“I should be so lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky……” That’s what what I would have been singing if I thought I would be listening to my music on such a gorgeous sound system as the B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen A2 Portable Bluetooth speaker, but…… I guess I am.
I met some very nice men from Bang & Olufsen, when they came in to tell us all about the lovely sound systems that they do. Bang & Olufsen are a Danish company and is best known for making specialist, high-end and stylish products. So when it lends its Scandinavian sense of premium-quality minimalist design to a portable Bluetooth speaker (the company’s first), you know it’ll be special.
I knew that all their products would be very popular and so it was exciting news to hear about the A2 as a Today’s Special Value offer. I asked our buyer if I could try one out, so I really could experience what the quality is like and how well it performed. She lent me one and I must say we have used it a lot and the whole family is really impressed.
The B&O Play A2 looks luxurious: the curved polymer shell with its high-quality leather strap is a premium lifestyle product. The metal panel, with its beautifully machined buttons, adds elegance. It’s well-made, and light enough to carry using the sturdy strap. The big spread of sound is down to B&O’s ‘True360’ sound technology – it uses drivers on both sides of the speaker, meaning you can stand ‘behind’ the speaker and still hear that clear, open sound. It works brilliantly. B&O exploits the wide dispersion in the low frequencies, delivering sound around the edges of the speaker – although you still won’t get the full blast of the A2’s sound if the slim edge is facing towards you.
My daughter loves dancing around the kitchen to ‘Shake it off’ by TaylorSwift and for a small system it really fills the room with a rich, deep and enveloping sound. My son, who is 14 now, loves to test things to the limits and so whacked on ‘Smoke on the water’ by Deep Purple (I know, quite retro for a 14 year old) at full volume and it really shook the rafters – but not the A2. And I loved the fact that even at low volume you still get that rich,warm and deep sound that is so nice when you are relaxing. I had the opportunity to chill out in the sun for half an hour to a little Bob Marley! It hardly seemed to get a rest as we had it on when doing the housework, cooking and for some background music when we had nine for Sunday lunch the other day.
It’s a very simple machine to use but has a few nifty features like you can also charge your smart device using the USB port and it won’t put too much of a strain on the A2’s battery, either. The speaker lasts for 24 hours on a single charge – it’s the longest battery life of any portable speaker I’ve come across.
It’s not the cheapest system in the world but in terms of its style, build quality and performance it’s well worth a good look at. The A2 is a machine that you will have for years and I’m sure will deliver a faithful production of whatever kind of music you listen to. We have it as a Today’s Special on Saturday 30th April when I’ll be talking to our man from B&O by Bang & Olufsen – Ben Staniforth at 11.00 am.
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