Luxury is not enough
REVIEW: Beoplay E8 Sport looks like everything an in-ear headphone should look like – but that does not make it the best
At first glance, there is a lot you can be fascinated by when you get your hands on the Beoplay E8 Sport.
Just like Apple, Bang & Olufsen understands how to design good user experiences. This applies to everything from the sales box to the case that can recharge the headphones and which can itself be charged wirelessly.
The build quality is top notch, and the designers have complete control over how to screw modern consumer electronics together with the right colors and details. It’s delicious!
A great model
But after a few weeks of testing, I have to state that the feeling of luxury, the good build quality and even finer sound quality is not enough. Not at all when you take into account the price, which is at the heavy end.
And it annoys me because the model is not only breathtaking, but also seems like an exciting alternative in a market that is drowning in opportunities to buy expensive sound to the ears.
Ergonomically, the model, as you can see in the picture below, is large. In fact, so big that I doubt anyone will be able to put their ears to it.
I usually do not have problems, but Beoplay E8 Sport is on the edge of what I can live with in terms of size. And that is true even when you take the time to find the right earplugs.
The sound level is too low
That’s not to say they fall out of the ears, but they do feel heavy. And what’s worse, I’ve experienced bike rides several times where I had to give up hearing anything.
The units sit further out than other models, making the wind clear. Here, too, it does not help that the model is among those that have the lowest volume pressure I have tried for a long time.
And no, I’m not getting deaf. For safety’s sake – I also tested – also on a bike – how the sound works with the Jabra’s Elite 75t and AirPods Pro. Both have a much higher volume pressure and are far less affected by the wind. Here in particular, the AirPods Pro is a winner.
At one point, Bang & Olufsen’s sense of the good user experience also fails. Namely when you need to connect the model to the company’s normally fine app. And update the headphones.
I experienced that as having been given homework for. It thus took a war and several attempts to update the model. And the subsequent connections to the app on both Android and iOS were more luck than sense.
I also never became friends with the touch features, but that’s an issue that most other manufacturers struggle with.
The above anchor gets extra annoying that when things actually work, the Beoplay E8 Sport delivers stable and listenable results.
Good to know
The two units weigh 6.4 grams each. The case weighs 55 grams without the units in.
The devices are protected from water and dust with an IP57 certification. This means that they are fully dustproof and can withstand immersion in water down to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes.
These items are included in the sales box in addition to the headphone and case: USB-C cable, 4 sizes of silicone earplugs (XS, S, M, L), 3 sizes of silicone earplugs (S, M, L) and 1 size of Comply plugs (M)
Source: Bang & Olufsen