B&O announce a Beosound A1 Bluetooth orator with built-in Alexa

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Danish code Bang Olufsen has announced a Beosound A1 Bluetooth speaker, a initial Bluetooth-only orator to underline Alexa voice assistance.

Despite a slight change in name, a BeoSound A1 (£200) is a supplement to a Beoplay A1 speaker, and facilities a series of pattern and opening improvements over a original.

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It is a universe initial in that it is a initial Bluetooth-only voice partner speaker. Usually, Alexa speakers bond to Wi-Fi (and therefore a internet) to broach responses to a user’s queries. The Beosound side-steps this by delivering Alexa by a Bluetooth tie to your phone. Clever.

The superb pattern of a strange has been refined, with a new A1 7% lighter and a speaker’s leather tag tweaked to safeguard some-more options for unresolved a speaker. The buttons have been redesigned with bigger, clearer icons; as good as being repositioned closer to a leather tag for easier access. The LED indicator has been changed to a tip of a orator so it can be softened seen from all angles.

The bulb have been re-done too, with a 3.5-inch mid-woofer and 3/4-inch tweeter redesigned for clearer, 360-degree sound. The comparatively new aptX Adaptive codec is upheld for, what we hope, is a consistently clever wireless performance. The A1 also supports Bluetooth 5.1.

Battery life has been increased to a large 18 hours during customary listening volumes compared to a original’s now small looking 4 hours. Playback during reduce volumes will move out around 48 hours of listening time.

Fancy carrying a bath along with a speaker? Well we can with a speaker’s IP67 acceptance that means it can withstand bearing to H2O during 1m low for 30 mins. If you’re holding it to beach (which seems some-more likely), a Beosound can withstand silt and mud but removing into trouble.

Also tucked inside a orator is a 3-microphone array for softened call peculiarity when a orator is used as a speakerphone. Microsoft Swift Pair and Google Fast Pair support meant a orator can be set adult fast for voice calls.

The BO Beosound A1 comes in dual finishes (Black Anthracite and Grey Mist), and is accessible to squeeze for £200/€250 from name retailers and BO stores now.

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