Since the lockdown restrictions are gradually being relaxed, people look forward to going outdoors.
Finding a perfect Bluetooth speaker that works perfectly indoors and outdoors is quite a task, but possible.
TechRadar has recently listed the best Bluetooth speakers for 2020, which include the Bose, Sony, Sonos, and JBL, among others. However, there is one promising speaker that claims to answer the indoor-outdoor need, although it did not make it in the list.
Bang & Olufsen claims to give customers an all-around speaker, which can work perfectly both in and out of the house.
Classis New Design with Alexa Feature
The second-generation Beosound A1 initially claims "the world's first Bluetooth speaker with fully integrated Alexa." While other portable speakers like the UE Megablast can connect with Alexa over Wi-Fi, the Beosound A1 relies solely on Bluetooth to do this. This means that as long as you have data, you do not need a Wi-Fi connection to access Alexa's smarts to control your home devices.
The speaker's buttons have been redesigned and moved closer to the strap to make it easier to reach and use. Buttons feature bigger and clearer symbols, while the LED indicator has been moved on top of the speaker to make it easier to see from different angles.
While retaining its chic carrying handle, the puck-shaped Bluetooth speaker has been given a slight redesign with its built-in Alexa. According to the company, its slimmer build is "fully dust and waterproof."
Beosound A1 is IP67 certified, which means "the speaker is resistant to water ingress up to 1m deep for 30 minutes, and safe from sand and dirt so users can enjoy music outside by the pool and at the beach," says Bang & Olufsen.
One of the best things is that battery life comes in at 18 hours, so it can be a perfect companion when going outdoors, be it to camping or going to the beach.
360 degree Sound
The speaker's built is well-designed. The smart feature is great. How about the sound? Well, for one, Bang & Olufsen boasts the new Beosound A1 to deliver 360 degrees of audio with two 30W Class D amplifiers to run a woofer and a tweeter.
The main body is made of a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid-woofer with a neodymium magnetic system. At the same time, the treble end is delivered through a ¾ inch silk dome tweeter driven by advanced DSP filtering with two 30-watt Class D amplifiers.
To make audio more immersive, pair two of the second-gen A1s for stereo sound while utilizing the Bang & Olufsen app to have customizable equalizer presets to personalize the sound.
Meanwhile, the brand also promises to provide a good voice call sound. The speakers' three microphones and support for Microsoft Swift Pair as well as Google Fast Pair allows a quick setup when using the speaker for business conference calls.
The new Beosound A1 will be available today and will cost $250 or £200. Australian clients would need to wait a while as official Australian pricing is yet to be announced, although currency conversion says around $380 AU or $245.14 USD.