Bang & Olufsen Announces 'Beosound Explore' Anodized Aluminum Bluetooth Speaker Featuring 27-Hour Battery Life

Danish audio outfit Bang & Olufsen today announced the Beosound Explore, a rugged, lightweight Bluetooth speaker that's designed for taking on outdoor adventures.

beosound explore
Pitched as the first speaker to use a scratch resistant Type 2 anodized aluminum, the can-shaped unit is IP67 dust and waterproof, weighs 631 grams, is portable (81mm x 124mm) and offers up to 27 hours of playtime on a single charge.

"We created Beosound Explore to be our toughest speaker that can withstand the outdoor elements," says Bang & Olufsen SVP of Product Management Christoffer Poulsen. "The exceptional sound quality for its size makes Beosound Explore the perfect companion for any adventure."

With outdoor use in mind, the Beosound Explore packs dual 1.8-inch full range drivers and delivers 59 decibels of bass, while the grill is cut in 360-degree lines to ensure omnidirectional sound output. Two units can also be used for stereo pairing.

The aluminum shell features a simple user interface on top that's designed to be easy to use with gloves on for colder conditions. The speaker also comes with an aluminum carabiner for attaching to a rucksack on long hikes, and an integrated strap for hanging.

beosound explore white
The Bluetooth 5.2 speaker uses USB-C for charging and is certified Made for iPhone (MFi), which means it's passed Apple's compliance and safety tests. Beosound Explore is available in a Black Anthracite, Green or Grey Mist, which B&O says are reminiscent of forests, glaciers and fjords typically found in Scandinavian landscapes.

The Black Anthracite and Green models are available in Bang & Olufsen stores and online from today, while the Grey Mist color will become available in Summer 2021. The speaker retails at $199USD, $299CAD, and £169GBP.

Top Rated Comments

Expos of 1969 Avatar
16 months ago
Fantastic :( I am a music lover but must we ruin even our excursions in nature and the great outdoors with constant sound, much of which may intrude on our fellow campers and hikers?
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oreganoinferno Avatar
16 months ago
Great looking product, will check the reviews.
But the advertisement is funny: "Let's take 631g of asymmetrically arranged extra weight, and suffer throughout our multi-day overland hike, so at night we can litter the peaceful scenery with music we listen to any other day"
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
W2u7Yw4HaD Avatar
16 months ago

Great looking product, will check the reviews.
But the advertisement is funny: "Let's take 631g of asymmetrically arranged extra weight, and suffer throughout our multi-day overland hike, so at night we can litter the peaceful scenery with music we listen to any other day"
I was thinking the same thing.. The only thing I want to hear when I'm out in the mountains is, well the sound of the mountains.. Otherwise, I can sit at home and enjoy my Beoplay A6..... Which will sound better anyway since it's 10x the size..
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boemtje Avatar
16 months ago
Positively surprised at the price there at the end, knowing B&O I thought this was going to be another 400$ item when reading the article. Seems to be Bluetooth only though. Looking forward to the reviews in the next weeks for the actual sound quality.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
japanime Avatar
16 months ago

Reminiscent of forests, glaciers and fjords typically found in Scandinavian landscapes
When I read something like this, I know I'm reading nothing more than a copy-and-paste press release.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JSL1 Avatar
16 months ago
?? Look forward to hearing the sound quality.
Apple lossless support?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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