Bang & Olufsen B&O Beoplay A2 review


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Portable wireless speakers have become the standard for many homes. After all, if you’re not ready to invest in a premium home theatre system, chances are a wireless system or speaker will fill the void until you are. That’s why companies from basic to elite are offering portable options. But more than just a compact size, you want a small speaker that will sound good, be able to fill a room, and give you true-to-life audio. Bang & Olufsen (or B&O for short) have entered this market with some portable wireless speakers that not only aim to look cool but sound great too. I recently received a test sample of the B&O Beoplay A2 speaker for testing and review in my home.

What is the Beoplay A2?

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Weighing in at 1.1 kg or just over two pounds, the B&O Beoplay A2 is a small and compact speaker, though it still has enough heft to make the unit feel powerful, not cheap.

The speaker is about the size and thickness of a hardcover book, and indeed you could easily slide it out of the way and not have it noticed on your bookshelf if that’s what you want. A thin but sturdy leather carrying strap hangs from one end of the speaker, making it easily portable.

The speaker can be plugged in to AC power or disconnected to run wirelessly, providing up to 24 hours of battery life, according to Bang & Olufsen.

Setting up B&O Beoplay A2 wireless speakerBang olufsen b o wireless beoplay a2 speaker portable

Readers may know that I’m a stickler for the setup. When a device requires too much fiddling and nitpicking it’s frustrating for the customer. When setup is easy and straightforward and happens quickly, it provides a great user experience right from the get-go.

With the Beoplay A2 speaker setup happened in seconds. And that’s no exaggeration.
Though the test sample I had to came with no instructions, I was able to figure out what needed to happen and make it work anyway.

This review was written for Best Buy Canada’s tech blog.  Click here to be taken to the full review.

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