Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2 Home Wireless Music Speaker System
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- Streaming formats: Bluetooth Audio Streaming, Google Cast, Apple Airplay, DLNA-dir., Spotify Connect, Play 2.0
- Integrated music services: Spotify, Deezer, TuneIn Radio, QQ music
- BeoLink Multiroom: Connects all your Bang & Olufsen products in one wireless multiroom system
- 360º sound: The conical speaker body creates a 360-degree sound image that will fill the room from any position
- Operation: BeoMusic App or the touch-sensitive wheel to source, skip tracks or stations, adjust volume and more
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BeoSound 2 is a powerful wireless speaker system with a room-filling 360-degree sound performance, a sturdy yet unobtrusive aluminium design profile, integrated access to Spotify, Deezer, QPlay and TuneIn – and featuring the BeoLink Multiroom Technology that connects your Bang & Olufsen products in one wireless system across your home. BeoSound 2 supports all the preferred wireless technologies: Bluetooth, AirPlay, Google Cast and DLNA.
Easy and fast setup – supports Bluetooth and all your preferred streaming technologies from Google Cast, AirPlay and DLNA and the free BeoMusic App.
Integrated access to Spotify, Deezer, QPlay and Internet radio TuneIn brings one-point access to millions of songs and thousands of radio stations.
Unite your Bang & Olufsen and B&O Play products with Multiroom, and you can either play different music in different rooms or let the same sound flow throughout your home.
No matter where you are seated the sound experience will be the same; immersive and spherical but with a level of detail and power to leave you breathless.
Tap, turn and swipe! All the basic music commands can be controlled directly on the product, so you can turn the phone off while enjoying your sound.
Fill the entire room with goosebump inducing sound. The raw yet refined power output from BeoSound 2 will bring you right inside the music.
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B&O is known for their upscale, clean and minimalist design, and the Beosound 1 is a prime example. The conically shaped Beosound 1 looks cool and unlike anything else out there, but at the same time, it's not so far out there as to look odd in your room. The high-quality metallic exterior is a brushed stainless steel finish - very attractive. It's also quite "solid" and not at all flimsy - just exactly like a high quality speaker should be. From the product photo, it's hard to get a sense of the size, but I found it to be smaller than I expected it to be.
The top part of the speaker houses volume and other controls, but they're invisible, giving the speaker an uncluttered and smooth look top to bottom and all around. The controls are 3D - push down to switch tracks, roll left/right for volume and swipe the top. Although they work well, I find myself seldom using the controls at the speaker - it's usually easier to adjust the sound at whatever source you're using. Underneath are recessed cutouts for the power cable and if you prefer, wired Ethernet. I like that you have the option of running a wired Ethernet cable to the speaker - this helps you get top performance, even if you're in an area of marginal WiFi.
In terms of connectivity, pretty much anything you might want is included. You can use it like a Bluetooth speaker, connecting pretty much any app from any computer or mobile device. For Apple fans, you can use AirPlay over WiFi, so you're covered from any computer or Apple mobile device. There's also DLNA support, and much to my surprise, the B&O mobile app discovered some of my home entertainment devices as DLNA sources, allowing me to stream audio directly from these devices to the Beosound 1. There's also built-in support for Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn - although with Bluetooth, you can pretty much run any app you want and stream the audio to the Beosound 1.
There are a lot of connectivity options, but the good thing is that virtually everything connects in a trouble-free way and performs well. Unlike some other brands I've tried, both the Bluetooth and WiFi based protocols were perfect, with not even a single drop out in many hours of playing. Of course, if you have marginal WiFi, you might not have the same experience - but even there, it's nice to know that you can always run your speaker over Ethernet to eliminate these issues.
Setup is simple using B&O's app. I used the iOS version on an iPhone, and setup took just a few moments. B&O works with Apple's advanced AirPlay setup, allowing your WiFi information in your mobile device to be automatically shared with the Beosound 1 - you don't even need to know the WiFi password. Bottom line is that it worked like a champ, only taking a few minutes from opening the box to music. If you're only planning on using Bluetooth (that is, no AirPlay, etc), then you can even skip this part - turn it on and connect via Bluetooth...no setup needed.
One small criticism is that the Beosound 1 requires a different app than many of B&O's other wireless speakers. If you have a Beosound in one room and (say) an M5 or Beolit in another, you need both apps. Fortunately, once setup, there's really little need to use the app on a regular basis - you just connect to whichever speaker you want.
Of course, a speaker in this price range needs to sound good. Here are my thoughts.
First, if you want the best sound, you'll want to experiment with placement - this is a speaker that sounds different, depending on where you put it. Placed against a wall or in a corner, you get relatively more bass in exchange for a more "compressed" sound. Placed in the middle of the room, it's an open/airy sound, but with slightly less bass. You'll also want to let it "break in" for a while - I found mine to sound a little dry right out of the box, but with 8-10 hours of playing, it definitely warmed up.
A unique feature of the Beosound 1 is the 360 degree radiation pattern it has. Most speakers tend to beam sound across a narrow band, creating a "sweet spot" where the sound is optimal. With the Beosound, B&O went a different way, projecting sound equally in all directions to eliminate any sense of beamy sound. If you put the Beosound 1 in the middle of a room, you can walk around the speaker and not hear peaks and valleys in highs or lows. The Beosound 1 does this better than perhaps any speaker I've heard. It's not a stereo effect (that is, if you close your eyes, you can tell you're listening to a single speaker), but it gives you the same sound no matter where you are in relation to the speaker.
I've found B&O products to usually feature a very neutral, uncolored sound, and the Beosound 1 is no exception. If you're used to inexpensive speakers that often have muddy bass and artificial, shrill highs, the Beosound 1 will sound a little cold and sterile at first. But then you start noticing all the nuances you never heard before, and you realize you're hearing music like it was meant to be heard. The onboard amplifiers carry a lot of punch too - the Beosound will fill most rooms with lots of clean sound, and they don't mind being pushed to loudness levels that most people would find uncomfortable.
From B&O, I also own the Beosound 2, Beolit 17, M5 and A9 speakers, plus I have a few wireless speakers from Bose, Martin-Logan and JBL. In the B&O line, I'd say the sound quality of the Beosound 1 fits somewhere between the M5 and the A9, especially if you listen in a larger room or need to crank up the volume. To my ear, it's way better than anything I've heard from Bose (I don't like their muddy, incoherent bass), and actually very similar to the Martin-Logan Crescendo. If you have a good ear, you'll definitely want to audition the Beosound 1 live...if you like high-end sound, you'll prefer the A9, although it's twice the price - it has a clarity and punch that no other wireless speaker I've found can match.
One thing I like about B&O's overall line of wireless speakers is that they all have similar sound...I can see putting different speakers in different rooms and ending up with an overall environment that's uniform and consistent sounding as you go from room to room. This is really hard to do with most manufacturer's products.
In summary, B&O's Beosound 1 is a convenient and high performance wireless speaker that should work with just about anything you want to send it. It gets design points for it's unique style, and it offers reasonable sound quality for a speaker in this price range. Definitely worth an audition if you're shopping for a high quality wireless speaker, and I'd have no trouble recommending it along with it's B&O siblings.
If you love audio, if you're the kind of person who wants to LISTEN, then this is for you. If you're a person who just wants a speaker playing in the background during your party, then BOSE is good enough. Basically, Bang & Olufsen is a company for audiophiles. My belief is that most people won't hear a difference between an MP3 and a WAV, and if you're one of those people, you're not going to hear the difference between a BOSE wireless speaker and a Bang & Olufsen. There are others though, like myself, who notice that there is a flatness to some MP3 files. They're not tinny, but there is a definite loss in the sound quality. Similarly, as nice as BOSE sound is, there is better, richer, deeper sound with a B&O piece of equipment. If you can hear it, you know it's different.
This thing is beautiful, too. The volume control (spinning the top) is incredibly sensitive. the controls are intuitive and elegant. Everything about this speaker speaks of quality. If I had the money, I would put one of these on each floor of my home and one in my office. As is, I have to fight the temptation of carrying it back and forth, but eventually settled on having it in my office. And when I play sound from it, it can sometimes distract me from my work when normal speakers wouldn't. Unsurprisingly, however, I don't have that kind of money. I can't say that the investment is right for everyone, but...if you have the money and are looking for a speaker that is great, not good, then this is the one I would recommend.
(Side note: Let it Go, the Frozen song, sounds GREAT on this.)
The BeoSound 2 wireless speaker definitely does not dissapoint.
Yes, at $1,895 it's crazy-expensive. But it's also crazy-good.
I've spent several days searching for the best way to describe its incredible performance and in the end, it comes down to the defining characteristic of all of my other B&O products - clarity. It has a clarity of sound that shows you every subtlety and nuance of your music all the way from a whisper to room-filling, window-rattling maximum volume. The sound never gets muddy - the bass is rich and fat where it's supposed to be and the highs have a crisp clarity that defies description.
As another reviewer said, nobody NEEDS a $1,895 wireless speaker, but if you have the great good fortune to be able to afford the BeoSound 2, you won't regret it.
And besides, it looks so Danish modern cool.
If I have any complaint, it's that the speaker comes with little documentation and I'm still trying to puzzle out how to network it, but that's between me and the learning curve.