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B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone (Natural)
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- Truly portable Bluetooth speaker for music and calls
- More sound. More bass. Peak power of 2X140 W
- Connect two BeoplayA1s for a wireless stereo experience
- Keeps on playing. Up to 24 hours at normal volume levels
- All aluminum dome. Dust and splash resistant
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With A1, award-winning designer Cecilie Manz has balanced power and portability to create something that looks as beautiful as it sounds. The rounded aluminum dome softens the speaker’s profile while its strength protects the delicate components within. In keeping with B&O’s slick aesthetic, an absence of protruding parts adds to the A1’s tactile appeal. Hold it in your hand or slip it into your bag; the A1’s super-light construction is designed to move with you.
Capturing Bang & Olufsen’s Signature Sound and sleek style in an ultra-portable package, A1 is the new standard in Bluetooth speakers. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand but powerful enough to deliver ambient 360° sound, the A1 is a 1.3 lb (600 g) musical powerhouse. A single charge provides up to 24-hours of battery life so you can keep playing tunes and making calls on the go. The clean, smooth lines of its dust and splash resistant aluminum dome make this speaker an elegant accessory wherever you take it. Or wherever it takes you.
- Ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker, weighs only 1.3 lbs (600 g)
- More sound. More bass. Peak power of 2X140 W
- Up to 24-hours of battery life per charge
- Dust and splash resistant anodized aluminum dome
- Connect two A1s for a wireless stereo sound experience
Balancing hard with soft and warm with cold, the A1 offers durable performance and a unique tactile experience. The lightweight aluminum dome is dust and splash resistant. This protects the high-quality electronic components within while double-molded polymer creates a solid base. In contrast to the cool hard surfaces, the leather strap will develop a warm patina over time.
B&O PLAY’s designers and technicians joined forces to draw big sound from this ultra-portable speaker producing a peak power of 2X140 W. In Ambient mode, the A1 provides an unrivalled full stereo experience with True360 sound. With better dispersion, volume and bass than competing products, A1 is a leader in portable performance. This 1.3 lb (600 g) Bluetooth speaker is small enough to travel with you everywhere you go.
For optimal on-the-go performance, this wireless speaker gives you up to 24 hours of playback from a single charge. An LED indicator tells you when it’s time to recharge the built-in battery. After 2.5 hours of 5V – 3A charging you’re ready for another full day of portable power with moderate use.
Enjoy an innovative speaker system by connecting two A1s for a wireless stereo sound experience. A1 features a Connect Button to conveniently activate your last played music at launch. You can also personalize your listening experience, set up wireless stereo pairing and update products with the latest software via the intuitive ToneTouch technology of the B&O PLAY app.
The B&O PLAY experience
Get It to Go
You don’t stay in one place so why should your music? The lightweight A1 easily stows away in your suitcase or your backpack so you can enjoy it wherever your travels take you. With an impressive battery life of up to 24-hours, this portable speaker is ready to go along for the ride, the flight or the hike.
Sound Is Social
A1’s portability lets you bring the party with you. Share new music with new friends or enjoy old favorites with old pals. Clear calling via the omni-directional microphone lets you stay in touch with family and colleagues while True360 Sound allows you to bring the dance party wherever you go.
It may look small from the outside, but decades of sound experience have been packed into this portable speaker system. Proprietary ambient sound processing delivers the superior audio performance listeners have come to expect from Bang & Olufsen. The result is big sound with a small footprint.
Innovative form and function make A1 a smart companion for on-the-go professionals. With its unique rimmed design, A1’s shape allows for uniform speech sensitivity from the built-in microphone. The omni-directional microphone located at the bottom of the device provides listeners with 360 voice recognition, regardless of where the speaker is positioned in relation to the mic. Whether you’re chatting with friends or teleconferencing for work, you’ll appreciate the enhanced voice recognition and uniform speech sensitivity.
Firmly grounded in decades of design excellence, craftsmanship and product innovation from Bang & Olufsen, B&O PLAY interprets the same values for a new type of contemporary product aimed at design-conscious urbanites with an active lifestyle. The B&O PLAY portfolio is made up of products that are intuitive to use and easy to integrate into your daily life - at home or on the move. With B&O PLAY, active music listeners can bring better sound and acoustic performance wherever they go with portable speakers and headphones that integrate seamlessly into everyday life.
With A1 portable Bluetooth speaker, music lovers can now hold decades of bang & olufsen sound technology and experience in the palm of their hand. This ultra-portable wireless speaker delivers crisp ambient sound in a compact 1.3 lb Package. Grab it and go wherever life takes you; it charges in approximately 2.5 hours and provides up to 24 hours of battery life per charge. Created by award-winning designer cecilie man, this Mini audio powerhouse looks as good as it sounds: a smooth dust- and splash-resistant aluminum dome, double-molded polymer base and rugged leather strap balance cool sophistication with warm accents for a unique tactile experience. The convenient connect button allows you to pick up where you left off, activating your last played music at launch. Users can also take advantage of intuitive tone touch technology via the b&o play app to personalize their listening experience, set up wireless stereo pairing and update products with the latest software. Not just a music speaker, the A1 also lets you make calls on the go with a multi-directional microphone that increases voice recognition for everyone on the call. Lightweight but powerful, the
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That's when the troubles began, but eventually resolved. B&O comes with their own downloadable App for the iPhone that can act as an equalizer, but more importantly, will link together two speakers in stereo fashion. At least in theory. I renamed the speakers with an "L" and an "R" at the end so I could tell which was which as they synced. But, the sound kept cutting in and out with the second synced speaker, almost like how it sounds if a microwave oven interferes with sound transmission. Then I came upon the following procedure that has completely resolved the problem, although I think B&O need to consider resolving this.
1. Sync your first speaker using your phone's bluetooth set up.
2. Repeat the process with the second speaker.
3. Go to the B&O app and select "stereo link." (Not exactly intuitive compared to how the Logitech UE system "double up" work).
4. Go back to your bluetooth control settings and you will see a total of 4 B&O devices connected rather than two. Wait a few seconds.
5. The B&O devices that were connected via the app will disappear and you'll be left with the pair you originally synced, but in stereo.
6. Enjoy the wonderful soundstage it produces!
It can take several seconds before all of the synching is completed. I don't pretend to understand how all those "0's and "1''s" are duking it out, but eventually they make peace and leave you with a portable concert hall.
Even after you've done this first time, it's still a royal pain to get both up and running. This is what you have to do every time you want to use two rather than one speaker.
1. Turn on each speaker, carefully searching for the "on" button (see below)
2. One of the two speakers will immediately start up. The second will stare at you silently.
3. Look at your bluetooth device list, both will be connected.
4. Visit the B&O app. Try to remember where the stereo link menu is hidden.
5. Activate the second device.
6. Return to the bluetooth menu. See 4 rather than two devices.
7. Wait, 10 seconds on my device, while it resolves two duplicate connections disappear.
8. Wait a little a little longer for the system to finish synching.
I'll eagerly be awaiting a new app that pays more attention to functionality and simplifies the process by about, let's say, nine steps. Once I've set up stereo, I want it to remember this until I decide otherwise.
I purchased the moss green and love the color. I appreciate that B&O playfully suggests that a ding, here and there, even a dent or two will add character. Thanks but no thanks. For $250, I'll take a nice protective bag to slip it into.
Also, while I like the look of the overall design, the controls are a bit "too minimalist" for my tastes. I shouldn't have to hunt around for the power button every time I want to turn it on or off. I feel a bit like Indiana Jones on a search each time. Also, the physical act of turning the unit on and off could use a rework. It shouldn't be possible to do it "wrong," yet that's what happens. You have to press this near invisible icon for a few seconds, then it gives you a cutesy, for me unwanted, sound to let you know you've completed your task.
In their eventual redesign, I predict B&O will either create a slight bulge or indent where the power button to make it less of a hunting expedition. I haven't tried the phone conference feature yet and will report back with an update.
Overall Sound - 5 stars
Bluetooth Synching - 2 stars
Bluetooth Connection - 4 stars
Loudness - 5 stars
Physical Looks - 4 stars
Functional Design - 3 stars
I've had them less than a week, so am I keeping both, or even one. Tough call. I really love the sound, but there are functionality features that seem unnecessarily arduous.
The only negative I can find is that if you're outside in the sun the unit will get hot, which impacts the battery life expected. Small price to pay for greatness.
I do recommend this great sounding, portable fun!