Bang & Olufsen’s upgraded 2020 Beolit 20 speaker is packed with power, portability potential, and savvy design.
So one of your New Year’s resolutions has been a little home decor? Good idea, it’s about time you started treating your flat like a home and not a college dorm room, a crash pad, or a really big walk in wardrobe. It’s about time you can show your little slice of heaven off to the occasional (or not so occasional, but no one likes a bragger) house guest and for that you’ll want a speaker that not only does it’s part from a sound perspective but also looks great – like something an adult might buy.
Fortunately, you’re in luck with the arrival of the new Beolit 20, a 2020 upgrade of Bang & Olufsen’s iconic Beolit Bluetooth speaker, which traces its heritage (OK, perhaps not the Bluetooth part) back to 1939. The new Beolit 20 retains the trademark big sound capabilities – beautifully housed in a desirable and easily transportable package – but with vastly improved battery life, integrated wireless Qi charging capability on its top shelf, and a subtly updated design.
The addition of Qi charging makes the speaker indispensable; you can have it playing somewhere central to your man-space and top it with life’s little electronic essentials.
The Beolit 20 retains the iconic silhouette of the Beolit series, which was designed in collaboration with Cecilie Manz in 2012, whilst introducing a number of design updates to make day to day usage even more pleasurable. These include a reimagined hole pattern, repeated angled lines, and spiraling corners that give a distinct and dynamic look that optimize acoustic performance with 45% air transparency for clear, refined sound.
The height and curvature of the top shelf have also been revised to give multiple placement options when charging smartphones, with the buttons made more durable, and a vegetable-tanned leather strap adding the perfect finishing touch.
Of course, the speaker is more than just good looks. Small enough to carry easily, the Beolit 20 delivers plenty of sound. The 5.5-inch long-stroke wideband woofer combined with 3 x 1.5-inch full ranges and 2 x 4-inch passive bass radiators deliver a hugely impressive 77dB bass capability and 93dB in mid-range loudness. This performance, combined with True360 omnidirectional sound, means that Beolit 20 is capable of comfortably filling most rooms with signature Bang & Olufsen sound.
You can also stereo pair two Beolit 20s or pair the new speaker with the former Beolit 17 to enhance the experience even further.
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