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Bang & Olufsen

BeoPlay A2

Cast your­self into the past, all the way to 2005… Wow, what are those things?… Now, imag­ine that, back then, a hi-fi man­u­fac­turer like Bang & Olufsen an­nounced a bat­tery-pow­ered por­ta­ble speaker. Au­dio­philes ev­ery­where would be hav­ing kit­tens! Back to now – pop! – and it’s still enough to raise an ear­brow (the au­dio­phile equiv­a­lent of an eye­brow) or two. For­tu­nately, the 180W-power A2 is gor­geous enough to hold its logo, and from our ini­tial lis­tens, has more than enough mouth to go with its fetch­ing trousers. It may be man­bag-sized, but

stream­ing to it from AptX Blue­tooth re­sults in a re­ally sur­pris­ingly room-filling sound that emerges from both sides – true 360°, in B&O par­lance – so you can put it where you like. Even smarter is

its patented new Adap­tive Power Man­age­ment sys­tem, which some­how

en­ables the A2 to party for up to 24 hours, with a recharge tak­ing just three.

a Sling­box, back in 2005

As hot as... £300 ($615) /

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