better than some noise canceling headphones. Unfortunately, they can sound a bit sharp, and their control scheme takes a bit of time to get used to.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The B&O Play E8 are above-average truly wireless in-ears for mixed usage. They're great for sports and commuting thanks to their compact, stable design and surprisingly good passive isolation. They're also sufficiently comfortable for an in-ear and barely leak even at high volumes. Unfortunately, they have a bit too much latency for gaming and watching movies although they perform much better than other truly wireless designs. Pairing and their control scheme can also be somewhat of a hassle at times. On the upside, they have a decent, customizable sound that's a bit sharp but should be good enough for casual listening.

  • High-end and durable build quality.
  • Compact and comfortable design.
  • Great isolation performance.
  • Relatively high latency.
  • Treble-heavy sound.
6.8 Neutral Sound

Decent for neutral listening. They have a well-balanced bass and mid-range but a relatively sharp treble reproduction. You can somewhat improve their frequency response with the Beoplay app but they won't sound as balanced as some of the other truly wireless headphones we've tested. Also, due to their closed in-ear design, they have a poor soundstage and won't be the ideal headphones for more neutral listeners.

7.9 Commute/Travel

Good for commuting. They're very portable and passively isolate against ambient noise better than some noise canceling headphones. Their control scheme can be a bit tricky to use at times but their decently comfortable design and relatively long battery life should be enough for most trips.

8.2 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. They're stable and compact truly wireless headphones with a decently comfortable in-ear fit. They're very portable and come with a charging case that doesn't add too much bulk. Unfortunately, their control scheme is not as responsive and they come with 4 tip sizes including foam tips but no stability fins so they may not be ideal for all ear sizes.

7.1 Office

Above-average for office use. They isolate well and barely leak even at high volumes. This makes them suitable to use in a lively or quiet office environment. Their battery life might not be ideal for long continuous listening sessions at the office but should be good enough for most use cases.

5.6 Wireless Gaming

Below-average for gaming. They have a mediocre-at-best microphone and a bit too much latency for gaming. Their companion app is also not as customizable as most gaming-oriented software.

5.5 Wired Gaming
6.6 Phone Call
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Neutral Sound
  • 7.9 Commute/Travel
  • 8.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.1 Office
  • 5.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.5 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Call
  1. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.


Test Results


The BeoPlay E8 have a great-looking premium design. They do not stick out of your ears like the Apple AirPods or the Bose SoundSport Free. The materials used in their build quality feels high-end and durable. The earbuds are slightly angled to fit better within the contours of your ears and they also come in a couple of color schemes that stand out a bit more than the one we reviewed. However, the all white and all black variants are only available through the Beoplay website for now.

Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These are decently comfortable truly wireless in-ears that come with multiple tip sizes. They have 4 silicone tips and a pair of memory foam comply tips that help you get a good and secure fit. The earbuds are also lightweight, and since they're truly wireless, there is no cable pulling on the buds which makes them less noticeable once in your ears. Unfortunately, since they have a fairly typical in-ear fit, unlike the Bose SoundSport Free, they do put a bit of pressure within your ear canal which may not be as comfortable for all users. If you're not a big fan of in-ear designs, you may have some of the same issues with the Beoplay E8.

OS Compatibility
Ease Of Use Okay
Feedback Mediocre
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Additional Buttons No

They have a decent control scheme with a lot of functionality, but the touch-sensitive inputs can take a bit of time to get used to. They provide; call/music, track skipping and volume controls, as well as an ambient mode that you can quickly enable by tapping the left earbud. The rest of the controls are a combination of holds or multiple taps which can be slightly finicky at times. The volume controls especially are a bit of a hit or miss. You have to press and hold either the right earbud for volume up or the left for volume down. Unfortunately, since the touch-sensitive pads are not always responsive and there is no clear auditory feedback when turning up the volume, it can be a little frustrating.

Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most of the truly wireless in-ears/earbuds (such as the Sony WF-SP700N), these are very breathable headphones. They're compact and do not cover the ears which barely causes a temperature difference when exercising or working out. They do trap a little bit of heat in the ear canal, but it's negligible and will not make you sweat more than usual even during more intense work out routines.

L 1.2 "
W 1.8 "
H 0.6 "
Volume 1.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

Like the Jabra Elite Sport and most truly wireless headphones, these earbuds are very compact and easy to carry around on your person. They will easily fit into most pockets and the earbuds are a lot smaller than the Bose SoundSport Free. Their charging case is also fairly portable and does not stick out of your pocket like the Jaybird Run's or the SoundSport Free's charging case.

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

These headphones come with a decently sturdy hard case that is fairly portable. It will shield the headphones from impacts and drops and has a decently high-end feel thanks to the leather coating. It's also more compact than some of the other truly wireless headsets we've tested so far like the Jaybird Run and the Bose Soundsport Free although it's quite a bit bigger than the Apple AirPods and does not have the metal finish of the Sony WF-1000X although it is much more portable.

Build Quality

These earbuds like the more recent E8 2.0 have a great build quality for a truly wireless design that feels and looks premium. They're made out of a durable combination of plastic, rubber and metal which feels high-end and sturdy enough to not get damaged by a couple of accidental drops. The case is also decently durable and should shield the headphones from impacts and drops fairly well. It has a textured leather coating which makes it a bit less slippery and feels a bit more premium than the Jaybird Run's case. However, the hinge feels fairly weak and the case cover is fairly thin. Overall, the E8 have a good build quality and are one of the more premium truly wireless earbuds we've tested only matched by the Momentum True Wireless.


These are stable truly wireless in-ears and come with multiple tip sizes to help you find a good fit. The lightweight design does not move much once in your ears and should be stable enough for running and exercising. However, they do not have as many tips as the Jaybird Run so they may not be the ideal headphones for sports for all users and do not have any stability fins. The earbuds are shaped to fit well within the contours of your ears but they do slip out from time to time and do not feel as stable as some of the other truly wireless designed we've tested so far.

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In The Box

  • B&O Play E8 Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x5 sizes)
  • Charging case
  • USB charging cable

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.41 db
Treble Amount
-0.33 db
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.13 dB

They have excellent frequency response consistency. If the user is able to 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.

Raw Frequency Response
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.84 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
-0.76 dB
-2.54 dB
0.92 dB

They have a very good bass. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, suggesting a deep bass. Accordingly, low-bass is underemphasized by only 1dB, indicating a balanced production of thumps and rumbles common to EDM, Hip-hop, and film scores. 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 and thumpy, but lacks a bit of body and punch, and could sound slightly boomy.

Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.18 dB
3.22 dB
-0.42 dB
0.93 dB

The mid-range is very good. The 3dB bump in low-mid, which is the continuation of the high-bass overemphasis makes mixes a bit muddy and cluttered, and vocals a bit thick sounding. Additionally, mid-mid and high-mid, where the upper harmonics of vocals and leads sit, are quite flat and within 1dB of our target response.

Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.0 dB
-3.78 dB
3.93 dB
0.19 dB

The treble performance is mediocre. Low-treble is under our target by about 4dB. This negatively affects the detail and presence of vocals and lead instruments. Conversely, mid-treble is overemphasized by about 4dB, suggesting a lot of sibilance (sharp and piercing S and Ts).

2.71 db
1.82 db
Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
Weighted Phase Mismatch

They have great imaging. Their weighted group delay is 0.16, 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. But it wouldn't affect the accurate placement and localization of objects (like voice and footsteps) in the stereo field.

PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
PRTF Size (Avg.)
PRTF Distance
Acoustic Space Excitation

Like most other 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, while 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.

Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
WHD @ 100
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-25.53 dB
-11.12 dB
-19.4 dB
-46.58 dB

The isolation is good. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they achieve about 11dB of isolation which is above-average. However, for an in-ear without active noise-cancelling, this is quite impressive and similar to the X3, the Run, and BeatsX. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve more than 19dB of noise isolation, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they reduce noise by more than 46dB, which is excellent.

Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
22.4 dB

The leakage performance is outstanding. It is concentrated entirely in the treble range, and at a very low level. Practically, their leakage is non-existent, unless you are blasting your music in a very quiet environment.

Microphone Style
Detachable Boom

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

Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
339.03 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.46 dB
3466.89 Hz
Weighted THD
37.3 dB

The recording quality of the mic is mediocre. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 340Hz suggests a recorded/transmitted speech that sounds quite thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.5KHz indicates a speech that is intelligible but lacks brightness and airiness. Additionally, the area between LFE and HFE is captured decently.

Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
12.39 dB

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

Active Features
Active Features
Battery Type
Continuous Battery Life
4.1 hrs
Additional Charges
Total Battery Life
12.3 hrs
Charge Time
1.2 hrs
Power Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Passive Playback
Charging Port micro-USB

They have a decent battery life at 4.1 hours of continuous playback and up to 12 hours thanks to the additional 8 hours provided by the case. You can check how many charges are left in the case with the two led indicators next to the USB port. They also charge fairly quickly at 1.2 hours for the earbuds and 2.5 hours for the earbuds and the case. It's not the best battery life but should be sufficient for most use cases unless you have very long continuous listening sessions.

Active Features
App Support
App Name Beoplay
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS N/A
Windows N/A
ANC Control
Mic Control No
Room effects
Playback Control
Button Mapping N/A
Surround Sound N/A

The Beoplay app looks good but lacks a few features. It provides a transparency switch with a couple of options for how much ambient noise is fed into the headphones. It also has a preset equalizer that makes a difference to the sound profile but isn't as customizable as the Jaybird MySound App. Overall it's a decently useful app but it could use a bit more customization options.

Bluetooth Version
Multi-Device Pairing
NFC Pairing
Line of Sight Range
82 ft
Default Latency
190 ms
aptX Latency
aptX(LL) Latency

These earbuds, like most truly wireless headphones, only connect to other devices via Bluetooth. They do not have simultaneous multi-device pairing and do not support NFC. Their pairing procedure is also a bit tricky as you have to press and hold both earbuds for 5 seconds until the led indicator turns blue. Unfortunately, there's not much feedback or a distinct auditory chime to let you know 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 a decent latency compared to other truly wireless designs. They have a bit too much latency for comfortably watching videos without any sync issues but compared to the SoundSport Free and Sony WF-1000X they perform a lot better which makes them about average for most Bluetooth headphones.

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

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

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
PC / PS4 Wired USB
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Xbox One Wired USB
Xbox One Wireless
Charging Case
USB Input
Line In
Line Out
Optical Input
RCA Input
Dock Charging
Power Supply

They come with a charging case that provides an additional 8 hours of battery life but has no inputs.

Compared To Other Headphones

Comparison picture

The Beoplay E8 are compact truly wireless in-ears with a premium design. They're well built and decently comfortable and block a lot of noise passively. They also come with a great charging case that provides an additional 8 hours of battery life, which makes them decent enough for most uses cases. Unfortunately, they're quite expensive for a performance on par or sometimes worse than the competing models below. See our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best sounding wireless earbuds, and the best wireless earbuds.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless and Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless 2018 are very similar headphones, even in design. They have the same style 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 few more features like a talk-through function on the earbuds.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019

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.

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless 2018 are a better truly wireless headset than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. 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 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 prefer over 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.

Jaybird Run Truly Wireless

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless 2018 are a slightly better truly wireless headset than the Jaybird Run Truly Wireless. The Bang & Olufsen have a sleeker, more premium-looking design, and a better isolation performance with their in-ear fit. They also have a smaller and more portable charging case and better default controls than the Jaybird. On the other hand, the Jaybird have a slightly more stable design for sports thanks to the multiple wingtip sizes for different ears. They also have a more customizable app support that gives them a better control over their sound profile than the Bang & Olufsen.

Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless 2018 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 translates 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 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 also have a more reliable wireless connection with greater range and better latency than the Bang & Olufsen, especially on iOS devices.

Sony WF-1000X Truly Wireless

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless 2018 are a slightly better truly wireless headset than the Sony WF-1000X Truly Wireless. The Bang & Olufsen have a more compact and portable design and a better charging case. The Bang & Olufsen also have a better latency and a more balanced default sound that you can customize thanks to the Bang & Olufsen app. They also isolate a little better than the Sony, despite not being noise cancelling. On the other hand, since the Sony have ANC, they do a bit better against low-frequency noise like the rumbling sounds of an engine.

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