B&O Play has a new Bluetooth speaker out called the A1. It's the smallest Bluetooth speaker released by the company, and it features a battery that can last up to 24 hours between charges. The $249 A1 has a USB Type-C port for charging, and if you plug it into a computer, you can use it for conference calls thanks to its built-in omnidirectional microphone.
But you're doing yourself an injustice if you're just using the A1 for conference calls. It has a super-funky circular design with an aluminum dome and smooth polymer base that begs you to put it on a table and turn up the noise. There are no buttons or protrusions sticking out of the base, leaving a smooth, snag-proof finish. The A1 also comes with a leather strap so you can hang it from things. Unfortunately, it is not waterproof, so hanging it in the shower is out of the question.
I've had an A1 for a few days and have been impressed with the loud output from its relatively compact size. The two-way speaker has an aluminum cone mid-woofer and silk dome tweeter, both controlled by B&O Play's DSP. The A1 won't pound your chest with bass, but its 30 watt amp will easily fill a room with sound or provide tunes for an outdoor party. Also, it just looks really cool.
If those features and cool looks are worth $249 to you, the A1 is available in green or silver from B&O Play directly starting today.