Many of you have requested I review some products from Bang & Olufsen. You guys suggested it, I finally ordered a pair myself. What we have here today is the Bang & Olufson H6 Special Edition coming in this beautiful almost-copper finish. The color choice is called Graphite Plush and these retail for $400 at the moment. You can click on my affiliate link above for the most updated prices.
Going over the physical features, if you’re a person with strong attention to detail, the H6 provides so much to look at, you’ll appreciate the craftsmanship. The headband up top offers real cowhide leather with the cross section viewable from the side. Moving down to the extendable metal arms, B&O passed on having a ratcheting system we see on majority of headphones, but instead, a very smooth, very refined amount resistance is offered for adjustability, and they stay locked in place very well without accidental movements during wearing.
Down each earcup, the sides are anodized aluminum, offering a stunning reflection in light, but when touched, you feel the slight texture that’s just different from most headphones. After having these for several weeks now, tossing them into my bag without it’s carrying case, as you can see, still no signs of wear or scratches. Last on each earcup, you have the option of using either the left or right earcup to connect the supplied 3.5mm cord directly to your sound source. Despite not having a true locking mechanism, the connection is very snug and accidental pulls were not an issue at all. Overall, just premium feeling all over.
During my stress test that I perform on all of my headphones, it’s a bit extreme, but the H6’s stays intact with nothing breaking. The headband does bend slightly more-so than other headphones, causing a less firm squeeze on the head, but, you can always bend them back to its original shape if they ever accidentally get pulled to an extreme.
Moving onto comfort, these are the second-lightest pair of headphones I have ever tested coming in at 230 grams, while the lightest pair I have ever used are the Bose QC25’s. These are absolutely comfortable for long term wearing, minimal clamping force along the jawline, and despite minimal and not-so-plush padding, the lightness of these headphones provided no discomfort on the crown of the head. Wearing these for 2 hours straight, never did my ears sweat, there’s very minor sound leaking, and these are not noise cancelling, but provides a subtle amount of passive noise isolation when using these outdoors and in busy environments.
But other than that, these are really clean – no extra features, no microphones for phone calls, just simply a well made product. But lets move onto the sound test, and see how these go.
Starting with Bass, wow, these are just right up my alley. Clean, tight, and bass boosted to have music thumping. Just recently reviewing the Parrot Zik 2.0’s and 3’s, the H6’s provide more depth, while not droning the mid-range, while not being distorted nor ear fatiguing. The mid-range is pushed forward, somewhat bright in my opinion with vocals in front of your ears, just clear with hearing the finer details in a song. And the highs in my opinion don’t have roll-off as a good handful of headphones uses that technique to prevent reaching levels of distortion, but the high’s on here for cymbal crashes, snare drums and the like, the H6 for the most part does well with keeping things intact, accurate and not tinging or ear-ringing. These are the type of headphones to wear when you want to become immersed into your music and not just for good quality casual listening.
I still have my open-back Sennheiser HD598’s, which are known for having a great open sound-stage, but having these side-by-side, although not an apples to apples comparison, the soundstage on B&O’s was more pronounced and directional sound was a bit more identifiable. Surprisingly considering open-back headphones are in general known for their soundstage performance. If there was one area I had to truly critique, and I don’t think this is much of an issue, I noticed I had to have volume close to 90% to really enjoy these. They’re loud enough for most people, but to truly appreciate these, I noticed higher volume than other headphones was required. But again, that’s if I had to give some criticism. Overall, these must be the best audio performance headphones I’ve tested so far. If these had noise cancellation and retained it’s light weight, these would have been killer.
So, that’s it for this review. I absolutely loved these, if you can’t tell already. I’m not paid by B&O, nor has B&O and myself ever exchanged emails. But seriously, the overall package of having good looks, the quality build and being how lightweight they are, to the audio performance, these are simply amazing to me. If you can, be sure to add me on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, and tell me this review sent you over to me. I’m Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom. You guys take care, and I’ll see you on the next one.