After the Nordic Weave and Dark Oak finishes, the Beosound A5 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker from Bang & Olufsen returns in a luxurious edition called Spaced Aluminum, with a grille handcrafted in Struer's "Factory 5", in Denmark.
B&O Beosound A5, IP65 and unique design
As a reminder, the B&O Beosound A5 speaker launched in April 2023 is a portable model with an IP65 protection index against water and dust, offering more than 12 hours of autonomy and equipped with a charger. wireless phone at its top (Qi). The new external grille is made up of more than 3,500 aluminum discs which give the facade the illusion of floating.
B&O Beosound 5, acoustic package
Sound-wise, the Beosound A5 is equipped with a 133mm woofer in an inclined position, two 50mm wideband speakers and a 19mm tweeter. Each speaker has its Class D amplification, respectively 70 W, 2 x 70 W and 70 W for a total of 280 watts. Note that low frequencies are optimized via exclusive Active Room Compensation technology, adapting the sound profile to the positioning of the speaker in space.
B&O Beosound 5, connectivity and multiroom
Two Beosound A5s can be paired via Bluetooth 5.3 UWB (Ultra Wide Band), and a multiroom configuration is on the menu via AirPlay 2 or Chromecast (integrated) through Wi-Fi ax Dual Band compatibility and the BeoLink Multiroom functionality present on the within the Bang & Olufsen app. Likewise, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, Deezer and the UPnP audio gateway function (DLNA) are required.
namely, the B&O Beosound manages MP3, WMA, AAC, Alac, Flac, Wav, AIFF and Ogg, up to 192 kHz/24 bits.
B&O Beosound 5, ergonomics
In terms of ergonomics, in addition to the Bang & Olufsen application, the Beoremote One NT and Beoremote Halo brand remote controls, controlling the Beosound A5 for simple commands is also possible thanks to the touch panel located at the top of the the enclosure. The latter provides volume management, skipping to the next or previous song, plus direct access to a radio station or a Spotify playlist. Finally, a wooden handle is present to easily carry the Beosound A5 with you.
A word to Michael Henriksson, vice-president of product marketing
“For many years we have been working with different circular patterns for our speaker grilles. It has become a signature. Here we are rolling out a new style, explains Michael Henriksson, vice president of product marketing. The “floating discs” look is created using a second layer of aluminum, carefully designed in the form of a grid placed just behind the surface. It creates the visual illusion and lets the sound pass through.”
Immediate availability in aluminum finish. Indicative price: 1,499 euros