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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Review

True Score

81
78
6

Experts

90
1,161

Consumers

Product Awards

GR Certified

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Expert Rankings

Top experts loved the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 portable speaker during testing and endorsed it for music, podcast, and outdoor use. They lauded its multi-device Bluetooth tech, carry handle, and loud performance. However, they disliked its mediocre battery life.

$599.00

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Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2019, promising lossless music reproduction and intense bass for outdoor use. Boasting an IPX7 water-resistant design, this device holds its own against the best-rated speakers today. It has an incredible 335-foot Bluetooth range and pairs with up to two devices. Its incredible soundstage is ideal for movies, music, and podcasts. Browse the whole Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 review and see how it ranks against the most popular Bluetooth speakers on the market today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Product testers hailed the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20, approving it for music, podcasts, and outdoors. Analysts at PCMag loved its controls, although it lacks speakerphone functions. Testers from T3 lauded its carry-handle-equipped 5.7-lb design. It features an aux input, but the USB-C charging port doesn’t offer audio playback. See our Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore review for a USB-C port that supports audio playback. Experiments revealed a 45.6Hz to 19.6kHz frequency response range and an excellent -0.13 slope. It delivered overemphasized bass, earning an endorsement for movies. The speaker has a good 3.78 dB directivity index and supports stereo, delivering an immersive soundstage. This dual-pairing Bluetooth 4.2 speaker features an excellent 54 ms iOS Bluetooth latency and 132 ms Android latency. Featuring a 90.1 dB SPL and 3.14 dB DRC at the maximum volume, it provides adequate sound for small gatherings. However, its 5.8-hour battery life is unsatisfactory. Check out our Anker Soundcore Motion+ review for a better battery. It also doesn’t support voice assistants.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Multi-device Bluetooth pairing
  • Excellent soundstage
  • Speaker gets loud
  • Outstanding iOS Bluetooth latency
  • Carry handle

Reason to Avoid

  • Heavier than other portable speakers
  • So-so battery life

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life8 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time3 hrs
SizeSize5.3" (w) x 9" (h) x 7.4" (d)
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater Resistantn/a
WattageWattage2 x 35W
Wireless RangeWireless Range30 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)6.9
Volume Output (dB)91.55
Low End Roll Off (Hz)54.958
High End Roll Off (Hz)16,731.295

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Market Context

The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2019, promising lossless music reproduction and intense bass for outdoor use….

The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2019, promising lossless music reproduction and intense bass for outdoor use. Boasting an IPX7 water-resistant design, this device holds its own against the best-rated speakers today. It has an incredible 335-foot Bluetooth range and pairs with up to two devices. Its incredible soundstage is ideal for movies, music, and podcasts. Browse the whole Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 review and see how it ranks against the most popular Bluetooth speakers on the market today.

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The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 has better IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating than the IPX7 water-resistant rating of the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20. Unlike the Beolit 20, which doesn’t support voice assistants, the A1 Gen 2 comes with built-in Alexa. However, with a maximum 90.1 dB SPL, the Beolit 20 gets significantly louder than the A1, which has an 84.2 dB maximum SPL. Browse our Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 review for details about the A1.

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Unlike the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20, which doesn’t support voice assistants, the Sonos Move has built-in Alexa and Google Assistant. The Move boasts better IP56 dust- and water-resistant rating than the IPX7 water-resistant rating of the Beolit 20. However, if you want to convert existing speakers to a wireless device, check out the DC7BT Bluetooth Docking Station/receiver review today.

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Featuring a 98.3 dB maximum SPL, the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM gets louder than the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20, which has a 90.1 dB maximum SPL. Additionally, the 24-hour battery life of the HYPERBOOM is better than the 5.8 runtimes of the Beolit 20. Also, check out the loudest Bluetooth speakers in our detailed article.

Battery Life

8 hrs

18 hrs

11 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

Yes

Charge Time

3 hrs

2 hrs

2 hrs

Size

5.3" (w) x 9" (h) x 7.4" (d)

13.3 cm (w) x 4.5 cm (h) x 13.3 cm (d) (Weight: 558 g)

Smart App

Yes

Yes

Sonos app

Speaker Pairing

Yes

n/a

Yes

Water Resistant

n/a

Yes

Yes

Wattage

2 x 35W

105W

25W

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Score Card

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Expert Score

78

*.75

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Customer Score

90

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

81

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    72
    The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is a supremely stylish (and expensive) portable Bluetooth speaker… Read More

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 has a sleek, modern design and is made using… Read More

    By:

    Yasmine Crossland
  • Trusted Reviews
    48.27

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Bang & Olufsen’s Beolit 20 is an attractive and generally great-sounding portable product. It’s evolved… Read More

    By:

    Mike Lowe
  • Pocket Lint
    51.48

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is decent for music. This stereo speaker’s sound profile… Read More

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Choice
    44.5

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • T3
    36.31

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Beolit 20 is typically Bang & Olufsen. Stylish looks, energetic sound and a premium… Read More

    By:

    Kob Monney

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