Bang & Olufsen is usually associated with large, eye-wateringly expensive hi-fi products that are as visually arresting as they are great-sounding, but now the Danish company has expanded its repertoire with a small Bluetooth speaker. Cue legions of angry audiophiles spitting out their Earl Grey.
The BeoPlay A2 is slim and flat and offers a leather handle to boost portability, and according to its makers offers 24 hours of battery life per charge (and they say it takes only three hours to fully charge the power).
Engadget, who have had some hands-on time with the A2, point out that it’s pretty heavy – but also that its build quality (high on aluminium and polycarbonate) is reassuringly sturdy.
B&O has designed the speaker so it can be laid flat, on one long edge or on its end – there is no “right way up” so to speak, with sound quality apparently remaining the same no matter the orientation. There’s 180 watts of audio power in total, and the speaker sports a woofer, a tweeter and a passive bass radiator in its array.
The BeoPlay A2 is available from today in three colours (green, gold and black) for £299. Not what you’d call cheap, perhaps – but a lot more affordable than the average B&O product.
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