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Bang & Olufsen portable wireless speaker puts on the style, and it’s future-proof too

Bang & Olufsen has unveiled Beosound Level, a high-end portable wireless home speaker that embraces a modular design for future upgrades. If streaming technology gets reinvented, this premium player will be easy to update.

It looks swish too. Ultra-slim, the speaker has a built-in recessed handle and can stand upright, lay flat or be wall-mounted. The speaker intelligently tunes its output to match its orientation. 

Designed by Torsten Valeur and crafted at Factory 5 in Struer, Denmark, the Beosound Level sports a pearl blasted aluminium frame and houses a five-driver speaker array.

The user interface is seamlessly integrated into its aluminium frame, with buttons that can be activated through soft touch. As we’ve seen on other Bang & Olufsen lifestyle systems, the unit lights up when integrated proximity sensors detect movement nearby.

The driver line-up comprises two 4-inch woofers, one 50mm full range driver, two 20mm tweeters. Power output is rated at a hefty 105 watts.

The Beosound Level sports a pearl blasted aluminium frame and houses a five-driver speaker array, with active room compensation…

Speaker covers are available in a natural oak veneer, treated to highlight the natural grains and texture of the wood for a luxury Scandi look, or knitted dark grey Kvadrat textile.

Significantly, this Beosound has been modularly designed for easy maintenance and servicing, and features the brand’s new replaceable streaming module, which it says will power all the company’s future home speakers. 

The module has been frontloaded with enough processing power and connectivity technology to receive new performance updates and features for years to come, says the company.

Wireless connectivity covers Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2 and Chromecast. The module can also be updated should connectivity or streaming technology become outdated.

The Beosound Level is IP54 Dust and Splash Water Resistant, meaning you can take it outdoors with impunity. Fully charged, the speaker will run for 16 hours. 

The Beosound Level is available in Natural or Gold Tone finishes, priced at £1,249 and 1,499 respectively. A dedicated wall bracket sells for £89.

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About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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