Beoplay HX vs. Beoplay H9

Today we can present a new member of the Bang & Olufsen Family: Beoplay HX – a further development of Bang & Olufsen’s best-selling headphones to date, offering improvements on all fronts with quality sound, digital ANC, strong battery capacity and a refined design with extended comfort as some of the highlights. Traditionally, we will try to clarify what the difference is between HX and our H9 3rd generation headphones.

We have therefore written this blog post in an attempt to clarify what similarities and differences there are on these two high-end headphones.
In short, we can sum it up to: The essentials elevated:

▪ Precise, immersive sound
▪ Comfortable and durable
▪ Elegant, sophisticated design
▪ Seamless Connectivity
▪ Up to 35 hours of playback time

But before we go into the details with all the exciting improvements, we just want to sum up the similarities between Beoplay HX and Beoplay H9.

SIMILARITIES BETWEEN HX AND H9

Both headphones:

  • are wireless over-ear headphones
  • have active noise cancellation*
  • have passive noise reduction in the form of the immersive lambskin ear cushions
  • have Transparency Mode
  • are made of luxurious and robust materials
  • have voice assistant with dedicated button
  • have intuitive and innovative aluminium touch interface (also works with gloves on)
  • have rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • feature Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound that can be easily adjusted and customized via the Bang & Olufsen app
  • are comfortable to wear for longer and thus perfect for the journey

BEOPLAY HX IMPROVEMENTS

The differences between the Beoplay HX and Beoplay H9 can be said thus: everything we love about the Beoplay H9 we get just a little more of in Beoplay HX, which offers improvements on all fronts.

  • We’ve improved overall comfort, so you can wear your HX headphones for a longer time thanks to a light design and a redesigned headband. The fit has been improved to fit more heads.
  • Beoplay HX comes with an included fabric case (hardcase) that protects the headphones in style
  • *HX is equipped with a new generation of digital Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation technology that delivers extremely efficient noise reduction – read more about the technical details here.
  • Total battery life with ANC and Bluetooth enabled is 35 hours for HX compared to 25 hours for H9
  • Total battery life with Bluetooth enabled is 40 hours for HX vs. 32 hours for H9
  • Beoplay HX offers interchangeable battery for longer life
  • HX has Bluetooth 5.1 vs. H9, which has 4.2 – read our blog post, where we elaborate on the benefits of Bluetooth 5.1
  • HX has fast pairing with Google Fast Pair, Made for iPhone (Mfi) and Microsoft Swift Pair (MSP) – read our blog post where we elaborate on what Microsoft Swift Pair is
  • HX has 4 dedicated MEMS microphones for clear call audio. H9 has 2 microphones for calls

PRICES

  • Beoplay H9: List price 500€ – Sold right now at a reduced price as long as stock is available.
  • Beoplay HX: List price 500€

Beoplay HX can now be purchased in our webshop or store in Frederiksberg. You can also see more pictures or read more about the updated version of our most popular over-ear headphones right here on our website.

Below you will see a comparison of the technical figures on beoplay H9 and Beoplay HX:

FACTS / NUMBERS

B&O Beoplay HX - Black Anthracite - Headphones - Product Image
Beoplay HX - EUR 500
Beoplay H9 Argilla Bright - Hovedtelefoner - Produktbillede - Hero
Beoplay H9 - EUR 500

DESIGN & DIMENSIONS

WEIGHT
Headphones: 285g
Including audio cable: 295g

DIMENSIONS
195 W x 200 H x 52 D

MATERIALS
Aluminium

Leather
Fabric

Rubber
Polymer

WEIGHT
Headphones: 285g

DIMENSIONS
195 W x 200 H x 52 D

MATERIALS
Aluminum
Fabric
Leather
Stainless steel
Polymer

CONNECTIONS

WIRELESS CONNECTIONS
Bluetooth 5.1

ENTRY AND EXITS
1 × USB-C for charging
1 × 3.5mm audio jack

VOICE ASSISTANT
Siri
*Amazon Alexa, Google Voice Assistant and Xiaowei will be available during fall/winter 2021

Microphones
4 x MEMS microphones for speech (2 microphones shared with ANC)
4 x dedicated MEMS microphones for ANC function (2 microphones in each earcup)

Certifications
Google Fast Pair, Made for iPhone (MFi), Microsoft Swift Pair

WIRELESS CONNECTIONS
Bluetooth 4.2

ENTRY AND EXITS
1.2-m audio cable with 3.5-mm mini jack as alternative to wireless connectivity
1.25m USB-A for USB-C cable for charging

VOICE ASSISTANT
Google Voice Assistance

Microphones
2 x MEMS microphones for speech
4 x dedicated MEMS microphones for ANC function (2 microphones in each earcup)

THE SOUND

NOISE CANCELLATION
Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation

TYPE OF SPEAKER DEVICES
Electrodynamic driver,
40 mm diameter

SENSITIVITY OF SPEAKER DEVICES
95 dB, 1mW @1kHz

FREQUENCY RANGE
20-22,000 Hz

Impedance
24 Ohm +/- 15%

CUSTOMIZABLE AUDIO EQ
Presets and can be completely customized in Bang & Olufsen app

NOISE CANCELLATION
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

TYPE OF SPEAKER DEVICES
Electrodynamic driver, 40 mm in diameter

SENSITIVITY OF SPEAKER DEVICES
93dB @ 1kHz / mW in passive mode

FREQUENCY RANGE
20-22,000 Hz

Impedance
24 ohm +/- 15 %

CUSTOMIZABEL AUDIO EQ
Presets and can be completely customized in Bang & Olufsen app

B&O Beoplay HX - Black Anthracite - Headphones - Product Image
Beoplay HX - EUR 500
Beoplay H9 Argilla Bright - Hovedtelefoner - Produktbillede - Hero
Beoplay H9 - EUR 500

DESIGN & DIMENSIONS


WEIGHT
Headphones: 285g
Including audio cable: 295g

DIMENSIONS
195 W x 200 H x 52 D

MATERIALS
Aluminium

Leather
Fabric

Rubber
Polymer


WEIGHT
Headphones: 285g

DIMENSIONS
195 W x 200 H x 52 D

MATERIALS
Aluminium
Fabric
Leather
Stainless steel
Polymer

CONNECTIONS

WIRELESS CONNECTIONS
Bluetooth 5.1

ENTRY AND EXITS
1 × USB-C for charging
1 × 3.5mm audio jack

VOICE ASSISTANT
Siri
*Amazon Alexa, Google Voice Assistant and Xiaowei will be available during fall/winter 2021

Microphones
4 x MEMS microphones for speech (2 microphones shared with ANC)
4 x dedicated MEMS microphones for ANC function (2 microphones in each earcup)

Certifications
Google Fast Pair, Made for iPhone (MFi), Microsoft Swift Pair

WIRELESS CONNECTIONS
Bluetooth 4.2

ENTRY AND EXITS
1.2-m audio cable with 3.5-mm mini jack as alternative to wireless connectivity
1.25m USB-A for USB-C cable for charging

VOICE ASSISTANT
Google Voice Assistance

Microphones
2 x MEMS microphones for speech
4 x dedicated MEMS microphones for ANC function (2 microphones in each earcup)

THE SOUND

NOISE CANCELLATION
Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation

TYPE OF SPEAKER DEVICES
Electrodynamic speaker unit, 40 mm diameter

SENSITIVITY OF SPEAKER DEVICES
95 dB, 1mW @1kHz

FREQUENCY RANGE
20-22,000 Hz

Impedance
24 Ohm +/- 15%

CUSTOMIZABLE AUDIO EQ
Presets and can be completely customized in Bang & Olufsen app

NOISE CANCELLATION
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

TYPE OF SPEAKER DEVICES
Electrodynamic driver, 40 mm in diameter

SENSITIVITY OF SPEAKER DEVICES
93dB @ 1kHz / mW in passive mode

FREQUENCY RANGE
20-22,000 Hz

Impedance
24 ohm +/- 15 %

CUSTOMIZABLE AUDIO EQ
Presets and can be completely customized in Bang & Olufsen app

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