I travel all the time for my work as a design editor – and that means I never know where my next office will be. It could be a bustling cafe in New York City, a cramped jet, an active construction site, or an echoing NASA airplane hanger. All I need is a laptop and a pair of headphones – and Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay H6 Headphones are the perfect fit for all of these situations. B&O recently sent me a pair of H6 headphones to review and I was thoroughly impressed with their cutting-edge components, timeless aesthetics, and well-thought-out features. Read on for a look at the perfect pair of headphones for design-savvy audiophiles on the go!
As a design editor, I’m very conscious of the tools I use – both in terms of form and function. Good headphones must carefully balance these two criteria, since they serve as both a wearable accessory and a product that is rigorously engineered to meet a high degree of technological acuity. From a design perspective, Bang & Olufsen’s H6 is one of the most attractive headsets I’ve seen – which is important, since I don’t want to look like a 70’s A/V geek when I post up in a cafe. The H6′ supremely soft memory foam ear cups are comfortable for long hours on the job, and their aluminum accents add a subtle bit of flash to the headphones’ clean, minimalist aesthetic.
The H6′ closed-back, over-ear design is perfect for working in noisy environments, since they block out ambient noise without broadcasting my music to the rest of the world (a definite plus on airplanes and public transportation). They’re also designed to last with a modular, detachable cord that can be connected to either ear cup and easily replaced should the need arise. An in-line remote lets me switch songs or jump onto conference calls without missing a beat, and the headphone’s dual ports serve as a built-in audio splitter, so sharing multimedia content with a coworker or friend is a snap.
The sound quality of Bang & Olufsen’s H6‘ is every bit as precise as the headphones’ sharp aesthetic. In a market saturated with soggy bass-laden headphones, the H6 is a breath of fresh air with sparkling response and a perfectly balanced mix. Lows, mids and highs are all accurately represented without any ear-rattling sub-bass.
The result is an immaculately detailed pair of headphones that brings out subtle nuances in songs that I’ve listened to hundreds of times. All in all, the BeoPlay H6 is an exceptional set of headphones that would make a fantastic holiday gift for the design-loving audiophile on your list.