B&O Play Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker review
An excellent smaller than usual Bluetooth speaker with solid sound and long battery life
The Good / The vault formed, aluminum-clad Beoplay A1 speaker looks smooth, conveys generally superb sound for its extremely conservative size, has phenomenal battery life and functions admirably as a speakerphone. A calfskin conveying lash enables you to hang the speaker from a snare, circle or branch.
The Bad / It’s genuinely expensive and warms up a little when played at high volumes for extensive stretches. Likewise, no defensive conveying pocket or case is incorporated.
The Bottom Line / The Beoplay’s solid plan, sound and battery life make it a commendable premium smaller than normal Bluetooth speaker contender.
Credit B&O Play for making a Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t seem as though anything out there as of now. The new arch formed Beoplay A1 isn’t just the littlest remote speaker from the Danish organization, yet in addition the most reasonable at $249, £199 in the UK and AU$379 in Australia.
Composed by understood Danish furniture planner Cecile Manz, the aluminum-clad A1 is unmistakably intended to go up against Bose’s prevalent SoundLink Mini II remote speaker, and it’s extraordinary compared to other sounding smaller than normal Bluetooth speakers I’ve heard, however it better be thinking about its hoisted value point.
While it looks smooth and has no distending catches B&O Play says it’s “sufficiently hearty to deal with the knocks and scratches of ordinary utilize.” It accompanies a calfskin conveying tie, however no defensive conveying pocket, which is too terrible.
The speaker has two drivers – a 3.5-inch mid cone woofer and a 3/4-inch tweeter. It figures out how to play boisterous for its size, conveys an astounding measure of bass and is exceptionally solid in the midrange where vocals live. So, similar to all these little speakers, it has its confinements, and has a harder time settling more confused tracks (a considerable measure of instruments playing in the meantime) at higher volumes. All things considered, it will fill a little live with sound and would function admirably in a kitchen, restroom, home office or apartment.
As its shape infers, it additionally serves as a speakerphone and it’s a decent one. Alternate in addition to is the solid battery life – it’s appraised at 24 hours because of a 2,200mAh inward rechargeable battery and an effective versatile power administration framework. It’s significant that it accuses of a USB-C link, not a standard Micro-USB link.
Here are the A1’s key specs:
- Measures 5.2×1.9 inches (133x48mm) and weighs 1.3 pounds or 600 grams
- Up to 24 long periods of battery life at direct volume levels
- Accuses of included USB-C link
- Speakerphone abilities
- Accessible in greenery green and “characteristic” silver hues.
- Can combine two Beoplay A1 speakers remotely to expand sound or make a stereo match
Solid sound for its size
A portion of our most loved reduced Bluetooth speakers incorporate the Bose SoundLink Mini II, UE Boom 2 and JBL Charge 2+ (the JBL Charge 3 has quite recently begun shipping). This Beoplay contends positively with those models and had marginally clearer sound than the SoundLink Mini 2 and Charge 2+ in my correlations. (The waterproof UE Boom 2 remains the better decision for open air utilize).
The Beoplay’s greatest quality is the way characteristic it sounds in the midrange. Voices are extremely present and the speaker works best with very much recorded tracks that don’t have a ton of instruments playing in the meantime. The Punch Brother’s “The Phosphorescent Blues” collection runs over especially well alongside a ton of tracks from The National. (I could list a great deal of tracks yet I’m simply featuring a couple).
It can be somewhat uneven with EDM (electronic move music), hip jump and more confounded shake tracks. Like a considerable measure of Bluetooth speakers the A1 can deal with just such a large number of frequencies tossed at it immediately and it begins to lose some definition and bass as it gets pushed too hard. I likewise heard some sibilance in the treble on a specific tracks.
All things considered, I ended up astonished on occasion that it sounded as respectable as it did. For example, when INXS’ “Intercede” went ahead, it had more bass punch than I figured it would. The Weekend’s “Can’t Feel My Face” additionally had somewhat more bass kick than I foreseen. In any case, to be clear, this isn’t a gathering speaker; it’s just got so much volume and, as I stated, is more qualified to littler rooms.
You can play around with its arrangement to attempt to show signs of improvement sound. I initially tuned in to it laying level on a table, at that point hung it on a snare and made them confront me at ear level. When I had it suspended, I marginally favored its more directional sound.
My one little concern was that when I wrenched the volume for longer periods the speaker got somewhat warm at its base. It kept on working fine, however I noticed that it was warm when I lifted the speaker up, which was a bit of perturbing.
The bottom line is that you can positively get smaller than usual Bluetooth speakers that cost significantly less and perform quite well for their size. In any case, this is a score up in sound and assemble quality from speakers in the $100-$150 territory and is certainly worth considering in case you’re taking a gander at more premium models like the Bose SoundLink Mini II.