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Bang & Olufsen launches H6 headphones and H3 in-ears

Tom Morgan
9 Apr 2013
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Danish audio specialist updates its wearable audio range with precision-made headphones and in-ears made from premium materials

Bang & Olufsen, the Danish A/V brand best known for its overtly engineered speaker products, has launched two new pairs of headphones as part of its growing B&O Play range. The over-ear H6 and in-ear H3 continue B&O's precise attention to detail thanks to aluminum construction and, apparently, high clarity sound.

The over-ear H6 is built from a combination of aluminium, leather from New Zealand and lamb skin designed by Danish designer Jakob Wagner – so perhaps not one for the vegans amongst us. 40mm audio drivers deliver a 20Hz to 20KHz frequency range, with a 30 Ohm impedance - they have apparently been tuned to create a "truly natural and authentic sound performance" - which we hope means they won't be explosively bass-heavy like the vast majority of headphones currently on the market.

Bang & Olufsen H6

Despite all that metal, at 230g they shouldn't weigh your head down when listening, even if you wear them all day. They also have a Daisy Chain feature, with a 3.5mm audio jack in each ear cup - if you want to share your music with another H6 owner, just link up the audio cables and start playing. The cable itself has a three-button in-line remote, with integrated microphone, for controlling playback on a smartphone or making calls.

Bang & Olufsen H6

Meanwhile, the H3 in-ears are also available for anyone that dislikes wearing a set of cans. Again designed by Jakob Wagner, each H3 earbud is machined from a single block of aluminium. The 10.8mm drivers inside cover the 20Hz-16KHz frequency range, with an 18 Ohm impedance, and use the 23 tiny ventilation holes drilled into each earbud to deliver bass.

Bang & Olufsen H3

"A wide range of headphones on the market today compromise on quality and sound performance", Henrik Lorensen, VP of the B&O PLAY division, said of the launch. "We’ve worked with professional sound technicians and studio musicians, to offer people a pristine sound experience in a package that is a delight to wear."

Both the H3 and H6 will be available to buy from May onwards, from Bang & Olufsen stores, the B&O PLAY online store, Apple's retail and online stores and selected department stores. Before you rush out, keep in mind that they carry B&O's typically high-end prices; you can pick up a pair of H3s in black, red or silver for £199, or grab the H6 in either black or natural leather for £329.

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