Australian HIFI - - SOUNDBITES -

Dan­ish man­u­fac­turer B&O puts de­sign above all else, and that’s very ev­i­dent with its H4 head­phones, which it says: ‘ have been de­signed to de­fine a new stan­dard for peo­ple who value iconic sim­plic­ity.’ The de­sign of the B&O Beoplay H4 head­phones is the work of fa­mous Scan­di­na­vian de­signer Jakob Wag­ner, who has used lamb­skin, braided tex­tile and alu­minium in their con­struc­tion. Lamb­skin is used for the ear cush­ions as well as the head­band. The in­side of the ear cush­ion is made of me­mory foam that adapts to the shapes and curves of the ear. The cord con­nect­ing the head­phones is en­cased in braided tex­tile that has been made par­tially vis­i­ble be­tween the slider and the head­band as a de­sign touch. ‘ Their min­i­mal­ist de­sign ex­pres­sion is an un­mis­tak­able link to the B&O Play de­sign her­itage and comes with the renowned Bang & Olufsen sig­na­ture sound,’ says Jens Jer­miin of B&O.

The Beoplay H4 comes with a three-but­ton con­troller to en­able users to an­swer and end ‘phone calls (when the H4 is be­ing used in con­junc­tion with a com­pat­i­ble mo­bile phone), as well as play, pause and skip mu­sic tracks, and ad­just vol­ume. The head­phones can be paired via Blue­tooth but also come with a 3.5mm ana­logue jack for wired op­er­a­tion. B&O says that when be­ing op­er­ated wire­lessly, the H4s will op­er­ate for 19 hours, after which it takes only 2.5-hours to recharge them fully. You can ad­just the sound qual­ity of the head­phones by load­ing the Beoplay App into an An­droid or iPhone or Ap­ple Watch. This gives you ac­cess to pre-pro­grammed sound pro­files (in­clud­ing Com­mute, Clear, Work­out and Podcast) as well as pro­files you have pro­grammed your­self. Avail­able now, the Beoplay H4 re­tails for $399 in Char­coal Grey. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact B&O Aus­tralia on 1800 818 238 or visit www.bang-olufsen.com.

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