Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay A6 wireless speaker looks like a boomerang, sounds like a beast

Bang & Olufsen’s wireless speaker family just got a whole lot bigger. At IFA 2015 in Berlin, the company announced the launch of its A6 wireless speaker, and in true Bang & Olufsen style, it is simultaneously eye-catching and ear-catching.

The A6 sits somewhere between the brand’s tote-able A2 speaker (a Digital Trends favorite) and the much larger, saucer-shaped A9. At $1,000, the speaker is decidedly priced at a premium, but for a speaker that is as much art as it is a sound source, we’re not terribly surprised.

So, how does the boomerang-shaped speaker sound? Surprisingly robust! We’ve auditioned the speaker twice now — once when we recorded this video during an extremely crowded and noisy event before the official IFA opening, and again on the IFA show floor, which was just slightly less riddled with din. In both instances, the speaker sliced through the thick caterwauling like a sleek, shiny, samurai sword — a samurai sword with incredibly powerful bass, translucent midrange, and B&O’s typically steely treble.

The source of the A6’s force? Two 60-watt class-D amplifiers driving two 5.5-inch woofers, two 30-watt class-D amps pushing the tweeters, and another 60-watt amplifier supporting a rear-facing full-range driver. That’s 240-watts of carefully DSP-controlled power, folks, and it is impressive.

The A6 is every bit a cutting-edge speaker, with support for Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth Audio Streaming, DLNA, Spotify Connect, Deezer, and TuneIn. It will play Hi-Res FLAC files, too, via either a built-in Wi-Fi connection, or via Ethernet. There’s also an analog line-in jack for nearly another other device, too — we’d probably connect a turntable if it were up to us.

The speaker can sit upright on an surface large enough to support its frame, or it can be mounted on the wall. If a user chooses the later, a switch at the bottom will change the speakers output to both accommodate and utilize the boundary, making it seem as if the entire wall is producing sound. Yes, a wall of sound.

The A6 comes with the light grey cover you see here, but dark grey, dark rose, and dusty blue covers are also available as accessories.

If you get the opportunity to check the A6 out, we suggest you take the time to do so. It’s an incredibly impressive all-in-one sound solution.


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