Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker : battery time

Update 032019still very, very impressed, i will be buying a second one for the stereo sound. I cannot fault the reproduction of sound from such a tiny thing. This might be a couple of years old now but i’m still to come across bigger, more portable speakers which come close. The first a1 i received was faulty for some reason it connected to bluetooth but wasn’t recognised by the application. Amazon sent me a replacement the next day and everything was hunky-dory with the new speaker. I have to admit being an ardent wifi audiophile and bearing in mind b&o are a style over substance company i was hesitant to buy even though the reviews on amazon were good. Let me tell you now i couldn’t be more satisfied with the sound quality and overall level of detail from such a small speaker. I have in my collection of wifi speakers a naim mu-so, b&w and audi-pro, dynaudio music and ipods. And begrudgingly i have to say £ for £ for portability and sound quality on a portable scale i’m amazed at what this tiny thing chucks out from an audiophile perspective. As a portable audiophile speaker this really is impressive even though it’s 2 years old.

I purchased one of these back in august and was very impressed by it, beautifully made and sounded as good as it looked. A good clean sound not over bass heavy and without distortion at volumes that i listen to. I always wondered what a stereo set up would sound like. So i ended up getting another one on an amazon deal and although set up was via the app a simple affair initially with a wonderful full stereo sound from both speakers the next time i tried it it only played from one. I had to run the b&o app again to get both working a minor quibble given the end result. In summary after a few days using two of these this is a cracking setup, tonally neutral in mono or stereo configurations that is portable to as well.

Returned as volume went down along with the battery.

This speaker sounds as good as it looks. Easy to connect, very natural and accurate sound reproduction. The unit belies its size and realistically you should not expect better sound from something this size.

Amazing high quality sound from such a compact item, fills the room with sound with out being loud.

For the size you music that fills the room. I also got the a2 at the same price and i am keeping the a1 and returning the a2. Amazing product well done b&o. I would love to see the addition of wifi and spotify on it.

The build quality is really solid and the sound quality is excellent. The built in microphone is also really good for phone calls.

I spent ages deciding wether or not to spend the money on this speaker, and unfortunately i wish i bought it sooner. This thing just sounds sparkling and rich in detail, and really packs a punch.

Very good sound for such a small speaker, battery life is about 7 hours at about 70%,i also have a sony xb30 and this little speaker has a much better sound. My system at home is naim mu-so and believe me beoplay does not let itself down.

This was a present for my other half, as he has been complaining about taking his speaker to work and not being able to hear it over the machines. So, spend time looking for a decent speaker and ended up purchasing this for him. He abso loves it, says he can hear it clearly, it’s durable against being knocked, and the battery life can last for 24 hours.

Absolutely stunning speaker with a beautiful and powerful sound. I can’t fault the beoplay a1 at all. Not sure on the battery life as i have this permanently plugged in in the bedroom but would highly recommend for the looks and sound alone.

I love this speaker for its portability and wonderful sound quality. The off/on and volume controls are not so easy to spot but once connected do are not really needed. I use my speaker with my ipad listening to music i have streamed and also movies from youtube.

Unbelievable sound quality and loud enough to have on at work. I’m shaking my head at just how good this speaker is.

I bought this about 1 month ago and i really love it, the sound quality is excellent, battery life really goodand its just so hand to hook up on a wall and to transport from room to room.

Excellent sound quality, great battery life and a really superb build.

Great speaker, amazingly loud and clear for its size. Produces great tones across the range. Battery life is very good, lasts a full day.

Great product,nice solid feel to it and great sound,easy to sync my stuff to,one minor gripe is the buttons are difficult to touch without picking the thing up and looking for them,apart from that,love it.

Rather than faff about with halfords and fitting an in car system we use this to stream music whilst travelling which it is excellent at. Loud and clear and because it is portable we then also have the option to use elsewhere whilst out and about and usefully, to improve poor quality tv audio.

Likes – sound quality is great, as good, or better than almost any other. Battery, nothing like as good as quoted, but ok – if you keep the volume down. That may not be why you bought it in the first place, but it is a fact. Style is good, but the practicalities are bad. Its impossible to see the ‘controls’ in anything other than bright daylight, with sun just in the right place, used at just the right time of day, with just the right following wind. Well, i should have thought twice on this one i’m afraid.

Just an awesome product, if in doubt buy it. Saw some reviews saying buttons are difficult to press which almost put me off, really not sure what those were about. Extremely pleased with this. It is great to have on quietly in my office but can also fill the whole house if necessary. Solidly built, good battery life and great to be able to just pick it up and move it around.

Ok, firstly this is an excellent speaker with great sound all-round. I own the beloit 15 so familiar with b&o quality and build. Took this little beauty away on holiday and simply amazed with the quality and clarity of sound, being omni direction the sound is good from all angles. Battery power obviously last long if turned down low however if you’re going away grab a portable battery pack hey presto . I would also recommend a case to protect this item albeit b&o mention something about every dent is memory and to be fair i want this think looking good for a long-time. You can control the volume and eq from b&o app although the eq is not a huge distinction but can make subtle changes. With the functionality to link or pair a1’s together i can imagine and probably be the best mobile/portable sound available however this is where it stops because you can not pair with other b&o portable devices which is a dam shame hence 4 stars. I am considering buying another a1 to pair because i love my music in the garden / beach pretty much anywhere to be fair however is it essential no, do i want another yes.

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green
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3.9 of 5 stars, based on 197 reviews

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  1. Reading all of the positive reviews for this speaker is what sold it for me, however i’m confused as to how its received such positive reviews. Pros:- the design looks very stylish and there is no denying that it’s portable- the mids and highs are crisp. Cons:- supposedly it has a 24 hour battery life after a full charge (2. 5 hours) but i’m not sure how this works exactly as i have only managed 4-5 hours at 50-75% volume. – once the battery gets to 20% (or overheats), the speaker automatically reduces the volume and you cannot turn it back up until its sufficiently charged, even if its plugged in. It also starts to cut out every minute or so to remind you that the battery is low. As far as i’m concerned, for a speaker of this price it is completely unacceptable. Imagine hosting a party or house gathering with this thing only to have the music cut out and reduce its volume by half- the bass is hit and miss, every now and then it’ll deliver a decent punch but more often than not it sounds like it’s trying to break out of a plastic bag- although it looks stylish, the buttons are completely impractical as they’re difficult to press and even more difficult to see- considering the price, it should at least come with a carry caseeven if this thing was half the price, the faults would still be inexcusable in my opinion.
  2. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Reading all of the positive reviews for this speaker is what sold it for me, however i’m confused as to how its received such positive reviews. Pros:- the design looks very stylish and there is no denying that it’s portable- the mids and highs are crisp. Cons:- supposedly it has a 24 hour battery life after a full charge (2. 5 hours) but i’m not sure how this works exactly as i have only managed 4-5 hours at 50-75% volume. – once the battery gets to 20% (or overheats), the speaker automatically reduces the volume and you cannot turn it back up until its sufficiently charged, even if its plugged in. It also starts to cut out every minute or so to remind you that the battery is low. As far as i’m concerned, for a speaker of this price it is completely unacceptable. Imagine hosting a party or house gathering with this thing only to have the music cut out and reduce its volume by half- the bass is hit and miss, every now and then it’ll deliver a decent punch but more often than not it sounds like it’s trying to break out of a plastic bag- although it looks stylish, the buttons are completely impractical as they’re difficult to press and even more difficult to see- considering the price, it should at least come with a carry caseeven if this thing was half the price, the faults would still be inexcusable in my opinion.
    • The sound quality was amazing compared to other products i had before. It’s in a class of its own.
      • The sound quality was amazing compared to other products i had before. It’s in a class of its own.
  3. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    It’s a b&o product, so didn’t expect less, and was pleased i wasn’t let down either. The sound fills up an average size room (english standard). I would recommend this speaker.
    • It’s a b&o product, so didn’t expect less, and was pleased i wasn’t let down either. The sound fills up an average size room (english standard). I would recommend this speaker.
  4. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    As you would expect it doesn’t distort when you play a heavy base song.
    • As you would expect it doesn’t distort when you play a heavy base song.
      • We bought this one for my son’s 18th as he kept on ‘borrowing’ ours 😂 easy to carry around, looks good and sounds great.
  5. We bought this one for my son’s 18th as he kept on ‘borrowing’ ours 😂 easy to carry around, looks good and sounds great.
  6. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    I couldn’t find nothing to dislike about this product. | even had other people on and around the beach questioning me, as to where they could get there hands on such a product.
  7. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    I couldn’t find nothing to dislike about this product. | even had other people on and around the beach questioning me, as to where they could get there hands on such a product.
  8. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Surprisingly loud for such a small product, was really pleased with the purchase.
  9. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Surprisingly loud for such a small product, was really pleased with the purchase.
    • Everything you would expect from b&o but so much more than you might expect for a small speaker. Beautiful, rich and powerful sound.
  10. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Everything you would expect from b&o but so much more than you might expect for a small speaker. Beautiful, rich and powerful sound.
    • The sound from this tiny speaker is incredible – well worth the money – battery lasts really well – perfect xmas present.
      • The sound from this tiny speaker is incredible – well worth the money – battery lasts really well – perfect xmas present.
  11. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    I love music, in fact i can’t live without it, if i’m not listening to it, i have a song/tune in my head pretty much 24/7, which is why i was ecstatic when i unwrapped this on christmas day morning – me and my husband use the same prime account making present buying possibly troublesome if not for the “hide order” option. Great idea amazononto the speaker, it really is very nice to look at. It’s a good weight also, very robust however the options on the side could be hard to see if you don’t have particulary good eyesight. For me this isn’t a problem however my husband cannot see it as clearly as myself. The sound really is 360, no matter where you stood, it eminated from the centre of everywhere. I pretty much played my whole music collection over a week or so and i was nothing short of gobsmacked. I tried everything: buckethead, pink floyd, the prodigy, rolling stones, hendrix, santana, the beatles, new order, the stone roses, nin. Particularly when i got to karen carpenter and mama cass, it was so clear you could hear karen carpenter breathing. The clarity had me in tears when listening to a few of my absolute faves: john murphy sunshine adagio in d minor; nin hurt; the stones’ wild horses (our first wedding dance) stone rose’s this is the one (our 2nd dance) and i am the ressurrection; atmosphere from joy division and pink floyd wish you were here and they were sublime, so crisp. I finally turned it up to full blast during sunshine, it was blasting out, shaking our tv yet still so clear, zero distortion whatsoever.
  12. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    I love music, in fact i can’t live without it, if i’m not listening to it, i have a song/tune in my head pretty much 24/7, which is why i was ecstatic when i unwrapped this on christmas day morning – me and my husband use the same prime account making present buying possibly troublesome if not for the “hide order” option. Great idea amazononto the speaker, it really is very nice to look at. It’s a good weight also, very robust however the options on the side could be hard to see if you don’t have particulary good eyesight. For me this isn’t a problem however my husband cannot see it as clearly as myself. The sound really is 360, no matter where you stood, it eminated from the centre of everywhere. I pretty much played my whole music collection over a week or so and i was nothing short of gobsmacked. I tried everything: buckethead, pink floyd, the prodigy, rolling stones, hendrix, santana, the beatles, new order, the stone roses, nin. Particularly when i got to karen carpenter and mama cass, it was so clear you could hear karen carpenter breathing. The clarity had me in tears when listening to a few of my absolute faves: john murphy sunshine adagio in d minor; nin hurt; the stones’ wild horses (our first wedding dance) stone rose’s this is the one (our 2nd dance) and i am the ressurrection; atmosphere from joy division and pink floyd wish you were here and they were sublime, so crisp. I finally turned it up to full blast during sunshine, it was blasting out, shaking our tv yet still so clear, zero distortion whatsoever.
  13. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Small enough to become a travel partner, sounds good enough to be a home speaker (at reasonable volumes). The sound is amazing considering it is 169 gbp and so compact. I also like the fact it comes with a leather strap so you can hang it on door handles, hooks etc. It looks good on a wall and it sounds even better in that position than on a table. Bo is usually out of my price range but this is good value for money in my opinion. Only negatives: battery life is not top of its class, buttons are heavy to press and there is no battery or volume display.
  14. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Small enough to become a travel partner, sounds good enough to be a home speaker (at reasonable volumes). The sound is amazing considering it is 169 gbp and so compact. I also like the fact it comes with a leather strap so you can hang it on door handles, hooks etc. It looks good on a wall and it sounds even better in that position than on a table. Bo is usually out of my price range but this is good value for money in my opinion. Only negatives: battery life is not top of its class, buttons are heavy to press and there is no battery or volume display.
    • The only negative side is battery life – more than twice less if you listen 70-80% volume.
  15. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    The only negative side is battery life – more than twice less if you listen 70-80% volume.
  16. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Amazing speaker, beautiful build quality and looks the part.
    • Amazing speaker, beautiful build quality and looks the part.
  17. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Looks great, sounds great – surprisingly bassy and can get loud when needed. No real complaints other than the annoying buttons. They’re not easy to see, or to press, so i try not to use them too often.
  18. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Looks great, sounds great – surprisingly bassy and can get loud when needed. No real complaints other than the annoying buttons. They’re not easy to see, or to press, so i try not to use them too often.
    • My husband thinks it’s the best thing ever. It is said to be top of the range & he’s sticking by that but he did struggle with finding the buttons.
      • My husband thinks it’s the best thing ever. It is said to be top of the range & he’s sticking by that but he did struggle with finding the buttons.
  19. Battery doesn’t last that long and sometimes is like listening to a scratching lp.
  20. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Battery doesn’t last that long and sometimes is like listening to a scratching lp.
    • Set up is a minute or so and you off. Great sound very deep bases sound. I like that it can be hung up anywhere. My son gave it a go and rated it highly also.
  21. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Set up is a minute or so and you off. Great sound very deep bases sound. I like that it can be hung up anywhere. My son gave it a go and rated it highly also.
  22. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    I have an m5 in the living room and i bought this to listen to the radio in the kitchen. I was finding the speakers on my phone a bit lacking above domestic appliances. This is a fabulous little speaker. An additional benefit i found was how easy it is to sync with my work devices for skype calls.
  23. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    I have an m5 in the living room and i bought this to listen to the radio in the kitchen. I was finding the speakers on my phone a bit lacking above domestic appliances. This is a fabulous little speaker. An additional benefit i found was how easy it is to sync with my work devices for skype calls.
  24. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Don’t waste your money, this speaker it’s just a very small portable speaker and it sounds thin, i mean it looks great and if you want something to listen to quietly in the back ground it might just be the one for you. Obviously the size doesn’t help in terms of frequency spectrum. Not happy at all i had to return it.
  25. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone – Moss Green

    Don’t waste your money, this speaker it’s just a very small portable speaker and it sounds thin, i mean it looks great and if you want something to listen to quietly in the back ground it might just be the one for you. Obviously the size doesn’t help in terms of frequency spectrum. Not happy at all i had to return it.

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