Bang & Olufsen has released the second-generation Beosound A1, the Danish luxury audio brand’s award-winning portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a whole raft of performance and design improvements. The Beosound A1 2nd Gen comes with a refined, slimmer design that is fully dust and waterproof, has a significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of play time at typical volume, an overhauled user interface and – a first for a Bluetooth only speaker – a built-in Alexa voice assistant. More powerful and easier to use – the best just got better.
Refined and Slimmer Design
The Beosound A1 retains its elegant shape and unique contours, brought to life in collaboration with renowned Danish industrial designer Cecilie Manz. The second-generation is 7 percent lighter than the original and has a fresh take on the hole pattern, with a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base giving the speaker a more weightless floating impression even though only 0.85mm lower. The leather strap – a stylish key feature that adds to its easy portability – now has a new tag to ensure that the Beosound A1 remains one of the most versatile products for hanging options.
Buttons have been redesigned and repositioned to improve overall user interaction. Now placed nearer to the strap for easier location, the buttons also have bigger and clearer symbols and at the same time, the LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles.
Inside the Beosound A1 you will find two re-designed drivers for an even clearer 360-degree sound: a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system, a silk dome 3/4 inch dome tweeter and advanced DSP filtering powered by a pair of 30-watt class D amplifiers. The speaker now comes with aptX adaptive codec for an even better wireless listening experience.
World’s First Bluetooth-Only Voice Assistant
The new Beosound A1 2nd gen is the very first Bluetooth speaker to include a fully integrated Alexa voice assistant that will make it easy to access music, drop in on a loved one, trying out a new recipe or playing a game with the family. Using Far Field technology, Alexa can be activated from up to 5m away depending on the room conditions and remain responsive for up to 3 hours after being turned off1. And like all good assistants, the Beosound A1 is reliable – the latest Bluetooth codec 5.1 gives the very best in connectivity and accuracy.
Next Gen Battery Performance
The new Beosound A1 brings forward a massive improvement to battery life. Beosound A1 now boasts up to 18 hours of listening time at typical volume (70dB) compared to 4 hours in the first edition and up to 48 hours at moderate volume (55dB) compared to 24 hours in the first edition. More than that, a new LED warning system warns of low power and links easily to the Bang & Olufsen app to show battery status.
Fully Waterproof Up to 1m
The second-generation Beosound A1 now includes an IP67 certification for peace of mind in situations where the speaker is exposed to water and dust. The IP67 rating means that 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.
Three Microphones for Excellent Call Quality
The second-generation now includes a 3-microphone array giving a notably improved call clarity when Beosound A1 is used as a speakerphone. This makes it fun and simple to drop in on friends and family, and Microsoft Swift Pair as well as Google Fast Pair gives a fast setup if you want to use the speaker for business conference calls.
Pricing and Availability
The Beosound A1 (RRP $389) launches in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist and is available online at Bang & Olufsen’s official Lazada flagship store, Analogue+, Hachi.tech, iShop Changi and Headphones SG from June 2020, and at Bang & Olufsen Grand Hyatt, Takashimaya, TANGS at Tang Plaza, and other B&O retail stores upon store reopening in July 2020 (to be advised).