Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Green

High-end audio companies have been sidestepping from Bluetooth streaming technology, but thanks to the promised of near CD-quality wireless streaming from the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology with aptX, we’re seeing mainstream premium audio maker Bower & Wilkins taking the plunge with the T7 and just days after, Bang & Olufsen also dishes out its own Bluetooth-enabled portable, dubbed BeoPlay A2. Of course, better streaming quality is not the sole determining factor; miniaturization of the components to achieve the sonic quality these premium audio companies are ever so obsessed with is another. Anyway, here it is, the Danish high-end audio equipment maker’s first ever Bluetooth speaker and it has a fair bit of features that differentiate itself from the horde of Bluetooth speakers, starting with the incorporation of drive units on both sides of the speaker.

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Grey

In all, the A2’s 180W sonic bliss is achieved through two 3-inch full-range driver, two ¾ inch tweeters and a pair of 3-inch passive bass radiators, bolstered by two 30W class D amplifiers, while sound dispersion is assured by B&O’s Power Response Enhancement solution, giving what B&O referred to as “True360 sound”. Additionally, it also boast a power management system that enables its built-in rechargeable battery to offer a lavish 24 hours playback on a single charge. Aesthetically, the A2 is presented in the usual B&O chic, minimalist design comprising of extruded aluminum housing contrasted by a leather strap for portability and a touch of sophistication and luxury.

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Speaking of portability, it is not quite the pocket-friendly you may be expecting; it measure 25.6 cm long, 14.2 cm wide and 4.4 cm, which puts it in the size of a typical clutch and is certainly not something that you will be able to slip into your pockets. Cargo pants’ pockets, perhaps, but not regular size pockets though. Price-wise, it will run you back at €349, or about US$440.

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Grey

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker