• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Connectivity Issues

    • Written by Matthew R from Lancaster

    When you're buying a premium pair of wireless headphones you expect them to stay connected to your devices and perform consistently. Unfortunately, that has not been my experience with the B&O Beoplay H9i headphones. The connectivity issues happen consistently and make listening almost impossible at times. I've had to reset bluetooth dozens of times on my Macbook Pro, iMac and iPhone to get these to re-connect.

    Unless there is a solution to fix this issue I'll have to return, they simply don't perform as you would expect – especially at the price point.

    Sound quilty is very nice. Build quality of hardware is nice and feels premium.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Vs the Bose QC35 II

    • Written by Derek S from SAN DIEGO

    I got both to compare, so:

    1) Bose wins on rich sound. It smoothes out areas and you get an overall louder / softer sound experience IMO.it hides some of the flaws i hear with the B&O
    2) B&O wins in overall soundstage, and "true sound" like unfiltered how it was recorded, which is good if you're hi-fi music head or whatever, and your music is sampled at a high rate and you want all of that to come through. Plus the mids are much cleaner.
    3) comfort is a push, but i think bose wins out with the designs.
    4) the B&O touch system is generally not great. If you go to adjust your headset and you touch the metal, you can change the volume, or stop the play, and when you go back to fix it you might swipe wrong and go to the next track, or stopped, or volume down, and your lost, and you pull your phone out which defeats the purpose of controls.
    5) bose connecting to multiple devices and switching is good if youre normally switching devices (laptop / phone / tablet / personal speaker etc) actually, its great in that regard.
    6) bose wins longevity. 14H a charge for B&O means if you're international and using them from home to airport to flight you're going to run out of battery unless you buy an additional one (excessive) vs the 20H with bose that will cover pretty much any international trip comfortably.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best I have tried at this price

    • Written by Sven L from san francisco

    I have quite a few headphones, and these are now my go to. Surprisingly, I like these better that my wired Denon D2000 (plugged into an $1800 headphone amp). I'm a semi-audiophile, and am blown away that bluetooth can sound this good. The Denons are warm and musical, image better and technically perform better, but the H9i just feels better somehow, particularly for extended listening. The sound is typical B&O: crisp, defined (but non-fatiguing) highs, solid, driving (but not overhyped or boomy) bass. Sort of "stereotypical" hi-fi - detailed, broad, flat frequency response that feels luxurious, if not as good of a soundstage as some of the better wired cans. Not as light as the H7, they are still extremely light, and the curve of the band hits the top of my head better. They are very high quality and solid, miles beyond the plasticky Beats, Bose or Sony. The noise cancelling is quite good, maybe not as effective as the Bose. But I'll take the more musical sound quality and better construction over Bose. Everyone complains about the controls. They're really not that bad once you get used to them, aside from the proximity sensor, which is garbage and can be disabled. Pairing is fine, once you get used to how they do so. They can be a little wonky when you have multiple pared devices but totally workable. The don't have aptx (Which the previous models did), which is only an issues if you want to use non-apple devices. I picked up a used pair of H7s for watching TV using a transmitter that doesn't support AAC, and that solved that problem. I highly recommend these if you value musicality and quality over trendiness. A little more pricey, but worth it IMO. If you don't want to pay this amount there are always used buying options.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable Sound with Excellent ANC - best of all worlds

    • Written by Gregory R from Chester

    After reading the prior reviews I was hesitant to pull the trigger on these but I am quite happy I did. To start, yes, they come with a cloth bag and utilize a USB-A to USB-C charge cord. Okay... not an issue for me I guess. The headphones are built like a tank and when in the cloth bag fold away easily into my bag. You just don’t need a rigid case with these. When you hold them you’ll understand. What does matter to me is the sound quality and the function of the ANC.

    The sound quality is unparalleled compared to any ANC headset on the market as of this writing. Bose doesn’t come close and Sony can compete (to be fair, Sony’s flagship utilizes 2 lossless playback mechanisms whereas the B+O do not) but the soundstage that these produce compared to either the Sony or Bose flagship headphones doesn’t even belong in the same ballpark... it’s way ahead of either of them. And I have 2 sets of Bose... they have permanently taken a back seat now.

    As for the ANC quality - it’s perfect. When I use any Bose ANC product (which I do think had the best overall ANC engine on the market) I feel like you are in a vacuum. If you want that (some do... they want everything drowned out) those are definitely your jam. However, these have an excellent, strong, yet subtle ANC with easy use of on-board gestures to let in voices and noise as needed. They are perfect on flights, work (when I want everything else blotted out) and just about every situation for which I’ve wanted ANC.

    Finally, as stated, no other build quality even comes close to these. They are literally made of leather and heavy aluminum - an amazingly strong combo. They come with a changeable battery (meaning you can extend their life by years) and given the build quality, I expect this to be the case.

    There are some cons - none of which would dissuade me from purchasing again - the proximity sensor is a bit funky. They pause automatically when you take them off the ears - but turning your head occasionally sets it off as well (you can disengage this if you desire - I haven’t bothered). And of course - cost. Are they really worth 500 dollars? Well, I wanted amazing sounded Headphones that had excellent ANC. And that’s exactly what I got. For me, Bose are the opposite (amazing ANC with decent sound) but the Sony Flagship ANCs come close. I’d still take these over them... they sound better and are just built better. They are exactly what I want in headphones.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound Quality is Wonderful

    • Written by AC H from Brooklyn

    While I agree that the case and cord quality mentioned by another reviewer isn't the best, the sound quality is truly wonderful. I chose the H9is after comparing a lot of other high-end closed-back headphones, and these cans are rich, immersive and balanced. If you prioritize noise canceling over sound, go for the Bose, but if you want to get lost in your tunes, these are worth the splurge.

    21 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fair but limited

    • Written by Juston J from Carlingford

    These headphones provide effective Adaptive Noise Cancellation with the option to turn it off and turn on surrounding sounds mode. (Meaning it uses microphones to broadcast the noise to your ears without having you take off headphones).
    Although these headphones have quite an extraordinary build, their sounds are extremely limited. If you turn off the ANC, you can expect high mid tones which can hurt your ears in some instances. The ANC works well, but louder noises can bypass the ANC. These headphones do not come with USB C to USB C so expect to use a power brick to charge your headphones and not on the computer. The controls also have no buttons meaning it often mistakes for what you intend on doing as it sometimes pauses music and does not turn off the ANC function. The ANC is effective in producing a comfortable experience by not having extreme cabin pressure feelings like the Bose QC35II's.

    Overall, the B&O H9i headphones have a good build and a crisp sound quality to them, but the sound quality does not pass the quality of the Sennheiser PXC550 or Bose QC35II's.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not that great

    • Written by John P from Concord

    They come with a cheap bag instead of a case.

    The charger cable is USB-C to USB-A and does not come with a power cube. This would be acceptable if it were usb-c to usb-c so that one could actually charge it on a macbook. I effectively have nothing to plug it into for power without sacrificing another power cube from another device or using an adaptor on my macbook pro.

    The "on ear" controls are confusing.

    Poor bluetooth paring experience.

    Noise cancellation is weak compared to others I've owned (Bose, Sennheiser, Audio Technica)

    Sound quality is acceptable.

    42 of 92 people found this useful