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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Level Wireless Speaker (2021)

MSRP 1499 USDNEX score 76%

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Product Overview

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Level is an exceptionally stylish take on all-in-one wireless speaker. Available with two grille constructions (wood or fabric), the Beosound Level is about the visual expression as much as it is about the sound that it is able to reproduce.
About the sound, B&O promises power and clarity from the speaker's 3-way setup. Like other smart speakers that have come onto the market in the last few years, the Beosound Level comes with active, adaptive adjustment features that mitigate the unconventional shape of the speaker and that compensate for imperfect sonic qualities of the listening environment.
As to be expected, two Beosound Levels can be paired to form a stereo setup wirelessly.
What makes Bang & Olufsen products stand out, as it is again the case here, is their design. The Beosound Level has a sleek design that can be placed on its side, on its back, or hung on the wall. In any of the position, one can hardly tell that the Beosound Level is a speaker. It grabs attention and inspires curiosity: some form of a conversation starter.
The speaker has not only Bluetooth 5.0 but also WiFi 5 support for high-bandwidth audio streaming from popular platforms. It has a good 16-hour battery life and supports a range of physical inputs, too.
Other portable models in B&O's Beosound sub-brand include the Beosound A1 GEN2, Explore, and 1.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Gorgeous, detailed mid-range performance
  • Sleek design
  • Easy-to-use Google Assistant
Cons
  • Somewhat pricey for what it is

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Great cross platform streaming support
  • Great value for money
  • Sleek, portable design
  • Easy-to-use remote
  • Customizable room EQ
Cons
  • Not as good as the Naim Mu-so 2nd Gen
  • Can’t switch between Wi-Fi and AC power
  • Touch controls can be sensitive
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Specifications

Variants:
Dark Grey
Light Oak

Connectivity

Ports
1x Aux / Optical-combo + 1x RJ45 (100Mbps) + 1x USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0 + WiFi 5

Construction

Colors
Light Oak, Dark Grey
Drivers | Midrange
1x 2" full-range
Drivers | Tweeter
2x 0.8" tweeters
Drivers | Woofer
2x 4" woofer
Form Factor
All-in-one wireless speaker
Loudspeaker Type
3-way bass reflex
Dark GreyMaterial
Knitted fabric by Kvadrat + Aluminum
Light OakMaterial
Oak wood + Gold-colored aluminum

Dimensions

Size | Depth
56 mm
Size | Height
230 mm
Size | Width
348 mm
Weight
3.3 kg

Function

Amplifier
Class D, 1x 15W for tweeters + 1x 30W for midrange + 2x 30W for woofer
Audio
Active Room Compensation, Adaptive Bass Linearization, Position-depended sound staging, Thermal Protection
Misc
Possible to pair two Beosound Level for stereo
Service
AirPlay 2, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, Bang & Olufsen Radio
Voice Assistance
Google Voice Assistant

Performance

Battery Life
16 hours
Charging Time
3 hours to 100%
Frequency Response
39 Hz ~ 23 kHz
Max Sound Level
96 dB SPL
Power Consumption
25 W
Power Output
105 W (15W tweeter + 30W midrange + 60W woofer)

Production

Availability
2021-04
Debut
2021-02

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External Reviews

t3[1]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
For a thin speaker, the Beosound Level doesn't struggle for depth. There's great representation across the whole range, from treble that has no problem lifting clearly out of the mix, to a warm mid-range with plenty of definition. It's not as good as the Naim Mu-so 2nd Gen I mentioned earlier. That's much bigger, and speaker companies can simply do more with more volume.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Great cross platform streaming support
  • Great value for money
Cons
  • Not as good as the Naim Mu-so 2nd Gen

techhive[2]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from techhive have found the following***:
B&O's companion app for the Beosound Level invites the user to choose between several EQ Listening Mode settings. An onboard gyroscope tracks the shifted position and triggers modifications in the DSP. The bass was boldest when the Level was reclining on my dining room sideboard.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, portable design
  • Easy-to-use remote
  • Customizable room EQ
Cons
  • Can’t switch between Wi-Fi and AC power
  • Touch controls can be sensitive

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Bang & Olufsen Beosound Level review: an elegant wireless speaker that's also portable. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/bang-olufsen-beosound-level-review. 2021-07-21. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
2. ^ Bang & Olufsen Beosound Level review: A top-tier portable music streamer . [techhive]. https://www.techhive.com/article/3631112/beosound-level-review.html. 2021-08-27. Retrieved 2021-10-18.

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