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.