Upgraded Bang & Olufsen headphones control your tunes hands-free

Beoplay H4
(Image credit: Bang & Olufsen)

Bang & Olufsen is well known for combining audio fidelity with luxe, fashion-forward design, and it's latest headphones, the Beoplay H4, are no exception. 

Now upgraded to include support for voice assistance as well as a more refined look, these wireless headphones contain some truly smart tech beneath their glossy exterior.

When they were originally launched a couple of years ago, the BeoPlay H4 headphones were the brand’s cheapest over-ear model and, and offered a solid sonic performance (except for some issues with overpowering bass frequencies). 

Bang & Olufsen don't seem to have made any changes to the sound with the newly upgraded H4s, instead focussing on design and the convenience of built-in support for voice assistants.

(Image credit: Bang & Olufsen)

What's new?

For starters, there's a dedicated button that you press and hold to summon your device's voice assistant, whether you use Alexa or Google Assistant. This allows you to ask for your favorite song, get news updates, skip tracks, and more – all through your voice alone. There's also a slider button to turn the headphones on and off. 

Making calls should be easier with the new Beoplay H4s, thanks to an additional microphone that's designed to improve voice quality. You should also find that watching videos is more seamless, with support for aptX low latency technology for better synchronization between picture and audio.

Bang & Olufsen has made some aesthetic changes as well, including a sleeker braided cable and a new anodized aluminum disc on the outer housings of the headphones, which contrasts beautifully with the other materials. 

A word of warning on the materials; these headphones are not suitable for anyone who avoids using animal products, as the ear cushions and headband are made from lambskin. We're sure it's very soft, but it's by no means vegan-friendly. 

Being made from premium materials, these Bang & Olufsen headphones aren't exactly cheap, despite being an entry-point to the luxurious brand's range. They're available to buy for £250 / $300, which works out at around AU$440, the same price as their predecessors. 

The launch of an upgraded model means that we're likely to see Bang & Olufsen headphone deals over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In fact, the original H4s are already discounted in some stores – check out the deals below for more information.

Today's best Bang & Olufsen headphone deal (US)

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones $300 $180 at Amazon
This pre-Black Friday deal sees the price of these first-gen headphones slashed by $120 – that's a pretty good deal in our books. This is for the black model – you can also get them in gray for $185.

Today's best Bang & Olufsen headphone deals (UK)

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones £250 £179 at Amazon
You can get the Beoplay H4 for £179 in black and gray, which is a saving of £71 (or 28% if you prefer percentages). They could drop further over Black Friday, but this is still a great deal.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones £250 £179 at Currys
The same deal is available at Currys, but you get a free six-month Spotify Premium subscription with these cans – if you're going to buy the Beoplay H4s, we'd recommend going for this deal.

Olivia Tambini

Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.