Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Portable Speaker Released
Bang & Olufsen announces a more powerful Beolit portable Bluetooth speaker for 2020.
Bang & Olufsen proudly states that its Beolit portable speaker has a heritage stretching back to 1939. However, today's announcement of the Beolit 20 is a direct descendant of the Danish audio brand's Beolit 12 of 2012, as this was the company's first iteration of this portable Bluetooth speaker designed by Cecile Manz, and cost £600. The more affordable and feature-packed Beolit 15 landed in, you've guessed it, 2015. We then saw an updated Beolit 17 a couple of years later.
The Beolit 20 still sports the iconic silhouette of the Beolit series; however, Bang & Olufsen points out that there are subtle updates. For instance, the design now features “repeated angled lines and spiralling corners” and that the “hole pattern has been reimagined”. We're told that this adds to the Beolit 20's distinct and dynamic look whilst optimising acoustic performance with 45% air transparency for clear, refined sound.
Additionally, the height and curvature of the top shelf have been revised to give multiple placement options when charging smartphones using the Qi wireless charging pad. Also, the buttons have been made more durable, and a new tanned leather strap adds a classy finishing touch.
Regarding charging, the new Beolit's battery is said to last 30% longer than the previous model. No mean feat when the Beolit 17 boasted up to 25 hours of playtime at “background listening volumes” or 6 hours at typical listening volumes.
Lift the bonnet, and you'll find a 5.5-inch long-stroke wideband woofer combined with a trio of 1.5-inch full-range drivers and a pair of 4-inch passive bass radiators. Together this gang promises room-filling, True360 omnidirectional sound, with 77dB bass capability and 93dB in mid-range loudness.
If you need more, you can also pair two Beolit 20s for true stereo, or pair a 20 with a Beolit 17 to boost your Bang & Olufsen sound experience.
The Beolit 20 is available in Grey Mist and Black Anthracite from today, priced at £450.
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