B&O BeoPlay A2 Active - First Look

November 11, 2016

B&O launched the BeoPlay A2 Active on 3 Nov, marking the second dedicated portable speaker released in 2016 after the BeoPlay A1. As the direct successor of the BeoPlay A2 released in Oct 2014, let's give you the lowdown on what the A2 Active offers and the differences from its predecessor.

Update (10 Mar 2017) - Here's the review of the BeoPlay A2 Active

B&O BeoPlay A2 Active - Natural

BeoPlay A2 Active (2016) vs BeoPlay A2 (2014) Comparison
While they look practically the same, the new BeoPlay A2 Active does boast a few subtle differences that improves on the original BeoPlay A2. Let's check out three of them.

1. Splash and Dust Resistant
This is of course why the A2 Active is called as such. It is built to be more rugged and the speaker should be able to weather the elements more effectively.
B&O BeoPlay A2 Active - Stone Grey

2. Charging connectivity
Previously, there was DC power input and a USB-A connector. Now, you can only charge the device using the new and more compact USB-C port that all the new Apple MacBook Pros come with.
B&O BeoPlay A2 Active - Natural

3. Accessories
There was a leather strap on the original A2. To fit the A2 Active's positioning, there are now 2 canvas straps that are more durable (and fashionable according to B&O).
B&O BeoPlay A2 Active - Stone Grey

B&O BeoPlay A2 Active - What Else?
So what does B&O's new speaker continue to have?

It is of course still styled by B&O's usual industrial designer and collaborator, Cecilie Manz. The A2 Active maintains a 1.1kg profile and Bang & Olufsen's signature sound in a portable package. With the Beoplay app, you can adjust the sound profile to your preference and even pair two A2 Active speakers together to listen in full stereo mode. You still have a Line-In should you want to connect to your music device through a 3.5mm audio jack. And you get an astounding 24 hours of battery life with slightly less than 3 hours of charging.
B&O BeoPlay A2 Active - Natural

Pricing and Availability
The BeoPlay A2 Active portable speaker goes for USD 399 / EUR 399 / SGD 549

Natural and Stone Grey will be the 2 colors available from 3 Nov 2016You can buy it from Amazon via this affiliate link. You can also visit the B&O Play online store or if you are in Singapore, you can visit Bang & Olufsen Grand Hyatt Showroom.  

Update (10 Mar 2017) - Here's the review of the BeoPlay A2 Active

B&O BeoPlay A2 Active - Stone Grey

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