Review of the protected speaker Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore

Delivery set

  • Speaker
  • Silicone cases
  • USB Type C cable (1.25 meters)
  • Carbine
  • Instructions


  • Dimensions – 81x81x124 mm, weight – 631 grams or 637 grams with a carabiner
  • IP67 water protection
  • Body materials – anodized aluminum type II, plastic, fabric
  • Premises area – from 5 to 30 square meters
  • Two 1.8 ” full-range speakers
  • Power 2×30 W (class D)
  • 360 degrees
  • Ability to combine two speakers in a stereo pair
  • Bluetooth 5.2, кодек SBC
  • Поддержка Apple Fast Pair, Google Fast Pair, Microsoft Swift Pair
  • Companion App for iOS / Android
  • Equalizers
  • Working time – up to 27 hours, full charging time – up to 3 hours, 2400 mAh Li-Ion
  • Frequency response – 56-22700 Hz
  • Colors – gray, black and green (Gray Mist, Black Anthracite, Green)
  • Price in Russia – 18,990 rubles, in the USA – $ 199

The Bang & Olufsen brand needs no introduction, the company’s engineers are good at how to get interesting sound. Often in portable technology, we are faced with some kind of compromise, when flaws are hidden behind bulging bass, a flat sound picture is masked by loudness. In technology from B&O they always try to give an interesting sound, which can be safely called pleasant, interesting and devoid of the aforementioned drawbacks. Therefore, having received a portable speaker Beosound Explore as a gift, I began to listen to it with great interest, and it did not disappoint. But first things first.

This column is intended primarily for travel, the ability to listen to music somewhere outside the home (although who will forbid you to do this at home? The choice is yours). The dimensions of the column are small – 81x81x124 mm, weight – 637 grams with a carbine. Not the lightest speaker, but the case is made of anodized aluminum and is very pleasant to hold.

There is no comparison with most loudspeakers, here the materials are simply pleasing – you take it in your hands and feel the pleasant coldness of the case, the aesthetics of the loudspeaker is excellent. In short, the thing is extremely pleasant and very attractive in appearance. Based on the materials of the case, performance, we can say that this is a luxury product, and not consumer goods, which is found in other companies in the segment of portable speakers. Expensive, rich and very high quality. It is impossible to find fault with this column in terms of design, everything is done at a very high level.

There are three colors – gray, black and green, the last color is very bright.

A strap and a carabiner are attached to the case, the column can be attached to a backpack.

But the speaker looks great indoors, no questions asked.

The set includes silicone covers for the upper and lower parts of the speaker, they can be removed, since they are not needed to ensure protection from water (IP67 standard, the column can be in water or in snow).

All control elements are on the top panel, there is also a small LED indicator. You can press the keys with gloves, which is convenient. There is a USB Type C connector on the bottom of the speaker, you can use it to both charge the speaker and directly transfer music to it. There is also a charging indicator.

Built-in Li-Ion battery 2400 mAh, charging time – up to 3 hours (maximum charging current – 5V / 3A). The column lasts up to 27 hours of operation. In practice, at a volume of 70%, about 3% of the charge went out per hour. We can say that the operating time, plus or minus, should coincide with the declared one.

Inside the speaker are two full-range speakers (1.8 inches each), they have a power of 30 watts (class D). The speaker produces 360 degrees of sound, which is clearly visible, you can use it as you like.

When you turn it on for the first time, you will need to pair the speaker with your device, Apple Fast Pair, Google Fast Pair, Microsoft Swift Pair are supported. Quick pairing is nice, for example, on Android you are immediately prompted to download the B&O app, where you can see the speaker’s charge level (you can also do this in the shutter), adjust the equalizers. The use of equalizers allows you to adjust the sound to your preferences, they are not nominal and really change the sound quality.

Bluetooth version 5.2, SBC codec. For many who have learned that sound quality is directly dependent on the codec and its bandwidth, this is sad news. In reality, the SBC codec can be configured in different ways, everything is done right here. The speaker sounds very good, pulling out the low, mid and high frequencies evenly. The sound is very pleasant both indoors and outdoors. The column is great for any kind of music, but jazz, blues, pop sounds just fine on it. Comparing with the speakers from JBL, I can say that in Beosound Explore the sound is noticeably better, nobler, since there is no bulging bass that masks the shortcomings of the speakers themselves. Someone may not like this, since there is no initial effect of novelty, but this way the music sounds better and at least more honest. For a week I got so used to the speaker and its sound that I can say that it is very, very good. My main speaker for travel and travel is a Marshall Emberton, but I liked the sound of Beosound Explore better.

Those who are looking for aptX HD and believe that this codec gives a fundamentally different sound in practice should pass by most portable speakers. Especially touches the purchase of Chinese speakers, where this codec is declared, but in fact is absent, but people “hear” the difference. Everything is fair here, and at the same time the speaker sounds very good, although, of course, you need to listen and hear the difference.

A nice feature is that two Beosound Explore speakers can be combined into a stereo pair (they can be linked in the application). Other B&O speakers cannot be paired. Of the minuses – the lack of a built-in microphone, since the speaker is positioned for outdoor use, where speakerphone is not so important. As a consequence, there is also no support for voice assistants.

The cost of the speaker is 18,990 rubles, which takes it beyond the mass market, most will consider portable speakers in the price segment up to 5,000 rubles. But having an alternative for mass-produced products is great, this column isn’t for everyone. The high price made it possible to use excellent materials and make the sound great (whether another sound is worth such a price difference is a question for discussion, and here you cannot find a common denominator in principle).

In my opinion, the competitor for this column is Marshall Emberton in Russia, it has an interesting design, but the sound is worse. The price is about 12 thousand rubles, the difference is noticeable.

You can also remember the Sonos Roam, in Russia the price of this speaker is 18 thousand rubles, it is also intended for use outside the home. The sound is noticeably simpler than B&O. And the design is familiar, but there is a built-in microphone. For those who use Sonos products, the integration with them is interesting, there is a different level of comfort.

Alternatively, consider the JBL Charge 5, a well-known speaker in the market. But this is a completely different class of device from all points of view, and the sound does not differ for the better (but loud, for many this is enough).

The bottom line is that the Beosound Explore speaker is expensive, cool and great-sounding. The main drawback is the cost, which is not available to everyone. If I had not received the column as a gift, I would not have known that it is so gorgeous.

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