We now live in a world where new iPhones drop once a year and true wireless headphones and portable speakers reach fifth and sixth iterations in as many years, so a Bluetooth speaker that hasn’t been updated in four years is pretty unusual by today’s standards.
But Bang & Olufsen isn’t noted for following the herd. In the Danish electronics specialist’s catalogue you’ll find a wheel-shaped wireless speaker, a TV that opens up like a butterfly, and an 8200-watt monolithic speaker comprising 18 drivers. Its output could reasonably be described as “premium” and “innovative”.
The B&O Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) wireless speaker is no exception. It’s the company’s second most affordable model in its line-up – the Beoplay P2 takes the accolade for being the cheapest and, incidentally, the smallest – so to make the product stand out, Bang & Olufsen has billed it the world’s first Bluetooth-only Alexa smart speaker.