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Ferdinand Posted: Tue, Jan 9 2018 6:21 PM
Hi, just announced on facebook, updates H8i and H9i, i only scanned the information quickly but the ‘dual connectivity’ is something that many people where missing.
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Henrik replied on Tue, Jan 9 2018 6:59 PM
Ferdinand:

Hi, just announced on facebook, updates H8i and H9i, i only scanned the information quickly but the ‘dual connectivity’ is something that many people where missing.

Also: Transparency mode, where your surroundings are amplified, better mileage from the same battery, and a new bass port. That’s all I could find from a quick scan. I compared H9 and H9i.

-h.
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Henrik replied on Tue, Jan 9 2018 7:04 PM
Oh yeah, and I forgot: Proximity sensor for automatic play/pause when you take them on/off.

Where did you read about dual connectivity? Couldn’t find that. Does that mean multipoint pairing, so it switches automatically between your mac, iPhone and iPad? I have to manually pair my H9 each time I switch between devices, so that would be a welcome upgrade.

-h.
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Earle replied on Tue, Jan 9 2018 8:46 PM

Are we sure about the 'same' battery? So long as those remain the same, I think i'll remain happy with my existing H8's H9's... although dual connectivity would be cool... need more details i guess.

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After the fiasco of the E 8s, there is NO WAY I will trust B&O the way I used to and blindly buy.

Sorry B&O, you sure have screwed up.

I’m still a diehard fan, but you must win back my trust

Barry
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Henrik replied on Tue, Jan 9 2018 9:12 PM

Earle:

Are we sure about the 'same' battery? So long as those remain the same, I think i'll remain happy with my existing H8's H9's... although dual connectivity would be cool... need more details i guess.

Don't know if it's actually the same battery. Fair point. I just noticed that the battery of the H9i has the same capacity (770 mAh) and charging time (2.5 hours) as the battery of the H9. I see from a picture that the battery slot on the headphones are differently designed, though. So I suppose the form factor may have changed.

-h.

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Jon replied on Tue, Jan 9 2018 9:21 PM

One thing I've noticed from the photos on the Beoplay website is it looks like they've taken away the the removable/user replaceable battery which for a £450 pair of headphones is a dealbreaker for me :( 

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Jon replied on Tue, Jan 9 2018 9:41 PM

Oh nope it is replacable, just hidden away differently! Sorry.

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Henrik replied on Tue, Jan 9 2018 9:42 PM

jonprocter:

One thing I've noticed from the photos on the Beoplay website is it looks like they've taken away the the removable/user replaceable battery which for a £450 pair of headphones is a dealbreaker for me :( 

If you look at the H9i product page on beoplay.com, and press the "battery" vertical panel, you see a picture of the H9i with the battery compartment partly open. Still looks user replaceable. However, the battery compartment no longer has a door along the edge of the earpad, like the H9. Instead, the entire aluminum disc that faces outward seems to be removable.

-h.

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Ferdinand replied on Tue, Jan 9 2018 10:08 PM

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Ferdinand replied on Tue, Jan 9 2018 10:11 PM
Hi Henrik,

Dual device connectivity is mentioned in the facebook post.

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Jon replied on Tue, Jan 9 2018 10:39 PM
Henrik:

If you look at the H9i product page on beoplay.com, and press the "battery" vertical panel, you see a picture of the H9i with the battery compartment partly open. Still looks user replaceable. However, the battery compartment no longer has a door along the edge of the earpad, like the H9. Instead, the entire aluminum disc that faces outward seems to be removable.

-h.

Yeah I noticed that when I took a second look (hence the follow-up post) - it wasn’t immediately obvious in the photos and the tech specs at the bottom don’t mention user replaceable (whereas the H9’s tech specs says it) haha
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Henrik replied on Wed, Jan 10 2018 6:06 AM
Ferdinand:

Hi Henrik,

Dual device connectivity is mentioned in the facebook post.

Thanks! I must be the only person alive not on Facebook. Big Smile

Strangely omitted from the product page, though. Not even in the tech specs listings. Makes you wonder what other “secret” new features might await casual mention in some post.

-h.
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Duels replied on Wed, Jan 10 2018 7:42 AM
Henrik:

Thanks! I must be the only person alive not on Facebook.

-h.

No, there are two of us. Wink
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mbee replied on Wed, Jan 10 2018 8:09 AM

More features, new design, but also a cost reduction in mind, I see : there is one articulation that disappeared, with it's big metallic arm. Its gives a simpler look, but maybe the comfort will be lowered...

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Sandyb replied on Wed, Jan 10 2018 10:03 AM

+1

Stopped using it around 6-9 months ago.

Much better ways to waste time than clicking on FB.

 

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Duels replied on Wed, Jan 10 2018 10:14 AM
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+1

Stopped using it around 6-9 months ago.

Much better ways to waste time than clicking on FB.

Indeed. Clicking on Beoworld for example.
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Sandyb replied on Wed, Jan 10 2018 10:23 AM

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/9/16867630/beoplay-h9i-h8i-headphones-price-release-date-specs-ces-2018

Helpful article i imagine, for those trying to work out what has changed, and what has not.....

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Henrik replied on Wed, Jan 10 2018 12:46 PM

Beautiful! I have used the last hour to return my H9 to the (non-B&O) store, for a full refund. Turns out it fell within the return policy. Then I went for a talk with my local B&O store. Seems like I will get my H9i wednesday, one week from now. Looking forward to it! Big Smile

-h.

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Earle replied on Wed, Jan 10 2018 7:19 PM

Lucky you, Henrik!

I actually got a notice e-mail about the new cans.... not really a FB guy.

Also, BeoPlay shows price point to be the same as the old models... at least here in the US.

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Jon replied on Wed, Jan 10 2018 9:50 PM
Earle:

Lucky you, Henrik!

I actually got a notice e-mail about the new cans.... not really a FB guy.

Also, BeoPlay shows price point to be the same as the old models... at least here in the US.

Yeah it’s the same here thankfully - was half expecting a price increase before I saw the price since they’ve put the price of the E8, H5, A1 etc up recently (in the UK at least)
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jk1002 replied on Thu, Jan 11 2018 1:50 AM

I think they actually lowered the price, H8 used to be 499.

 

what bugs me is that they still seem to deliver the crappy pouch. My H8 actually broke in my backpack and while you can easily get a hardcase on amazon most are way to big and not very nice.

 

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Henrik replied on Thu, Jan 11 2018 5:22 AM
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I think they actually lowered the price, H8 used to be 499.

what bugs me is that they still seem to deliver the crappy pouch. My H8 actually broke in my backpack and while you can easily get a hardcase on amazon most are way to big and not very nice.

In Norway as well, the price remains unchanged.

I agree that the pouch is a joke. No protection at all, except maybe from scratches. For those that remember, Beoplay did a collaboration with Hard Graft a few years back (2013/2014, I think) that resulted in a very good stiff leather pouch/case for the H6. I still have mine, use it every day, and heartily recommend it if you can get one on ebay. I used it with H9 as well, so I know that it will fit my H9i. Too bad you can’t get them new anymore. It is the pouch/case that should have shipped with H9. Expensive though.

Edit: There it is! Big Smile

https://m.ebay.com/itm/Hard-graft-peak-headphone-case/192393951177?hash=item2ccb92b7c9:g:m3MAAOSwiBJaLiKZ

Edit again: My mistake. You *can* still buy them new, on hardgraft.com. It just seems like they removed every mention of the B&O/Beoplay brands. But the pictures are still there.

-h.
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Nasroht replied on Thu, Jan 11 2018 10:37 AM

https://bocopenhagen.dk/en/beoplay-h9-vs-beoplay-h9i-blogpost/

You can connect your H8i wirelessly with two devices at the same time, and with a range of more than 31 meters, you can stream music further from your device without interruptions.

 

Hope it's true for H9i also since the blog is about H9i even though the text state's h8i.

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mbee replied on Thu, Jan 11 2018 12:32 PM

I doubt there can be functionality differences between H8i and H9i : they surely share the same electronics, otherwise that would be a questionable design regarding costs...

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Nasroht replied on Thu, Jan 11 2018 2:55 PM

Ordered a pair. Time will show.

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I think this new commercial is their best ever

https://youtu.be/cVLSWtoCZgw

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Henrik replied on Fri, Jan 12 2018 11:32 AM

Aussie Michael:
I think this new commercial is their best ever

https://youtu.be/cVLSWtoCZgw

Thanks for the tip! I had to shazaam that music. Turned out to be "Head up high" by Oh Land. Nice!

-h.

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bs206 replied on Fri, Jan 12 2018 7:14 PM

Have the new H9i also Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX Low Latency? Like the H9?

On the Beoplay site stays only Bluetooth 4.2.  

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bs206 replied on Fri, Jan 12 2018 7:14 PM

Have the new H9i also Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX Low Latency? Like the H9?

On the Beoplay site stays only Bluetooth 4.2.  

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bs206 replied on Fri, Jan 12 2018 7:14 PM

Have the new H9i also Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX Low Latency? Like the H9?

On the Beoplay site stays only Bluetooth 4.2.  

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bs206 replied on Fri, Jan 12 2018 7:14 PM

Have the new H9i also Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX Low Latency? Like the H9?

On the Beoplay site stays only Bluetooth 4.2.  

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bs206 replied on Fri, Jan 12 2018 7:14 PM

Have the new H9i also Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX Low Latency? Like the H9?

On the Beoplay site stays only Bluetooth 4.2.  

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Are the H4 also updated ? They also appear on their latest commercial presented in the new fashion.
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jk1002:

what bugs me is that they still seem to deliver the crappy pouch. My H8 actually broke in my backpack and while you can easily get a hardcase on amazon most are way to big and not very nice.

I use this it is excellent. It has room for all your connectors inside and you use it as a headphone stand when not travelling. Top quality design and construction, perfect for B&O. They have several items for other B&O products too.

https://www.bycaseplay.com/

 

BV6-26, BV7-40, BL7.4, BL3, BL5, BS9000, BC1, ES1, Beo4, BeoPort

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jk1002 replied on Tue, Jan 16 2018 6:58 AM

The caseplay looks very noce but why is it so thick? 8 cm is a lot which bothers me with all the amazon cases as well.

But all that aside, B&O should provide someing suitable, they did have a decent case with the H3 which I recently started using again

 

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Roger replied on Tue, Jan 16 2018 12:01 PM

@Aussie Michael: H4 still has the same type no (6436), so no update as of today.

Roger

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Roger replied on Tue, Jan 16 2018 12:02 PM

Nasroht:

https://bocopenhagen.dk/en/beoplay-h9-vs-beoplay-h9i-blogpost/

You can connect your H8i wirelessly with two devices at the same time, and with a range of more than 31 meters, you can stream music further from your device without interruptions.

 

Hope it's true for H9i also since the blog is about H9i even though the text state's h8i.

The spec for the H9i states that you can connect to two devices, too.

Roger

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Henrik replied on Wed, Jan 17 2018 12:50 PM
Just picked up my new H9i in colour «natural». Out in the streets now, testing. First: These are gorgeous! The H9 were really, really good, but these are... what is it called... a significant upgrade. Big Smile More than I hoped for. Seems to be everything the H9 should have been. Soundwise, featurewise and designwise. I’m a bit euphoric and possibly slightly biased right now. I’ll write some more impressions later, on a proper keyboard. Right now I’m busy listening to music. Big Smile

-h.
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smuehli replied on Wed, Jan 17 2018 4:20 PM

@Henrik:+

Thx for the song -> now on my playlist ;-)

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