B&O @CES 2018: Flagship Headphones, White E8’s, Airplay 2 support and more!

January 14, 2018

Airplay 2 and Google Assistant are key

Bang & Olufsen had a lot of major announcements at CES this year. Key in terms of products are the flagship Beoplay H9i and H8i. These over-ear headphones come with a lightweight aluminum frame covered with stitched cowhide leather, anodised aluminum ear cups and active noise cancellation upgraded to perform between 300-800Hz. Available from next month on at US$399, the Beoplay H8i headphones come with button controls as against smart controls on the Beoplay H9i, which will retail at $499.

We were mighty impressed with the Beoplay E8 when it launched these parts, and at CES the brand expanded the portfolio with a special edition Beoplay E8 all white and all black collection. Available from the end of February at $299, the Beoplay E8 is both water and dust resistant and delivers four hours of playback on one charge.

CES 2018 also marks the moment the Danish audio company totally embraced the personal assistant. B&O announced support for Google Assistant and announced that it will be among the first to support Apple Airplay 2.  Interestingly, Google Assistant will arrive on speakers through updated hardware rather than a software update to existing products.

And let’s not forget BeoSound Shape. We were truly impressed by this rather mesmerizing modular wireless speaker system. With tiles consisting of speakers, amplifiers, sound-absorbing acoustic dampeners and a Core unit that handles connectivity. It’s massively connected, visually stunning, with incredible sound to boot. A worthy addition to your man cave.

The basic starter kit of the BeoSound Shape comprises six tiles: two speakers, one amp, two dampers, and one BeoCore, and comes at $3,550.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.