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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H6 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Updated Jan 23, 2018 at 03:32 pm
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6.4
Mixed Usage
7.3
Neutral Sound
6.2
Commute/Travel
6.2
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
7.3
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Call
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.

Our Verdict

6.4 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.

Pros
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Lightweight and sturdy build quality.
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Mediocre noise isolation.
  • A bit leaky at high volumes.
7.3 Neutral Sound

The B&O Play H6 are above-average headphones for neutral 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 neutral 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.

6.2 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.

5.5 Wireless 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.

7.3 Wired Gaming
6.4 Phone Call
  • 6.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 6.2 Commute/Travel
  • 6.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.4 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.4 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.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

Test Results

Design
Design
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
Design
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
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
iOS
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
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.

6.4
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 6 C
6.3
Design
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
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
8.0
Design
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
Design
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.

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In The Box

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

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.67 db
Treble Amount
-1.49 db
6.9
Sound
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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
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
Sound
Mid Accuracy
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
Sound
Treble Accuracy
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
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.81 db
Dips
2.12 db
8.4
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.22
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.39
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.55
Weighted Phase Mismatch
6.2
5.7
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.96 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.47 dB
PRTF Distance
8.99 dB
Openness
4.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.2
7.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.237
WHD @ 100
0.169
Isolation
5.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-12.16 dB
Bass
1.1 dB
Mid
-12.59 dB
Treble
-26.33 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
Isolation
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.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
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.

7.0
Microphone
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
Microphone
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.

Active Features
N/A
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
N/A
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
N/A
Charging Port N/A
0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS 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.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
N/A
NFC Pairing
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
Default Latency
N/A
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

Wired connection, negligible latency.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.1 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
0 ms
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

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