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Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen-Waterproof Bluetooth speaker

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd generation-now better than ever
The second generation of the classic A1 is packed with new features, such as the integration of Alexa and Tencent.

Small speaker-great sound
As you would expect from this legendary Danish brand, the 2nd generation Beosound A1 delivers superior audio quality. Packed within the sleek design, you’ll find a two-way speaker for rich, full-bodied sound. Powered by a Class D digital amplifier that ejects no less than 60watts. For such a small speaker, the 2nd generation Beosound A1 sounds anything but small.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen)
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Stereo pairing
For even more immersive sound, the 2nd generation A1 can now be paired for stereo. With two A1s, you not only get a bigger and more generous sound, but also a real stereo stage, which means the music sounds like the artist intended by the studio or live recording.

Advanced Bluetooth connectivity
The latest Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connection gives enhanced sound quality with more details. Compatible with Apple’s AAC codec as well as aptX Adaptive, the 2nd generation A1 produces the clearest and most accurate sound from music files. Simply connect it to your smartphone, tablet or computer and stream stored music or music from your favorite apps, such as Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer.

Getting straight to the point
Connecting to your music device is now faster than ever. With Apple Fast Pair( MFi), Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair the Portable Bluetooth speaker is ready to go with your smartphone or PC in next to no time.
Voice assistant integration is now more comprehensive than ever. Alexa and Tencent integration with far field (3 to 5 meters) is now standard, making the 2nd generation Beosound A1 ideal for hands-free operation, perfect for when your hands are full in the kitchen. The 3-microphone array offer excellent voice pickup for high-quality hands-free voice calls.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen)
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Improved battery life – With a built-in battery pack (up to 18 hours of play-time), the Bang & Olufsen 2nd generation Beosound A1 is the perfect portable bluetooth speaker to take with you. It is the ideal speaker for music in the garden, camping, festival or anywhere else where power is not readily available. Battery life is up to 46% with an incredible 43 hours of background volume (55dB) and an impressive 18 hours at higher listening levels (70dB).

The Beosound A1 boasts a portable design that seamlessly combines elegance with simplicity, resembling a polished pebble. Its aluminum chassis, treated with a pearl-blasting technique, comes in a variety of colors, radiating sophistication and meticulous craftsmanship. Enhancing the premium feel is the USB-C charging cable, featuring tactile rubber that complements the overall design. Notably, the control arrangement has been revamped for user convenience, with larger, clearly labeled buttons placed closer to the leather strap for an intuitive experience. The leather strap now incorporates an updated tubular metal slider, addressing concerns raised by users about the previous design.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) excels in build quality, achieving an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. This enhancement makes it suitable for diverse environments, including outdoor activities, as it can withstand submersion in water up to one meter deep for 30 minutes. While its profile is compact and lightweight enough for easy backpack storage, caution is advised when hanging it externally due to its sturdy metal construction, which may pose some weight-related challenges. Overall, the Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) strikes a harmonious balance between design aesthetics and practical features, presenting itself as a high-end alternative to conventional Bluetooth speakers.

In the audio department, the Beosound A1 2nd Gen delivers a commendable performance. Powered by two 30W Class D amplifiers, its 3.5-inch woofer and 0.6-inch tweeter produce a satisfying output for its size. While not designed for large gatherings, it adequately fills spaces like a lounge or kitchen area with a detailed, balanced sound. The B&O app provides users with four listening modes—optimal, ambient, party, and speech—as well as the option to customize the EQ. Stereo enthusiasts can pair two 2nd Gen A1s for an enhanced stereo experience, although compatibility is restricted to the same generation.

Battery life sees a significant improvement, with up to 43 hours at low volume and 18 hours at moderate levels, surpassing the original’s 24-hour claim. Connectivity is upgraded to Bluetooth 5.1, offering improved energy efficiency and range. The A1 now supports both AAC and aptX Adaptive codecs, addressing a notable limitation of the original model.

The Beosound A1 impresses with its refined design, enhanced controls, and robust construction. Its audio quality, characterized by precision and balance, sets it apart in its category. Bang & Olufsen’s ability to preserve its signature sound profile in a compact form makes the A1 (2nd Gen) an appealing choice for those seeking a premium portable speaker. Overall, it proves to be a worthy investment for audio enthusiasts in its price range.

Unique Bang & Olufsen style
The beauty of B & O design has always been in the details, and the Beosound A1 2nd Gen is no different. The rounded, anodized aluminum grille not only looks good, but also forms a strong, protective housing around the speaker. Bang & Olufsen brand leather strap is another premium design feature. At just 46mm deep and 558 grams in weight, the speaker is thinner and lighter than before, making it even easier to take with you. Photo: Bang & Olufsen

Dust and water resistant-IP67 protection rating
The final improvement made to this impressive speaker is that it is now IP67 rated. This means that it has passed independent tests to be highly resistant to dust and water. This makes it the perfect speaker to use on the beach or poolside, without worrying if you splash with sand or water, or even fall into the pool. Enjoy premium sound, style and functionality, always and anywhere, with the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) portable bluetooth speaker. Price: $250

Recommended Room Size

5-30 m² 50-300 ft²

Speaker Configuration

1 x 3.5″ Woofer 1 x 3/5″ Tweeter

Amplifier

2 x 30W Class D For Woofer And Tweeter

Sound Direction

360 degrees

Frequency Range

55-20.000 Hz

Maximum Sound Pressure Level @1m

92 dB SPL

Bass Capability

62 dB SPL

Wireless Codec

AAC, aptX Adaptive

Stereo Pairing

Available between two Beosound A1 2nd Gens

Multipoint

Available with up to two devices

Customizable Sound EQ

Presets available and fully customisable through Bang & Olufsen App

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