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Emil Jensen
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Emil Jensen posted on Tue, Jan 6 2015 6:21 PM

Beoplay H8

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leosgonewild
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My H6´s just went on my local selling site :P

"You think we can slap some oak on this thing?"

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k3wt:

Would it be possible to use H7 ear pads on the H8?

Hi k3wt,

No, they are not interchangeable, I tried this on a pair in store a while ago.

Kind Regards,

Martin.

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Answered (Verified) Roger replied on Mon, Feb 1 2016 4:32 PM
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This just in from Struer:

 

Bluetooth reception improvements have been implemented in production from serial number:
Gray Hazel: serial number 2524849 (w1542), and
Argilla Bright: serial number 25120775 (w1543).
BeoPlay H8 Black and Natural are per definition OK from start with improved Bluetooth reception.
Anyone that can confirm this? For the rest of us, knowing that the receiver is in the right H8 cup should help a little (put the phone in the front right pocket, not the left one) - but it would be even better if they have actually solved the issue all together from these S/N´s.
Roger
 

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Same issue here. Looks like they have removed multipoint. 

I have used it a little bit after the update, but only at home. No special problems. Less noise from NC when active and no music playing. So it`s getting better, but not as good as it should have been considering the price.

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So no discernible improvement in the drop-outs, but they've removed a feature? Nice work, B&O!

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Hi Folks!

 

My first post... I've owned B&O A8 earphones in the past - they were superb, but got pushed-aside when I got my first pair of BT headphones, Sennheiser MM450's...

Since that time, around four years ago, I've been through pretty much every high-end BT headphone, looking for a decent product: sounds great, looks great, decent battery life, good sound isolation, ANC, Apt-X and AAC - cost isn't a massive factor, but I expect to get what I pay for.

So, you can imagine that I was pretty excited to hear about the H8's - listened to them briefly at a dealer (compared to H7's), then finally got hold of a pair yesterday...

Yes, they sound amazing! Yes, they're pretty comfortable! Yes, the have a good sounds-stage, noise floor, amazing seperation, deep (but not too much) bass, tight mids and shimmering (if a little sibilant) trebble! Yes, you can hear your feet a bit when walking, but not that much worse than the competition (this alone made Parrot Zik's unusable).

But what's this? I put my iPhone in my pocket and the signal breaks-up, especially when walking. I mean really breaks-up, so much so that the headphones crash after a while. Even holding in my hand causes problems if it's not the right angle. Even having my phone on a table a couple of metres away can screw-it-up...

Imagine my surprise and shock to come to this forum and see others with exactly the same symptoms. Imagine further, if you would, my disappointment that this issue isn't being rapidly addressed.

I was ready to have a love affair with B&0 - I had my eyes on a couple of A9's - hell, my wife's even Danish and thoroughly approved. But I've severe reservation at this moment.

So now I'm faced with returning the H8's for a refund, which I'm loth to do as in all other respects they're nearly perfect. I have written to B&O.

I assume you get used to the touch-panel - I try an change the volume and keep pausing. Oh, the ANC kills the sound too, but did a great job in the Metro today, you just need to whack the volume up a bit.

Cheers...!

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Welcome to the forum! :)

Yes, I do understand your disappointment. I was eagerly waiting for H8 release as I really need BT wireless headphones. And yes, all great sonic attributes are in vain if it fails to deliver on fundamental feature: wireless connection.

So I still wait for the fix or MkII or whatever comes - if anything - to shell out 499 EUR finally.

On the positive side, I own A9Mk2 and I love it. Don't give up on A9 because of experience with H8. :)

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Duels replied on Thu, Dec 3 2015 6:37 PM
Personally I will buy a pair of H8s the day I hear they have solved the dropout problem. They sound and look fantastic.
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Hi Folks - me again, second post Cool

I think I bring good news... I just installed the firmware update - 8.0.2, I think it was - and it *appears* to have dramatically diminished the cutting-out.

I say "appears" because I'm wearing different trousers than yesterday, they have a tighter front pocket and this might have a bearing on the problem.

Right now - I can initiate the signal break-up if I put my iPhone behind me and press against my lower back, but most BT headphones struggle with this as the signal doesn't pass through body-tissue very well.

At lunchtime I'll go for a walk and report-back later.

Cautiously optimistic!

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OK, an update... The cutting-out issue is not resolved, but I would say that it's dramatically improved. However, I still want to try it out at home with the same pair of jeans.

It's my perception, also, that the connection is generally far more stable. The headphones bond to the iPhone better and don't crash the way they did.

So heading in the right direction, if not yet perfect.

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I can't confirm that. no improvement on listening on an iPhone. listening to music via Bluetooth over Mac even got worse. also they removed a feature. now I can't stay connected to my phone and notebook at the same time. I'm very upset with this firmware upgrade or should I say downgrade? 

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My impressions:
• Still cuts out, hard to say if it is less than before. Depends to much on the environment and what is in the environment at _that_ time.
• Takes longer to power on and establish bluetooth connection.
• It doesn't make the same sound feed back, just one beep now?
• Used them a few days ago and the battery just ran out, no audio feedback before as it was earlier. (Used with my Mac, so no battery indicator over bluetooth there).
• They seem to hang less often on power on, but they can "crash" during use (happened once after the update).
• I have to disconnect and try to manually connect to get them over from iPhone to Mac and vice versa. VERY annoying. Wasn't like that before.
• Sound quality is the same I think, but ANC works better, especially walking outside. Less clicks when I walk, so now I can for the first time use ANC while walking, even in light wind. So this is a good thing at least! 

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Yes, agreed that the ANC behaves better for the walking noise - it's still there, but much less.

I also noticed that the headphones pick up very little wind-noise compared to the ones I've tried in the past (most brands except Bose, they suck)

Note that I'm listening now with my iPhone on my desk with a thick fleece, Kindle, rucksack full of junk and MacBook Pro and no cut outs...

However, if I sit on my iPhone then the signal is lost totally Unsure

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By the way. BeoLit 15 was also updated but does not feature Bluetooth battery indication on iOS. That is a shame since it is very hard to know otherwise. Not fun when the BeoLit stops playing during a party :-).

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OK, after a weekend of testing and then today with the same jeans, it's actually no better, no change at all in fact.

So having the iPhone in my jeans pocket - not a particularly tight fit - and it cuts-out all the time. If I wear some baggy flight or combat trousers then it's fine.

I can only guess that the antenna in the headphones is incredibly weak and as soon as the signal strength drops below 100% it cannot cope.

I tried with a Sennheiser BT transmitter, using Apt-X, and it was the same experience.

However, I do like the headhones very much otherwise and I was lucky to get them for a good price, so I'm going to keep them in the hope that B&0 come up with something...

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I have had my H8's since April this year and I have had drop out issues with my old Moto G phone all the time it was unusable. I got myself an iPod Nano and it was fine, worked flawlessly. The ionly issue I had was they would disconect once after around half an hour of use, I simply switched them off and back on again and they worked perfectly. No signal loss, unless i put my hand in my pocket where the iPod was located. I can have them in any pocket, tight or loose and no dropouts at all.

I then got myslef an iPhone 6s Plus and all worked perfectly. Same disconect issue as with iPod, but no dropouts and can have the iPhone anywhere I want on me.

After software upgrade they now switch to bluetooth much faster and litererally straight away. Still the same disconection issue, but I can#t simply turn them off and on for re-connection as I used to, I now have to go into the phone settings and manually re-connect and also I find if i turn on my H*'s first into BT mode before enabling BT on my iPhone they don't auto connect, I have to make sure Ii turn on BT on the iPhone brefore switching on BT on the H8's, otherwise they don't connect unless i manually connect on the iPhone.

I am happy with them and they are extremely comfortable now as I have broken them in, they were a little snug when i first got them, but like a good pair of shoes they needed breaking in to make them wearable all day.

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I get the impression that behaviour varies from headphone to headphone, but for sure they are supremely comfortable!

I wrote to B&O customer services and although it took a while, I got the following response:

"We are aware of a Bluetooth issue on a small amount of our BeoPlay H8 headphones.
Until now we have not been able to locate the entire amount of headphones with this issue.
We have our technical team working on a solution to this issue at the moment, but I can not promise you when a solution will be available.

So far we have had great experiences from replacing the BeoPlay H8 models with Bluetooth issues, and therefore I would like to offer you the same. However I can not promise you that the replacement pair of BeoPlay H8 will not have the same problem."

I have now created a ticket to return the items - they will collect next week and, I assume, send me a replacement pair. I guess the down-side is that I'll be without the headphones for some days or weeks...

Will keep you all informed, but seems to me that here B&O have been open and correct in how they've responded; which is what I'd expect from a premium brand.

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k3wt replied on Fri, Dec 25 2015 4:04 PM

Would it be possible to use H7 ear pads on the H8?

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