Bang & Olufsen launches premium wireless speaker with 8-hour battery life
The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 premium Bluetooth speaker has been launched in Europe. Beolit 20 is a successor to the company’s Beolit 17 loudspeaker that was launched in 2017. The audio equipment manufacturer claims that the wireless speaker can deliver up to 37 hours of playtime with background listening volumes and up to 8 hours with typical listening volumes. The USP of the speaker is its basket-shaped design, USB Type-C charging, and Qi wireless charging dock on top of the unit.
Price Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is priced at EUR 500 (approximately Rs 43,500) and available in two color options: Gray Mist and Black Anthracite. There is no information about its launch in India.
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Features and Specifications
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is the fourth generation loudspeaker after Beolit 17 (launched in 2017), Beolit 15 (launched in 2015) and Beolit 12 (launched in 2012). The speaker has retained its overall lunchbox / basket design. The Beolit 20, however, comes with great improvements over its predecessor. The first is the design in which the speaker now has a new grille and a simplified and intuitive set of control buttons. The case is made from anodized aluminum for a robust body, and there is a new vegetable tanned leather strap.
Bang & Olufsen claims that Beolit 20 offers True360 sound, tuned by Bang & Olufsen engineers. When it comes to speaker setup, the premium speaker features three 1.5-inch full-range speakers, a 5.5-inch woofer, and two 4-inch passive bass radiators. There are two 35W Class D amplifiers. It comes with five presets and a fully customizable EQ in the Bang & Olufsen app.Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Photo credit: Bang & Olufsen
Unlike its predecessor, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 features a built-in 5W wireless charging station for charging Qi-compatible devices. Customers can hold their devices over the circular “charge” sign in the center of the top tray. It is claimed to offer up to 8 hours of playback at typical listening volume and with the Qi wireless charging feature. The speaker comes with USB Type-C connectivity and its 3,200 mAh battery is said to be fully charged in 3 hours (at 15 V – 3 A charge).
In terms of connectivity options, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 comes equipped with Bluetooth v4.2. As mentioned, there is USB Type-C for charging and a 3.5mm port. The speaker also enables stereo pairing between Beolit 20 speakers, as well as between Beolit 20 and Beolit 17 speakers.