Bang&Olufsen Beoplay EQ im Test

In a neutral sound setting, the Beoplay EQ makes music with a slight bass boost, but otherwise very balanced, regardless of whether ANC or transparency is active.
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Pro
  • solid materials
  • excellent workmanship
  • very good app

Against
  • tonal coordination too bass-heavy
  • low maximum volume

Conclusion

Audio – sound judgment: 77 points; Price / offer: Very good

The Beoplay EQ come in a stylish aluminum housing in black or gold, whereby our black test device looked more like a very dark purple. Visually and haptically, the material radiates a significantly higher quality than the usual plastic charging cases of many competitors. The plugs are held at an angle on the inside, are easy to remove, but a bit fiddly to put them back in correctly, you have to get used to it. There is an LED on the outside that shows the charging status. Charging is done with USB-C or wirelessly via Qi.

At first contact you notice: These are not small earphones. The cases are considerably larger than those of the Apple AirPods Pro. They stick out quite a bit, and at eight grams, they also weigh more than comparable in-ear headphones. Nevertheless, they always sat comfortably and stably in the test.

Touch-sensitive controls on each earbud understand a multitude of gestures. They can be individually adapted via the app. The accuracy in recognizing the gestures was average in the test. The volume control (right or left tap-and-hold) did not always work in practice. The app, on the other hand, is great, especially the equalizer, which can be used to influence the sound in a two-dimensional graphic, convinced us. Great!

The ANC was effective in the test and had little effect on the sound. There is also a transparency mode. It worked almost as impressive as the AirPods Pro. During the vote, the Danes raised the low bass. However, this could be corrected quickly using EQ. Only the maximum volume could be a bit higher.

Conclusion

The focus is on optics and haptics, which I quickly realized in the test. This is where the Beoplay EQ stands out from the competition. In practice, size and weight were not noticed negatively. The ANC and especially the transparency mode worked fine. I particularly liked the app with the two-dimensional graphic EQ. Others can take this as an example. The too powerful deep bass was quickly tamed.


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