Well, it seems that everyone is coming to the portable speaker lark. Bang & Olufsen has made portable speakers before, but BeoSound Xplore aims to be the toughest yet.
What makes B&O Beosound Explore (£ 169 / € 199 / $ 199 / CAD $ 199) so difficult? It is the first speaker to feature Type 2 anodized aluminum for better scratch resistance, which will help protect it even more when you’re climbing rocks or showing how tough the speaker is. As you do.
The Xplore’s exterior credibility is further enhanced by its aluminum carabiner (a clip) to hold the speaker securely while holding the rucksack. With its integrated strap for hanging and offering IP67 rating (matching Sonos ROM) with its sealed design, the BeaSound Xplore is a wireless speaker that is well protected against whatever it may be on Mother Nature. is.
It follows design principles that have guided other portable speakers in recent years with their cylindrical shape and grippy surface. It weighs 631 grams – not the lightest we’ve encountered – but enough to make sure it won’t reduce the weight of your bag.
Where the Xplore winds up the competition, the water is with its battery life, which is huge at 27 hours (at 70dB). If you listen to music non-stop throughout the day, then this speaker is for you. It takes about two hours to charge the speaker.
Echoing the look of forests, glaciers and fjords in Scandinavia, BeaSound Explore will be available in three lesser finishes: Black anthracite, Green and Gray Mist. The first two options are on sale right now, while the Gray Mist version will go on the market later in the summer.
Above the speaker is the operating interface and, rather easily, it can be used with gloves – useful if it’s a bit cold. Stereo pairing is possible with another Xplore and there are plenty of options in terms of connectivity with Bluetooth 5.2, Apple Fast Pair, Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair. Whatever device you have, Beosound Explorer wants to be friends as soon as possible.
In terms of sound, the Xplore has 2 x 1.8-inch full range drivers powered by 2 x 30W Class D amplifiers. The frequency range is stated to be 56Hz – 22.7kHz, and can go as loud as 91dB, with B&O claiming bass output to be around 59dB. With its True360 omnidirectional display, you should get the same sound from all directions.
At £ 189 / € 19 / $ 19 / CAD $ 19, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Xplore is, believe it or not, inexpensive for a B&O product. Black anthracite and green models are on sale online and now Gray & Mist editions in Bang & Olufsen stores are to follow later in the year.