Bang&Olufsen Beoplay E8 3.0 specs: from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz, 5.7 mm driver, 107 dB sensitivity, 16 Ohms impedance, Bluetooth 5.1, SBC + AAC + AptX codecs, adaptive sound via B&O app, omnidirectional microphone, adjustable transparency mode, USB-C, touch interface, up to 7h (35h with case) authonomy, approx. 2h charging time, IP54, 5.8g / 20 oz per earbud, 66.6g case (with earbuds).
With the coming of airpods, now the trend of earphones has changed. More companies and famous brands are competing to create the true wireless earphones which could dominate the market. There are still many brands which are still struggling to get their first true wireless headphone product into the market. However, for Bang & Olufsen, they are introducing their third generation of their wireless earphones, the Beoplay E8 3rd Gen.
It’s been about two years since the brand launched its very first wireless earphones, and since then, they have been developing their products based on customer’s demands. This third generation of their wireless earphones is designed based on the demand of longer battery life, more clarity for phone calls, and more comfort for longer use. So, what makes this product different from the other TWS (true wireless stereo) earphones or from its predecessors? Is this product worth your money and worthy to be one of your TWS collections?
Looking at the appearance, B&O Beoplay E8 3.0 is a bit smaller than the previous generation. Still with capsule-shaped leather-like case with wireless charging support, but it is about 17% smaller than the previous model. Even if it is smaller, it doesn't mean that its performance could be worse than before. In fact, with 5,8g per piece, the weight of each buds could be considered more natural and comfortable to wear. Plus the improved battery life could make you think hard not to miss this powerful mini-sized TWS earbuds. Bang&Olufsen Beoplay E8 3rd Gen boasts its 35 hours battery life, an estimation of 7 hours of usage and 3 times full charge from the case. This is almost doubling the 2nd Gen, which is 4 hours playback and plus three times full charge which makes it a total of 16 hours playback time before you need to recharge.
Bang&Olufsen Beoplay E8 3rd Gen - soundAnother noticeable improvement is that Beoplay E8 3.0 is doubling the number of microphones used in each earbuds. With four microphones in use, Bang & Olufsen applying the beamforming technology to ensure clearer and more distinguished voice while performing calls. The additional mics aren't just for outgoing calls. Now it is more convenient for this third gen TWS earbuds to perform Transparency mode. It allows you to pick up your surrounding sounds briefly just with a simple tap on the earbuds. Plus the Bluetooth 5.1 technology that is applied in this product, they ensure less connectivity issues while their support for ACC and aptX codecs makes you enjoy high quality sound with prolonged battery life.
Those are all about the technology you can enjoy from this 3rd Gen product, but how about sound quality? There are some questions about the decrease in sound quality because of its smaller build, however, Bang & Olufsen will prove it wrong with this product. The Bang&Olufsen Beoplay E8 3rd Gen has an acoustic bass chamber with newly designed bass port which allows air flows in and out flexibly. This design allows the earbuds to produce more powerful and accurate bass output. While trying this product, the precision of each sound is impressive. The balance between the tone and the bass brings out the richness you could never experience in other TWS earbuds brands.
Feeling like the default settings doesn't suit you well? Don't worry because just like the previous gen, the Beoplay E8 3rd Gen also works with B&O app. It allows you to perform equalizer tweak on your earbuds. There are several presets you could choose, from Clear, Commute, Podcast, or Workout. There is also another feature: the TouchTone to tweak the earbuds to perform the sound profile of your preference.
Looking at the price, Beoplay E8 3.0 hasn’t gone up past $350. For most people, this price is still quite reasonable considering the features, design, and the technology packed inside. Other brands which are also popular with TWS earbuds could offer you slightly lower price, but with less play time and features. So, for TWS earbuds with such technology and sound quality, a price tag less than $350, it is considerably reasonable.