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B&O Play Beoplay A1 is a sweet-sounding wireless speakerThe dome-shaped Beoplay A1 is one of the best sounding ultracompact wireless speakers we've reviewed, delivers up to 24 hours of battery and makes an excellent speakerphone.
[MUSIC] Credit B&O Play for creating a bluetooth speaker that doesn't look like anything out there already. The new dome shaped B&O Play A1 is not only the smallest wireless speaker from the Danish company but also the most affordable at $249. Designed by well known Danish furniture designer Cecile Mainz, the aluminum clad A1's clearly meant to take on Boss's popular soundlink mini two wireless speaker. And it's one of the best sounding mini bluetooth speakers I've heard, though it better be considering its elevated pricepoint. Well it looks sleek and has no protruding buttons being no places. It's robust enough to handle the bumps and scrapes of everyday use. It comes with a leather carry-on strap though no protective carry-on pouch which is too bad. The speaker has two drivers, a 3.5 inch mid-cone whooper and a three quarter inch twitter and manage to play very loud fr it's size delivering a decent amount of bass and it's very strong in the mid-range. That said, like all these small speakers it does have its limitations it can only deliver so much sound, at it shape implies it also double as a speaker phone and it's a good one the other plus is the strong battery life. It's rated at 24 hours thanks to a 2,200 milliamp internal rechargeable battery And an efficient adaptive power management system, it's also worth noting that it charges with a USB C cable, not the standard micro USB cable. Yes you can certainly get mini bluetooth speakers that cost a lot less Can perform pretty well for their size. If you don't mind the high price, this is a very nice mini bluetooth speaker that offers impressive sound for it's size. I'm David Carnoy. Thanks for watching. [SOUND]