LG works with Bang and Olufsen for some good headphones for the V20

I don't know about you, but I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the upcoming LG V20.

The V10 looked awesome.  Everything I wanted the G5 to be, but it never came to Canada.  And then they announced the existence of the V20.  We don't know much about it, but we know it's coming to Canada, that it will launch with Android 7.0, it will have a high quality DAC for great audio reproduction, and then recently we heard that they're partnering with Bang & Olufsen to throw in a great seat of earphones in the box to take advantage of that DAC.

LG has worked with B&O previously when they released the Hi-Fi Plus module for the G5 (note: I had to get that link from the UK site as it's not even listed in Canada).  To be honest, I heard about it at the launch, and then maybe a review or 2 after and then nothing more ... so I hope this is a way for their work together to show that audio is still important and quality products matter.  This time, all that quality is already in the box

Now, which set of headphones?  They don't say.  I'm imagining it must be some sister of either their H3 (which itself sits at $150USD value)

So, what do you think?  Does the headphones in the box matter to you?

Press release below


Renowned Acoustic Performance of B&O with Advanced
Smartphone Technology of LG for a Winning Audio Experience

TORONTOAug. 24, 2016 — LG Electronics (LG) revealed today that its upcoming LG V20 smartphone will feature best-in-class audio functions developed in partnership with B&O PLAY. B&O PLAY is a premium audio company making portable audio products and headphones, firmly grounded in 90 years of audio and design excellence, craftsmanship and product innovation from Bang & Olufsen.

LG and B&O PLAY worked closely together to bring the best sound to users by optimizing the audio capabilities of the V20 smartphone. Acoustic engineers collaborated to achieve B&O PLAY’s philosophy of delivering a natural and balanced sound in a portable package. To enhance the total experience, the V20 set will include a special pair of B&O PLAY earphones and a set of wallpapers designed for the V20 which includes the official logo of B&O PLAY, as a certification of B&O PLAY premium audio.

“The collaboration with LG provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase B&O PLAY’s expertise in terms of audio technology, design excellence and user-centered philosophy,” said Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, president of B&O PLAY. “With the new LG V series smartphone, users will experience a new premium sound experience that they have never heard before.”

“I’m pleased about our close partnership with B&O PLAY which started earlier this year with Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY and continues today with the V20,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company. “A growing number of consumers expect a better audio experience from their smartphones than what has been available in the past and I’m confident that the V20 delivers on these expectations.”