The high-end Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Bluetooth speaker has been launched in Europe. The Beolit 20 is the successor to the company’s Beolit 17 loudspeaker, launched in 2017. The audio equipment maker claims the wireless speaker can deliver up to 37 hours of playback at volumes listening time in the background and up to 8 hours at typical listening volumes. The speaker’s USP is its basket-like design, USB Type-C charging, and Qi wireless charging station on top of the unit.
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 price
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is priced at 500 EUR (approx Rs. 43,500) and is available in two color options – Gray Mist and Black Anthracite. There is no information on its launch in India.
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 features and specifications
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is the fourth generation speaker after Beolit 17 (launched in 2017), Beolit 15 (launched in 2015) and Beolit 12 (launched in 2012). The speaker retained its general lunchbox / basket type design. The Beolit 20, however, comes with big improvements over its predecessor. The first is the design where the speaker now has a new grille and a streamlined, intuitive suite of control buttons. The shell is made of anodized aluminum for a sturdy body, and there’s a new vegetable-tanned leather strap.
Bang & Olufsen claims that the Beolit 20 offers True360 sound, tuned by engineers at Bang & Olufsen. As for the speaker setup, the high-end speaker includes three 1.5-inch full-range speakers, one 5.5-inch woofer, and two 4-inch passive bass radiators. There are two class D amplifiers 2 35W. It comes with five presets and a fully customizable EQ on the Bang & Olufsen app.
Unlike its predecessor, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 has a built-in 5W wireless charging station for charging Qi-compatible devices. Customers can keep their devices on top of the circular “loading” panel in the center of the top shelf. It’s supposed to deliver up to 8 hours of playback at typical listening volume and using the Qi wireless charging feature. The speaker comes with USB Type-C connectivity and its 3200mAh battery would fully charge in 3 hours (at 15V – 3A charge).
Regarding connectivity options, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 is equipped with Bluetooth v4.2. As mentioned, there is a USB Type-C port for charging and a 3.5mm port. The loudspeaker also allows stereo coupling between Beolit 20 loudspeakers as well as between Beolit 20 and Beolit 17 loudspeakers.
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