Bang & Olufsen is known for its extravagant and high-end audio products, but the company also has a solid track record with compact portable Bluetooth speakers that are much more affordable. Today, B&O is introducing its latest piece of gear that’s ready for your summer adventures: the Beosound Explore.
Despite being a portable device, the company kept aluminum as its material of choice. And even with that refined exterior, the speaker is IP67 rated dust and waterproof. B&O says the aluminum is also scratch-resistant, so it can probably withstand a journey in a bag or being clipped to the side of a backpack.
The attachable carabiner makes it easy to clip to your gear and its cylindrical shape is designed to slide into backpack pockets alongside the rest of your provisions. Checking in at just under 1.5 pounds, shouldn’t weigh you down, either.
Bang & Olufsen says those components deliver 59dB of bass output, blasting sound in all directions thanks to True360 sound and the design of the speaker grille. Up top, onboard controls give you access to play/pause, volume, Bluetooth pairing and power functions. Like a lot of portable speakers, you can use two Beosound Explores together as a stereo pair.
Since outlets are few and far between out on the trail, battery life is an important concern here. Bang & Olufsen claims that the Explore will keep kicking for 27 hours (at average listening volume) on a 2-hour charge. The speaker uses a USB-C connection for both charging and streaming and is compatible with Bluetooth 5.2, Apple Fast Pair MFI, Google Fast Pair, and Microsoft Swift Pair. If you have two Explores around the campfire, they can be set up as a stereo pair.
Of course, any speaker designed for the great outdoors also needs to be loud enough to carry through the open air. Fortunately, the Explore boasts a max volume of 91 decibels, so you can rest assured that the crickets won’t drown out the sound of your tunes. As for the rest of the specs, the speaker sports a pair of 1.8-inch full-range drivers and two 30-watt, Class D amplifiers. Again, we haven’t taken it for a spin yet, but that should provide plenty of punch and range for something this totable. The Beosound Explore retails for $200 (definitely on the cheaper end of the spectrum for B&O) and is available now, in three color options — just in time for camping/hiking season.