Bluetooth speakers can be a little hit and miss. That’s especially true of smaller speakers, which can be seriously limited in both volume and battery life.
B&O Beoplay P2 Design, Performance And Review
The Beoplay P2 is a little different from other Bluetooth speakers. Not only does it offer seriously good performance for such a small package, but it blurs the lines between smart and dumb speakers with its gesture and voice controls.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Beoplay P2 speaker is the design, and it looks quite nice. When you take the speaker out of the box, you may notice that it’s missing something most other Bluetooth speakers has – controls.
The speaker itself is a lot smaller than you might expect, coming in at only 5.5 x 3.1 x 1.1 inches. That’s a smaller footprint than the Google Pixel XL smartphone, although it’s obviously a fair bit thicker. It weighs 9.7 ounces, and comes in three colors – black, beige and blue.
In the box you’ll get the speaker and a USB charging cable – a paltry offering compared to what accessories come with other Bluetooth speakers. In the very least it would have been nice to get a little pouch or case too considering the portable nature of the speaker.
As mentioned, the speaker is a little smarter than most others. To play or pause your music, you can simply double tap the speaker grill, and while it may not be as immediate as a button would be, it’s kind of a cool feature.
So, how does it sound? Is its diminutive stature something to worry about? No. Not in the least.
Under the hood, you’ll find a single tweeter alongside a more mid-range driver, and the result is mono audio. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – such a small speaker probably wouldn’t sound very stereo even if it did have two tweeters. In fact, we would argue that it’s a good thing here, as thanks to the larger speakers the device can deliver much more powerful audio.
Tracks like Betty Who’s I Love You Always Forever, and Eminem’s Forgot About Dre stayed quite true to the original despite the size of the speaker, and we were pleasantly surprised at that.
Of course, B&O didn’t forget about the other frequency ranges. The mid-range is well-tuned too, offering a good amount of low mids and a slight dip in the high-mid area. It’s quite a rich and warm sound, which we really enjoyed. The high-end may not be as focused as the bass, but cymbals still had a nice sheen, vocals were crisp and the guitars in AC/DC’s Back In Black had a substantial bite.
When it comes to volume, the P2’s speakers deliver some serious loudness, and do so without distorting. They may not be enough to power your next house party, but one is definitely enough for a dinner party or to take to a picnic.
Last but not least is battery life, and B&O claims the speaker will last 10 hours. That was in the ballpark according to our tests, but results vary widely depending on how loudly you’re listening to your music.