New B&O Play headphones deliver stunning battery life and cool new Proximity Mode

Bang & Olufsen has updated a trio of headphone models, under its B&O Play lifestyle brand.

At CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the company took the wrappers off the stylish Beoplay H9i, Beoplay H8i and also debuted new colours for the Beoplay E8 in-ear buds.

The improved flagship H9i over-ear cans (which succeed the H9 model), have slimmer cushion design as well as a reshaped mono arm.

The company says there’s improved Active Noise Cancellation technology, designed to cancel out human voices more effectively.

There’s also a Proximity Mode that will automatically detect when you remove the headphones and pause the content. Naturally, it’ll start playing once you put them back on again.

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All this means you don’t have to fish your smartphone out of your pocket just to hit pause. Neat.

B&O is also adding a new Transparency Mode to ensure you can instantly shut off music and ANC with a quick gesture on occasions when you need to be instantly aware of your surroundings.

The company has also played with the innards in order to boost battery life by four hours, to 18 in total, while overall sound has been improved thanks to a new bass port.

Modern classic

With the Beoplay H8i reveal, the high-end audio giant says it is revitalising a modern classic.

The design has been streamlined, while physical buttons have been added to both ear cups. Battery life has been upped to an insane 30 hours, even when ANC and Bluetooth are switched on.

Beoplay H8i

Beoplay H8i

Transparency Mode and the Proximity Mode are on board here too.

Finally, B&O is releasing special editions of the E8 wire-free earphones. The All White and All Black iterations will arrive in February for the same £259 price tag.

The Beoplay H9i arrives later this month for £449, while the Beoplay H8i are somewhat more affordable at £349.

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