REVIEW: Bang & Olufsen Beosound 2

MONDAY OCTOBER 7, 2019

Time and time again we crave for B&O products just because the heart wants one, ultimately the brain kicks to say no. Like the Q, this is yet another item we’ve acquired something that’s been in market for some time. It’s admittedly not the smartest of choices but it must be pretty special for us to actually buy one, four years after its release.

The Devialet Reactor 900 too has sci-fi looks, produces nine times more firepower yet costing less. Packaged in the most interesting manner possible for a speaker, there is little wonder why they are in favour. A Reactor is capable of filling an entire room with sounds that’s free from distortion and saturation, says Devialet. Lower down frequencies in my opinion was too generous so I took the BeoSound home. 

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PRO

Unique sound

Out of space looks

Room filling

Clarity

Finishing

CON

Powering off

Disconnections on 5GHz

SPECIFICATION

102 watt

Bluetooth 4.2

Chromecast, Airplay

33 - 23.400 Hz.

RM 9,999

$ 3,300 AUD

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Setting up was easier than expected unlike horror stories spread across forums. Just follow straightforward instructions on the B&O app and while doing so, Symphony No. 25 plays majestically in the background.

 

Some described the bass to be exaggerated, simply uncheck loudness in the app and it’ll sound a lot more natural than any speaker on sale today. The Beosound 2 does appear inferior by having a mere 102 watt of power but, have a listen because it will quite happily fill a mid-size room. The Beosound digs deep down low with control, vocals are kept crisp while highs does not get piercing until the highest of registers. It too responses to fast-paced melodies with no hesitation regardless of volume. Low frequencies will satisfy bass heads and require turning down if space lacks absorbent materials.

Changing the track from whichever direction you go at it is made possible with proximity sensors, turning the top wheel alters the volume and touch to on, play or pause. In practice, those sensors are always confused by walls therefore left is to skip a track instead of right.

"THE BEOSOUND IS PRESUMABLY MEANT TO BLEND INTO A ROOM MYSTERIOUSLY PIPING SOUNDS INTO THE ATMOSPHERE BUT ITS PRESENCE CAN’T QUITE BE IGNORED"

Daily disconnections via 5 Ghz connection is frustrating and after two full days of troubleshooting, I’ve folded to my knees and settled on 2.4 because that is what makes the BS2 happy. That or have plugged it next to the router. What’s most annoying is to turn this thing off. It has to be tilted awkwardly to the right to reach for a button on the bottom left. Also packaging can be a lot more plush to be taken seriously.

 

When venturing this far out, it’s a combination of qualities and sound that cannot quite be explained by numbers.   

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