The new version is a streamlined and refined version of the first iteration, introducing new functionalities such as Alexa assistance — a world-first for a Bluetooth-only speaker. Other updates include a drastically upgraded battery life with up to 18 hours of playtime, a new user interface, and an IP67 certification meaning it can be submerged in water up to one meter deep for 30 minutes, and is also safe from sand and dirt.
With the inclusion of Alexa, it now means that it is easier to use the speaker as an assistant for day-to-day updates and tasks. It works hand-in-hand with Far Field technology, meaning Alexa can be summoned from up to five meters away depending on the room conditions and will respond even if it’s been turned off for up to three hours.
Lastly, a 3-microphone array means that call clarity has been improved for when the speaker is being used as a speakerphone. Take a look at the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen-2 speaker in the gallery above, and purchase your own on Bang & Olufsen’s website for $250 USD.
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