Updated 1 Mar 2018

B&O

BeoPlay A1

Snapshot: The B&O BeoPlay A1 has a battery with below-average runtime. It weighs more than 500g and can be used as a hands-free device for your phone.

BeoPlay A1
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$429

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Test results

Overall score
65
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent ease of use.
  • OK sound signal.
  • Good battery.
  • Has a 3.5mm line input.
  • Is battery powered.

But

  • Poor sound.
  • Doesn't have a remote control.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Sound (45%): Scored by our panel of expert listeners judging a variety of music, spoken word, and sounds on each device and scoring them out of 10. These scores are collated to get our overall sound score.

Ease of use (45%): Considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Signal (10%): Tested by looking at several factors, including having the audio source in different positions, using various audio sources, interference, obstruction and degradation.

Price is based on a January 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$429

Audio adjustments

Bass on device
×
Treble on device
×
Tone presets on device
×
Bass on app
×
Treble on app
×
Tone presets on app

Specifications

Weight (g)
579
Mainspowered
×
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
×
Bluetooth
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
Micro USB port
×
Line in (3.5mm)
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
Battery low indicator
4 stage - green, orange, red, red blinking.
Claimed battery life (hours)
24
Battery runtime (mins)
709
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
48x130x130

Features

Controls

Call/Hang Up/Mute/Volume Up/Volume Down/Connect/On/Off/Bluetooth

Microphone
×
Travel case
×
WiFi capable
×
Ethernet capable
×
Headphone jack
Charge external devices via USB
×
Remote control
×
Audio cable included
×
Streaming services supported
n/a
Audio formats supported
n/a
Multi-room capable
No
Can be paired for stereo
n/a