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Bang & Olufsen's $399 Beoplay EQ earbuds are its first to feature active noise canceling – CNET


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The Beoplay EQ comes in this sand-gold color and black.


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While there are plenty of inexpensive true-wireless earbuds to choose from these days, the list of high-end true-wireless buds is also growing and now includes the $399 (£359) Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ, the Danish company’s first earbuds to feature active noise canceling. They’ll be available in August in two color options, sand or black.

The Beoplay EQ joins Bowers & Wilkins PI7 in the $400 earbuds club. Master & Dynamic’s MW08 Sport is $349, Sony’s excellent WF-1000XM4 is $280, and Bang & Olufsen’s own Beoplay E8 Sport lists for $350. 

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I haven’t gotten my hands on the Beoplay EQ buds yet, but I’ll let you know how they perform as soon as I do. in the meantime, here are their key specs, according to Bang & Olufsen.

  • Dedicated ANC DSP chip and six microphones allow for automatic adjustment of ANC levels
  • The microphones create directional beamforming technology for clear calls and speech quality
  • Spacecraft-grade aluminum charging case with wireless charging
  • 6.5 hours of playtime with noise-canceling turned on (20 hours total with 2 additional charges from charging case)
  • Quick-charge feature gives you 2 hours of playtime with a 20-minute charge
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Supports AptX streaming with compatible devices
  • IP54 splash-proof
  • Price: $399 (£359)



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