It is a headset with a hefty price tag, but then you also have almost perfect headphones.
What is it?
In short, the B&O Portal headset is a wireless headset that marks the introduction to the gaming market for the Danish audio giant. Bang and Olufsen is tapping into a whole new market in audio, one in which quite a few demands are made. It is therefore not surprising that Microsoft has teamed up with these headphones and that has paid off. The Portal headset combines the power and quality of Bang and Olufsen with a significant advantage for Xbox gamers. You already have the headphones for 499 euros, where you can choose from Black Anthracite (dark gray), Gray Mist (silver) or Navy (blue).
As soon as you take the headphones out of its luxury box, you already know that you are dealing with a B&O. The headphones are very stylishly displayed and literally radiate less is more from. Only the essential things are on the headset and you will not find bells and whistles such as RGB lighting or the like. The construction of the headset is simple, but solid. Exactly what you can expect from B&O.
The Portal, weighing 282 grams, consists of high-quality materials such as bamboo textile and memory foam in the headband and lamb leather on the earplugs so that it is always comfortable. The whole is held together by the composite polymer composition for a solid feel. The Portal is equipped with an on/off button, volume control and a button for noise canceling around the ear cups. Furthermore, the Portal has an excellent built-in microphone and there is a 3.5mm connection and a USB-C connection.
Is it something?
Attention audiophiles, because this is really delicious. The Portal headset provides Xbox owners with a 2.4 Ghz connection that is established with the push of a button. For all other users, the headset is equipped with Bluetooth 5.1 and it is also easy to pair, after which a solid connection is established without interference. The earplugs of the Portal headset contain drivers that have an enormous frequency range.
In the gaming field, this is reflected in hearing the smallest sounds such as footsteps in the distance, which are perfectly reproduced on the Xbox Series X with Dolby Atmos. In the field of films, series and music, this is expressed in an approach to perfection of both the deep bass and the high tones.
The volume and noise canceling controls on the earcups feel intuitive and control the balance between the in-game sound and your chat or the sound of your other media.
Via the earplugs themselves, you can control, among other things, taking calls, playing your music and pausing your favorite movie or series. All with two simple taps on your earbud. There is no microphone, at least not visible. This is built into the earcups, but no less functions around them. In fact, the sound of the microphone is as clear as the water at the beaches of Ibiza and partly adjustable via the free B&O app.
Although the battery of the headset ensures that you can listen for 34 hours on a full charge or play games for over an hour, the USB-C is not the fastest. The charging time of the battery is more than three hours. Don’t worry, because those three hours are only for a full charge. After about an hour of loading, quite a few hours can be made on each platform. And then there is always the night to recharge.
Pros and cons
+ Stylish and solid design
+ Incredibly comfortable
+ The quality you can expect from B&O
+ Special connectivity for Xbox owners
– Big price tag
– Charging takes a little longer, despite USB-C
– The app does not connect easily
Bang en Olufsen proves once again that quality, reliability and comfort can indeed come in one package with the Portal headset. The wireless headphones are the entry of the Danish manufacturer into the gaming market and immediately put the competitors at the head. The Portal is stylish and comfortable and has only the necessary elements that are also intuitively arranged on and around the ear cups. Apart from the price tag that makes the headset a bit more exclusive, there are some minor points of criticism, but for audiophiles with an Xbox, this is the headset to have.
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