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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance Wireless Loudspeaker (2020)

MSRP 2250 USDNEX score 74%

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Product Overview

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance is a high-end wireless speaker with a gorgeous cylindrical design, even though it is not a 360-degree (omni-directional) speaker (the logo should face towards the listener). Within this compact and elegant, B&O packs 7 drivers in a 3-way setup, with smart features to go.
Like other premium smart wireless speakers by B&O, the Beosound Balance comes with an elaborate microphone array that supports voice assistance as well as active room compensation / adjustment features, allowing the speaker to optimize its sound delivery in suboptimal listening environments.
The speaker has not only wireless connectivity but AUX-optical combo jack and dual Ethernet ports. These allow it to be a strong option for HD audio streaming from providers of your choice.
While the standard Natural and Black models use an oak base, B&O is happy to sell you a special version with Carrara marble base (for $500 extra).
The Beosound Balance is perhaps the most beautifully designed wireless home speaker on the market right now, though it targets Bang & Olufsen's unique clientele rather than diehard audiophiles.
A couple of comparable models in B&O's current lineup include the Beoplay A9. From competitors, the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo is perhaps the most analogous.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Beautiful design
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Great multi-room support
  • Lots of smart assistant features
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 74% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Decent battery life
  • Big, finely balanced sound
  • Easy to use app
  • Alexa and Google Assistant support
  • Easy to set up
Cons
  • Some presets are confusing
  • Not the widest of soundstages
  • Design is a bit over-designed
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Black
Gold
Natural

Connectivity

Ports
1x Aux / Optical-combo + 2x RJ45 (100Mbps) + 1x USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0 + WiFi 5

Construction

Colors
Base: Natural Oak, Black Oak, Carrara Marble / Speaker Cover: Sand, Anthracite, White / Speaker Grille: Gold, Black
Drivers | Midrange
2x 2" + 2x 3" full-range
Drivers | Tweeter
1x 0.75" tweeter
Drivers | Woofer
2x 5.25" woofers
Form Factor
All-in-one wireless speaker, powered speaker
Loudspeaker Type
3-way bass reflex
GoldMaterial
Carrara Marble, Knitted Fabric, Aluminum
NaturalMaterial
Oak Wood, Knitted Fabric, Aluminum
BlackMaterial
Oak Wood, Knitted Fabric, Aluminum
Microphone
Yes

Dimensions

Size | Diameter
200 mm
Size | Height
380 mm
Weight
7.2 kg

Function

Amplifier
Class D, 1x 50W for tweeters + 4x 100W for full-range + 2x 200W for woofer
Audio
Active Room Compensation, Adaptive Bass Linearization, Beam Direction Control (three sides), Beam Width Control, Thermal Protection
Misc
Possible to pair two Beosound Balances for stereo
Service
AirPlay 2, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, Bang & Olufsen Radio
Voice Assistance
Google Assistant

Performance

Frequency Response
26 Hz ~ 23 kHz
Max Sound Level
104 dB SPL
Power Consumption
100 W
Power Output
850 W (50W tweeter + 400W full-range + 400W woofer)

Production

Debut
2020

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External Reviews

t3[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The B&O Beosound Balance is the best-sounding and best-looking smart speaker so far. It's also the largest, and the most expensive by a long way. We like how customisable the sound is, even if it's a bit confusing initially. It really lifts your tracks beyond what a smaller speaker can manage. However, it's not really a revelation for sound quality, and at this price, that's kind of what you're hoping for.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Big, finely balanced sound
  • Alexa and Google Assistant support
  • Easy to set up
Cons
  • Design is a bit over-designed
  • Some presets are confusing

trustedreviews[2]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Beosound Balance uses beamforming technology to figure out where it's placed and adjust accordingly. The app is swift and responsive; it's UI clean and easy to live with. It can go pretty loud if you have a large space to fill, but for smaller rooms that’s not necessary. Bass performance is fine, if somewhat gentle rather than impactful and forceful.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to use app
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Not the widest of soundstages

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance review: a Google Assistant smart speaker with serious hi-fi chops. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/bang-olufsen-beosound-balance-review. 2020-07-15. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
2. ^ Bang and Olufsen Beosound Balance Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/bang-and-olufsen-beosound-balance. Retrieved 2021-10-19.

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