Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H6 Review (2024)

Design

Design

Style

Type Over-ear

Enclosure Closed-Back

Wireless No

Transducer Dynamic

The Beoplay H6 are stylish looking headphones. They have a low profile headband and large circular and relatively flat ear cups. This results in a design that doesn't protrude much once you head. They look and feel premium although they're much lighter than you would expect when picking them up. They also come in a couple of color schemes including an all-black variation if you want a more understated yet high-end look.

8.0

Design

Comfort

Weight 0.5 lbs

Clamping Force

0.8 lbs

The Beoplay H6 are surprisingly lightweight and have excellent padding but slightly small ear cups. They do not fit as well on all users which may cause a slight pinch on the top of your ears depending on your ear size. On the upside, they're not too tight and you can wear them for hours without feeling any fatigue.

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6.8

Design

Controls

OS Compatibility

iOS

Ease Of Use Okay

Feedback Mediocre

Call/Music Control Yes

Volume Control Yes

Microphone Control No

Channel Mixing

N/A

Noise Cancelling Control N/A

Talk-Through

N/A

Additional Buttons No

The Beoplay H6 by Bang & Olufsen have a simple control scheme with mediocre-at-best feedback. They provide the basics; call/music, track-skipping, and volume controls. Unfortunately, the buttons do not provide a satisfying click once pushed.

LEARN ABOUT CONTROLS

6.4

Design

Breathability

Avg.Temp.Difference 6 °C

LEARN ABOUT BREATHABILITY

6.3

Design

Portability

L 7.5"

W 8"

H 1.2"

Volume 72 in³

Transmitter Required N/A

The Beoplay H6 are on the smaller side for over-ear headphones but unfortunately do not fold to save space. The ear cups lay flat which may come in handy in some situations but they're a bit cumbersome to carry around on your person, especially without a bag. Unfortunately, they also do not come with a case which is a bit disappointing considering their premium appeal and price range.

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0

Design

Case

Type No case

L N/A

W N/A

H N/A

Volume N/A

LEARN ABOUT CASE

8.0

Design

Build Quality

The B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H6 headphones have a sturdy and lightweight aluminum frame and quality materials for the padding. The ear cups are a good mix of metal and plastic that will withstand a couple of accidental drops without getting damaged. They're better-build and feel more premium than the Nad VISO HP50. The audio cable is also replaceable if it wears over time. However, they have relatively thin hinges that may loosen over time and are the most susceptible weak points of the H6 premium design.

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6.5

Design

Stability

The B&O Play H6 are decently stable headphones but won't be ideal for working out. They stay put during casual listening sessions and are even stable enough to jog with. Also, the audio cable will detach if it's hooked on something. Unfortunately, they will slide off your head during more strenuous exercises.

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Design

Headshots 1

Design

Headshots 2

Design

In The Box

  • B&O Play H6 Headphones
  • Audio cable
  • Manual

Sound

Sound

Sound Profile

Bass Amount

0.67 dB

Treble Amount

-1.49 dB

LEARN ABOUT SOUND PROFILE

6.9

Sound

Frequency Response Consistency

Avg. Std. Deviation

0.65 dB

Decent frequency response consistency. The H6 shows 5dB of variance at 20Hz across our five human subjects. This amount of variance will be unnoticeable to the majority of the users. In the treble range, the B&O Play H6 also shows 5dB of variance below 10KHz, meaning the perceived brightness of these headphones could vary slightly depending on their positioning on the user's head.

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Sound

Raw Frequency Response

LEARN ABOUT RAW FREQUENCY RESPONSE

8.3

Sound

Bass Accuracy

Std. Err.

2.36 dB

Low-Frequency Extension

10 Hz

Low-Bass

3.29 dB

Mid-Bass

1.84 dB

High-Bass

-1.26 dB

Very good bass range performance for the B&O Play H6. Low-frequency extension is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass, which is responsible for low-end thump and rumble is over our target by 3dB, adding excess thump which some may like. Mid-bass is flat but overemphasized by about a dB which is barely noticeable. The dip in high-bass would have a small negative effect on the fullness of vocals/leads.

LEARN ABOUT BASS ACCURACY

8.6

Sound

Mid Accuracy

Std. Err.

1.85 dB

Low-Mid

-1.64 dB

Mid-Mid

1.14 dB

High-Mid

1.56 dB

Excellent mid-range performance for the Beoplay H6. The response is virtually flat from 400Hz up to 2KHz, which is great. The dip around 250Hz slightly thins out the vocals/leads, but it won't be noticeable to most.

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6.4

Sound

Treble Accuracy

Std. Err.

4.75 dB

Low-Treble

-2.03 dB

Mid-Treble

-1.46 dB

High-Treble

-2.7 dB

Average treble range performance for the Beoplay H6. The wide 10dB dip centered around 5KHz, negatively affects the presence and detail of vocals/leads. The 5dB peak at 9KHz could make the S and T sounds (sibilances) slightly sharp.

LEARN ABOUT TREBLE ACCURACY

6.9

Sound

Peaks/Dips

Peaks

1.81 dB

Dips

2.12 dB

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8.4

Sound

Imaging

Weighted Group Delay

0.22

Weighted Amplitude Mismatch

0.39

Weighted Frequency Mismatch

2.55

Weighted Phase Mismatch

6.2

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5.6

Sound

Soundstage

PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)

3.96 dB

PRTF Size (Avg.)

4.47 dB

PRTF Distance

8.99 dB

Openness

4.5

Acoustic Space Excitation

4.2

LEARN ABOUT SOUNDSTAGE

7.6

Sound

Weighted Harmonic Distortion

WHD @ 90

0.237

WHD @ 100

0.169

LEARN ABOUT WEIGHTED HARMONIC DISTORTION

Isolation

5.3

Isolation

Noise Isolation

Isolation Audio

Overall Attenuation

-12.16 dB

Noise Cancelling No

Bass

1.1 dB

Mid

-12.59 dB

Treble

-26.33 dB

Mediocre isolation performance. Like most other over-ear headphones that don't have active noise cancellation, the Beoplay H6 doesn't isolate in the bass range. However, they achieve 13dB of isolation in the mid-range, and 26dB of isolation in the treble range, both values being decent.

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6.6

Isolation

Leakage

Leakage Audio

Overall Leakage @ 1ft

41.7 dB

Average leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage sits between 1KHz and 6KHz, which is a moderately broad range. However, the overall level of leakage is not very loud.

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Microphone

Microphone

Microphone Style

Integrated

No

In-line

Yes

Boom

No

Detachable Boom

N/A

Mic Yes

Average microphone quality. Speech recorded with the microphone of the B&O Play H6 will sound noticeably thin and slightly muffled, but easily comprehensible. Additionally, their noise handling performance is below-average making them unsuitable for environments louder than a busy street.

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7.0

Microphone

Recording Quality

Recorded Speech

LFE

479.46 Hz

FR Std. Dev.

1.62 dB

HFE

5,915.41 Hz

Weighted THD

0.398

Gain

23.67 dB

Decent recording quality. The LFE is at about 500Hz, which is quite high, making recorded speech sound thin. Also, with the HFE at 6KHz, recorded speech will be easily comprehensible, yet lacking in presence and detail. The area between LFE and HFE is quite flat, which is good.

LEARN ABOUT RECORDING QUALITY

6.3

Microphone

Noise Handling

Speech + Pink Noise

Speech + Subway Noise

SpNR

15.26 dB

Below-average noise handling. The microphone on the Beoplay H6 achieves a speech-to-noise ratio of 15dB, which is rather mediocre.

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Active Features

not tested

Active Features

Battery

Battery Type

N/A

Continuous Battery Life

N/A

Additional Charges

N/A

Total Battery Life

N/A

Charge Time

N/A

Power Saving Feature

N/A

Audio While Charging

N/A

Passive Playback

N/A

Charging Port N/A

LEARN ABOUT BATTERY

0

Active Features

App Support

App Name N/A

iOS N/A

Android N/A

macOS N/A

Windows N/A

Equalizer

N/A

ANC Control

N/A

Mic Control N/A

Room effects

N/A

Playback Control

N/A

Button Mapping N/A

Surround Sound N/A

No active features.

LEARN ABOUT APP SUPPORT

Connectivity

0

Connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Version

N/A

Multi-Device Pairing

N/A

NFC Pairing

N/A

Line of Sight Range

N/A

Default Latency

N/A

aptX Latency

N/A

aptX(LL) Latency

N/A

Wired connection, negligible latency.

LEARN ABOUT BLUETOOTH

0

Connectivity

Non-Bluetooth Wireless

Non-BT Line of Sight Range

N/A

Non-BT Latency

N/A

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9.5

Connectivity

Wired

Analog Audio

Yes

USB Audio

No

Detachable Yes

Length 4.1 ft

Connection 1/8" TRRS

Wired Latency

0 ms

LEARN ABOUT WIRED

Connectivity

PC / PS4 Compatibility

PC / PS4 Analog

Audio Only

PC / PS4 Wired USB

No

PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless

No

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Connectivity

Xbox One Compatibility

Xbox One Analog

Audio Only

Xbox One Wired USB

No

Xbox One Wireless

No

LEARN ABOUT XBOX ONE COMPATIBILITY

0

Connectivity

Base/Dock

Type

N/A

USB Input

N/A

Line In

N/A

Line Out

N/A

Optical Input

N/A

RCA Input

N/A

Dock Charging

N/A

Power Supply

N/A

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