Bang And Olufsen Beoplay A1 Review: Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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With the 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 600 g package. Grab it and go wherever life takes you. It charges…

Last updated on 16th October 2020 7:19 am
Bang And Olufsen Beoplay A1 Review: Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Bang And Olufsen Beoplay A1 Review: Portable Bluetooth Speaker

£230.00 £179.99

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Bang and olufsen beoplay A1 review

Bang and Olufsen have managed to create fantastic products time after time. They’ve done it again with the Beoplay A1, which offers a compact, yet powerful audio experience.

When you first see the Beoplay A1, you may be fooled by it’s size. It’s been made to be portable, it’s actually only a little bit wider than the base of a pint glass. It reminded us of those free Pringle speaker you got as a reward for buying so many tubes!

The B&O Beoplay A1 retailed at around £219, although you can find deals from anywhere between £150 and £179. That’s immense value for this speaker. As I said, don’t be fooled by it’s size. This speaker delivers amazing audio, which leaves you looking at it asking “How does it actually do it?”. The only drawback we have is that it’s a mono speaker, although it does have a dedicated built in woofer. This has the potential to destroy full size speakers, the quality really knocked us back. Let’s take a look into this A1 Bluetooth Speaker now.

Design

The Beoplay A1 ships with a range of colour options. There’s Black, Chestnut AW19, Moss Green or Natural Brushed. However, our favourite is Sand Stone, it’s a lovely finish.

While these colours make the device look very stylish, it’s also designed to be able to handle a knock or two. Famously, their Marketing Department came up with the Tagline Every Scratch Tells a Story. This may cause a worry for those who don’t want to see the Aluminium and Polymer frame with surface scratches etc, but at least you can be secure that the device can handle any mis-haps.

There are controls on the outside of the speaker for all the settings that you require. This will be Bluetooth, Power Mode & Volume Control. There’s also a microphone button, which will allow you to answer, end or decline a phone call. There’s also a Music Source Sync button, which will automatically re-connect to the last active device.

The LED light will indicate when it’s running low on power.

The tweeter and woofer deliver 30 watts each, which is the overall output for some Full Sized Soundbars!

Inside the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 box, there’s not much else to shout about. You receive a Micro USB cable & the leather strap which comes connected to the polymer base.

A protective case would have been nice here, especially when you have to commit £200 to purchase it. That’s only something small, but still it does affect the buying experience really.

Is the Battery Life Good on the Beoplay A1?

According to B&O, the battery life should exceed 24 hours. That’s a great output, as it means that it should last for the entity of your camping weekend.

This all depends on the Volume Levels though, we still need to test this out.

Is the Beoplay A1 Waterproof?

This is not a waterproof speaker, so please don’t hang this in the Shower, or take it into the Swimming Pool. The water moisture could seriously affect future sound quality on the device. It’s probably better to buy a cheaper Waterproof speaker, as sound doesn’t matter as much in water. You’re most likely having a party & a little intoxicated!

Is the Performance as expected?

When you’re in the realms of £200 for a Bluetooth Speaker, it’s not clear just how good the performance should be. We already know that this has no Stereo drivers, but as the device is so miniscule you might not notice the difference that Stereo would bring to the table.

B&O opted instead to add a woofer to the device, which was a great addition. This results in excellent bass. Excellent choice by the Engineers at B&O also!

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A1 Review – The Final Verdict

The A1 isn’t a cheap device. Infact, it’s expensive.

However, this doesn’t mean that it’s not a great device. It is.

It outperforms most Bluetooth speakers on the market (you’re probably thinking that it should for the price tag).

It’s available now for around £150 on offer and when compared with the market, it certainly looks like a ‘value’ product.

We would have liked to see a Play, Pause and Next track button on the device, but I suppose that just leaves more room for audio quality!

Although it’s expensive, it’s worth the money. Once you’ve heard it playing we think that you’ll say the same! Just make sure you invest another £10 or so into a nice protective pouch, which will double up as a carry case. We hope you enjoyed this Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A1 review and would appreciate your thoughts. Leave a Review below!

8.5Expert Score
Bang And Olufsen BeoPlay A1: A Great Portable Speaker
With the 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 600 g package. Grab it and go wherever life takes you. It charges...
PROS
  • Great Battery Life
  • Unbelievable Sound Quality
  • Good Build Quality
CONS
  • Not Waterproof
  • No Carry Case Included

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  1. Baggins

    On the positive the sound is superb, far better than any other I have and certainly on a parr, if not better than the Bose.It oozes quality, feels wonderful and the battery life is more than adequate.On the negative who thought that hiding all the control buttons and making them invisible was a good idea? I challenge anyone to turn this on/off in anything other than bright sunlight and a good pair of glasses. Even the grandchildren find it difficult to turn on and they are tech ninjas.A final mail in its coffin is that it shuts down after 15mins inactivity so the hunt for the on button starts all over again.So in summary yes I love it, the sound is incredible but I just wish I could turn it on!

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  2. Milo di Thernan

    I was an early fan of the wired minirig. I bought another bluetooth version. They have so much undistorted volume. Especially compared with the Bose Soundlink II, which isn’t as crisp. Someone once compared the quality of bass as the thickness of a grey pencil line. The Bose was a very thick grey line; the minirig was much thinner, crisper. More on the minirig comparison later.You keep looking for perfection. I own three Sonos Play 3, a couple of which I’ve paired in the living room. Heart stirring quality. Just the best I’ve ever done. But the third lives in my kitchen, where my WiFi can not reach. So I’ve been looking for a quality Bluetooth substitute. The minirig gets me 70% there. I bought the old Amazon echo plus for £90, which is the best value for money I’ve had so far. I have the Amazon prime music subscription, so Alexa plus a decent speaker works for me. If the minirig is 70%, the echo plus is (surprisingly) 55%, but Alexa and music on demand make it a keeper.You keep looking. I bought the brand new Amazon show. Appalling. The thickest grey line I’ve ever heard; immediate return.There was a deal on the UE MEGABOOM (the McLaren version in orange and blue for £90 instead of £250). I had to have a go. But no middle. Worse than either the minirig of the echo plus. Like the new Amazon show, it kind of makes you want to turn the music off, not on.I’m now thinking that I have to go all in with a Beolit 17 or a B&W Zeppelin, but I want cordless. And wifey will not permit something that big in the kitchen. So I see this A1 for £150.It is the answer. I’m thinking 95%. Which is ridiculous, when a single Sonos Play 3 is 100%. I have owned so many B&O. That old one with the old iPad inserted into it. Excellent. Still use two. The small light headphones, painful but great sound. The only disappointment was the H4 headphones. I simply cannot understand why B&O are so far ahead in joyful sound. This A1 regularly triggers physiological little heartfelt flushes of “God, this is good.”The minirig has been such a big part of my music life; I almost feel guilty relegating it to this B&O, but it’s just so obvious. Sound rises up with the minirig. With this A1 it dissipates evenly. I don’t know about battery life. I haven’t owned this long enough. But I kind of don’t care; the sound is so rich, crisp, loud, from bass via middles to treble.Diana Krall. Live in Paris. A Case of You. I always listen out for the cough from someone in the audience in the first 40 seconds. I heard 4.Loud? I’ve been turning it down at 70%.I’m so happy with it.

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