The Beoplay A1 is, to date, the smallest Bluetooth speaker in the B&O Play family, and for good reason. Most Bang & Olufsen sound systems are often large enough to immerse whatever room they occupy with sound, simultaneously designed to visually complement a room’s interior components. The Beoplay A1, while possessing enough power to fill a large space with your favorite music, isn’t meant to be cooped up inside. It’s ultra-portability makes it best suited for an adventurous lifestyle.
Danish award-winning industrial designer Cecilie Manz, who has won the Danish Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Award for her work, is responsible for the Beoplay A1’s elegant look and feel, easily bringing together form and function. “The size and shape of the speaker invites you to pick it up and bring it with you as the most natural thing. The combination of premium materials, cool aluminium, soft polymer and the warm touch of leather makes it almost desirable to hold,” Manz shares. “I like the fact that the rounded, circular shape very clearly indicates the sharing of sound while lying on the table.”
But of course it wouldn’t be B&O if it wasn’t technologically powerful. The Beoplay A1 boasts 24 hours of portable playtime, with a power supply that dynamically changes its output to maximize battery life. In terms of sound dispersion, the A1 is also capable equally distributing sound by creating a 360-degree soundscape, which means no matter where you’re standing, you’ll always be hearing the device at its best.
Without getting lost in the technical aspects, the purpose of the Beoplay A1 can be put simply. “People today seek elegance, simplicity and flexibility in the way they live with music,” says Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, Corporate Vice President of B&O PLAY. “With the Beoplay A1 we have pushed the boundaries of the ultra-portable speaker category and empowered people to take powerful sound and beautiful design anywhere they choose”. Take it to a park, a veranda, an apartment rooftop where the satellite dish is. The A1 is meant to be carried around to the places that mean most to you, designed to make creating meaningful memories easier.