Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore Bluetooth Speaker Review: Rugged and Premium – Gadgets 360
Danish high-end consumer electronics manufacturer Bang & Olufsen is well known for its products’ design and attention to detail, apart from performance. The Beosound range of audio products covers all kinds of speakers including home installation speaker systems, but the product I’m reviewing today is part of its portable audio range. In fact, it’s one of the most affordable products Bang & Olufsen currently offers, even though it still costs quite a premium compared to similar wireless speakers from brands such as Xiaomi, Sony, and JBL.
The Beosound Explore is a premium wireless speaker, priced at Rs. 20,000 in India. It’s designed and built for outdoor use, with an anodised aluminium frame and IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. Is this the best Bluetooth wireless speaker you can buy for around Rs. 20,000 right now? Find out in this review.
The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore can handle the elements
Bang & Olufsen products are known to have very good aesthetics, and the Beosound Explore is no exception. The speaker is stylish, sophisticated, and considerably smaller than similarly positioned options such as the UE Boom 3 and JBL Xtreme 2. However, it weighs roughly the same as the aforementioned products because of the liberal use of metal in its construction. The frame is made of anodised aluminium while the base has a rubberised material for grip and some degree of shock resistance.
The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore is IP67 rated for dust and water resistance; this means that it can handle significant exposure to dirt, dust, and water, including being fully submerged in shallow water for short periods of time. A waterproof fabric strap and a carabiner are also included with the speaker to make handling and carrying it a bit easier. The USB Type-C port for charging is at the bottom, on the rubberised base, and the controls are on the top. The positioning of the speaker drivers allows for 360-degree sound rather than having a targeted listening zone.
There are five soft-touch physical buttons on the top to control power, volume, playback, and Bluetooth pairing. The playback button lets you play and pause music with a single press, but you can also skip to the next track with a double-press or the previous track with a triple-press.
What’s useful is that there is also multi-point connectivity, which lets you connect up to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously, as well as stereo pairing if you have two Beosound Explore speakers. Quick pairing through the Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair protocols are also supported. It’s important to point out that this speaker does not have a built-in microphone, so you can’t use it as a hands-free device for calls. That also means there’s no support for voice assistants such as Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa either.
The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore has two 1.8-inch drivers, two 30W Class D full-range amplifiers, and a frequency response range of 56-22,700Hz. The speaker uses Bluetooth 5.2 for connectivity with support for the SBC Bluetooth codec. The Bang & Olufsen app (available on iOS and Android) allows for playback and volume …….