At this point, you get the feeling that the H7 are quite balanced, except for the fact that the bass has been pulled back a touch intentionally, almost so the headphones are always going to be bright, unless lower sounds are meant to be over-emphasised, and then they really kick in against the rest of the cans.
Spatially, there’s also a good soundspace here, with a point that lets you hear the detail in the music and doesn’t push the track out of the speaker all at once, as if each instrument has its own orifice on the cans.
Into the rock, and the wispy tones of Thom Yorke in Radiohead’s “Exit Music” is clear and distinct from the basic guitar and ocean sounds to be heard in the back ground, as the mids and lows pull you into his lonely and almost desolate voice.
“Precise” is the word we’d use to describe that one, and it’s the same word we have for Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” and Muse’s “Psycho”, each of which offer forceful mids above all and deep and angry low sounds that are hard to escape from.
Turned up, rock sounds amazing through the Bang & Olufsen H7 headphones, with a real sense of strength ushered in mids first, while the bass and highs fight it out for dominance.
Finally, there’s the music without a lot of engineering, and in Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”, we go back to a world where the bass is less pronounced and bare visible, just there enough to be there, while the rest of the instruments take point, and it’s the same in “So What” (Miles Davis), which joins in with Brubeck to offer a soft bass that doesn’t really take you over but still is clear and comfortable to listen to.
Mostly, what we’re seeing is that the BeoPlay H7 offer pretty stellar sound, though the balance leans more to the bright side, and not the one referenced in The Killers track.
That said, there’s a lovely round tone to the headphones, and one we’d be happy using for quite a while, and that’s much the same with regards to how the H7 feel on your head.
There’s no doubting this, but the leather circumaural pads provide easy and comfortable listening without any problems, though we did notice if you crane your head forward and backward enough, the lack of hugging the H7 offer can mean they almost fall off (though we did say “almost”).
Battery life is also pretty solid on this pair of headphones, and while Bang quotes a life of up to 20 hours, we found we didn’t need to charge them much at all over the course of a week, and even if it did ran out of life, we always had the 3.5mm cable that we could rely on.
Yes, just like other wireless headphones (most, anyway), you can plug in a 3.5mm stereo cable and get the headphones working without wireless.
In a surprise, however, Bang has even mastered line level and stereo balance on the 3.5mm cable, something few companies ever figure out, with both Beats and Bose still struggling to nail in our experience.