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Bang & Olufsen PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay S3 Home Bluetooth Speaker (Black)
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- BeoPlay S3 is a Bluetooth speaker that fills your room with clean and natural sound.
- Start with one speaker for an ambiance experience - add another one later and get a true wireless stereo experience.
- Fine tuned by Bang&Olufsen sound engineers to deliver a music experience that stays true to what the artists intended
- The speaker core and body are made out of rigid polymer that has been carefully crafted to ensure optimal acoustic stability and eliminate resonance.
- Change the speaker covers in a snap and make the appearance of the S3 match your style.
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|Connectivity Technology||bluetooth||Wireless||bluetooth||bluetooth, usb||bluetooth||bluetooth, usb|
|Item Dimensions||6 x 7 x 5 in||2.9 x 6.42 x 2.78 in||9.65 x 5.64 x 8.86 in||4.4 x 7 x 2.1 in||7.72 x 7.72 x 16.97 in||11.4 x 11.4 x 7.4 in|
|Item Weight||1.6 ounces||0.81 lb||5.64 lbs||0.75 lb||9.04 lbs||5.73 lbs|
BeoPlay S3 is an ultra and potable flexible Bluetooth speaker that fills your room with clean and natural sound. Start with one speaker for an ambiance experience - add another one later and get a true wireless stereo experience. Fine tuned by Bang & Olufsen sound engineers to deliver a music experience that stays true to what the artists intended. The speaker core and body are made out of rigid polymer that has been carefully crafted to ensure optimal acoustic stability and eliminate resonance. Bluetooth 4.0 aptX guarantees high quality audio streaming plus easy and hassle-free playback and setup from all Bluetooth devices. Change the speaker covers in a snap and make the appearance of the S3 match your style.
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Update 6/27/2016: These are absolutely keepers for me. I maintain my complaint about how quickly they go into "standby" after I pause a show on my HTPC, and I hope a future firmware update makes it so I can adjust this out to minutes instead of seconds. Here are the most-used functions I've had to use, to save you from having to look these up in "The Manual".
1. If you just "tap" the B+O button, it toggles the speaker in and out of "standby" mode. I never do this, but I mention it in case you accidentally bump it (or you have kids that might?), so you know that you may have to tap the B+O button to wake them up.
2. Wirelessly marry two S3's into a Stereo Set. Start with the LEFT speaker. Hold the B+O button, keep holding. The light will turn blue. THEN it will turn White and make another beep sound. Let go of the button. Now repeat this same button sequence on the RIGHT speaker. After you let go of the B+O button on the right speaker, just wait several seconds and they will finish pairing. Test with a stereo song like Corey Heart-Sunglasses At Night.
3. Bluetooth pairing mode: Hold the B+O button (on the LEFT speaker, if you have them in a Set) until the light turns blue, the speaker makes a short beeping sound. Now go connect to the "BeoPlay S3" from your device. On iPhone/iPod/iPad, once you do this you never have to "forget" the device, just click the (i) on the right side and then Disconnect, now you can connect again any time but while disconnected your phone won't try to play sounds through the B+O.
4. WIRED marrying two (or more) S3's into a set. If you're going to use Aux-In you will have to Wire marry your speakers, as the wireless pairing only seems to work with Bluetooth input. Plug the speakers together in series, start with the LEFT speaker, going from Out to In. After they are wired together, Start with the LEFT speaker; Hold the B+O button, keep holding. The light will turn blue, then it will turn White, THEN it will turn ORANGE and make another beep sound. Let go of the button. Now repeat this same button sequence on the RIGHT speaker. If you have more than two speakers, continue on the 3rd, etc. However, you must not skip this last step: Finally, go back to the first (LEFT) speaker, and tap the B+O button once. Now wait a few seconds and they will all be wired married into a set.
Using the above directions, I have my two wirelessly married, then bluetooth paired with our iPhones, then wired married so they are Aux-In from the TV. Without ever touching the B+O speakers, we can play to them from the TV or our phones.
If you ever find the sound coming out of just the left speaker, and you can't seem to get it going again, you can follow these directions in order which has been flawless for me. Start with a factory reset if you like, which is holding the - and B+O buttons down at the same time until the light turns Red (But you will have to forget and pair again from all your other devices)
That's the end of my 6/27/2016 update, hope this reference helps someone out. Here's my original review:
I ordered a pair so I can comment on how they operate singly and as a set. My primary use is as TV / Entertainment Center speakers instead of a "sound bar" and in fact to replace some very large boxy room speakers and a massive receiver/amp. Each speaker has a power cord input (straight to wall outlet, no adapter), and an aux in and aux out, plus some screw mounts for an available wall mount/stand. These really are awesome sounding and I like the sound better than the JBL Extreme which often has too punchy of Bass, these are much smoother sounding. I will comment more on sound below.
The first thing I did out of the box was update the Firmware. This is very important! The Firmware update fixes most issues people have mentioned in negative reviews. I honestly think that the reason these speakers have dropped to such low prices is simply from the bad reviews and it makes for an awesome bargain for anyone willing to update firmware out of the box. The firmware updater said it was updating them from version 6.something to 9.something. The update only takes a couple minutes each plus whatever time to download the updater in the first place.
Bluetooth pairing is simple and straightforward. You hold the B+O button for about 2 seconds until the light goes blue, and then the speakers are in "pairing" mode. These handle multiple pairings beautifully as well, I think this is the first speaker I've had that I didn't have to go back and poke the "pairing" button on in order to switch between paired devices. The manual states that it remembers up to 8 devices. On iPhone/iPad, you can leave it paired and click the (i) to the right of the device name in the Bluetooth list, then click Disconnect and next time you want to use the speakers you can just click the device by its name in your list and it will connect again. To me this is important, as I don't want my phones to be beep-toop notification sound in the middle of shows and movies, but still be easy to use to listen to music from the phone when the entertainment center is off. The system switches automatically between aux-in and bluetooth, so if I do forget to disconnect the phone, I can simply leave the show playing and it will switch right back to aux input after a notification.
I got the speakers to wirelessly connect to each other, with the first speaker becoming the Left channel and the second becoming the Right channel. You hold the B+O button for about 6 seconds on the first speaker, then you go repeat that on the second speaker, and wait about 20 seconds for them to find each other and confirm the pairing. However, what I could NOT get working is aux-in PLUS wireless pairing. I could only use these as my TV speakers through Aux-In by also hooking the two speakers together with a 3.5mm to 3.5mm stereo cable, then holding the B+O button for even longer until the light goes Orange, repeating on the second speaker. Even after unplugging them and moving them to their spot in my entertainment center, they found each other correctly after plugging back in. They are "always on" as long as the power cord has power, so you could switch them on and off with a master power plug type of a system. However they have almost no draw on idle power so you could just leave them always on. My old receiver/amp pulled almost 80 watts idle, so these are already saving significantly on power draw and I won't miss having to remember to power off that amp all the time at all.
One more note on function. Even after updating the firmware, I find the "idle" setting for the aux-in to be too aggressive. Like whenever I pause a show for more than just a few seconds, they have gone into idle mode by the time I unpause again. This causes about a 4 second period of "no sound" so if you don't want to miss any sound/dialogue you have to unpause, pause quickly, and then unpause again after 4 seconds. It's not often a problem, and I prefer it to having to ever bother to power them off and on, but I wish I could adjust the idle timeout to a longer period. Hopefully this can be addressed in a future firmware update.
Sound! Oh the sound! These beat my old large component speakers + amp in every way except <30Hz. How to describe it? If's almost like listening to a V-equalizer pattern until your ears have become used to it, and then suddenly turning off the EQ and it's flat. The sounds that weren't there are suddenly there again. That's what it's like listening to these speakers. All the sounds are there. What is most unbelievable is the sound coming ouf of these for their size. They aren't surround sound, obviously, but that's not what I'm going for, but for the size they do everything but the lowest lows. If you go to clavinetjunkie on youtube aka "Oluv's Gadgets", he has a video "B&O Beoplay S3 - soundcheck" where he shows the response chart on these speakers. The falloff below 40Hz is fairly sharp. What I have done in my entertainment center is hooked the aux-out from the second speaker to my self-amplified subwoofer box, which I am able to keep mostly hidden in the corner of the room. It has nice controls for level and frequency cutoff, so I can tune it to just kick in where these drop off. It makes those 4 second unpauses I mentioned above soiund a little interesting because you suddenly hear only the lowest sounds and can briefly experience the little bit these speakers are actually missing on the low end. Just for laughs I grabbed a Vanilla Ice CD and played "Hooked" which actually has some low bass right at the start, and could finally hear that yes, these S3 by themselves do not "thump" that low low bass you hear from cars from a block away. With my subwoofer box hooked up, this low-end niche is filled and it makes that subtle but important difference in Star Wars movies and Jurassic Park moments where the sound does try to rumble the room. The subwoofer does not play anything when listening to a Bluetooth source, I noticed, so the setup I describe only works with aux-in.
The only slightly annoying thing is for it to work with the iOS app, you need to update the hardware first. And if you paired and unplugged them, you need to go into the app and reconnect them again.