From our previous reviews, Bang & Olufsen is now sitting alongside Plantronics in regards to this knowledge, because if you do run out of battery power, your audio quality shouldn’t suffer. In essence, you shouldn’t be forced to just use the wireless option, and running out of power sure can force your hand.
Fortunately, the H7 can work without wireless switched on, using a 3.5mm stereo cable to grab audio from your phone or media player and send it to your headphones. It even switches off the power in the process, meaning if you did have battery power, you couldn’t actually force the headphones to stay on, so if a device you’re using doesn’t support Bluetooth, you can still use the B&O H7 headphones.
Unfortunately, Bang & Olufsen has only brought over a standard 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable, which means no microphone if you’re keen to chat without power.
You can always bring your own, which we sure did, allowing you to bring over your own remote and microphone, but B&O doesn’t include one in the box.
It does include a plush bag which is very lush, and B&O even includes a slip of paper telling you that there’s a free gift when you visit a local store valued at 26 USD, but mostly it’s the 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable and a microUSB charge cable, with no actual voice remote, and we’re not sure why.
The H7 headphones also miss out on something expensive headphones sometimes receive, and that’s a motion switch or head/neck sensor to pick up on when the cans have been taken off the head.
Why would you want this?
Well, in some competitor models, this little piece of electronics allows the wearer to automatically pause the music when they take the headphones off or drag them to around their neck, useful if you take a phone call and prefer to hold the phone to your ear or stop to talk to people in real life.
Unfortunately, B&O doesn’t include one in this pair of headphones, which is a shame given the high price tag.
At least the audio is bang on (get it?), but Bang probably needs to spend some time refining the controls which border on usable to downright fussy.
On the B&O H7, those controls are touch elements built into the right earphone, with what amounts to a touchpad on this side.
That’s not totally new, mind you, and we’ve seen controls like this in high-end headphones before, specifically in a pair from France’s Parrot.