Bang & Olufsen luxury Beoplay H95 headphones launched

First class, globetrotting audio in the time of Covid

by Andy Bassett

To celebrate 95 years of innovation in sound, design and craftsmanship, Danish purveyors of luxury audio, Bang & Olufsen has announced the H95 headphone to accompany the well heeled traveller.

Bringing together the highest quality sound, effective noise cancellation, long lasting comfort and the best quality materials, the H95 comes with a commensurate price of £700. For that though, the purchaser gets a sonic performance to match its premium and elegant design. 

Optimized in Bang & Olufsen’s Virtual Acoustic Laboratory, the over ear H95 is designed around a set of customized 40mm titanium drivers with neodymium magnets mounted in ported enclosures and the sound is shaped using proprietary digital signal processing (DSP). 

To further bring an unrivalled listening experience, Beoplay H95 comes with ACC and aptX Adaptive - the next generation dynamically adjustable audio codec, designed to deliver robust, low-latency, low-bit rate, high quality wireless audio - while Bluetooth 5.1 provides optimal connectivity.

The advanced Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is adjustable and adaptive and uses both a feed-forward and feedback microphone to reduce noise as much as possible. As well as using real world scenarios, the company’s Virtual Acoustic Lab was used to emulate a variety of different noise conditions ranging from airplanes, train stations, office spaces and street noise in order to test and tune the ANC. Once again, DSP is used to get the most out of the ANC performance. 

Control over the headphone’s functions is provided by a precision aluminium dial on each side of the H95.The dial on the right controls volume, while the dial on the left adjusts ANC and the amount of transparency.

Gavin Ivester, Bang & Olufsen VP of Design, explains,  “Home, work and transit can all be dynamic environments that demand a response, whether it is to adapt to a new noise level or change your focus for a minute to respond to someone. The dials make it quick and easy to do what you need and keep the moment flowing. They feel like precision equipment, because they are.

Voice calls are clear due to the use of 4 microphones and the employment of beam forming and advanced noise reduction technology and, for times when interaction with the outside world is required, there’s a user adjustable transparency mode to allow the user to hear surroundings without removing the headphones.

The 38 hour battery life (with ANC switched on) is close to market leading and will last even the longest of journeys and extended listening sessions. And those same sessions benefit from soft lambskin ear cushions and a head-band with softly padded memory foam in top-grain cowhide which provide the required comfort.

Finally, once you’re ready to put your H95 away, the aluminium mono arms with additional pivoting hinges allow the headphones to fold flat and inwards to a small size that fits neatly into a compact aluminium-shelled carrying case.

Bang & Olufsen SVP of Product Management Christoffer Poulsen said, “Beoplay H95 is a distillation of the best elements of Bang & Olufsen sound, design and craftsmanship – an enhancement within the headphone category that elevates our 95 years heritage of high standards.”

The Beoplay H95 headphone launches in Black and Grey Mist and is available online, in select retailers and in Bang & Olufsen stores from 10th September 2020 at an RRP of £700 (€800, $800) 

And if you fancy something extra, to celebrate the 95th anniversary, 95 headphones will be available in numbered format from 1-95 from 27 August 2020 from www.bangolufsen.com and exclusively from Harrods.

Source: Press Release
Image Source: Bang & Olufsen

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