It has been in the audio game for more than 90 years, but it was only recently that Bang & Olufsen finally set foot in the portable Bluetooth speaker arena with the BeoPlay A2. The new BeoPlay A1 might be even smaller than the company's previous take on a compact audio solution, but it does retain its killer feature in the form of a claimed 24 hour battery life.
Measuring just 4.8 cm thick and 13.3 cm across, (1.9 and 5.2 in), the disc-shaped BeoPlay A1 isn't much larger than a headphone earpiece, and it kind of looks like one too. Inside are two 30 W Class D amps for the 3.5 inch full range driver and a 3/4-inch tweeter, with B&O rating peak power output at 2 x 140 watts. The system has an effective frequency range of 60 to 24,000 Hz.
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The BeoPlay A1 also weighs around half as much as the BeoPlay A2, tipping the scales at a rather lean 600 g (21.2 oz). Built into the base is a microphone for use with voice calls, along with touch controls for calls, volume, power and connectivity. There is also a 3.5mm mini-jack and USB-C port for charging.
Powered by a 2,200 mAh lithium-ion battery, Bang & Olufsen claims that the BeoPlay A1 will last up to 24 hours of playback at a moderate listening level, much like the BeoPlay A2.
There are other Bluetooth speakers around that boast similar numbers, albeit at a much lower cost than the A2 (US$399). This may have factored into the company's thinking in going with a friendlier price tag this time around. In colors moss green and silver, the Beoplay A1 is available now through the Bang & Olufsen website for $249.
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