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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Premium Wireless Speaker Launched In Europe

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 premium Bluetooth speaker has been launched in Europe. Beolit 20 is a successor to the company’s Beolit 17 speaker that was launched in 2017. The audio equipment maker claims that the wireless speaker can deliver up to 37 hours of playtime at background listening volumes, and up to 8 hours at typical listening volumes. The USP of the speaker is its basket-like design, USB Type-C charging, and Qi wireless charging dock on the top of the unit.

Available starting today at select retailers and the B&O website, the Beolit 20 is the latest iteration of the company’s portable Bluetooth speaker. Outwardly, it looks identical to the previous version, the Beolit 17, right down to its boxy shape and rounded bottom corners — plus leather carries strap — which makes for a vaguely retro-inspired look, evoking vintage portable radios like this Dynatron TP11 “Nomad” from the 60s.

But the real selling point for the Beolit 20 is its built-in wireless charger. Whether it’s an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy phone, or a set of truly wireless earbuds, just drop your device onto the Beolit’s top surface and sit back while the internal battery gives it a boost.

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is priced at EUR 500 and is available in two color options – Grey Mist and Black Anthracite.

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is the fourth-generation speaker after Beolit 17 (launched in 2017), Beolit 15 (launched in 2015), and Beolit 12 (launched in 2012). The Beolit 20, however, comes with great enhancements over its predecessor. The first is the design where the speaker now has a new grille and a simplified, intuitive suite of control buttons. The shell is made up of anodized aluminum for a robust body, and there is a new vegetable-tanned leather strap.

Bang & Olufsen claims the Beolit 20 offers True360 sound, tuned by Bang & Olufsen engineers. When it comes to the speaker configuration, 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 2 35W Class D amplifiers. It comes with five presets and a fully customizable EQ on Bang & Olufsen app.

Unlike its predecessor, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 features a built-in 5W wireless charging station to charge Qi-compatible devices. Customers can keep their devices over the circular “charging” sign in the center of the top tray. It is claimed to deliver up to 8 hours of playtime at a typical listening volume and using wireless Qi charging feature. The speaker comes with a USB Type-C connectivity and its 3,200mAh battery is said to fully charge in 3 hours (at 15V – 3A charging).

As far as connectivity options are concerned, 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 allows stereo pairing between Beolit 20 speakers as well as between Beolit 20 and Beolit 17 speakers.


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