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Bang & Olufsen enters the sporting arena with Beoplay E8 Sport

By Raymond Lau - on 1 Sep 2020, 9:59am

Bang & Olufsen enters the sporting arena with Beoplay E8 Sport

(Image: B&O)

Bang & Olufsen has launched the Beoplay E8 Sport, its first-ever pair of true wireless earbuds aimed at sporty consumers, in Singapore. With the E8 moniker, it appears to a sister of its existing 3rd-generation Beoplay E8 true wireless headphones – which was launched nearly three years ago.

According to B&O, the Beoplay E8 Sport meets three specific criteria people look for in a set of sports earphones: waterproof and customizability, good battery life, and great sound performance. All the boxes which the E8 Sport claims to check.

And of course, all of this is wrapped up in B&O’s aesthetics, which is in a class of its own. The earphones are housed in a compact wireless charging case in a variety of colours, including the very attractive Oxygen Blue (pictured above).

The case blends “performance driven materials” from the sporting world, such as rubber and textured silicone, with corrosion resistant anodised aluminium for additional flair.

Even the earbuds are ribbed for your pleasure, so to speak. They come with a ridged grip design detail to help adjustments when your fingers are wet with sweat, for example.

(Image: B&O)

Most impressive of all, the Beoplay E8 Sport has an IP57 certification – which, as far as we know, makes it the toughest true wireless earbuds on the market along with the Jabra Elite Active 75t. This will protect it against not just submergence in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes, but also against dust and other tiny objects.

Other goodies include five removable ear tips and three fins for the perfect fit, as well as wireless charging. Battery life is rated for up to 30 hours with both earbuds and case, a range that is fast becoming standard for this form factor.

It seems that the only thing missing from the package is active noise cancellation. But this may not be that big a dealbreaker as ambient noise does help with safety when you’re running outdoors or scuttling around heavy gym equipment.

If the B&O branding hasn’t tipped you off yet, the Beoplay E8 Sport doesn’t come cheap – at a staggering S$499, this is one of the most expensive true wireless earbuds you can buy. In comparison, the equivalent Jabra model “only” costs S$318.

Just two weeks ago, I wrote in my Soul XS-ST2 review about the lack of options for true wireless earbuds in the sporty market segment, so it’s refreshing to see another option from a high-end audio brand like B&O.

We look forward to testing it out and sharing our thoughts with you soon, especially how it handles and sounds, so stay tuned!