What Bang needs to work on, however, is the sensitivity which from our tests appears to be just a touch too sensitive.
Design-wise, B&O has made things very easy on you, with only a handful of functions to remember on this touchpad: you touch it to pause and play, you swipe forward and backward to change tracks, and you run your finger along the circle along the inside to change the volume making circles in one direction to go up and in the other to go down.
There’s nothing wrong with this at all, and we appreciate simple controls.
What gets finicky, however, is the outside circle for volume, which is more or less going to make you skip tracks at least once a day.
That’s the thing about the controls: they can be very touchy.
Parrot’s Zik 2.0 headphones had a similar problem upon release, but solved it with a subsequent patch via the Zik app.
In theory, Bang could do the same with its headphones, but not having an app, we suspect you’ll just be teaching yourself how to use the touchpad so it doesn’t happen regularly.
Our other quibble with the H7 headphones is the price, and as expected, you’re basically paying for the brand.
Yes, Bang & Olufsen has a pretty successful name, and one that isn’t laden with gimmicks, but that doesn’t stop us from feeling like the $749 price connected to the H7 headphones is a little overkill for what you’re getting.
That’s more expensive than pretty much any wireless headphones we’ve checked out all year, and while the balance is strong in these cans, we’re not quite sure if they are $749 strong, especially since the noise cancellation has taken a walkabout on this variant.
They’re good, but close to a grand? That we’re not so sure we agree with.