I’m sure the world needs another portable speaker, but if it’s coming from Bang & Olufsen, then we’ll take it. They’ve bestowed on us the Beosound A5 ($1099-$1199), an exquisite high-end portable speaker designed in collaboration with GamFratesi (Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi out of Copenhagen, Denmark). This thing looks like it belongs in an art gallery. Check out its features.
The Beosound A5 blends aluminum, wood, and paper fiber materials, reflecting a luxurious aesthetic. With two color options, Nordic Weave and Dark Oak, users can select a color that aligns with their personal taste. Plus, you know something’s classy when it has a color no one’s ever heard before. Nordic Weave could be a Swedish mattress fabric for all we know.
Modularity and Customization
The Beosound A5 is IP65 rated, offering water and dust resistance that makes it suitable for outdoor environments. At the beach or on a camping trip, this speaker can withstand the ever-increasing elements from climate change that will kill us in 50 years if we’re not careful because humans are so arrogant they think they can conquer the universe…while delivering impressive sound quality! The modular design allows for easy repairs and customization. Although, why customize a quality design with your non-Bang & Olufsen sensibilities.
Software and Connectivity
Bang & Olufsen’s Mozart software powers the Beosound A5 and offers the potential for future updates and expanded connectivity options. It’s compatible with popular streaming platforms such as AirPlay 2, Chromecast, and Spotify Connect, ensuring seamless audio playback from various devices. Basically, yea, everything you would think a portable speaker does.
Powerful Sound and Immersive Experience
The Beosound A5 comes with a four-driver arrangement and four digital amplifiers that gives you 280 watts of the boom boom. The integration of beamforming audio technology further enhances the immersion, providing an enveloping soundstage that captivates listeners. It’s so immersive that you become a vibrating musical note.
Long Battery Life and Wireless Charging
The Beosound A5 provides an impressive playtime of up to 12 hours. Here, I’d say that’s a little skimpy? Twelve hours is probably doable, but on the low side. Although, the unit has other features like a top panel that doubles as a wireless phone charger.
Availability and Pricing
Obviously, it’s Bang & Olufsen so it doesn’t come cheap. Prices for the Nordic Weave version start at $1,099, while the Dark Oak version begins at $1,199.