Com­fort and de­sign

As­sess­ing wear­a­bil­ity, stor­age and style

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Out of all the cans, the Beo­Play H8 ex­udes the most style – the brushed metal cups look great, the leather head­band is comfy and the lamb­skin-clad mem­ory foam earpads feel lux­u­ri­ous. They are are also light, though they can get warm af­ter an hour or two, and the solid hinges fold up snugly.

Par­rot’s hinged de­sign folds flat and comes sec­ond style-wise; the over-ear pads sit com­fort­ably (un­less you wear thick-rimmed glasses), but pres­sure in­creases on the head­band at the sec­ond hour of wear. Re­mov­ing the cans ac­ti­vates auto-pause, which is also a tad over­sen­si­tive. Plantron­ics’ auto-pause feels more aware, plus the cans are light, en­dur­ingly comfy, and fold down con­ve­niently around the neck, pre­fer­ring func­tion­al­ity over style. Jabra’s and Philips’ on-ear de­signs look street-savvy and fold up com­pactly, but are less geared to pro­tracted lis­ten­ing, while the Sennheis­ers have that Beats by Dre aura yet are sur­pris­ingly light – although the metal hinges are apt to pinch skin painfully when fold­ing.

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