HWM (Singapore) - - Test -

One of the new­est speak­ers from B&O, the Beo­play P2 is ar­guably the com­pany’s cheap­est speaker and the eas­i­est to bring around. The at­ten­tion to de­tail, from the grill to the at­tached lan­yard, speaks qual­ity, so this is cer­tainly one unit that scores in the looks de­part­ment.

It also scores in terms of smarts. You won’t nd any phys­i­cal but­tons on this speaker. In­stead, ges­ture con­trols and a com­pan­ion app al­low you to play/pause your mu­sic, or to call up Siri or Google Now.

In terms of au­dio play­back, we found the speaker wasn’t the most pow­er­ful in terms of vol­ume, but was able to pro­duce sur­pris­ingly full sound for a mono speaker thanks to a tweeter/woofer pair that’s pow­ered by two class D am­pliers. The speaker isn’t go­ing to e or­t­lessly ll a room, but it eas­ily pumps out more full-bod­ied mu­sic than you would ex­pect from some­thing so small.

For ex­am­ple, on a record­ing of Span­ish Har­lem by Re­becca Pidgeon, we were pleas­antly sur­prised by the amount of at­mos­phere the speaker was able to cre­ate. Pidgeon’s vo­cals are nicely cen­tered, and both highs and mids are well re­solved. There are shak­ers, pi­anos and strings in this piece, and they all stand out nicely.

It also did well with rock, as a record­ing of Guns N’ Rose’s Sweet Child O’ Mine proved to be an­other en­joy­able lis­ten. The highs are sparkly and the mids ro­bust, though there does seem to be a slight dip in per­for­mance in the high mids and some dis­tor­tion on the ab­so­lute low end.

On our for­mal test tracks, we thought the speaker did best on Sail on Sooth­sayer by Buck­et­head. The bass was a lit­tle boomy to start, but the speaker did well to fo­cus on Buck­et­head’s gui­tar through­out, with lush mids al­low­ing the track to draw you in. There was good clar­ity on the solo too – es­pe­cially in the highs, which seem to be a strength for this speaker.

Great tre­ble and bass per­for­mance for a mono speaker. Price is high for this cat­e­gory.

The com­pan­ion app lets you con gure the Tap and Shake fea­ture.

The B&O logo marks the on/off but­ton for this speaker.

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