The newest B&O Play earphones represent the evolution of a classic Bang & Olufsen design while reintroducing a bold aesthetic that’s unlike anything else currently available. Earset is described as state-of-the-art wireless earphones featuring world-class signature sound and offering a fresh look for a new generation.
The original lines for Earset’s design were drawn by Anders Hermansen in the ’90s who focused on creating a set of earphones flexible enough to adapt to any ear. Earset’s adjustment system lets you individually modify the angle of the earbud, the height of the piston, and the curve of the earhook to ensure a perfect fit. That is, rotating and stretching the earphones in three different dimensions.
When talking the inspiration for the new Earset, B&O Play Concept and Design Manager Jakob Kristoffersen said “We are extremely proud of our design heritage, and the original Earset has been a long-lasting favourite due to their flexible, yet precise industrial design and acoustic brilliance.”
Rather than a deeper in-ear fit, Earset allows the speaker house to fit comfortably just inside the inner ear without blocking it. This style is suggested to be more comfortable and enables ambient sounds to be heard while still maintaining audio performance. These are certainly not noise-cancelling earphones.
“As the earbud does not feel ‘enclosed’ in the ear, the sound is perceived as clearer, while allowing elements of the surrounding environment to intervene. One of the main reasons why it has been preferred by musicians and biking athletes,” adds Knud-Erik Lauridsen, Bang & Olufsen Executive Sound Engineer.
The acoustics are built around a 14.2mm speaker unit with a neodymium magnet. The cabinet behind the speaker has two acoustic vents and a bass port. Digital equalisers inside the Bluetooth chipset are used to fine tune the final sound performance, and the grill on the earbuds is designed with inspiration from the hole pattern on the Beoplay A1 to ensure optimal sound dispersion.
Earset is crafted from premium materials such as aluminium. It’s used for the telescopic piston that’s precision-forged for a hydraulic-like feel when adjusting the headset. To deliver a comfortable and secure fit behind the ear, the earhook has sections of soft rubber.
With up to five hours of battery life, Earset should be a great companion for short trips and daily activities. The in-line anodised aluminium remote with three buttons and built-in microphone lets you control your music, take calls, and activate voice assistants on your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Earset launches in Graphite Brown and White and retails for $449. Graphite Brown is available from mid-May 2018 and White from 1st June.