Bang & Olufsen A8 Headphones

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Good but not great

Jan 3, 2010
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Pros:Cool design, clean clear sound

Cons:Zero bass. Might get laughed at from people who know you paid too much.

The Bottom Line: Sorry B&O, I love you, but got to be honest, there are better ones on the market.


I've had the B&O A8's for 2 years now and have always been (some-what) satisfied with them. I've used them with my computer for movies and ipod for music. I grew up idolizing the B&O brand from afar due to the higher price-point than most other brands. The design of B&O products is far left from center; you could say "cutting-edge" or even futuristic. No one can argue that the design is unqiue. If you want to stand out from the crowd, then the A8 will help you accomplish this.

Here's the problem; we can get caught up in the 'form' and put 'function' on the backburner. These headphones are leaps and bounds above the standard Apple earbuds, but so are the $15 Sony earbuds, so that's not a huge accomplishment. Sometimes when we spend a lot of money on something, we say it's "the best" simply because we don't want to feel like we got ripped off.

Sound:
clear and satisfactory. Bass is almost non-existent.

Form:
Looks cool, but allows too much outside noise to interfere. (This might be a good or bad thing depending on your environment, but if you're trying to focus solely on the music you're listening to, then this is a bad thing)

The actual speaker rests nicely in your ear without having to be jammed in the canal, but it takes a long time to put them on and adjust them. The adjustability factor is good since everyone's ears are different, but it's a hassle if you're constantly taking them on and off. You have to re-adjust them every time you use them.

The 'cool' look fades quickly when you keep getting stared at on the subway or pretty much anywhere in public. That might not bother some people, but it's something to be aware of. They sort of come across as some futuristic hearing aid. Again, I have always loved the bold styling of B&O; their home stereo systems are works of art, but in the case of earphones, this type of styling boarders on becoming irritating.


Overall, an "OK" earphone, but there are many many better ones at the same price-point.

I've recently purchased a new set of earphones (Sennheiser CX300II) and the sound is much better. I almost feel cheated by B&O now that I have these new ones... and they were about $50 cheaper)


Recommend this product? No


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