By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend
IDEAL FOR music-lovers who simply cannot bear to be away from their favourite sounds even when on the go, the Beoplay E8 2.0 guarantees a top-of-the-range listening experience.
Like its predecessor, the E8, the Beoplay E8 2.0 has Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound that can be easily adjusted and adapted to your activity via the Bang & Olufsen (B&O) app.
The major improvements to these second-generation earbuds lie in the wireless charging capacity and longer battery life.
Now, the charging cradle of the earbuds can be simply placed on the wireless charger that supports the open Qi interface standard without any need for a cable.
The power bank of the charging cradle has been improved to provide three full charges for the earbuds, compared to the two full charges offered by the previous model. And since the E8 2.0 earbuds have four hours of battery life, the power bank of the cradle extends the battery life of the new version to 16 hours.
The package also comes with a USB-C cable that can recharge the earbuds via the cradle as well as recharging the internal power bank of the cradle.
It takes about two hours to fully charge the earbuds and the cradle. When the power bank of the cradle is fully charged along with the earbuds, three LED lights on the cradle will appear.
The charging cradle has also gone through a complete redesign and now boasts a beautiful brushed aluminium insert. Four colours of earbuds and charging case are available: Black, Natural, Indigo Blue and Limestone. The E8 2.0 looks sleek as it is designed by Jakob Wagner, a well-known industry designer.
The earbuds are also designed for sportsmen and women with extra secure fit design and a SweatGuard membrane that prevents humidity and wax from entering the sound port.
Beoplay E8 2.0 has impressive sound quality. Although the earbuds are tiny in size, I found that when they were seated properly in my ear canals, the E8 2.0 reproduced big bass and the mids and highs were outstanding. I enjoyed listening to rock music for hours on end.
I found the earbuds light and comfortable to wear. Four sizes of silicone tips are provided for you to choose to fit your ears for optimised sounds. The four sizes are XS, S, M and L and users can also choose to add Comply foam (in M size only) ear tips.
The earbuds use 5.7mm electro-dynamic speakers, which are tuned by acclaimed Bang & Olufsen acoustic engineers. The drivers support frequency response from 20 to 20,000 Hz with 16 ohms of impedance and the earbuds have a high sensitivity of 107 dB.
Thanks to the built-in omnidirectional microphone, you can also use the E8 2.0 as your smartphone headset.
Connecting the E8 2.0 to your smartphone and operating it is easy. Using the first setting, when you remove the earbuds from the charging case, the two earbuds are turned on automatically. And for the first use, the E8 2.0 will be automatically ready for Bluetooth connection. You simply use your smartphone’s Bluetooth to find and connect to the earbuds.
The earbuds come with one multi-function button on each side, both touch sensitive. If the earbuds are not turned on when removed from the charging case, just tap on the right earphone.
If your smartphone has trouble pairing with the E8 2.0, you must keep a distance of less than 20 centimetres between the left and the right earphones and then touch and hold both multi-function buttons for five seconds to initiate Bluetooth pairing. When the E8 2.0 is ready for pairing, its LED indicator will start flashing blue and the sound prompt is heard.
While playing music, you can touch the right button once to play or pause the music. Touch the left button twice to go back to the previous track. To forward to the next track, do the same but with the right button. To decrease the volume, touch and hold the left button; increase volume with the right.
If a call comes in, touch either button to answer it or touch and hold briefly to reject the call. You can touch either button twice to hang up.
For your safety, the E8 2.0 allows you to hear ambient sounds or sounds in the environment when you are walking or outside. You can use the B&O app to select four transparency modes, which are Commute, Clear, Workout and Podcast. The app also provides a slide bar for adjusting the level of sounds of the surroundings from 0 to 100 per cent. At 0 per cent, you hear almost nothing of the surroundings while at the 100 per cent, you can’t hear the music at all. You can also use the left button to cycle through the transparency mode by tapping it once.
Beoplay E8 2.0 is distributed by RTB Technology for Bt14,500 and is available at Munkong Gadget, Dotlife, iStudio by Copperwire and Spvi, Studio7, Digital Lab Siam Discovery, Power Mall, Power Buy and King Power or online channels including Gadetthai.net, Lazada, Shopee, JD.com and Mercular.
>> Frequency: 20 – 20,000 Hz
>> Microphone: Omnidirectional
>> Speakers: Electro-dynamic, 5.7 mm
>> Sensitivity: 107 dB SPL +/-3 dB, ref 1 mW @ 1 kHz
>> Impedance: 16 Ohm
>> Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2 AAC codecs
>> B&O App: Yes
>> Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries; Earphones: Right - 85 mAh, Left - 60 mAh; Up to 4 hours playtime at moderate volume
>> Charging case: 530 mAh - 3x charges for earphones; Charging time: approximately 2 hours
>> Dimensions: Earphones: 23 mm x 20 mm x 25 mm; Charger: 73 mm x 47 mm x 33 mm
>> Weight: Earphones: Right 7 g, Left 6 g; Charger: 45 g