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Published on May 20th, 2020 | by The GC Team

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Bang & Olufsen Launches the New Beosound A1

Bang & Olufsen has released the second-generation Beosound A1 portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a number of performance and design improvements. 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.

Beosound A1 retains its original shape and contours, but the second-generation is 7% lighter than the original, a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base. The leather strap now has a new tag to ensure even more versatile hanging options.

The buttons have been redesigned and repositioned nearer to the strap for easier location, and feature bigger and clearer symbols. The LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles.

Inside, two re-designed drivers create clearer 360-degree sound. Also new are a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer with 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 a better wireless listening experience. 

This, says B&O, 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, try out a new recipe or play 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 off. The latest Bluetooth codec 5.1 gives the very best in connectivity and accuracy.

Improved battery life delivers 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. A new LED warning system warns of low power and links easily to the Bang & Olufsen app to show battery status.

The second-generation Beosound A1 now includes an IP67 certification, meaning the speaker is resistant to water ingress up to 1m deep for 30 minutes and safe from sand and dirt.

The second-generation also has a 3-microphone array giving a notably improved call clarity when Beosound A1 is used as a speakerphone, and Microsoft Swift Pair as well as Google Fast Pair gives a fast setup for situations such as business conference calls.

Beosound A1 is available in now online, in B&O stores and at selected retailers in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist colour finishes. RRP UK £200.00

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