B&O Announces 'Premium, Powerful, Portable' Beoplay P6 Wireless Speaker

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Bang & Olufsen brand subsidiary B&O Play today announced the Beoplay P6, the latest offering in its range of portable wireless speakers.

Designed by Cecilie Manz, the P6 shares a similar aesthetic to the Danish audio company's Beoplay A1 and P2, featuring a dust and splashproof anodized aluminum exterior with square speaker grilles on both sides, and a leather strap looped through one side for carrying.


Across the curved top of the speaker is a strip of Beomaster 6000-inspired integrated flex buttons for controlling volume, playback, Bluetooth, accepting/rejecting calls, and invoking any voice assistant available on the connected device, such as Siri on iPhone. There's also a built-in omnidirectional mic for conference calling.

The Bluetooth speaker weighs 1kg and measures 170 x 130 x 68mm, which makes this a slim unit when you consider it houses a 2600mAh rechargeable battery providing up to 16 hours of playing time at moderate listening levels. Charging time is said to be three hours over USB-C.


The upright design is made to elevate the stereo output from three Class D amplifier channels delivering a total of 215 Watts, while Bang & Olufsen's True360 audio processing promises a uniform radiation of sound from the aluminum chassis.

The Beoplay P6 costs $399/£349 and is available from April 23 in black and natural color options. The speaker comes with a USB-C to USB-A charging cable, while a USB-C to USB-C cable is an optional accessory. See the Beoplay website for more.

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Seems likes it's designed around portable use, so Bluetooth makes sense since it uses less power. However at $399, I feel like it should work as a good home speaker as well, by optionally using a power cable and AirPlay for those times you aren't on the go and just want the best sound quality and wireless range possible.
 

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Seems likes it's designed around portable use, so Bluetooth makes sense since it uses less power. However at $399, I feel like it should work as a good home speaker as well, by optionally using a power cable and AirPlay for those times you aren't on the go and just want the best sound quality and wireless range possible.
They do a range of connected speakers too that support Chromecast and AirPlay (As well as their own proprietary protocol) - as you say, this is designed as a portable speaker which is probably why it only supports Bluetooth.
 

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Yeah... nope. :D That doesn't add up. Must be some kind of hyperbolic marketing factoid. The website lists typical power consumption as 14W.
215 W is the peak power, which it can draw momentarily from the battery should it be necessary. The amplifiers are rated at 36 W + 2 x 30 W. Typically the power consumption is far less than that (as indicated), as music seldom contains signals that truly require everything the system can give.
 

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Yeah... nope. :D That doesn't add up. Must be some kind of hyperbolic marketing factoid. The website lists typical power consumption as 14W.
Yeah their run times are based on low volume. I have a couple A1s and they are incredible but only last a couple hours at higher than 70% of max volume. That being said they are incredibly loud and excellent quality. Battery life at normal listening levels is really good.
 
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215 W is the peak power, which it can draw momentarily from the battery should it be necessary. The amplifiers are rated at 36 W + 2 x 30 W. Typically the power consumption is far less than that (as indicated), as music seldom contains signals that truly require everything the system can give.
Where did you find the amp rating? <100W peak is a little more believable. All I'm saying is that from the battery specs, even a momentary 215W draw is physically impossible. A 2600mAh lithium battery can't chemically discharge fast enough to provide that.
 

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Seems like a really nice product.

I’ll bet those buttons on top have a satisfying tactility.
I always appreciate tactile feedback with buttons. After having lots of extensive with touch capacitive buttons, physical buttons are more consistent, where touch capacitive can be more random consistency touching actions.
 
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Oh crap! I'm slowly being lured away from the Expensive Bose Empire…. help meeeeeee……


(was a big Bose fan back some years ago when everything Bose synched and docked beautifully with iPods and iPhones, now they hardly make any speakers that have the lightning docks any more)
 

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I wish they would stop putting handles on their portable speakers. It ruins the sleek design.
Those straps look like they are removable. In fact, like many other similar gadgets, it probably comes in the box without the straps connected to the speaker. You have to thread them onto the side of the speaker. So you have the option.
 

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$399? No virtual assistant? Obviously they've priced themselves out of the market and will need to release a smaller and lower priced version with Alexa added...heavy sarcasm intended.
 

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$399? No virtual assistant? Obviously they've priced themselves out of the market and will need to release a smaller and lower priced version with Alexa added...heavy sarcasm intended.
$399 is way overpriced for a smart-gadget that does not even have the data-collecting ability for Facebook/Google to send my private info to the FBI and CIA.

What an overpriced thingamabub!
 
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Where did you find the amp rating? <100W peak is a little more believable. All I'm saying is that from the battery specs, even a momentary 215W draw is physically impossible. A 2600mAh lithium battery can't chemically discharge fast enough to provide that.
The product page doesn't list it which is a bit unusual, but they can be found on the product comparison page (hope that link monster works): https://www.beoplay.com/en/landingpages/speakers/compare/compareresults?compare={C10424C2-C714-43F6-8768-9C8AD41B84F8}|{61B4AFCC-34A6-485A-8E9C-B00FC6FEC23F}

Pretty sure there are capacitors to smooth out power usage for these events, so I don't personally see why it wouldn't be possible. And we're talking milliseconds here. I'm happy to be corrected if that's not the case.
 
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The product page doesn't list it which is a bit unusual, but they can be found on the product comparison page (hope that link monster works): https://www.beoplay.com/en/landingpages/speakers/compare/compareresults?compare={C10424C2-C714-43F6-8768-9C8AD41B84F8}|{61B4AFCC-34A6-485A-8E9C-B00FC6FEC23F}

Pretty sure there are capacitors to smooth out power usage for these events, so I don't personally see why it wouldn't be possible. And we're talking milliseconds here. I'm happy to be corrected if that's not the case.
Thanks for the link. I was being dumb thinking peak vs. RMS, not peak vs. continuous. Yes, capacitors can be used to provide a transient boost in power. Anyway this thing probably has huge sound for its size!