Think Bang & Olufsen (B&O), and top-of-the-line luxury audio gear comes to mind. Think RIMOWA, and it’s high-end premium luggage. Together, the two have announced their first collaboration: the Bang & Olufsen X RIMOWA limited edition Beoplay H9i wireless headphones.
At first glance, B&O’s BeoPlay H9i headphones seem like a tough sell. The significant price tag of $1,280 will surely turn many away but like all of B&O’s products, expect nothing but exceptional quality and exquisite design that few in the industry can replicate.
You need only take one look at the Beoplay H9i headphones to understand why it demands an above average price. This limited-edition pair of headphones is housed in RIMOWA’s signature aluminium case and accentuated with a warm light grey colour. The top of the headband is made from genuine cowhide leather and the ear pads are made of adaptive memory foam wrapped in soft lambskin to ensure maximum comfort for your ears.
Features include advanced active noise cancellation (ANC) with transparency mode that lets in the surrounding ambient sounds when you need to. A very interesting smart feature is their proximity sensor that pauses your playback when the headphones are removed and resumes it when worn again. Playback navigation is done through the touch-sensitive gestures on the ear cups. Tap, swipe and trace your fingers on it to adjust volume, skip tracks and more.
In my opinion, another feature that makes it stand out even more, is the option to remove its battery. Purchase an additional battery and never worry about running out of juice when travelling. According to B&O, the Beoplay H9i can run up to 18 hours with Bluetooth and ANC on but goes up to 23hours without ANC. Charge time is about 2.5 hours.
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Despite the hefty price tag, that comes with the Beoplay H9i, it makes for a very tempting offer when you factor in the high-end premium design that comes with the world-class acoustic system of O&F. If the price is not a concern, then surely this is the pair of headphones to get.
The limited edition RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i headphones are available now at $1,280. Exclusively at the Bang & Olufsen flagship store at Grand Hyatt. Click here for more information.