Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore

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REVIEW

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore is most likely B&Q’s entry for a 360-degree portable speaker that is not only portable but lightweight enough to carry around wherever you go, as well—especially if you like to travel around. The Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore has a robust waterproof design that many may find perfectly convenient. Either way, let’s see if it’s worth the price and whether it’s as the ads claim it is.

DESIGN

The Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore has a canny design. No, not the opposite of uncanny but the literal sense of it. Yes, the speaker resembles a can and may as well be its size. As of the moment, there are three available colours for the speaker’s grill finishes–Grey Mist, Green, and Black Anthracite. From the three colours available for it in the market, not only are you able to match it with the aesthetic you have going on, but it’s more than pleasant to the eyes to follow your preferences. That said, with the size of the speaker, as well, whereas it’s as small as a tin can you’ll find anywhere, Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore can accompany you anywhere.

If you prefer to hang it from your bag or the shower, there is a strap at the back portion of the speaker. The belt is of good, thick quality and will let the speaker dangle safely.

Like any other 360-degree speaker, Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore has its buttons on top–volume, power button, Bluetooth pairing, and play/pause. What makes the Beosound Explorer a bit unique from other speakers is the app that comes with purchasing the said portable speaker. There is a Bang&Olufsen app where you can freely toggle with the EQ settings. The B&Q app makes it possible for you to achieve the feeling or vibe you want to have to go on with the music you’re playing.

Meanwhile, the USB-C charging port is at the rear of the speaker. The port usually hides behind the strap with a rubber material covering it to keep dust out.

FEATURES

The Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore has one feature that the team love–the water resistance level. The speaker’s waterproof rating is IP67, which means that aside from the fact that you can carry the speaker around without problems, you won’t have to worry about bringing it near any body of water. Not only can it withstand splashes or small sprinkles of water, but it will also survive underwater at 2m deep for not more than 30 minutes.

The speaker’s Bluetooth Connectivity version is up to date with its 5.2 version. Pairing with phones has never been easier with the Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore since it quickly manages to find Bluetooth devices nearby without waiting for a couple of minutes. There’s also no audio delay as long as you stay within 60ft. If you’re worried about the speaker not pairing with your device if it isn’t Android, fret not, Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore has MFi, Google Fast Pair, and Microsoft Swift Pair.

The speaker’s battery packs a total of 27 hours of battery life and may lessen depending on the volume you set. Since the speaker has such a high waterproof rating, one would hope that you can carry this one around all day without worrying about the battery. And Bang&Olufsen will not disappoint you.

SOUND QUALITY

The Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore has two class D amplifiers and two 1.8 inches full-range drivers. The speaker blasts impressive sound for its size, although not near enough as with the Beosound A1 2nd Generation. With a frequency response of 56Hz to 22.2kHz, you won’t have to worry about the sound quality too much. The JBL Charge 5 also cuts off at 65Hz at a low end but still sounds better than the Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore in terms of bass. Still, despite having multiple rivals, the speaker does its best with its purpose.

Of course, the 360-degree sound comes into play with the sound quality not dropping or changing no matter which angle you listen from. That said, the sound will bounce off the walls if the speaker sits in the corner of the room. You’ll only ever appreciate the 360-degree sound when you place it at the centre of the room or somewhere free of things blocking the sound.

Choosing a speaker is not all about the bass, of course. Despite the sound quality not being as thick as the popular JBL Charge 5 or the old model Beosound A1 2nd Generation, the Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore still does a great job in terms of the full range with a perfect balance. None of any song’s factors is badly enhanced–from vocals to the instruments, you won’t lose any of them when you use the Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore.

PRICE

The Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore is available in three colours: Green, Black, and Gray. You can find the speaker on Amazon Prime and Amazon UK for $169.

VERDICT

The Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore is a good speaker for its price. It features a 360-degree design, it’s lightweight, it’s convenient to use wherever, plus there’s the battery life to consider. Aside from that, you’re free to toggle with the EQ settings through Bang&Olufsen’s app. Now, it all falls on preferences whether the speaker’s design and feel appeals to your tastes or not. There will always be better speakers or cheaper ones in the market that may have some of its features if not all. Still, this doesn’t mean that the Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore is a bad deal. It is quite good.

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