The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are wireless gaming headphones designed in collaboration with Xbox. They have built-in Xbox Wireless technology that offers full audio and microphone compatibility with both Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles. They also come with USB and analog cables, which are handy if you want to wire them to your PS4 or PS5 controller. However, the headphones still need to be turned on in order to use them with their TRRS cable. They come with lots of gaming-oriented customization features, including a graphic EQ and channel mixing, both available in Xbox Wireless Connection mode. They also come with active noise cancelling (ANC). However, it offers an only okay performance as it struggles to block out bass-heavy background noises like bus and plane engines.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are adequate for neutral sound. They're lacking some low-bass, so you don't really feel the deep rumble in bass-heavy music. They have a slightly warm sound profile that can muddy vocals and lead instruments, and those same instruments can also sound a bit honky and harsh. That said, when using these headphones in Xbox Wireless Connection mode, you can access a graphic EQ and presets to help customize their sound to your liking.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are satisfactory for commute and travel. These headphones are comfortable enough for long listening sessions, and their great battery performance makes them suitable for long days on the go. However, their ANC feature is just okay, and it really struggles to block out bass-heavy background noises like bus and plane engines. That said, the ANC feature does a better job with higher-frequency sounds, so you don't hear people chatting around you or the hum of AC units.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are decent for sports and fitness, though they aren't really designed for this purpose. They might fall off your ears during more intense workouts, and their over-ear design may make you sweat a bit more than usual. They also aren't very portable, and they don't have an advertised IP rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this. That said, they're comfortable, and their great battery performance makes them suitable for long workout sessions.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are satisfactory for office use. These well-built headphones have a comfortable fit that's suitable for long shifts, and they have a pretty long continuous battery life. Their noise isolation feature does an okay job blocking out background noises, too. They leak a bit of audio, but it sounds pretty thin, so you should be able to listen to music at loud volumes without really bothering your coworkers, unless you work in a very quiet space.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are decent for wireless gaming. These comfortable over-ears have Xbox Wireless built-in, which ensures low audio latency. Their companion software also has a graphic EQ and presets so you can customize their sound to your liking. Although their integrated microphone has an okay recording quality, whoever's on the other end of the line may have some trouble understanding you if you're gaming in a noisy setting.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are satisfactory for wired gaming. They come with a USB and an analog cable, so you can plug them directly into your PlayStation and Xbox consoles for audio and microphone compatibility. They're comfortable enough for long gaming sessions, and their companion app offers lots of gaming-related customization features, including a graphic EQ and channel mixing. That said, when plugged into your Xbox console over USB, you can only charge the headphones, and they don't support audio or microphone compatibility over this connection.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are reasonable for phone calls. Their integrated microphone has an okay recording quality, so while whoever's on the other end of the line can understand you, your voice sounds a bit thin. The mic also struggles to separate your voice from background noises, so it's better suited to taking calls from quiet settings. Also, its noise isolation performance is just okay, so it may be more difficult to hear whoever you're talking to.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are simple, sleek over-ear headphones with a similar design to the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Wireless. They have a high-end design with premium materials. You can purchase them in 'Black', 'Grey', and 'Navy' color variants.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are comfortable. They're lightweight, and they don't clamp too tight on your head, which is nice. However, if you have glasses or long hair, the ear cups may not sit flush against your head. Also, there's a slight creaking noise when you move your head around, which can be annoying.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have great controls. You can tap either ear cup twice to play/pause your audio or mute the mic while you're on a call or gaming. The left slider lets you adjust ANC and Talk-Through while in Bluetooth mode, and it controls channel mixing when in Xbox Wireless Connection mode. You can also swipe the right slider to adjust the volume. The controls are responsive and easy-to-use; however, they can sometimes accidentally register a command. There's audible feedback for most commands, but there aren't any voice prompts. All of the beeps are the same, so it can be hard to know which feature you've adjusted.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are decently breathable. These over-ear headphones trap some heat under the ear cups, so they probably aren't ideal for physical activity. However, they aren't designed to wear to the gym, and they shouldn't make you sweat more than usual if you wear them while gaming.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal aren't very portable. Their over-ear design is big and bulky, and you can't fold them into a more compact format. On the upside, you can swivel the ear cups to lay them flat to help fit them into your bag.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have an impressive build quality. They're made of a mix of aluminum, with leather and fabric padding and polymer and rubber materials. The cable is silicone, which seems solid. These materials feel quite premium and durable, but there's a slight creaking noise when you move your head, which can be a bit annoying. Also, like most gaming headphones, they don't have an advertised IP rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are adequately stable. They should stay on your ears during casual gaming sessions. However, they aren't really designed to wear during your workouts, and they may fall off with higher-intensity head shakes.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have a somewhat warm sound profile out-of-the-box. They lack a bit of low bass, so sound effects aren't very thumpy or rumbly. However, they're also a bit boomy, which can slightly muddy vocals and lead instruments. Those same instruments can also sound a bit honky and harsh due to the overemphasized high-mid and low-treble ranges. When using these headphones via Xbox Wireless, you can access a five-band graphic EQ and presets to help customize their sound. On Bluetooth mode, there are some EQ presets available, too.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have fair frequency response consistency. Their treble delivery is inconsistent, so they may sound a bit different depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. You have to readjust them on your head to get consistent treble delivery each time you use them.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have reasonable bass accuracy. They struggle to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in action-packed scenes. However, there's a slight overemphasis in the high-bass, which adds warmth and boom to the mix, although some listeners may find that it sounds a bit muddy.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have great mid accuracy. The range is quite flat and balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are present in the mix, though they can be a bit muddy due to the overemphasized low-mids. The peak in the high-mids can also make these instruments honky and harsh at times.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have decent treble accuracy. The overemphasized low-treble makes vocals and lead instruments harsh and painful. Sibilants like S and T sounds may also be a bit dull. However, these headphones have an inconsistent treble delivery, and these results represent the average of our tests, so your experience may differ.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have fair peaks and dips performance. The low bass is a bit uneven, so it lacks some deep rumble, but you can also alternately feel an extra thump in the mix. The peak in the high-bass to low-mid ranges adds a boomy quality that can muddy vocals and lead instruments. The dip in the mid-mid nudges those same instruments towards the back of the mix, while the peak in the high-mid and low-treble makes them sound honky, harsh, and piercing. There's also a slight peak in the mid-treble that can make sibilants like S and T sounds piercing.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have a decent imaging performance. While most of the weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, the peaks in the bass range may indicate loose bass reproduction. Also, our test unit's L/R drivers have some phase mismatch, so there may be some inaccuracies in stereo image reproduction at certain frequencies. That said, amplitude and frequency are well-matched, so objects should be mostly accurately placed and localized within the stereo image. Our results are only valid for our test unit, so your real-world experience may vary.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have a disappointing passive soundstage performance. The soundstage is perceived to be large but not very open or natural. Audio seems like it's coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed all around you.
These headphones have a Dolby Atmos virtual surround feature, though we don't test its performance. To access it, you have to register your headset in the B&O app and then link your headset to the Dolby Access app.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have a decent WHD performance. There are some peaks in the bass and treble ranges at normal listening volumes, though this can be hard to hear with real-life content. However, most frequencies fall within good limits, resulting in mostly clear and pure audio reproduction.
These are the settings we used to test the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal. Our results are only valid when using these settings.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have an okay noise isolation performance. With their ANC feature turned on, they still struggle to block out bass-heavy background noises like bus and plane engines. They perform better with higher-frequency ambient sound, like chatter from people nearby and the hum of AC units. However, they isolate against more high-pitched background noises passively than with their ANC feature turned on, which is a bit disappointing.
Note: We tested these headphones via Xbox Wireless and Bluetooth, and our noise isolation results were the same. We also confirmed the results with subjective listening.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have a satisfactory leakage performance. Even at higher volumes, the amount of audio leakage is below the noise floor of an average office. You can listen to music at loud volumes without really bothering people nearby unless you're in a very quiet setting like a library.
The integrated microphone has an adequate recording quality. Your voice sounds natural and understandable to teammates on the other end of the line while you game, but it can also sound a bit thin.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal's mic has an okay noise handling performance. It struggles to separate your voice from background noises, even if you're in a moderately noisy environment. These headphones are better suited for taking phone calls from quiet settings.
Update 05/10/2021: Thanks to user feedback, we have updated the results of the 'Passive Playback' test from 'Yes' to 'No'. Even though they can be used wired with their 3.5mm TRRS cable, they have to be powered on otherwise, they won't work. As a result, the scoring of this box has changed.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have a good battery performance. With Xbox Wireless, Bluetooth, and ANC turned on, these headphones last for over eleven hours off a single charge. They're advertised to last 24 hours with just Bluetooth and ANC turned on, but we don't test for this. They also have an auto-off feature that shuts them off after fifteen minutes without activity to help conserve battery life, which is handy. Battery life can vary depending on usage, so your real-world experience may vary.
The Beoplay app is amazing. On Bluetooth mode, you can use the app to control playback, volume, and the ANC feature, and also access some EQ presets to help you customize their sound. On Xbox Wireless mode, you can adjust the volume, the ANC, channel mixing, and also access a five-band graphic EQ with presets to help you customize their sound.
Update 06/10/2021: Due to user feedback, we have retested multi-device pairing. These headphones can connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time. However, they can't connect to one or two Bluetooth devices while also being connected to your Xbox console or PC. You can use the app to easily switch between one Bluetooth connection and Xbox, but you won't be able to have both connections simultaneously. You can still use two Bluetooth devices for audio and calls at the same time, though. We have updated our review to better reflect these results.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal have great Bluetooth connectivity. They support multi-device pairing, which is handy if you like to switch between your laptop and smartphone's audio, but you won't be able to connect to a Bluetooth device and your PC or Xbox console at the same time. Also, they have low latency with iOS and Android devices, making them suitable for watching videos. However, their latency with PCs is a bit high, and even though they support multiple codecs, including aptX HD, they don't offer a much better latency performance than SBC. As a result, PC gamers may notice some delay between their audio and their video. That said, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal support Xbox Wireless technology, which offers low latency for gaming.
Update 06/11/2021: We have changed USB Audio to 'USB Type A' to reflect the source port instead of the headphones' port. When using their USB cable, the USB-A connector can be connected to any device with a USB-A port. We also changed Connection to '1/8" TRRS' in order to prioritize their analog connection instead of USB. The scoring of this box hasn't changed.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal come with a 4.1-ft 1/8" TRRS audio cable that offers full audio and microphone compatibility with Xbox and PlayStation consoles. They also come with a 5.8-ft USB-A to USB-C cable, which offers audio and microphone compatibility with PlayStation consoles. You can also use this cable to connect to your Xbox One or Xbox Series X console, but it only charges the headphones.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal come with a 1/8" TRRS cable that allows for full audio and microphone compatibility when plugged into your Xbox One or Xbox Series X controller. You can use the touch controls when using this connection too. They also support Xbox Wireless, so you can wirelessly connect them to both consoles. You can also connect them to your Xbox consoles via USB, but this just charges the headphones, and they stay connected to the console via Xbox Wireless.
Update 06/01/2021: We incorrectly listed the Base/Dock type as 'No Base/Dock'. We have corrected this to 'Wireless Built-in' and updated our review.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal don't have a base or dock. However, they have Xbox Wireless built-in.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are available in three different color variants: 'Black', 'Navy', and 'Grey'. We expect the color variants to perform similarly. We tested the 'Black' variant, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.
If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are over-ear headphones with a gaming-oriented design. They offer built-in support for Xbox Wireless Technology, and their low latency and robust selection of customization features make them ideal for gaming. They also have an ANC feature, which is uncommon in gaming headphones. While it doesn't perform as well as that of the JBL Quantum 800 Wireless, it still offers better noise isolation than most gaming-oriented headphones.
Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Beats Solo Pro Wireless or the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal. The Beats have a more stable fit, a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, and a better noise isolation performance. Their continuous battery life is also longer. However, some users may prefer the gaming-oriented design of the Bang & Olufsen, which are more comfortable and have a better microphone performance. They're more customizable thanks to their graphic EQ and presets, and you can use them with Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are better headphones than the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal. The Sony are more comfortable and stable, and they have a better noise isolation performance. Their continuous battery life is also longer. However, if you're looking for gaming-oriented headphones, you may prefer the Bang & Olufsen. They support Xbox Wireless, and they offer full audio and microphone compatibility with Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
The SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal. The SteelSeries have a more stable fit and a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. Also, their microphone performs better, and they have longer continuous battery life. However, the Bang & Olufsen offers better noise isolation and lower latency over Xbox Wireless. Also, they come with cables that you can plug into your PlayStation or Xbox controllers for full audio and microphone compatibility, although you have to turn the headphones on to use the TRRS cable. In comparison, the SteelSeries' analog cable only offers audio support.
Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal or the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019. Thanks to their closed-back design, the Bang & Olufsen have better noise isolation and leakage performances. Also, you can use them wirelessly via Bluetooth or Xbox Wireless. However, the Astro are better for wired gaming, as they're more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, and better microphone performance. Also, their open-back design helps create a better passive soundstage.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are better headphones than the Xbox Wireless Headset. The Bang & Olufsen are better built, and they have a better noise isolation performance. Also, their default sound profile isn't as bass-heavy as the Xbox. That said, the Xbox's microphone has a better recording quality, and they have a longer continuous battery life.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are better headphones than the Logitech G433 Gaming Headset. The Bang & Olufsen are better-built, and you can use them wirelessly thanks to their Bluetooth and Xbox Wireless connectivity options. They also have better noise isolation and leakage performances. That said, the Logitech has a better microphone performance, and their out-of-the-box sound profile is more neutral.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are more versatile headphones than the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox. The Bang & Olufsen offer better noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature, and the included audio cables offer full audio and microphone compatibility when plugged into PlayStation and Xbox controllers, although the headphones need to be turned on in order to use their TRRS cable. However, the Razer have a better microphone performance and a longer continuous battery life.