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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Wireless Speaker (2020)

MSRP 529 USDNEX score 73%

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Product Overview

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is an elegant yet powerful wireless speaker that can be carried around, thanks to its wide, vegetable-tanned leather strap. Crafted out of anodized aluminum and plastic, the Beolit 20 is the 4th iteration of B&O's wireless speaker in a similar design (Beolit 17 being its predecessor).
The Beolit 20 has a two-way, passive radiator setup with three full-range drivers and a single woofer aided by a pair of passive radiators. As it is the case with B&O's other portable wireless speakers, the Beolit 20 aims to provide a 360-degree sound coverage. Among them, it is the model with the best low-end extension (though it bottoms out at 37Hz).
Other unique features include the integration of a new wireless charging pad on the top cover of the Beolit 20 as well as the inclusion of a 3.5mm AUX-in option.
The Beolit 20 is joined by "sportier" portable speakers Beosound Explore and A1 GEN2 in the lineup.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Can get loud for its size
Cons
  • Not weather resistant

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 73% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
  • Impressive battery life
  • Easy to use app
  • Easy-to-use app
  • Powerful bass depth matched with crisp highs
  • Sculpted sound signature
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Can get loud for its size
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C + 3.5mm AUX
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
3200 mAh
Cable
1.25 m USB-C to USB-A
Colors
Black Anthracite, Grey Mist
Drivers | Tweeter
3x 1.5" full-range drivers
Drivers | Woofer
1x 5.5" long-stroke wideband woofer + 2x 4" passive radiators
Form Factor
Portable wireless speaker
Loudspeaker Type
2-way passive radiator
Material
Anodized Aluminum + Vegetable Tanned Leather + Plastic
Microphone
3 microphone array

Dimensions

Size | Depth
135 mm
Size | Height
230 mm
Size | Width
189 mm
Weight
2.7 kg

Function

Amplifier
Class D, 2x 35W
Bluetooth Codecs
AAC, SBC
Misc
Possible to pair with Beolit 20 or Beolit 17 for stereo

Performance

Battery Life
8 hours
Charging Time
3 hours
Frequency Response
37 Hz ~ 20 kHz
Max Sound Level
93 dB SPL
Power Consumption
30 W
Power Output
70 W (35 W tweeters + 35 W woofer)
Power Supply
5W wireless charging

Production

Debut
2020

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Bang & Olufsen's Beolit 20 has a sculpted sound signature with full-bodied, rich lows that sound great on drums and electric bass. The DSP (digital signal processing) makes sure that things never get distorted at top volumes. Tweaking the sound signature to taste in the app is also possible, but without actual bands to adjust, it can get a bit cumbersome.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful bass depth matched with crisp highs
  • Sculpted sound signature
  • Easy-to-use app
Cons
  • Can get loud for its size

trustedreviews[2]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
Much of the Beolit 20’s functionality is tucked away in the Bang & Olufsen app. Energetic sounded good and Bright was decent, but Relaxed and Warm underwhelmed. Higher volumes seem suited to outdoor use, while lower volumes are more in tune with an indoor setting. There isn’t much width to the soundstage, which makes music compact at the best of times.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
  • Impressive battery life
  • Easy to use app
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/bang-olufsen-beolit-20. 2021-02-10. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
2. ^ Bang and Olufsen Beolit 20 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/bang-olufsen-beolit-20. Retrieved 2021-11-08.

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