B&O's Newest Bluetooth Speaker Excels in Highly Durable Battery and Waterproof Body
Bang &Olufsen may be better known as a sultan-class speaker manufacturer with an elegant and luxurious design. Still, occasionally the Danish manufacturer also creates portable speakers aimed at those who love to explore nature. One example is a speaker named Beosound Explore below.
From the name, we can already guess that this device packs a rigid body. The aluminum frame is scratch-resistant, and overall it is waterproof and dust resistant with IP67 certification. So if accidentally thrown into the pool, the device will still be able to operate normally. On the upper side, there are five physical buttons.
The grille's shape indicates that it can distribute sound to any angle (360°), and the sound itself comes from a pair of 1.8-inch full-range drivers, each powered by a Class D 30 W amplifier.
If it is still not loud, users can also connect two Beosound Explore units simultaneously as a stereo setup. Connectivity is already using the latest, Bluetooth 5.2, and has supported fast pairing technology by Apple, Google, and Microsoft.
The use of Bluetooth 5.2 promises not only a more stable connection but also very efficient battery consumption. In one charge, Beosound Explore is claimed to be able to operate up to 27 hours nonstop. By comparison, other popular portable speakers such as the JBL Charge 5 'only' can last for 20 hours, and the UE Hyperboom, which is recorded to have a battery life of up to 24 hours.
More impressively, this can be achieved by Beosound Explore while maintaining a more compact design than the other two speakers. Its dimensions are recorded at 81 x 124 x 81 mm, while the weight is in the range of 631 grams (without carbines). Charging itself takes about 2 hours from empty to full.
In the United States, Beosound Explore has now sold for $199 (± 21,531.80 Kenyan Shilling). There are two color options available now, namely black and green, and in summer will follow the gray variant.