B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6 Portable Speaker – Natural : Gorgeous sound – great quality

Many of these kind of speakers are snapped together. Lowest bidder supply chain parts, not so much designed as drawn to fit all those cheap parts in and look vaguely fashionable. This also applies to something i was sent recently from a so-called ‘blue chip’ manufacturer, who shot my expectations down so hard the crater is still smoking. Then this b&o bluetooth speaker came. Talk about renewing the faith. . This speaker is exquisite. Even the small leather loop attached to the side is precision cut from quality hide, and hangs so that it just finishes over the usb-c socket. The cabinet is aluminium, and the bluetooth buttons (standard setup of forward, back, function etc) are not cheap plastic but also precisely engineered aluminium to match the case. One thing i didn’t see mentioned on the blurb is that if you change the speaker from your pc or laptop, it will also act as an extension speaker.

I must confess that i am a huge sonos fan and despite the fact that this is a speaker from the great bang & olufsen i didn’t think it could beat the sonos one. Well i am happy to say i am wrong, the beoplay p6 is absolutely fantastic, the sound quality is amazing. Really rich, deep bass that brings your music to life even though the speaker itself is quite small. I have tried a range of music from acoustic to electronic and house. It copes with everything, there is no distortion and you can hear the range of sounds clearly. The speaker never sounds like it is struggling and it can reach a loud volume. For a small speaker it has a lot of power, it is very impressive. I think the sound quality of the beoplay p6 is better than the sonos one. The beoplay p6 is portable, so you can use it in the house, move it between rooms and also take it outside. You can charge it up and have it outside in the garden. The charge lasts for up to 16 hours and you just connect it via a usb cable for re-charging, very simple and easy to use. The design of the speaker is really nice, it is minimal and unobtrusive. I would have preferred a detachable strap but that is just personal opinion. The beoplay app also has a really nice design, it is easily accessible and the simple layout makes it really easy to use.

You can certainly hear and feel the quality on this portable speaker from b&o. Opening the box reveals a beautifully crafted speaker with a leather carry handle. Underneath the sponge that holds it there is a usb-c charging cable and a small booklet. I couldn’t resist switching it on straight away, pairing it with my phone was simple and i was immediately streaming music into the room. The sound is as good as you’d expect from b&o and the question of course is how will it handle the higher volumes. You’ll see from the dimensions that this speaker is about the same size as a chunky paperback book, so what kind of power can it produce?. Well, i hadn’t even got to top volume before my kids started to shout at me to turn it down – it packs a punch. I took it outside to see how it would fare for an outside party and was seriously impressed given that it’s a relatively small speaker for that kind of thing. Even better for quieter music on a summer evening. Also a big fan of having a few buttons on the top to adjust volume without digging phone out of pocket or away from the plug if it’s charging.

Great full bodied sound and goes loud with zero distortion.

I’m fortunate enough to own two of bang & olufsen’s previous bluetooth speakers, a beoplay p2 and the hefty beolit 15, so have these to use as a comparison for the newly released p6. In the premium quality box, you’ll find the speaker, a quick start guide, and a good quality rubber coated usb-c charge lead. The speaker easily connects to your device as any other speaker does, but i’d recommend downloading the beoplay app as this will give you some options to customise the sound from the speaker. As expected, the speaker looks and feels the high quality it is. The overall look is very subtle and low key. The aluminium speaker grill is totally solid and i would imagine it will take a considerable knock to put a dent in it. There are five small buttons on the top of the speaker for volume / bluetooth connection and power on/off. The base of the speaker has a rubberised anti-slip coating. I sampled several tracks from pete tong (ibiza classics) and rod stewart (the great american songbook), all at high bit rate from tidal.

Moving to this from the beoplay a2 is like upgrading a luxury car. This is the classic jaguar of speakers. A sleek smooth beautifully designed feast for both the eyes and ears. There is a tactile quality to these speakers that make you want to touch and stroke them. The design is just stunning. Sound quality is excellent, the beoplay 360 really does deliver good rich visceral bass and clear crisp treble that is simply easy on the ears. It’s controlled via a smartphone app, both android and apple, and connects through bluetooth. It’s dust resistant and splash proof and looks fantastic. There are limitations to this that are inherent with the technology; most of these are limits imposed by whatever you pair this with, not the unit itself. You will get the best from the system if you get two and link them together, but that’s really the only downside as it is prohibitive at this price point.

Having used the a2 and the bose soundlink mini bluetooth speaker ii – carbon, this is refreshing. Aesthetically brilliant, so easy to use esp with the beoplay smartphone app that gives so much scope for sound control. The sound is amazing esp when you consider the 2 x full range speakers are only 1. 5′ diameter and the 1x woofer only 4′. Clever internal electronics and multiple (3) amps see to that. Note this is mono – despite other reviewer’s claims, but can be paired with another p6 to make stereo. I also noted that the sound is a lot better coming from the non-button side compared to the button side. Worth considering when positioning the unit. Overall sounds is simply excellent, better than a2 marginally and much better than the bose.

Good product but lacking bass.

I’ve been buying mini speakers since 2014 and this is the best as far as sound quality is concerned. Absolute clarity at all volume levels and beautiful build to boot. Should have bought a second one for stereo pairing if it wasn’t so expensive.

The beoplay p6 is simply unbelievable for a portable bluetooth speaker, both in terms of audio quality and sheer volume. Sound is clean and clear, and i haven’t found it lacking detail in anything i’ve played through it to date. I haven’t felt the need to tweak the audio with the app whatsoever, as it delivers an authentic sound by default. Output is 215w, by comparison my go-to bose soundlink mini 2 kicks out 50w. Close to full blast the p6 makes a mockery of the phrase “room-filling” to describe a competent bluetooth speaker – this thing could comfortably fill an aircraft hangar. Looks-wise the p6 is an acquired taste. With design cues from b&o’s lineage, it has something of a ‘70s vibe overall. It both looks and feels premium. Despite having a beautiful leather strap and being ‘splash and dust resistant’, the weight of the p6 limits its use as a truly portable option. I’d certainly hesitate to have it in a bag i was carrying for any significant length of time.

When i first got interested in hi fi products back in the late 1980s bang & olufsen was the only name i was familiar with. However i did some minimal research with the specalist magazines of the time (some still around) only to find they hardly got a mention in the recommended listings. The prevailing view of the time seemd to be that b & o were primariy concerned with looks and style while other makers had the edge on sound. So i went for the likes of marantz, arcam , mission etc with the result that this is my first experience of a b& 0 product. I have to say i’m impressed by the sound and easy set up, i’ve never been too bothered about looks but there are no complaints in that respect (its only about the size of a large paperback anyway and losing it in my house would be more of an issue than it not fitting in with my decor. ) i played some 50s jazz swing and current americana vocal on- it both have the edge on the libratone mini zipp bluetooth i compared it with –and yes b @ o are more stylish too. Set up was almost immediate out of box–however installing the app was more trouble than it was worth. You get a ridiculous tone feature (to match your mood apparently -i looked for the irritated option but it only had party/morning/excited etc. Apart from the fact that i thought tone control was redundant with the introduction of hi fi–what’s the point of spending all this money on technology if you are going to screw around with it –and in any case a more complicated bass/treble option is all you are getting. It seems then that this is a marketing ploy- not enough to lose a star but given that this is bluetooth only–i.

As you’d expect from b&o the sound is awesome. It’s up there with the best, and possibly the bestbut 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.

Unfortunately b&o has a recurring problem. I’ve used a lot of their equipment and headphones (several sets) and now this, and the same problem is re-occurring. The sound is superb but the controls are terrible. The sound is rich and detailed with possible the most perfect bass from one of these portable speakers i’ve ever come across. I do actually have several of these as i test a lot of this sort of thing including apple’s offering and the latest offering in desktop portable speakers from bose. So the speaker gets 5 stars and if i could i’d give it six stars. Now you need to bear in mind this is what you are buying here. Great sound so i’m not going to deduct stars for poor controls but here’s what’s wrong. Bose have made a multi functional button (the circle icon) which you can control and program from their app. The app and your phone connect to the speaker via bluetooth. Now you can program the button for several things like answering the phone (nice) and other things if it is indeed sat on your desk. Well what’s the point of being able to program the speaker to talk to siri if you have to have your phone handy to send music to the speaker.

For a nearly £250 speaker from a world renowned manufacturer i was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, the sound quality is very good – there is real depth and you can distinctly hear the different layers of sound – but for me it just lacked the warmth and punch from the low end. I own a £40 anker speaker and to be honest there isn’t much difference in the sound, well not enough to justify the extra £200 anyway. I just can’t help feeling that i just paid for the name and (absolutely georgous) design and build quality.

It cant support 16hours using.

Solid build (made it through a swim in a paddling pool). Every time i use it people comment on impressive sound quality. Negatives: app for iphone not great, no wifi connectivity and expensive. With that said, i would give it my highest recommendation.

This is ‘big’, premium sounds from a very small portable audio speaker. I have been reviewing for amazon for a while and in that time i have tried out a number different, large, room speakers, soundbars, surround (blue tooth) speakers, at one end of the audiophile spectrum and, small, portable, pairable devices, at the other. I have not reviewed all of them, mainly i review the ones which i have been supplied with for review from amazon, although i have to say that in the whole time this was the best device for sound projection, definitely for its size. Also, i love its appearance/design qualities, it is also of a really good build, not that anyone is going to be rough housing with their premium speaker but it wont be wrecked by accidential collision with a house pet either. That said, the lanyard, while it is strong and quality itself, i’m not sure i would trust entirely. Maybe if i were walking along a beach and using this device but even then i’m not sure i would risk drops or falls with this. It is not difficult to set up from unboxing, it works with an app which provides options for tonality and other audio functions. It is a minimalist design, the black colour, with which i was supplied, i think would go well with most home or office decor. It would be perfect for the home or a stylish, corporate office, since it is a premium device. However, i think there is a possibility that while it is handsome, most owners will want to keep this hidden away to listen to their tunes on in private or bring it out at a house party perhaps to show it off.

This isn’t a long review full of technical jargon, i just want to say that i opted, (for once) to spend a bit more money & go for a high end speaker after reading other reviews. I wasn’t disappointed, hearing this device is something of a revelation, it’s like hearing your music for the first time, every note is crystal clear, it fills the room with sound and you won’t believe it’s coming from this small box in the corner. The louder the volume the better it gets. This is a fantastic speaker that looks like a work of art, i’d recommend it to anybody.

Is the priority looking good or sounding good?.

Replaced my cheaper bose soundlink color ii with this, but took the time to compare them side-by-side. I mean, look, let’s start with the negative: the beoplay p6 is not advertised as waterproof, whereas the bose one is. That may be a problem for you, if you’re out and about. Sound: the clarity of sound on the b&o model is far superior, and i was already very happy with the bose. The b&o bass response is incredible, and the 360° speaker offering no weak spots that i could casually detect. I use it for small formal outdoor do’s and parties where a little bit of music is required, and this is absolutely perfect. An accompanying app, which you download on to your smartphone, enables you to finesse the quality of the sound into ‘warm’, ‘excited’, ‘relaxed’ and ‘bright’ presets, and you can finetune and save your own presets too. It has a battery level indicator (which is otherwise a bit of a mystery on devices like this), and is all pretty intuitive and easy to use. Design: this speaker is stylish.

This is a minimalist design portable speaker that exudes quality. Bang and olufsen have excelled in producing devices that combine high fidelity audio reproduction with designs that complement the most stylish of decors and this is no exception. The five flex buttons on the top of the speaker are a design reference by celilie manz to the classic beomaster 6000 stereo receivers that my friends enjoyed in the 1980s when vinyl was the standard and cds were just being developed. The minimalist approach extends to the packaging. The box contains a nicely cushioned surround for the loudspeaker, a usb charging cable and a small quick start guide. Set up is a really simple process of installing the ios or android app, creating a bluetooth connection and playing music. The speaker is offered in a choice of two colours. Black with a black leather strap or a “natural” aluminium with a light brown strap. The choice will depend entirely upon your décor. The app offers many ways to customise the sound.

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6 Portable Speaker - Natural
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4.3 of 5 stars, based on 29 reviews

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  1. I have had many portable speakers in the past and this is the most expensive and worst. A few of the issues:- none of the buttons light up – the whole thing is black including the buttons making them impossible to see. Every time i’ve wanted to change the volume i have to turn the room light on to see the buttons- it isn’t portable. I bought the official case as soon i purchased this item but nothing can protect against the flimsy material used to buy. It’s made from aluminium and the shape of it makes it likely to fall if knocked at all. If it falls on it’s side it will dent. I’ve got marks and dents on mine, it looks like i’ve had it years not months. I don’t know how they’ve appeared but i think it’s just the poor durability – not the sort of material you expect for a portable speaker. – the price for this quality is totally unacceptable. I’ve previously had the ue boom (£90) and the bose soundlink (£130) and both are far better, would definitely advise others to look into these before spending so much.
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    I have had many portable speakers in the past and this is the most expensive and worst. A few of the issues:- none of the buttons light up – the whole thing is black including the buttons making them impossible to see. Every time i’ve wanted to change the volume i have to turn the room light on to see the buttons- it isn’t portable. I bought the official case as soon i purchased this item but nothing can protect against the flimsy material used to buy. It’s made from aluminium and the shape of it makes it likely to fall if knocked at all. If it falls on it’s side it will dent. I’ve got marks and dents on mine, it looks like i’ve had it years not months. I don’t know how they’ve appeared but i think it’s just the poor durability – not the sort of material you expect for a portable speaker. – the price for this quality is totally unacceptable. I’ve previously had the ue boom (£90) and the bose soundlink (£130) and both are far better, would definitely advise others to look into these before spending so much.

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