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BeoPlay A2 portable Bluetooth speaker promises whopping 24 hour battery life

The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first portable Bluetooth speaker
The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first portable Bluetooth speaker
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in green
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in green
The BeoPlay A2, shown in green
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in green
You don't need an impressive beard to enjoy the speaker, but it can't hurt
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You don't need an impressive beard to enjoy the speaker, but it can't hurt
The unit measures 4.4 x 14.2 x 25.6 cm (1.7 x 5.6 x 10 inches)
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The unit measures 4.4 x 14.2 x 25.6 cm (1.7 x 5.6 x 10 inches)
Weight comes in at 1.1 kg (2.42 lb)
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Weight comes in at 1.1 kg (2.42 lb)
The BeoPlay A2, shown in green
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in green
The BeoPlay A2, shown in green
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in green
The BeoPlay A2, shown in green
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in green
The BeoPlay A2, shown in grey
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in grey
The BeoPlay A2, shown in grey
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in grey
The BeoPlay A2, shown in black
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in black
It features a short leather strap for carrying
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It features a short leather strap for carrying
The firm promises that the unit's omni-directional sound will fill the room with sound
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The firm promises that the unit's omni-directional sound will fill the room with sound
"BeoPlay A2 was designed for a life on the go," enthuses designer Cecilie Manz
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"BeoPlay A2 was designed for a life on the go," enthuses designer Cecilie Manz
More important than looks of course, is how it sounds
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More important than looks of course, is how it sounds
BeoPlay A2 features two 3-inch full range drivers, two 3-inch passive bass radiators and two 3/4-inch tweeters
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BeoPlay A2 features two 3-inch full range drivers, two 3-inch passive bass radiators and two 3/4-inch tweeters
According to Bang & Olufsen, its Adaptive Power Management technology monitors and anticipates the incoming audio signal to save battery life
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According to Bang & Olufsen, its Adaptive Power Management technology monitors and anticipates the incoming audio signal to save battery life
The unit measures 4.4 x 14.2 x 25.6 cm (1.7 x 5.6 x 10 inches)
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The unit measures 4.4 x 14.2 x 25.6 cm (1.7 x 5.6 x 10 inches)
The BeoPlay A2, shown in black
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in black
The BeoPlay A2, shown in black
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in black
The BeoPlay A2, shown in black
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in black
The BeoPlay A2, shown in black
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The BeoPlay A2, shown in black
The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first portable Bluetooth speaker
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The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first portable Bluetooth speaker
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Portable Bluetooth speakers are handy for listening to music on the go, but freeing yourself from the hassle of wires doesn't mean much if you're always fretting over battery life. Bang & Olufsen's BeoPlay A2 may have you covered in this regard, as it promises 24 hours of continuous playback from a single charge – which the firm reckons is unmatched for a speaker of its size and type.

The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first portable Bluetooth speaker, and from the images released to the press, appears to sport a nice finish and a design that's a little more interesting than some of the competition. It features an aluminum base flanked by polymer speaker grilles, and a short leather strap for carrying. The BeoPlay A2 is available in grey, green, and black, measures 4.4 x 14.2 x 25.6 cm (1.7 x 5.6 x 10 inches) and weighs 1.1 kg (2.42 lb).

More important than looks of course, is how it sounds. On that note, the BeoPlay A2 features two 3-inch full range drivers, two 3-inch passive bass radiators and two 3/4-inch tweeters – all of which is driven by a 180-Watt amplifier that delivers an effective frequency range of 55Hz to 24kHz.

According to Bang & Olufsen, its Adaptive Power Management technology monitors and anticipates incoming audio, and delivers the required amount of power – and only that amount – to the unit, to improve battery life. In addition, the company cites the integrated True360 tech as capable of filling the room with sound, wherever you're sat.

Charging time for the integrated Li-ion battery is rated at three hours, and connectivity comes in the form of Bluetooth 4.0, a line-in for MP3 or similar device, a USB port for charging your device, and a DC input for charging. There's remote support via the Bluetooth connection, too.

The BeoPlay A2 is available now, and will set you back US$399. Those wishing for something a little cheaper may also want to check out our review of the Minx Go – which offers comparable staying power and impressive sound quality for less than half the price.

Product Page: BeoPlay A2

1 comment
Marc Francisco
Wow, 24 hours!? That's sounds almost too good to be true. I've been finding a lot of cool speakers lately with holiday season coming up. Happy days.