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B&O Beoplay A9 review: Iconic style and sound

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There are plenty of Danish designers with worldwide acclaim, putting their country on the map. 

You might already have a piece of Bodum brewing tech standing in your kitchen or a beautiful Nordgreen watch on your wrist. 

When it comes to audio technology, however, it’s Bang and Olufsen that steals the show, not just in Scandinavia, but around the world. 

The B&O brand is a true Danish icon, showcasing the perfect blend of minimalism and beauty that Scandinavia thrives on. Over the years, the Bang and Olufsen company has produced everything from portable speakers to premium over-ear headphones. 

Today, we’re going to look at a speaker that blurs the line between audio entertainment, and art. 

The Bang and Olufsen Beosound A1 is one of the most attractive pieces in the B&O portfolio. This is a music system you won’t be able to take your eyes off. 

B&O Beoplay A9 review: Tech specs

The B&O Beoplay A9 from Bang and Olufsen is a fantastic combination of signature Scandinavian sound, and unbeatable design. This one-point music system aims to be the focal point for your entire room, with a silhouette you just can’t ignore. 

Tech specs include:

  • 1 8-inch woofer
  • 2 x 3 inch mid-range
  • 2 x 1 and a half inch full-range
  • 2 x 3 quarter inch tweeters
  • 1 x 400 watt bass amplifier
  • 2 x 200 watt mid-range amplifiers
  • 2 x 200 watt full-range amplifiers
  • 2 x 150 watt treble amplifier
  • 33- 23.000 Hz
  • Active room compensation
  • Stereo pairing with Google assistant
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Voice assistant integration
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B&O Beoplay A9 review: Design

The design of the Beoplay A9 is the thing that makes it most appealing for audiophiles and tech lovers around. If you’re familiar with products like the Beolit 17, then you’ll know how committed Bang and Olufsen are to creating stunning technology. 

This Danish company never compromises on aesthetic appeal. 

The A9 isn’t your average portable Bluetooth speaker. This is a true masterpiece of technology and design. Selling at about $3,000, the Beoplay A9 is something you need to invest in — like a masterpiece or a great sofa. 

However, you really do get what you pay for. 

This Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 speaker is one of the most beautiful pieces of equipment we’ve ever seen. This unique product takes up a large amount of space in any home — but this is the kind of item you’ll want to take up plenty of space. 

From the stunning wooden legs to the beautifully textured grill, every part of this product is wonderfully eye-catching. You can even choose whether you want to wall-mount this product, rather than leaving it as a free-standing speaker. 

You can choose from different colors for your legs and grill too — so there’s nothing to stop you from making this device the most iconic part of your living room. 

B&O Beoplay A9 review: Features

The Beoplay A9 is attractive — but like most Scandinavian products, there’s more to it than beauty. 

Whether floor or wall mounted, the A9 comes with everything you need to really make the most of your music. There’s even a 480-watt amplifier system included. 

Not only does the unique shape of the Beoplay A9 contribute to better sound quality, but there’s extra technology built-in too. Intelligent room adaption means that your speaker can sense what’s around it, to fill your room with amazing audio. 

You can’t take this speaker with you on the move, and there aren’t any features like NFC pairing to explore, but it’s still extremely impressive. With access to voice assist, Wi-Fi connectivity, Airplay, and more, the A9 does have it all. 

For a price of around $3,250, features include:

  • A range of custom style options
  • Airplay 2 and chrome-cast
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Powerful Bluetooth streaming
  • Wall mount or floor stand
  • Smooth EQ app control
  • Seven drivers to support active room compensation
  • Incredible adjustable design
  • Corded electric power output
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B&O Beoplay A9 review: Performance

An impeccable blend of audio quality and aesthetic appeal makes the Beoplay A9 a truly unforgettable device for any lover of Scandi design. This is the perfect example of Danish design. 

According to the designer, the A9 is made to deliver beauty and great audio from any angle. 

Every feature of the Beoplay A9 simply blows you away, from the Wi-Fi connection for easy internet streaming, to Bluetooth output and Airplay 2. You can even unlock the power of Google Home Assistant, so controlling your music with your voice is a breeze. 

There’s an app included to help you adjust speaker performance — but it’s a little fiddly. Prepare to spend some time learning how to use everything correctly. 

Fortunately, once you’ve figured everything out, you can rest assured your Beoplay A9 will sound amazing in any situation. 

You can hear every watt of power that goes into this powerhouse of a speaker. There are no issues with distortion, even at high volumes. 

While the bass is punchy and rich, it leaves plenty of space for the mid and higher levels too. The full sound stage is complete and warm, ideal for filling a home. 

The deep soundscape combined with ambient room adaption means that you feel like you’re stepping into the same room as your favorite artist whenever you press play. 

B&O Beoplay A9 review: Verdict
The Beoplay A9 is not the speaker for a budget-conscious individual worried about costs. You need to be willing to splash the cash if you want a masterpiece like this.

However, if you don’t want to compromise on anything—from performance to style—the Beoplay A9 has you covered.

This is a speaker system that truly has the power to blow you away and change everything you thought you knew about your favorite music. If that’s not worth a little extra cash, we don’t know what is.
Truly stunning design
Wall or floor mountable
Unforgettable quality of sound
App included with smart assistant access
Fantastic Bluetooth and streaming options
Wi-Fi connectivity
Design options to choose from
Incredible power and volume
Very expensive
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