Despite being very premium in terms of price tag, Bang & Olufsen has never held itself back at catering to a wide variety of customer base. That is why you can find truly portable Bluetooth speakers and outright-costly soundbars from the same brand. The latest addition to that list is a one-of-a-kind portable speaker from the brand — Beosound Level. However, compared to the other products from Bang & Olufsen, Beosound Level is different in many aspects. And the first thing you’d notice is that the product comes with a hefty price tag of $2000, which may increase if you plan to purchase accessories like a stand for the speaker.
If you can convince yourself to spend $2000 on a multipurpose speaker, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Level is one of the best products you can find in the market right now. The company says it has designed the device to last longer, not just a couple of years. So, when you spend close to two grands on this premium piece of tech, you can enjoy the benefits of easier maintenance, upgrades, and service. Nevertheless, considering the top-quality hardware the company uses for its products, it’s unlikely that this speaker would require many service sessions throughout your use-period. Apart from this, the speaker packs everything you’d seek.
First, we have to consider the ingenious design that Bang & Olufsen has used for the device. While it doesn’t look fancy, the Beosound Level can adjust the sound output and tuning according to its position. It means the user can convert this single device into a wall-mounted soundbar, casual speaker for desk, or an outdoor entertainment unit. The robust sensors inside also help the system to switch back and forth between 180-degree and 360-degree sound output modes based on where you place it. Because Bang & Olufsen has used a magnetic puck for charging, you don’t have to worry about usability, either.
Additional features on the design front included its touch-based buttons and the adaptive light options. The speaker can understand the time of the day and adjust the lights to greet the user. Of course, users can seek further customization options using the application. Thanks to the high-quality construction the brand has employed, the speaker stays resistant to dust and splashes. It means you won’t have trouble taking the new portable speaker to a party or so. Of course, inside all these, Bang & Olufsen has used several technologies to improve the overall output from the speaker.
Connectivity is an area where the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Level does not compromise, though. To power all the different connectivity and streaming needs, the company has included a processing unit found on the higher-end home entertainment units from the brand. The processing unit will keep receiving on-time updates from the company to meet the varying needs of connectivity. The unit currently offers full support for the latest versions of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, along with dedicated support for AirPlay 2 and Google Cast. Of course, you can use the device for Spotify Connect via gadgets on the same network.
Because there is an option to use the portable device as a soundbar, the premium audio tech giant has also included the support for optical audio and Ethernet connection. If you don’t want to compromise speed and audio quality, you can go wired as well. The company repeats in many instances that the modular design is optimized to make replacements easier than ever. When it comes to putting in a new battery or replacing some parts, the service agents will find it easier than ever. It’s one of the ways through which B&O aims to keep this speaker running for decades.
Of course, the speaker won’t be genuinely portable without an off-the-adaptor power supply. The company claims to have used a battery module that can offer up to 16 hours of backup on a single charge. It’s worth noting that the actual capacity of the battery may be lower. Still, Bang & Olufsen uses several AI tech to adjust the tuning/volume output of the speaker to optimize the running time. While all these features appear so good on paper, it needs to be seen whether this $2000 investment can offer you a premium audio experience for decades.