B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen has added yet another portable Bluetooth speaker to its lineup, and at $169 (£149, AU$249) the Beoplay P2 is the company's least expensive model yet. It's also its smallest and lightest.
The speaker looks a little like a swankier version of the Harman Kardon Esquire 2, which doubles as a business-class speakerphone.and is in the same "slim" speaker genre as the
One unique design trait on the P2 is the lack of physical buttons. There's only a power on/off button on the bottom of the speaker. Controlling volume playback is done through "tap and shake interactions" that you can customize in Beoplay App. Also, like the earlier, the new speaker charges via USB-C.
I liked the hamburger-sized A1 and though it sounded excellent for its tiny size. This speaker is slimmer and lighter but B&O Play claims the bass performance in the P2 isn't compromised thanks to a redesigned mid-woofer. I'll let you know if that's the case as soon as I get a review unit in.
For now here's a look at the P2's key specs:
- Dimensions: 140 x 80 x 28 mm
- Weight: 9.7 ounces or 275g
- Bluetooth 4.2, ADK 4.0
- Built-in lithium-polymer rechargeable 2200mAh battery (2 hour charge time)
- Up to 10 hours playtime at moderate listening level
- Compatible with Beoplay App
- 2 x 15W class D for woofer and tweeter (2 x 50W peak power)
- Built-in microphone for speakerphone calls
- Charges via USB-C (cable included)
- Color options: Black, sand stone, royal blue
- Price: $169, £149, AU$249