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B&O Beoplay A1 – luxurious treat to ears or an overpriced buy?

I recently got my hands on the beautiful Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 portable bluetooth speakers and the first impressions were definitely around the size of the speakers which I felt appropriately perfect, considering I always perceived them as ‘small’ in my head. In this post I will review these gorgeous speakers around the value proposition it offers to a buyer given it’s not-so-surprisingly-high price tag (just like Dr. Sheldon Cooper, I do not have a sarcasm sign).

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Audio brands like Bose, Beats, Harman Kardon etc. define luxury. Bang & Olufsen is not luxury, it falls under the domain of ‘ultra luxury’. It is the Rolls Royce of speakers. Speaking of Rolls Royce, B&O is often admired because of it’s presence in the automobile industry. If you happen to buy a Bentley or an Aston Martin, you will be honoured to encounter the melodious B&O sound system. Coming back to the topic – click on the link here for the complete specifications of B&O Beoplay A1. B&O is so proud of their eye-catching designs that they even mention the name of the product designer in the product’s specification section. For instance, B&O Beoplay A1 is designed by Cecilie Manz, Good job brotha!

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The look and feel of the speakers drips of quality! The front (or top) is made of well-cut aluminium and the back is polymer – to hold the speakers at place. There’s even a leather strap to give it a character. Well…you paid for it! Coming on to the most critical aspect of any speaker – the sound. Let’s give it a separate section to lay emphasis of the subject matter.

The Sound
I played different genres of songs to analyse the highs, mids and lows it delivers. Well, Brian Johnson would be really proud to listen these! The vocals, guitar chords are extremely clear and it is perfect for a rock music enthusiast. Again, do keep in mind the size of the speakers which should not be compared with it’s elder siblings or other kids in the park. JBL Charge, Harman Kardon Go Play, these are larger in size and more loud and powerful. Beoplay A1 offers 280W PMPO (I was disappointed to not find RMS equivalent on their official site) which works best in a medium sized room. The bass is average (again given its size) but not disappointing. Overall sound quality is really good but since you invested a major chunk of your monthly savings on this gadget, you do have multiple other options in the market offering similar (or better) sound quality for really less price tag. These alternatives won’t be a treat for your eyes but definitely will be lighter on your pocket.

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B&O claims 24 hours of battery backup which is the USP of the product. I haven’t had the chance to test the battery backup yet although I feel highly unlikely that the claim will hold true but again – no comments (will update later in the comment section below). Pairing with these speakers is an easy task. Also, Beoplay A1 is dust proof, dirt proof and ofcourse, waterproof.

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If you want the taste of luxury while you enjoy a classic drink and a cigar, B&O Beoplay A1 is for you! But if you want to invest your hard earned money on something else, then you have multiple alternatives available to quench your ear’s needs. Here’s a link where you can purchase this product – Amazon.

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Till Next Time!



Nitin S. View All

An IT Engineer working as a Consultant in one of the big four firms, Ernst and Young. Completed his executive MBA in general management from the Indian School of Business (ISB). Gadgets, Superheroes and Automobiles give me that kick which is required to sustain this monotonous corporate life. I am a huge fan of classic movies, geeky TV shows and random surfing of a website that was launched 12 years ago in 2005, Youtube!

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