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Bang & Olufsen Goes Full Retro With its ’60s-Inspired ‘Beosound A5’ Portable Speaker


Timeless design meets brilliant artistry with Bang & Olufsen’s brand-new Bluetooth portable speaker, the Beosound A5. The Danish company has made quite a name for itself in the high-end audio segment with its chic designs and cutting-edge technology that turn simple-looking audio equipment into a piece of art. Continuing the trend of amazing us with its voguish designs, Bang & Olufsen has teamed up with the Danish-Italian duo GamFratesi to create the Beosound A5. Blending retro looks with modular finesse, this new portable speaker boasts a classic design that’s both eye-catching and subtle.

From the design to the materials, everything here oozes luxury. The Beosound A5 is crafted using aluminium, wood, and paper fibre that effortlessly blend together to create a truly stunning work of art that will elevate any living space. The new speaker is being offered in two colourways namely, Nordic Weave and Dark Oak. The Nordic Weave or the light brown variant uses natural aluminium with a woven paper fibre front and incorporates a light-oak handle to help create “a feeling of laid-back Scandinavian summers spent at the beach.” Sounds festive. The Dark Oak (or black) version is made from black anthracite aluminium and sports a dark-oak speaker grille and handle which “evokes the aesthetic of winter woodlands.”

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Bang & Olufsen Beosound A5

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“Our inspiration for Beosound A5 came from many places, including the iconic Beolit series as well as natural materials synonymous with the colours and textures found in Scandinavian nature,” expresses GamFratesi. “From the traditional Panama straw hats worn on beaches to the hand-woven leather accents of Danish chairs from the 1960s, blends of natural materials applied in experimental ways guided our design journey.” The speaker comes with an IP65 water- and dust-proof rating, making the Beosound A5 an ideal companion for those outdoor trips.

The Beosound A5 is powered via a built-in rechargeable battery and can last for upto 12 hours on a single charge. Besides the usual features, the A5 has even got some neat little tricks up its sleeves that help it stand out from the crowd. The top panel of the speaker features an in-built wireless phone charger to help you charge your smartphone on the go. Thanks to its modular design, the Beosound A5 can be easily taken apart and repaired to extend its lifetime as and when needed. You can even swap out the front covers for new ones, with Bang & Olufsen offering new materials and colourways that help the Beosound A5 “evolve with” the users’ “style and identity.”

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A5

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Looks aside, the Beosound A5 is no slouch when it comes to delivering high-quality audio and is Bang & Olufsen’s most powerful portable speaker yet. Under the hood, you get four speaker drivers with four digital amplifiers that together are capable of pumping out a total of 280W of pure audio bliss. There’s a 5.25-inch woofer, a pair of 2-inch midrange speakers along with a single three-quarter-inch tweeter and beamforming audio tech to further enhance immersion. If that’s not enough, you can pair two Beosound A5 speakers to amplify the sound and create a stereo system. For connectivity, the speaker has support for Bluetooth 5.2, Airplay 2, Chromecast, Beolink Multiroom, and Spotify Connect and can be controlled via the Bang & Olufsen smartphone app.

The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A5 is not priced for the faint-hearted and is aimed at audiophiles with deep pockets. Good art doesn’t come in cheap! The Beosound A5 in Nordic Weave is priced at AUD$1650, while the Dark Oak variant will set you back AUD $1800. Both are available to pre-order in stores and online with deliveries to kick off sometime in early June.

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Bang & Olufsen Beosound A5

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