Bang & Olufsen launches premium wireless speaker with 8 hours of battery life


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.

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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.

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Bang & Olufsen Beolit ​​20 has a built-in 5W wireless charging
Photo credit: Bang & Olufsen

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).

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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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