B&O Play have today introduced one of the most compact and intelligent speakers in their range named the Beoplay P2. Fans of the Beoplay A1 will be pleased to hear that some of the features of the A1 have been taken and improved upon for this new device. The Bang & Olufsen acoustics have taken the A1’s mid-woofer and developed it for the Beoplay P2 using an anodized aluminium cone structure while the tweeter from the Beoplay A1 which gave excellent reproduction of the highest frequencies has been reproduced in the new device. The Beoplay P2 uses two 15W RMD Class D Amps with 2X50 watts peak power.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Beoplay P2 is that all the controls have been removed and the speaker is operated with taps and shakes, just like a smartphone. There is also a Beoplay App you can set up so that the speaker wakes you with the same music you were listening to last time you used it – so you can wake up to the songs you listened to the night before or pick up your work playlist where you left off the previous day when you left the office.
The Beoplay P2’s designer, Cecilie Manz is one of Denmark’s leading industrial designers. Her previous work includes jewellery, sculptures and furniture and she is a previous winner of the Danish Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Award for her contribution to design. It is no wonder then that the Beoplay P2 is aesthetically pleasing. The design is smooth and round and just the right size to fit into the palm of your hand. It also comes with a leather strap for added portability. It is available in black, sandstone and royal blue and is made from premium materials such as pearl-blasted aluminium and genuine leather. There is also a black lambskin sleeve available to give the Beoplay P2 added protection while on the go.
The speaker has a built-in microphone on the bottom edge giving 360 speech sensitivity. No matter where the speaker is in proximity to the microphone, the person listening will be able to hear their voice clearly.
The RRP is £149 while the Beoplay P2 Sleeve is priced at £29. All colours are available in B&O stores, on www.beoplay.com/P2 and from selected retailers.