Beoplay P2 assessment: Spectacular wi-fi speaker simply wants a worth reduce

I have been that means to assessment B&O Play Beoplay P2 for some time, however solely lately acquired my fingers on a assessment pattern. (Imagine it or not, the total identify is “B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2.”) At $169 (£149, AU$249), it is at present the corporate’s least costly moveable Bluetooth speaker. It is also the smallest and lightest and among the best sounding mini Bluetooth audio system out there.

The speaker jogs my memory of a swankier model of the outdated Deck X speaker from Motorola and Sol Republic Deck and is in the identical “slim” speaker style because the Harman Kardon Esquire 2, which doubles as a business-class speakerphone. The P2 likewise has an honest speakerphone efficiency.

One distinctive design trait on the P2 is the shortage of bodily buttons. There’s solely an influence on/off button on the underside of the speaker. Controlling quantity playback is finished by means of “faucet and shake interactions” which you could customise in Beoplay App. Additionally, like the sooner Beoplay A1, the this speaker prices through USB-C.

I preferred the hamburger-size A1 and thought it sounded wonderful for its tiny dimension. This speaker is slimmer and lighter, however B&O Play claims the bass efficiency within the P2 “is not compromised” because of a redesigned mid-woofer. I would not say that is completely true. Whereas the P2 has spectacular bass for its dimension — its low-end efficiency approaches that of Bose’s newer SoundLink Micro — it simply cannot output as a lot bass as a bigger Bluetooth speaker. That stated, the speaker principally managed to deal with our bass-heavy check tracks with out distorting, which we all the time respect.  

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