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B&O Beosound A1 review: Scandi sound made portable

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In the world of Scandinavian brands, few names are as iconic as the incredible Bang and Olufsen

Best-known for transforming the Danish audio landscape, Bang and Olufsen is one of the most popular companies in the world, offering an incredible combination of minimalist style, and forward-thinking technology. 

B&O has drawn customers to Denmark for decades, promising an unbeatable quality for those interested in the audio industry. 

The company has even begun to experiment with new kinds of audio device, ranging from true wireless headphones to portable speakers. 

Today, we’ll be looking at one of the more popular portable products from Bang and Olufsen. 

The A1 Bang and Olufsen portable speaker is a technology masterpiece, perfectly encompassing the minimalist style of Scandinavia. 

B&O Beosound A1 review: Tech specs

Ideal for decking your home out with Scandinavian style, the B&O Beosound A1 is a powerful device with lots of visual appeal. 

The tech specs include:

  • 1 3.5 inch woofer
  • 1 3/5 tweeter
  • 360-degree sound
  • 55-20,000 Hz frequency range
  • AptX and AAC codec
  • Stereo pairing
  • IP67 certification
  • Weight: 558 grams
  • 18 hours of battery life
  • Bluetooth 5.1
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B&O Beosound A1 review: Design

One of the reasons Bang and Olufsen is such a popular company, is it’s amazing approach to design. Every speaker or set of headphones you buy from the B&O brand comes with impeccable attention to detail. 

The B&O Beosound A1 is no exception. 

Just like other Danish style icons, such as Georg Jensen, Bang and Olufsen know how to deliver incredible quality, style, and performance to customers worldwide. 

The A1 (M2) is a lightweight puck-shaped portable speaker, similar to a JBL Clip. This streamlined device fits perfectly into any pocket or backpack. 

However, unlike other portable speakers on the market, the B&O Beosound A1 is surprisingly durable, despite its small shape. 

With materials like aluminum at its core, this high-performance speaker can stand the test of time. The A1 is also dust and waterproof, perfect for life on the move. 

Although there’s nothing particularly eye-catching about the Beosound A1 at first glance, this delightful portable speaker is sure to fit well into any room. 

Even the controls on the right side of the device are simple and streamlined, so they don’t detract from the aesthetic. 

We were particularly blown away by the green version of the speaker, but the grey mist option is a nice choice for those who want a tool that “blends in” with its surroundings. 

B&O Beosound A1 review: Features

Like most Bang and Olufsen products, there’s more to the B&O Beosound A1 than just an attractive design. 

This Bluetooth speaker is splash-proof, and ready for action in any environment, with a battery life that lasts up to 18 hours, or 24 hours on low volume. 

The Bang and Olufsen Beosound A1 speaker comes with resistance to dust and water, so you can use it in the bathroom, or on the construction site. 

Plus, you get Amazon Alexa included in the software, so you can control everything with just your voice. 

The latest version of the B&O Beosound is sure to blow you away, no matter what you’re doing. This high-performance speaker comes with true 360-degree omnidirectional sound, making it the centre of attention in any situation. 

For a price of around $250, features include:

  • Lightweight and portable design
  • Up to 24 hours of battery life
  • Complete aluminum dome
  • Dust and splash resistant
  • Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity
  • Alexa access for smart assistant support
  • 3-way microphone for hands-free calling
  • Full APTx codec support
  • Omnidirectional 360-degree sound
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B&O Beosound A1 review: Performance

The B&O Beosound isn’t just a style statement from one of the best Danish designers in the world. Similar to other leading devices like B&O Play Beolit 17, the B&O Beosound A1 refuses to compromise on sound quality. 

This device is brimming with excellent functionality, including AAC and AptX support. This means that you shouldn’t have to worry about lag between your videos and your speaker. 

The Beosound A1 also comes with access to state-of-the-art Bluetooth 5.1 for some of the fastest connectivity on the market. With stereo pairing, you can even link your speaker to multiple devices at once. 

Access to a smart app where you can adjust your EQ performance and unlock Alexa functionality just make the Beosound even better. 

Thanks to the unique 360-degree output, the Bang and Olufsen Beosound A1 ensures that you get a fantastic quality of sound from every angle. 

The bass is deep and attention-grabbing, while the mid and high frequencies shine with clarity. The full audio sounds incredibly well-balanced. 

If there’s anything you don’t particularly love about the way the Beosound A1 sounds, you can always switch it up with your smartphone app. 

B&O Beosound A1 review: Verdict
Conclusion
It’s hard to find anything on this Bang and Olufsen portable speaker that’s not worth praising. This unique little speaker looks and feels amazing, with a sound that resonates from every angle.

While you might not be able to connect to the A1 with Wi-Fi, you can control it with your voice using Alexa. There’s also support for some of the top Bluetooth codecs on the market.

The biggest problem we can see with the Bang and Olufsen Beosound A1 is its slightly hefty price tag. However, if you’re looking for quality, you do get what you pay for here.
Positives
Attractive and durable portable design
Splash and dust resistant
Excellent Bluetooth connectivity
AptX and AAC codecs
Amazon Alexa support
Useful app for EQ adjustments
Brilliant sound from every angle
Stereo syncing
Negatives
No Wi-Fi
Quite expensive
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