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Bang & Olufsen Introduces the Colorful Beoplay EX Wireless ANC Earbuds

Stylish, functional and waterproof Bang & Olufsen noise-cancelling wireless earbuds hit the market for $399. What’s not to like?

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX Wireless Earbuds in Gold Tone with Case

The Danish luxury audio brand, Bang & Olufsen has just introduced its third wireless earbud called the Beoplay EX. The $399 ANC earphones have an AirPod-like design in some rather attractive color options. They join the Beoplay EQ and Beoplay E8 Sport earphones ($350) — the latter of which made our list of best wireless earbuds last year.

At first glance, the Beoplay EX seem to combine the best features of its existing models. The Beoplay EX boasts Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation and a fully waterproof design for use in the office, on the move, in the gym or at home.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX earphone colors

The Bang & Olufsen’s new shape has created space for a 9.2 mm speaker driver in Beoplay EX; the biggest ever used for a true-wireless device by the brand. This results in a significant upgrade in the power of each audio moment, without compromising on comfort. Listening can last all day, as Beoplay EX has up to 20 hours of total playtime including charging in the case, and 6 hours of playtime with ANC turned on.

Call quality is also said to be improved. Each earphone has three microphones, beamforming technology and own voice functionality built in, to ensure a seamless call experience. 

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX Wireless Earbuds Colors Inner

Design

Beoplay EX differs most notably from previous Bang & Olufsen earphones in the shape of its design. Designed by Thomas Bentzen, the stem-based shape has been adopted and transformed into a finished offering that is equal parts stylish and comfortable. The housing of the earphone placed inside the ear, is smaller than ever before, and ensures a comfortable and stable fit that can be worn for hours without readjustment. 

The practicality of this new shape is matched with the signature Bang & Olufsen aesthetic, perfected over 96 years of craftmanship and design innovation. From the mirror-like glass interface which catches the light at the perfect moment, to the surrounding brushed aluminum ring, Beoplay EX creates a statement for the wearer whether they opt for the slick Black Anthracite, opulent Gold Tone or striking Anthracite Oxygen finish. Beoplay EX comes complete with a matching brushed aluminum charging case, which is conveniently pocket-sized, making it the perfect travel companion.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX Wireless Earbuds in Gold Tone in Case
Beoplay EX in Gold Tone

With the latest in Bluetooth 5.2 technology and background noise reduction, Beoplay EX makes it easy to go wireless and connect with the office, friends and family in any location. With Multipoint connectivity, the earphones can also connect to two devices at the same time, allowing wearers to listen to music from one and make calls with the other. Beoplay EX is also sweat and IP57-certified dust resistant and waterproof, making it an extremely durable personal sound solution. 

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX in Anthracite Oxygen
Beoplay EX in Anthracite Oxygen

Pricing & Availability

The Beoplay EX in Anthracite Oxygen (Blue/Black) is available now for $399 at bang-olufsen.com and internationally priced at 399 EUR / 349 GBP / 2998 CNY.

The Gold Tone color option will be available from May 27, 2022 with the Black Anthracite (all-black) color becoming available from June 2022, each for the same price.

Specifications

  • Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 hz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: 108 +/- 2 db, 1mW @1kHz
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.2 · AAC, SBC, aptX Adaptive
  • Speaker Drivers: 9.2 mm Electro-dynamic drivers with neodymium magnets
  • Microphone
    • 6 Digital MEMS Mics in total
    • 3 Digital MEMS Mics in each earphone
  • Buttons
    • Touch controls: Play/Pause/Skip track/
    • Answer calls ANC/Transparency mode/
    • Volume up/Volume down
  • Battery
    • Earphones: Up to 6 hours with ANC
    • Earphones + charging case: Up to 20 hours with ANC
  • Battery Size
    • Charging case: Capacity 600 mAh
    • Earphones: Capacity 70 mAh
  • Charging Time
    • Earphones: ~ 1.5 hours in charging case
    • Charging case: ~ 2 hours via USB-C / ~2.5 hours wireless charging
  • Weight: 65g (2 x 6g earbuds + 53g case)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD)
    • Earphones: 22.5 x 34.8 x 22.66 mm
    • Charging case: 66.15 x 28.1 x 48.15 mm

Beoplay Comparison

Beoplay E8 SportBeoplay EQBeoplay EX
MSRP$350$399$399
MODEL YEAR202120212022
NOISE ISOLATIONPassive Noise CancellingAdaptive Active Noise CancellationAdaptive Active Noise Cancellation
DRIVER TYPEElectro-dynamic, 5.7 mm diameterElectro-dynamic, 6.8mm diameterNeodymium, 9.2 mm diameter
DRIVER SENSITIVITY107dB ± 3dB, 1kHz @-3 dBFS (max volume) with Bluetooth playback107dB ± 3dB, 1kHz @-3 dBFS (max volume) with Bluetooth playback108 dB +/- 2 dB 1kHz @ 1mW (0.178V) 
FREQUENCY RANGE20 – 20,000 Hz20 – 20,000 Hz20 – 20,000 Hz
IMPEDANCE16 Ohm17 Ohm +/- 2.55 @ 1KHz 32 Ohm +/-3.2 @ 1KHz 
CUSTOMIZABLE SOUND EQPresets available and fully customizable through Bang & Olufsen AppPresets available and fully customizable through Bang & Olufsen AppPresets available and fully customizable through Bang & Olufsen App
Design
DESIGNERBang & OlufsenThomas BentzenThomas Bentzen
FITTrue wireless In-ear
Fit for sport
True Wireless In-earTrue Wireless In-ear
EARGELS4 pairs of silicone tips (XS,S,M,L)
3 pairs of silicone earfins (S, M, L)
Comply™ Foam tips (M size)
4 pairs of silicone tips (XS,S,M,L)
COMPLY™ Isolation ear tips series 200 (Size M)
4 pairs of silicone ear tips (XS,S,M,L)  
MATERIALSAluminium
Polymer
Silicon
Hard anodised Aluminium in space craft grade quality
Polymer
Silicone
Aluminium
Tempered Glass
Polymer
Silicone
DUST AND WATERPROOF RATINGIP57 rating: fully dust protected and can withstand immersion in water up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.IP54 (dust and splash/sweat resistant)IP57 (dust and waterproof)
DIMENSIONS (MM)Earphones: 23 W x 25 H x 21 D
Charging case: 70.6 W x 33.5 H x 35.6 D
Earphones: 24 W x 22 H x 27 D
Charging case: 77 W x 40 H x 26 D
Earphones: 22.5 W x 34.8 H x 22.7 D
Charging case: 66.2 W x 48 H x 22.1 D
WEIGHTEarphones:
Right (Primary): 6.4 g
Left (Secondary): 6.4 g
Charging case:
55 g (without earbuds)
Earphones:
Right: 8g
Left: 8g
Charging case: 50 g  (without earbuds)
Earphones:
Right: 6g
Left: 6g
Charging case: 53 g  (without earbuds)
Battery
BATTERY LIFEUp to 7 hours
Up to 30 hours with charging case at moderate volume
Up to 6.5 hours with ANC
Up to 7.5 hours without ANC
Up to 20 hours with charging case at moderate volume
Up to 6 hours with ANC
Up to 8 hours without ANC
Up to 20 hours with charging case at moderate volume
CHARGING TIMEEarphones: approx. 2 ½ h
Charging Case (USB-C): 2  h
Charging Case (Qi Wireless): 2 ½ h
Charging for 20 minutes gives approximately 1½ hour playback.
Earphones: approx. 1 ½ h
Charging Case (USB-C): 1.40  h
Charging Case (Qi Wireless): 1.50 h
Charging for 20 minutes gives approximately 2 hours playback.
Earphones: approx. 1.5 h
Charging Case (USB-C): 1.45  h
Charging Case (Qi Wireless): 2.15 h
Charging for 20 minutes gives approximately 1.75 hours playback.
BATTERY SIZEEarphones: 
Right (Primary) 60 mAh
Left (Secondary) 60 mAh
Charging Case: 450 mAh
Earphones: 
Right (Primary) 85 mAh
Left (Secondary) 85 mAh
Charging Case: 340 mAh
Earphones: 
Right (Primary) 70 mAh
Left (Secondary) 70 mAh
Charging Case: 380 mAh
Connectivity
BLUETOOTHBluetooth 5.1Bluetooth 5.2Bluetooth 5.2
SOUND CODECSSBC, AAC codec, Aptx classicSBC, AAC codec, aptX™ AdaptiveSBC, AAC codec, aptX™ Adaptive
MICROPHONE4 – With beamforming signal processing6 x MEMS, omni-directional (beam directional for speech)6 x MEMS, omni-directional (beam directional for speech)
INPUTS AND OUTPUTS1.25 m USB-A to USB-C cable for Charging
Qi Wireless Charging
0.50 m USB-A to USB-C cable for Charging Qi Wireless Charging
5V DC / 500mA USB-C or 400mA Qi charged
0.50 m USB-A to USB-C cable for Charging Qi Wireless Charging
5V DC / 500mA USB-C or 400mA Qi charged
CERTIFICATIONSGoogle Fast Pair 
Made for iPhone (MFi)
Microsoft Swift Pair
Supports Apple watch interface
Google Fast Pair 
Made for iPhone (MFi)
Microsoft Swift Pair
Supports Apple watch interface
MULTIPOINT2 active devices simultaneously2 active devices simultaneously
MSRP$350$399$399
MODELBeoplay E8 SportBeoplay EQBeoplay EX

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