Bang & Olufsen describes its new noise-cancelingearbuds as having a new “shape.” And yes, their shape is new for B & O earbuds, but not so new for the rest of us who’ve seen lots of stems like those on the and , just to name a couple. Nevertheless, Bang & Olufsen Beoplay says its “new shape in earphone design” creates space for larger 9.2mm speaker drivers that help deliver “unrivaled sound quality.” The Beoplay EX will be available on May 5 for $399 (£349, AU$650) in Anthracite Oxygen (a graphite color with bluish accents on the earpieces), followed by Gold Tone and then Black Anthracite shades in late May and June, respectively.
I haven’t tried the Beoplay EX yet, but if the performance of the earlierbuds is any indication, these buds should sound quite impressive (they’d better for $399, right?). They also should work better for making voice calls, with three microphones in each earbud and “upgraded call quality,” according to Bang & Olufsen. No word on if the noise-canceling is improved, but the noise canceling on the Beoplay EQ buds is good.
Battery life is rated at 6 hours at moderate volume levels with noise canceling on and there’s an extra 14 hours of juice in the brushed aluminum charging case. The buds have an IP57 water-resistance rating, which makes them waterproof and dust-resistant. They also feature Bluetooth 5.2 and multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you can connect to two devices at the same time, such as a computer and smartphone.
I dug into the specs a bit and they do feature wireless charging and support the AAC and AptX Adaptive audio codecs (mostly Android devices support AptX Adaptive). As soon as I get my hands on a review sample, I’ll let you know how they compare to the AirPods Pro and other premium buds like, which also retail for $399, and ($279).