B&O PLAY Unveils Ultra-Portable
The new B&O PLAY A1 is the smallest Bluetooth speaker to date from B&O PLAY. Designed for life on the go by award-winning designer Cecilie Manz it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and packs a punch well beyond its size.
B&O PLAY today (21 April 2016, Singapore) – announced the smallest and most adventurous member in its family of portable Bluetooth speakers, B&O PLAY A1. Designed for life on the go, the B&O PLAY A1 combines beautiful Danish design by award-winning Cecilie Manz, signature sound by Bang & Olufsen, a speakerphone for taking calls out loud and up to 24 hours of battery life that keeps the music playing long after most competitors have gone silent.
“People today seek elegance, simplicity and flexibility in the way they live with music. They want their speaker to deliver a rich and beautiful soundscape for their home as well as seamless portability for life on the go”, says Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, Corporate VP of B&O PLAY.
“With the B&O PLAY 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”.
Designed for everyday adventures
B&O PLAY A1 comes with a beautifully contoured aluminium dome, which gives it a light and elegant appearance and forms a strong protective housing for the technologies within. The dome conforms seamlessly to the double moulded polymer base presenting a completely smooth and continuous surface.
As part of the design, there are no protruding buttons or legs to snag, and the surface of B&O PLAY A1 is completely smooth and robust enough to handle the bumps and scrapes of everyday use. It comes with a soft leather strap inviting you to carry it everywhere, attach it to a rucksack on the go, or to hang it anywhere in your home.
“We wanted to make a portable speaker that people would not leave at home. 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. I like the fact that the rounded, circular shape very clearly indicates the sharing of sound while lying on the table”, says designer Cecilie Manz.
Signature sound by Bang & Olufsen
Building on more than 90 years of sound expertise, the B&O PLAY A1 sets new standards for portable Bluetooth speakers on sound dispersion, volume and bass characteristics.
Using a unique dedicated DSP algorithm with advanced high slope filtering, B&O PLAY A1 is able to create a spacious 360-degree soundscape. This provides listeners with the same beautiful sound experience wherever they are located.
Despite its compact footprint, measuring just 133mm x 48mm (5.2” x 1.9”) with a weight of only 600g (1.3 pounds), the speaker’s fully active, two way design using an aluminium cone mid woofer, a silk dome 3⁄4” tweeter and advanced DSP filtering will wow you with crisp, loud and clear audio.
Thanks to a new aluminium Cone Mid-Woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system and high peak power amps, the B&O PLAY A1 delivers a full range deep bass to as low as 40hz and enough stamina to keep the music playing for hours on end.
24 hours of portable playtime
B&O PLAY A1 comes with a rechargeable 2200mAh Li-Ion battery that provides up to 24 hours portable playtime during everyday use. This industry-leading standard is delivered by the inventive amp control. The Adaptive Power Management makes it possible to feed the exact amount of power needed by the amplifiers – and only when they need it. This means the power supply changes dynamically for increased battery life.
Speakerphone for business and pleasure
B&O PLAY A1 has a built-in speakerphone for taking calls out loud, and the patent-pending rimmed design on the speaker’s bottom edge enables the microphone to provide uniform 360 speech sensitivity. This enables the person listening to recognise voices perfectly, no matter where people are speaking in proximity to the microphone.
Easy access to your favourite music
Pressing the circular connect button on the side of the speaker will reconnect the speaker to the last used device and instantly play the last song you heard. Going forward the connect button will receive updates to add even more functionality to the speaker.
Price and availability
B&O PLAY A1 launches in Moss Green and Natural at suggested retail price of S$399. Both colours will be available at Bang & Olufsen Grand Hyatt Showroom 10-12 Scotts Road, Grand Hyatt Singapore, #01-05 Singapore 228211 from 9th May 2016.