Watch out, Sonos, because B&O is coming for your high-end wireless audio lunch money. The Danish style-meisters have just released the BeoPlay M5 (£529, available now), a large cylindrical sound-tub with all manner of wireless wonderfulness on board: Apple Airplay, Spotify Connect, Chromecast Audio and plain old-fashioned Bluetooth, plus B&O’s own Beolink Multiroom system. At £100 costlier than Sonos’ superb top-of-the-range PLAY:5 speaker, the M5 needs to deliver on the audio front – and given its portly dimensions (19cm tall and 16cm across), it looks likely to be big on bass, but a companion app lets you tune the sound somewhat, should you prefer less low-end load. One thing B&O has nailed, as ever, is the styling. With a wool-blend fabric wrapping the speaker, it’s a gorgeous-looking device that’ll blend in oh-so-easily to your minimalist Copenhagen loft apartment. Or your three-bed semi in Colchester.
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