Very happy with the sound quality it would be five stars if the battery just lasted a little longer when the volume was higher offer than that excellent product.
Well worth the £99 prime day offer price.
Excellent speaker though the battery performance doesn’t satisfy me.
Key specs for B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A2 Active Bluetooth Speaker – Stone Grey:
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- Dust and splash resistant wireless speaker with smart charging USB-C cable
- True360 Sound technology featuring Bang & Olufsen signature sound
- Portable Bluetooth speaker keeps on going with up to 24 hours of battery life, Connect up to eight people at a time
- Connect two A2 Active speakers via Beoplay App for stereo or ambient sound
- Includes two short canvas straps, USB-C cable and quick start guide
Comments from buyers
“A brilliant unit and sounds better than the Bose – and that’s coming from a Bose fan!
, Great speaker, but it’s little brother, a1, has similar performance
, Sounds amazing with both Metallica and Rachmaninov at low and high
Incredible sound (just don’t bother with the app on the android market though).
Great speaker,excellent quality.
The sound quality from this speaker is exceptional; it is even better if you have a second a2 as you can pair them left and right. It is easily to set up and use, and the iphone app is useful (it’s the same app for other beoplay devices). The one thing that lets it down is the battery and charging: at higher volumes the battery drains quickly; keeping it connected to power helps but still isn’t perfect. For my purposes this isn’t a deal breaker, but for some who might want to use this for extended period this would be an issue. Despite the battery issue i think the sound quality, ease of use and robust build quality still justify giving this 5* – just.
This is the ‘dual sided’ speaker and throws high quality deep rich sound all over the roomif you are belting the tunes out at higher volumes then dont expect the battery to last the stated duration but thats to be expectedperfect for those garden parties/bbq’s.
Great b&o build quality and a depth of sound hard to match. Very long battery life and practical design and i liked the carrying strap in particular. Suitable for all types of music with great depth of sound including very impressive bass and clear mid tones and treble. Charges quickly and lasts up to 20 hours of use. Easy to connect with simple bluetooth pairing or direct connection. My only concern is the stability of the unit – it has to be played standing up and if jolted at all it falls over or off the unit it is standing on. Be warned – put it somewhere it can’t fall off. If using outdoors or in a humid or damp environment, the active version is essential as it is dust and moisture resistant. Highly recommended speaker and although the price puts it in the expensive category once the pain of buying it fades the quality will last and you will not regret the purchase.
When on the lookout for a bt speaker i tried loads of units in my local john lewis and curries including the popular multicoloured units and the bose too. This b&o unit sounded so much more refined without the harshness of the bose or the heavy bass from so many other units. The issues that some may have had regarding volume are probably due to not charging adequately as this unit is clever enough to reduce the volume as the battery gets low. Not only does this tell you to put it on charge but it also extends the listening pleasure although not sure if you can turn this feature off or not. Maybe a bit annoying if you only want a short duration at higher volumes. It pairs easily and always reconnects. Uses the new usb3 connector and comes with a charging cable (no charger though so you need to use an existing usb charger). Really pleased and would recommend.
Nice compact speaker with a great sound only the battery lasts around 5 to 6 hours not the 24 as stated.
As you’d expect from b&o the sound is awesome. It’s up there with the best, and possibly the best. I have tried the p6 too and it is probably marginally better. But you can pick these up for £130 or so on ebay or from amazon warehouse deals – at that price i’m not sure the a2 can be beaten?but the absolute winner for me is usb charging. As most people probably do, i use these when travelling. And i being able to charge it with the same usb chargers i have for other devices is great. With previous speakers like the dali katch and bose speakers i’ve have had to bring a seperate charger just for the speaker, and this is annoying.
This review concerns the b&o play by bang & olufsen beoplay a2 active bluetooth speaker – stone grey, price at review £299. This is a truly amazing, portable quality speaker system with excellent, fully variable tonal range. Set-up via the beoplay app took less than 30 seconds. In addition to initial bluetooth set-up the app also includes the variable tone and volume control plus previous / next track selection. The speaker unit itself, about the size of a paperback book is reasonably heavy but conversely not overweight. Ideal for use around the home, or in our case it will easily fit into baggage and provide first class, audio output whilst in our hotel rooms. This is truly one piece of technology that works straight out of the box and delivers amazing output. Everything about thus unit has been extremely well thought out, from the minimalist design to the fully functional ios app. Included in the nice presentation case is a second, hand strap plus the usb charging lead and the small four-step set-up card.
Battery life is very poor,not what it says it does, doesn’t last up to an hour at half of the volume. Very poor battery life and takes long time to get fully charged.
B&o at its best, providing sound that the artist intended. Just pure crystal clear sound. If you want added bass, move the speaker to an enclosed area or next to a wall and the bass will amplify. Not too heavy and easily portable.
I have listened to a wide range of bluetooth speakers right up to the dali katch. The latter was a real disappointment and lacked clarity and sparkle at low volume. Similar to a jbl charge 3 only the dk would go much louder. It sounds clearly a class above the jbl as well as being much more of a shear pleasure to listen to than the dk. The low volume bass is slightly weak however thus the 4 stars. You can make up for this using an equaliser but why should you have to. My recommendation across the price range is jam heavy metal in the budget range. It really is a mini beoplay a2. Don’t waste your time with anything else.
As to be expected from a quality brand, very high finish quality, seems very durable, easy to pair and use, no connectivity issues.
Bought as a christmas gift for my husband and was really worried after reading reviews about the battery life however my hilysband was absolutely thrilled with it. Sound is amazing and no issues with battery while we have used it over christmas.
This b & o portable bluetooth speaker has to be one of the best on the market today. It is well built, like all b & o products and it was very easy to set up. I have used many portable bluetooth speaker systems, especially when going on holiday and i can honestly say that this system is by far the best i have ever had. The reproduction of sound is first class and the size of the speaker is ideal for portability. I know that family and friends will be impressed with this speaker and i am sure that they will want one. If you want to spoil someone, this would make the ideal present.
I am crazy about products of b&o, especially its speakers.
I’ve been on the lookout for a portable bluetooth speaker for some time and could never find one i was completely satisfied with. Then along came the beoplay a2 activethis is a first rate portable speaker:- it sounds fantastic, producing a tremendous amount of rich, distortion-free bass for such a small speaker- the sound from both sides of the speaker produces enough volume to fill a room making it great for parties- it is dust and splash proof (i use it in the kitchen and outside all the time with no issues)- it is a good looking piece of kit and has great build quality, feeling sturdy and reassuringly weighty in the hand- it has a long battery life that recharges quickly via usb-cthe biggest compliment i can give the beoplay a2 active is that i use it everyday.
Works very well with all my devices and looks great.
Only had it 1/2 hour and absolutely blown away by it. Tech spec says 180w peak – using class d amp – which is highly power efficient. No less than 6 speakers inside – 2 passive for bass. Sounds amazing with both metallica and rachmaninov at low and high volumes. Deep, rich, uncoloured sound. A big improvement over bose soundlink 2s which are very bass-heavy, and i have had 2 that have gone wrong i am sorry to say. Take note that in other reviews someone advised to ‘run in’ these speakers before best performance is achieved. If significant change after a month of use i will report back.
The b&o play a2 active offered to me by vine has a surprisingly pleasing sound with reasonable low bass and clean top and plenty of volume, especially when considering how small the unit is. I can almost believe the claimed power ratings on the product description. It is not true hifi, and i can hear it becoming non-linear in the louder passages when its volume is turned up, and of course it is only mono. Stereo requires two of these units. The controls are simpleon/off button, press for on, long press for off- + rocker button, adjust the volume level from off to very loud, with a lot of presses for fine controlpairing button, different length press times are significantthere are three possible results from operating the pairing button. Simple one-to-one mono with the host. Press the button once for more than two seconds to tell the host device it is available, indicator flashing blue, and then the host can list it ready to be selected; select it and job done, ready to go. Stereo (a second unit is also needed).
Got it as an upgrade for my a1. Don’t get me wrong it is an amazing speaker. But the different between this one and the a1 does not justify the increased size. I got it on an offer at the same price as my a1 and i could still return the a1. After trying both of them for a week i am keeping the a1.