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Bang Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 Review

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87
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Critics were pleased with the compact design of the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 speaker. They liked that this made it portable and that it could withstand harsh handling. However, they didn’t appreciate its low battery life and missing WiFi connectivity.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

First released in mid-2020, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 is a top-end Bluetooth speaker available in five color streams. The speaker has an IP67 rating, so it is waterproof and dust-tight. It comes with a carrying strap that allows users to attach it to a bag and listen to music when outdoors, and weighing just 1.1 pounds, it is much more portable than some of the best speakers on the market. The speaker’s battery lasts about 4.6 hours, and since it also has its companion app, users will be able to customize its EQ presets or even pair two A1 Gen 2 speakers for a stereo output. This is a feature that is also quite common among the highest-rated Bluetooth speakers in the industry. It can also take up voice commands after being integrated with the Alexa app, but it doesn’t work with Siri. If this sounds like a deal breaker that you wouldn’t want to deal with, then check out our Apple HomePod review.

Consensus

our Verdict

Product specialists lauded the Bang & Olufsen A1 Gen 2 Bluetooth speaker for its small design, sturdy build quality, and durability. Experts from Rtings were delighted with how well-suited the A1 Gen 2 speaker was for outdoor use. They liked that it was compact and that it was both water and dust-resistant. They could also tweak its sound during their tests through the speaker’s companion app. They commended it for its accurate vocal reproduction when playing music and wide soundstage when playing movies. Reviewers from T3 also liked that they could pair the speaker to two devices at once and that it could act as a speakerphone.

Still, testers didn’t appreciate its bass response and low battery life of 4.6 hours. In contrast, the Bose Portable Smart Speaker lasts longer. (check it out in our Bose Portable Smart Speaker review). Testers also didn’t like its lack of WiFi compatibility, which is a discredit it shares with the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 – more on that in our Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 review.

Reason to Buy

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Works with voice assistants
  • Allows for EQ presets
  • Supports multi-device pairing

Reason to Avoid

  • Short battery life
  • No WiFi connectivity
  • Low bass response

Bang Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life18 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time2 hrs
SizeSize13.3 cm (w) x 4.5 cm (h) x 13.3 cm (d) (Weight: 558 g)
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker Pairingn/a
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage105W
Wireless RangeWireless Rangen/a

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)11.3
Volume Output (dB)88.1
Low End Roll Off (Hz)119.865
High End Roll Off (Hz)6,639.818

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Market Context

First released in mid-2020, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 is a top-end Bluetooth speaker available in five color streams. The speaker has…

First released in mid-2020, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 is a top-end Bluetooth speaker available in five color streams. The speaker has an IP67 rating, so it is waterproof and dust-tight. It comes with a carrying strap that allows users to attach it to a bag and listen to music when outdoors, and weighing just 1.1 pounds, it is much more portable than some of the best speakers on the market. The speaker’s battery lasts about 4.6 hours, and since it also has its companion app, users will be able to customize its EQ presets or even pair two A1 Gen 2 speakers for a stereo output. This is a feature that is also quite common among the highest-rated Bluetooth speakers in the industry. It can also take up voice commands after being integrated with the Alexa app, but it doesn’t work with Siri. If this sounds like a deal breaker that you wouldn’t want to deal with, then check out our Apple HomePod review.

There are many differences between the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 and the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore that may make customers swing…

There are many differences between the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 and the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore that may make customers swing either way. The former has a longer 9-hour battery life compared to the latter’s 4.6-hour playback time, but the latter has support for both voice assistant and speakerphone functionality, while the former does not. Go ahead and learn more about the latter in our Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore review.

The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2’s sound output can be customized through EQ presets while that of the Bose SoundLink Revolve II cannot,…

The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2’s sound output can be customized through EQ presets while that of the Bose SoundLink Revolve II cannot, but the Revolve II has a longer 9.5-hour battery life than the Gen 2’s 4.6-hour playback time. The Revolve II also supports Google Assistant and Siri, while the Gen 2 only works with Alexa.

The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 supports speakerphone functionality while the Sonos Roam does not, but the Sonos Roam supports WiFi connectivity while…

The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 supports speakerphone functionality while the Sonos Roam does not, but the Sonos Roam supports WiFi connectivity while the Beosound Gen 2 does not. The Gen 2 also supports multi-device pairing, while the Sonos Roam does not.

Battery Life

18 hrs

27 hrs

13 hrs

10 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Charge Time

2 hrs

2 hrs

4 hrs

2 hrs

Size

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

8.1 cm (d) x 12.4 cm (h)

Smart App

Yes

Yes

Bose Connect

Amazon Alexa app, Google Assistant, Sonos app

Speaker Pairing

n/a

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wattage

105W

2 × 30W

8W

10W

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Expert Score

87

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Customer Score

91

*.25

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True Score

84

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The outdoor-friendly Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) speaker offers a strong mix of… read more

    By:

    What Hi-Fi?
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Visually near imperceptible from the original A1, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen)… read more

    By:

    James Holland
  • Trusted Reviews
    48.27

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    If you’re looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker – and can forgive the lack of… read more

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen has incredible voice assistant support. It comes… read more

    By:

    Kob Monney
  • Consumer Reports
    46.86

    Category Trust Rating

    By:

    Unknown
  • Pocket Lint
    51.48

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    If you can afford it, yes. Is the A1 the most economical way to spend… read more

    By:

    Jennifer Allen

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