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Ears-on with BeoPlay H3 headphones

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The Danish have given the world two legendary pieces of technology you’ll never want the misfortune of standing on: Lego and the audio equipment of Bang & Olufsen.

Renowned for their otherworldly speakers, B&O products not only appear and perform like the handiwork of a technologically superior race, they usually carry a similarly cosmic price tag. The group's BeoPlay H3 in-ear headphones are thus a snip at £199.

Contained within the H3’s neatly crafted aluminium earpieces are a 10.8mm driver and Micro Bass Port – geek-speak for an impressively capable set of earphones. Designed with the iCrowd in mind, an in-line mic and volume control also feature.

The H3s dispatched the majority of music genres we threw at them with consummate ease: vocals were deliciously crisp, sitting sat at the front of tracks rather than getting lost between mid- and high-end sounds. Chaotic electro, classical concerts, podcasts – everything sounded gorgeously sharp and detailed from minimum to ear-splitting maximum volumes. The only tripping point came on numbers that led with bass: the sound isn’t muddy, but the H3s seem to lose something of otherwise galactic capacities when lower frequencies takes centre stage.

After spending a few days with the H3s, going back to our usual (cheaper) headphones felt hugely disappointing. As with most B&O products, they instantly improve anything you choose to pump through them, but only the keenest of music lovers will feel that it’s £199 well spent.

You can buy the BeoPlay H3s here

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