Beo­Play A2

It’s A+ per­for­mance from Bang & Olufsen’s Blue­tooth speaker

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT -

£299 Man­u­fac­turer Bang & Olufsen, bang-olufsen.com

Di­men­sions 4.4x14.2x25.6cm Weight 1.1kg Con­nec­tiv­ity Blue­tooth 4, aux-in

This is a re­ally ex­pen­sive por­ta­ble Blue­tooth speaker. Three hun­dred pounds is a lot to spend on some­thing that prob­a­bly isn’t even your main sound sys­tem, but this isn’t like van­ity head­phones – the Beo­Play A2 sounds just phe­nom­e­nal for its size.

De­spite be­ing less than two inches thick, it’s per­fectly ca­pa­ble of fill­ing a room with mu­sic. There’s a speaker on each of its large, flat sides, mean­ing its de­signed to blast au­dio in all di­rec­tions, giv­ing a lovely open sound. Stick it in the cen­tre of a group when you’re sit­ting around out­side, or on the ta­ble in the mid­dle of a room, and ev­ery­one gets the same great sound.

It’s thin and stands up­right, yet pro­duces a re­ally full sound. There’s plenty of bass – not the kind your neigh­bours will feel, but great for lis­ten­ing to – and lots of warmth and de­tail, es­pe­cially in the midrange, though the tre­ble feels com­par­a­tively cramped at the very top end. The A2 can also get re­ally loud with­out much neg­a­tive im­pact on the sound qual­ity.

The de­sign is smart, too. An ex­truded alu­minium core and solid build on the case mean that it feels bril­liantly durable with­out be­ing too heavy – weigh­ing in at just over a kilo and equipped with a chunky leather strap it re­ally is truly por­ta­ble. There’s even a handy USB port for charg­ing your iPhone from its bat­tery.

It comes in a few colours, too – the plain black is fairly stylish, though the grey and gold isn’t quite as nice in the flesh as it looks here. The green and brown is our favourite. Matt Bolton

Fan­tas­tic sound qual­ity for its size jus­ti­fies its high price tag. Whether you want to pay it is up to you.

The Beo­Play A2 may seem pricey, but it’s got a lot of sound to of­fer.

Fan­tas­tic au­dio for its size

Lovely thin de­sign

Nice and durable

Re­ally rather ex­pen­sive

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