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B&O Beosound 1 review: Artistic 360-degree sound

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There’s a reason why Scandinavian companies like Libratone and Urbanears make such an impact when entering the audio landscape. 

These companies don’t just provide incredible sound quality — they also introduce the beauty of Scandinavian minimalism and sophistication in their designs. 

Perhaps the company best-known for harnessing its Scandinavian roots in the audio world is Bang and Olufsen. 

B&O speakers and headphones have transformed the way we listen to our favorite music and radio stations. This incredible Danish brand knows how to capture the innovation of the future, without losing track of its Scandi roots. 

The B&O Beosound 1 is just one example of how Bang and Olufsen blend sound and artistry so well. The Beosound 1 is an eye-catching statement speaker that you’ll love having on display in any room, whether you’re at the office or at home. 

Let’s see what this speaker can do.

B&O Beosound 1 review: Tech specs

The B&O Beosound 1 is a stunning speaker that you can either use alone or pair with various other items in your Bang and Olufsen collection. Like many of the speaker systems from B&O, this product offers 360-degree sound and excellent connectivity for streaming. 

Tech specs include:

  • 1 x 40-watt class D full-range amplifier
  • 1 x 20-watt class D woofer amplifier
  • 1 x 1 ½ inch full-range speaker
  • 1 x 4-inch woofer
  • Stereo pairing functionality
  • Acoustic lens technology
  • Thermal protection
  • Adaptive bass
  • Acoustic placement settings
  • Size: 16.2 W x 32.7 H x 16.2 D
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Wi-Fi streaming
  • Airplay 2, Beolink multiroom, and Chromecast
  • Google Voice Assistant
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B&O Beosound 1 review: Design

The Beosound 1 from Bang and Olufsen is one of the many B&O wireless speakers that instantly grabs attention with its aesthetic appeal. 

This sensational device looks like it belongs in the office as of a high-end executive, with a unique cone shape and a range of colors to choose from. 

Whether you opt for classic black or sapphire blue, the Beosound 1 looks amazing. 

Designed to draw the eye, the Bang and Olufsen Beosound 1 is supposed to look incredible without being overly obnoxious. The top control dial seems to hover on top of the speaker body for a futuristic feel, while the speaker itself exudes sound from all sides. 

You can place this product anywhere in your room, and it’s sure to make an impact. 

However, if you want to really get the full 360-degree sound experience, it’s worth seeing what it feels like when placed in the middle of the room. 

One thing that’s particularly interesting about these Bang and Olufsen speakers is the intuitive touch-focused controls. 

You can tap the top of the speaker once to turn it on, swipe right and left to skip tracks, and more. The proximity sensor will detect where you are and adjust accordingly. 

B&O Beosound 1 review: Features

It only takes a few minutes of playing with the Beosound 1 before you realize that you’re dealing with a device that doesn’t just look great. This is an incredibly intelligent device, intended to change what you thought was possible with modern audio. 

The Beosound 1 comes with an app that you can download to link the system to your home network and adjust the audio EQ too. There’s also a separate app available if you want to connect your Beosound 1 with any other Bang and Olufsen speakers in your home. 

Although the Beosound apps might be a little tricky to use initially, if you’re not used to smart tech, they’re intuitive enough that you’ll pick things up quite quickly. Linking your speaker to your internet connection is simple enough, and there’s a wired ethernet port available if you want it. 

At a price that ranges from $1,750 to $2,500 depending on your color choices, the Beosound 1 isn’t a cheap speaker. However, it’s one of the few audio tools on the market today that also doubles up as a genuine piece of art. 

Features include:

  • Google assistant built-in
  • Multiple apps for audio control
  • Wide selection of color options
  • Five built-in microphones
  • 360-degree sound
  • Wireless streaming with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Airplay 2 and Chromecast accessible
  • Convenient touch controls
  • Multi-speaker connectivity
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B&O Beosound 1 review: Performance

Bang and Olufsen don’t compromise with its speakers. Just because a product looks as beautiful as the Beosound 1 doesn’t mean it lacks when it comes to volume or sound quality. 

This is one of the best B&O wireless speakers we’ve heard, offering a range of options to connect however you choose. 

You can link your Beosound 1 to other Bang and Olufsen devices, or stream music to it directly using your Bluetooth connection or Wi-Fi. There’s also Google Assistant built-in so you can enjoy the convenience of voice activated controls too. 

No matter what you’re listening to, from streamed audio to internet radio, the Bang and Olufsen Beosound 1 will make your experience simple and convenient. 

This beautiful wireless speaker also delivers a sensational quality of sound that’s sure to impress any audiophile. 

Pioneering acoustic lens technology spreads sound throughout your room with excellent balance, supported by the 360-degree speaker performance. Every note from this speaker comes across crystal clear and strong, from the deep and punchy bass lines, to the crisp high notes. 

Another bonus? 

Despite a compact size, the Beosound 1 can deliver some real room-filling volume. Even at the highest levels, you won’t have to worry about any breaking or distortion. 

Although you can adjust the EQ on this product with the available smartphone app, it’s good enough out of the box that you shouldn’t need to make any changes. 

B&O Beosound 1 review: Verdict
Conclusion
The Beosound 1 isn’t just another Bang and Olufsen speaker. This is a piece of art and a staple of your home’s design, with audio features built-in. The incredible design of the Beosound is enough to capture the attention from anyone who enters your home.

At the same time, you get sensational audio quality too — so this speaker is more than just a pretty face.

The biggest downside for us is that this speaker is just too expensive for most people to purchase. There are cheaper ways to get a touch of Scandinavian style in your home.
Positives
Unforgettable 360-degree sound
Google Assistant built-in
Apps available for audio control
Delightful range of EQ options
Convenient touch controls
Stunning design with various color options
Integrations with your favorite apps
Tons of streaming options available
Ethernet cable port included
Negatives
An expensive option
No manual or instructions
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