The Bang Olufsen audio has announced the Beosound A1 2nd Gen waterproof Bluetooth speaker as the world’s first smart portable Bluetooth speaker with built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant – according to Bang and Olufsen.
In addition, Beosound A1 2nd Gen is also fully upgraded from sound quality, battery life, and also has IP67 waterproof certification. In 2016, the company has introduced the cheapest and most compact Bang and Olufsen speaker in the wireless Bluetooth speakers line, the Beosound A1 1st Gen at that time. But there is now a cheaper Beoplay P2 Blue tooth speaker available for $130 on Amazon.
At that time, Beosound A1 was an extremely loudest Bluetooth speaker, one of the impressive Bang Olufsen products, and introduced B&O’s name and quality to the majority of audio lovers. The compact Beosound A1 has impressive power and sound quality.
Unlike other Amazon Alexa-enabled smart portable speakers, Beosound A1 2nd Gen doesn’t need to use WiFi, it needs to connect to phones with Alexa apps connecting to the network via Bluetooth. During the setup process, you can connect your Alexa account and activate Alexa on the app to sync with A1 Gen 2. You can then use the A1 2nd Gen as a real smart speaker with features such as playback control, shopping, smart home control, smart assistant, etc.
Regarding connectivity, Beosound A1 2nd Gen mini Bluetooth speaker uses Bluetooth 5.1 standard connection with aptX adaptive codec which is still quite new. Products can also be connected quickly with Windows and Android thanks to Microsoft Swift Pair and Google Fast Pair.
For voice control Beosound A1 2nd use up to 3 far-field microphones recording up to 5m, and with the help of the far-field microphone technology, Alexa can be activated from up to 5m away and, courtesy of a software update due later this year remains responsive for up to 3 hours after being turned off.
Battery life is also upgraded extremely terrible from 4 hours to 18 hours at 70dB and from 24 hours to 48 hours when listening at a moderate volume of about 55dB. You can check the remaining battery capacity through an LED on the speaker or monitor on the Bang Olufsen app on smartphones.
The design of the Beosound A1 2nd Gen has not changed much from the previous system with the perforated details on the aluminum frame changed, details on the attached strap are also designed to be easier to use. The weight of the device is also 7% lighter than the previous generation. The dust and water resistance of the Beosound A1 2nd Gen has also been upgraded to IP67 standard which put it in the best outdoor Bluetooth speaker category.
In terms of sound quality, the Beosound A1 2nd Gen waterproof Bluetooth speaker uses a 3.5-inch mid/bass woofer driver using aluminum and a 0.75-inch dome tweeter. The speaker audio is also used by the navigation system to get 360-degree sound.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen will come in Anthracite and Gray Mist colors, priced at $249.99, and is now listed on the Amazon.com online shop.
Earlier this year, Bang & Olufsen has also announced the competitor for the AirPods – Beoplay E8 3rd Gen wireless earbuds, priced at $350, and it can also be purchased through the Bhphotovideo.com and Amazon.com stores in Black and Grey Mist colors.