Bang & Olufsen is best known for its premium feel and sound – and that’s no different when it comes to the company’s wireless earbuds.
Despite its line of Beoplay buds following this tried and tested formula, though, they were arguably due a bit of a refresh.
Users – including those on the Pocket-lint team – have repeatedly noted that models like the Beoplay EQ can be a little uncomfortable to wear for long periods, and the shape, though always classy, can often lean a little on the chunky side.
With the Beoplay EX, the script has been rewritten. Bang & Olufsen has given its latest pair of buds a stem and an entirely new shape, perhaps taking inspiration from a certain Cupertino tech giant in the process.
We’ve been listening to them for a few weeks. Here’s how they stack up against the top-end of the market.
The Beoplay EX are a good step forward from Bang & Olufsen without any major downsides – unless, of course, you’re not a fan of earbuds with stems.
In the upsides column, meanwhile, you get great microphone quality, an improved fit and the same superb sound we’ve come to expect from the Danish company.
With an attractive design and solid touch controls, they’re a really good package, then, with active noise-cancellation filling out the roll-call of features you’d like to see included in a pair of premium earbuds.
Despite the Beoplay EX ticking plenty of boxes, though, it’s hard to escape the weight of that price tag – and the fact you can get earbuds that can match or beat them for around $100 / £100 / €100 less.
If you’re a big fan of the brand, that may not matter, but it’s worth considering for those trying to decide between a few of the more expensive options.
The Beoplay EQ, a pair that only came out in late 2021, appears to have been the last of an old-style design from Bang & Olufsen – unless the company is experimenting with offering a choice of shapes.
Either way, with the new Beoplay EX, gone is the rounded and bulbous design of older models.
It’s replaced by a look that, even with some major differences, is another in the long line that takes inspiration directly from Apple’s iconic work on the AirPods. Principally, that just means having a stem jutting out below your ear.
It’s got one big benefit, though, in the form of improved microphone performance for calls and recordings, which is great in the age of FaceTime and Zoom. However, the design doesn’t stop there. It’s also got a substantially smaller in-ear section compared to B&O’s older earbuds.
This makes for an easier fit in the ear and a more comfortable one, too – a heartening change given that comfort was one of our few complaints about the Beoplay EQ. You get a welcome five options to choose from when it comes to tips, as well, with various sizes and even one set of medium Comply foam tips.
On the outside of each earbud, there’s a lovely tempered glass mirror surface, replete with B&O’s logo. This makes the earbuds stand out from the crowd, and our blue pair is really nice to look at, especially given how different light changes their look.