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Danish audio outfit Bang & Olufsen today announced the Beosound Explore, a rugged, lightweight Bluetooth speaker that's designed for taking on outdoor adventures.

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Pitched as the first speaker to use a scratch resistant Type 2 anodized aluminum, the can-shaped unit is IP67 dust and waterproof, weighs 631 grams, is portable (81mm x 124mm) and offers up to 27 hours of playtime on a single charge.
"We created Beosound Explore to be our toughest speaker that can withstand the outdoor elements," says Bang & Olufsen SVP of Product Management Christoffer Poulsen. "The exceptional sound quality for its size makes Beosound Explore the perfect companion for any adventure."
With outdoor use in mind, the Beosound Explore packs dual 1.8-inch full range drivers and delivers 59 decibels of bass, while the grill is cut in 360-degree lines to ensure omnidirectional sound output. Two units can also be used for stereo pairing.

The aluminum shell features a simple user interface on top that's designed to be easy to use with gloves on for colder conditions. The speaker also comes with an aluminum carabiner for attaching to a rucksack on long hikes, and an integrated strap for hanging.

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The Bluetooth 5.2 speaker uses USB-C for charging and is certified Made for iPhone (MFi), which means it's passed Apple's compliance and safety tests. Beosound Explore is available in a Black Anthracite, Green or Grey Mist, which B&O says are reminiscent of forests, glaciers and fjords typically found in Scandinavian landscapes.

The Black Anthracite and Green models are available in Bang & Olufsen stores and online from today, while the Grey Mist color will become available in Summer 2021. The speaker retails at $199USD, $299CAD, and £169GBP.

Article Link: Bang & Olufsen Announces 'Beosound Explore' Anodized Aluminum Bluetooth Speaker Featuring 27-Hour Battery Life
 
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oreganoinferno

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Great looking product, will check the reviews.
But the advertisement is funny: "Let's take 631g of asymmetrically arranged extra weight, and suffer throughout our multi-day overland hike, so at night we can litter the peaceful scenery with music we listen to any other day"
 
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W2u7Yw4HaD

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Great looking product, will check the reviews.
But the advertisement is funny: "Let's take 631g of asymmetrically arranged extra weight, and suffer throughout our multi-day overland hike, so at night we can litter the peaceful scenery with music we listen to any other day"
I was thinking the same thing.. The only thing I want to hear when I'm out in the mountains is, well the sound of the mountains.. Otherwise, I can sit at home and enjoy my Beoplay A6..... Which will sound better anyway since it's 10x the size..
 

coolfactor

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The Black Anthracite and Green models are available in Bang & Olufsen stores and online from today, while the Grey Mist color will become available in Summer 2021. The speaker retails at $199USD, $299CAD, and £169GBP.

The Canadian price is insulting to customers. An extra $60 CAD added on ... why? Is there an export fee that they must pay to the US government?
 

Matt Leaf

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I'd buy it. I have a P2 - it's great. Actually - it's failed on me - twice. And each time it failed before the 2 year warranty was up. Each time i just emailed B&O and they sent me a new one - with new warranty. That sort of service is great.

But this new rugged model looks cool. I like the fact the battery life is a bit higher, and a bit more easy to stand up.

Still yeah, I agree on the marketing. it's weird. I can't stand the idea of turning up to a nice hiking spot and having to put up with someones bluetooth speaker music. But still, nice for the park, nice for the bbq, for moving the unit around the house. I'm not sure what this would get me over the P2, maybe just waterproofness, longer battery life. Fan of the Beoplay stuff.
 

quatermass

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Great looking product, will check the reviews.
But the advertisement is funny: "Let's take 631g of asymmetrically arranged extra weight, and suffer throughout our multi-day overland hike, so at night we can litter the peaceful scenery with music we listen to any other day"
If I was going on a hike that would be to a place that would require one of these, then I absolutely wouldn't be taking it! Replace that useless weight with some food or essentials, enjoy the ambient sounds (which is why you were going in the first place), and save $200 - that's a much better deal!
 

Jay42

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Only B&O would get a bluetooth speaker MFI certified because only B&O customers can afford it.

This 'article' being on the MR front page does seem a little grimy.
 

VulchR

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Swell, so as many noted above, now we'll be able to find the quiet solitude of wild places disrupted by entitled drunken teenagers. 'Leave no trace' includes not making noise pollution in my opinion. If you want to listen to music in nature, be considerate and use headphones.

I can. however, see a place for this in the garden.
 

odHbo

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Why would an article about B&O's new products be on the Macrumors website??
The article literally does not have the word Apple or Mac in it :rolleyes:
The Bluetooth 5.2 speaker uses USB-C for charging and is certified Made for iPhone (MFi), which means it's passed Apple's compliance and safety tests.
 
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ZipZap

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Great looking product, will check the reviews.
But the advertisement is funny: "Let's take 631g of asymmetrically arranged extra weight, and suffer throughout our multi-day overland hike, so at night we can litter the peaceful scenery with music we listen to any other day"
Or you can hang out on the beach and listen to it without fear sand and sea will damage it. Perspective.
 
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