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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore Wireless Speaker (2021)

MSRP 199 USDNEX score 57%

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Product Overview

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore is a compact, stylish portable wireless speaker designed for activities. Sharing some features with the Beosound A1 2nd-Gen, notably its IP67 water- and dust-resistance, the Beosound Explore has a tougher exterior design and comes with a carabiner as well as a fabric strap.
The Beosound Explore uses anodized aluminum extensively to protect its internals from the elements. It is able to offer up to 27 hours of battery life, despite having a moderately-sized 2400mAh battery. This is because it only has two rather small full-range drivers to power.
B&O still promises good sound quality from the compact, robust speaker, though this should be understood in perspective.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Compact, portable design
  • Good battery life
  • Supports 'Beosonic' sound customization
Cons
  • Middling frequency response accuracy
  • Doesn't support voice assistants

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 57% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • Great build quality
  • Great battery life
  • Great directivity
  • Gorgeous design
  • Gorgeous 360-degree design
Cons
  • Not as expansive as the JBL Charge 5
  • No IP67 waterproofing
  • Lacks a thumpy and rumbling bass
  • Doesn't get very loud
  • Some compression artifacts present at max volume
  • No microphone on the device
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
2400 mAh
Cable
1.25 m USB-C to USB-A
Colors
Black Anthracite, Grey Mist, Green
Drivers
2x 1.8" full-range drivers
Form Factor
Portable wireless speaker
Material
Type II Anodized Aluminum + Fabric + Plastic
Microphone
3 microphone array

Dimensions

Size | Diameter
81 mm
Size | Height
124 mm
Weight
631 g without carabiner

Function

Amplifier
Class D, 2x 30W
Bluetooth Codecs
SBC
Weather Resistance
IP67

Performance

Battery Life
27 hours
Charging Time
2 hours
Frequency Response
56 Hz ~ 22.7 kHz
Max Sound Level
91 dB SPL
Power Consumption
6.2 W
Power Output
60 W

Production

Debut
2021

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External Reviews

ndtv[1]

Sentiment Score 53%
Reviewers from ndtv have found the following***:
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. There is no microphone on the device, so my testing was limited to listening to music, watching YouTube, and playing games on my smartphone. The sound profile is easy to adjust to your liking, and I was able to intuitively set it to levels that suited individual tracks.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Good sound quality
  • Easy to use app
Cons
  • No microphone on the device

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 43%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore has a boomy sound profile that can muddy vocals and lead instruments. It lacks a thumpy and rumbling bass, and its underemphasized treble range can make higher-pitched vocals and instruments sound a bit dark. Thankfully, you can use its 'Beosonic' sound customization feature and EQ presets to adjust its sound to your liking.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great directivity
  • Open and wide-sounding soundstage
  • Very low latency with iOS and Android devices
  • Gorgeous 360-degree design
  • Wide-angle audio
Cons
  • Lacks a thumpy and rumbling bass
  • Doesn't get very loud
  • Some compression artifacts present at max volume

t3[3]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The B&O Explore is one of my favourite portable speakers in years. It has dual 1.8-inch full-range drivers, with 30W of Class D amplification each. The main issue is that it's not expansive. It sounds like it's coming from a single small unit, even if it does push sound out in 360 degree well. The JBL Charge 5 uses its larger size to create sound that's much more expansive.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, expansive sound
  • Great build quality
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Not as expansive as the JBL Charge 5
  • No IP67 waterproofing

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore Bluetooth Speaker Review: Rugged and Premium. [ndtv]. https://gadgets.ndtv.com/audio/reviews/bang-olufsen-beosound-explore-review-price-in-india-bluetooth-wireless-speaker-2701596. 2022-01-11. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
2. ^ Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore Speaker Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/speaker/reviews/bang-olufsen/beosound-explore. 2021-06-11. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
3. ^ Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore review: refined Bluetooth speaker inside, tough shell outside. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/bang-olufsen-beosound-explore-review. 2021-06-23. Retrieved 2021-10-20.

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