I have come to realize that headphone are a very subjective thing. What sounds good, and fits well to one, may not for another. In the past ten years I have owned well over 20 different headsets. It took me a while to find the ones that worked for me. One of the headsets I tried were the Bang & Olufsen A8 Earphones, which share a lot of the audio characteristics of the Bang and Olufsen EarSet 3i .
It was about 4 years I ago I first purchased these while on a trip to Las Vegas (this is before I lived here). I was killing some time at the Fashion Show Mall, across from the Wynn, and I ended up in the Bang & Olufsen shop. A dangerous place to be when you have time to kill.
I still had just gotten the iPhone at the time, and I was dying to find the perfect headphones to match. So when I saw the Bang & Olufsen A8 Earphones, I had to have them. The price point was a bit steep, but a barging for something that carried the Bang & Olufsen name.
As soon as I was out of the store, I put them to the test. I liked the over-the-ear loop, but found it a bit uncomfortable. But to be fair, I have some big f’n ears. The sound was decent, possibly the most musical of any headphone I had plugged in yet. I should also mention that these do look great. They of course add some bulk to usual earbud style, but they match an iPhone quite nicely.
The only problem I think I would have with the Bang & Olufson EarSet 3i is the comfort level. But I think if I had more human-like ears, these would have worked out wonderfully. The reviews on Amazon are solid.
I can also speak to the Bang & Olufsen EarSet 2 Bluetooth. I did not like that device at all. I found the sound quality to be so-so, and the microphone picked up ambient noise like crazy. Plus, it always felt a bit odd on my ear. I would stay clear of that device.
The Bang & Olfsen EarSet 3 is listed at $250, but you can usually find them for $199 on sites like Amazon.