Bang & Olufsen Debuts Premium Wireless Speakers With AirPlay Support

Bang & Olufsen recently unveiled a pair of new wireless speakers, the BeoSound 1 and BeoSound 2, which provide 360-degree sound displacement in cone-shaped aluminum exteriors with the added bonus of support for AirPlay (via Engadget). The speakers are priced at a premium for their sound quality and top-shelf construction, with the BeoSound 1 running for 1,295 euros (about $1,450) while the BeoSound 2 costs 1,695 euros (just under $2,000).

The difference between the two speakers lies in their size, with the BeoSound 1 acting as a more portable alternative with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 16 hours. The higher-quality BeoSound 2 requires an AC power outlet for all of its functions. Both include 360-degree sound projection to ensure high quality music playback wherever the speakers are located, but the BeoSound 2 also packs in a "sonic power" feature that produces "goosebump-inducing" sound.

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Besides AirPlay, for streaming music each speaker supports Bluetooth, Google Cast, and DLNA, as well as the ability to connect multiple Bang & Olufsen speakers into a multi-room, synchronous listening experience. Hidden on the aluminum body are a set of touch controls that let users access music playback options without needing to open a smartphone.

Combined with each speaker's integrated cloud connection to services including Spotify, Deezer, QPlay, and TuneIn, the company says smartphone battery life will be preserved, and any calls, texts, and games can continue without interrupting the music. The connected BeoMusic app supports music control and the ability to setup the speaker's multi-room listening feature. While each speaker includes AirPlay integration for hassle-free playback from an Apple device, Bang & Olufsen's app itself lacks Apple Music integration, but an Apple Watch extension to the app is also available.

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The company says the design of the speaker allows for the bass to emerge from the bottom, while the opening at the top generates better acoustics. Aluminum was chosen as a material for the speakers' construction due to its "acoustic properties," as well, which are said to include: "material stiffness, avoidance of dissonance from joints and corners, and the elimination of distortion."

The BeoSound 1 is available to purchase now, but the BeoSound 2 won't ship until sometime in October. Although the company has a few cheaper alternatives for wireless music playback, many of their products are known for being high quality accessories at top-tier prices.

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41 months ago
I love my B&O BeoPlay headphones a lot, but most of their products are above the price range that I'm comfortable spending on speakers and such. But the design and construction of some of their stuff is simply amazing. Although these new speakers kind of remind me of the Glade air fresheners. :p
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41 months ago
I'm still trying to figure out the use case for these. At those prices, why not just put dedicated speakers in the rooms you want music in? Are they suggesting to move the wired one around your house? Who spends $1.5k on a battery powered, traffic-cone-shaped speaker of the future?
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41 months ago

I love my B&O BeoPlay headphones a lot, but most of their products are above the price range that I'm comfortable spending on speakers and such. But the design and construction of some of their stuff is simply amazing. Although these new speakers kind of remind me of the Glade air fresheners. :p

Air freshener? How about a Volcano instead :cool::D
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41 months ago
They grind pepper and salt, too.
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41 months ago
These are more overpriced than Bose speakers.
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41 months ago
Queue all the people saying that they're overpriced. They're overpriced for you. There's clearly a market for these things, hence why B&O have been around for a century.

There's a niche (though I suspect larger than most niches) who will pay for excellent sound and beautiful design.

I own a Harman Kardon Aura. Up until then, I had been using a pair of Sony speakers and a sub woofer. I thought I had great sound at home until I decided to splurge on something new. The single HK Aura speaker sits in a corner of my living room and the difference is immediately noticeable. It blows me away each time how that one speaker fills my entire condo with sound as if there were speakers everywhere.

It's like the air in the room acts like one big speaker enveloping you. Actually, I think that's exactly how it works. :D
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41 months ago
I am not sure I fully understand this 360 degree sound thing, as typically something like this I would set on a shelf in the room (I have the Bose Soundlink 3, which I love). There is a reason speakers are typically directional.

I guess if you spend the $2k on it, you want it on a table in the center of the room getting all the attention.
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41 months ago

These are more overpriced than Bose speakers.


Bose == Overpriced

Bang & Olufsen == Overpriced + Overdesigned
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41 months ago

The bigger one reminds me of a Dalek

And now you've made me think of Robbie the Robot.

Air freshener? How about a Volcano instead :cool::D


Yeah that too!

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41 months ago

I love my B&O BeoPlay headphones a lot, but most of their products are above the price range that I'm comfortable spending on speakers and such. But the design and construction of some of their stuff is simply amazing. Although these new speakers kind of remind me of the Glade air fresheners. :p

The bigger one reminds me of a Dalek
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I see the UE Boom2 as cheap as $135. I could afford that and a dedicated iPad to stream to it for half the price of the metal cone. I have a Boom2 and really like it, and I utilize its water proofness frequently too. Does this fancy speaker really sound that much better? Is that even possible?

I agree. I got a JBL Pulse 2 for 50% off at best buy over the summer and I love it, but I'm no audio connoisseur so I don't really need my music to sound... better. Although, if I'm being honest, I'd love to hear what these B&O speakers sound like JUST to see if I could hear a difference.
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