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Image Courtesy: B&O Play

Following hot on the heels of the Beoplay A2 Active, B&O Play releases the Beolit 17 Wireless Speaker – a refresh of the respected Beolit 15.

On the surface, it looks pretty similar to the previous version, but with a few upgrades. It now features Bluetooth 4.2 technology, ensuring a longer connectivity range for your latest smart devices (up to 30 meters). They’ve also swapped out its Micro-USB port for the USB-C connector, which charges faster, is reversible and far more durable.

A key addition is the new ‘Connect’ button, which serves as a multi-function button which you can program from the Beoplay App. The Beoplay App will also bring a more bespoke user-experience to the Beolit 17, with ToneTouch EQ presets.

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Top Controls, With New ‘Connect’ Button. Image Courtesy: B&O Play

However, the Beolit 17 appears to have dropped Airplay streaming altogether, which may ruffle some feathers. But truth be told, most people won’t consider Airplay to be a top priority for their portables anyway! B&O’s more recent Beoplay M5 WiFi Speaker (S$899) appears to fill that niche perfectly – likely by design.

The Beolit 17 sports a rugged polymer base and top-tray, a pearl-blasted aluminium speaker grille and a premium-grain leather handle. Like the Beolit 15, this is clearly built to withstand the rigours of portable use, while retaining its beauty. It clocks up to 24-hours of juice (depending on how you use it) and delivers B&O Play’s signature ‘True360’ audio dispersion technology.

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Image Courtesy: B&O Play

The internal specs look exactly the same as its predecessor, right down to its driver-array and 35W per channel output. But, while I won’t expect a radical improvement in sound quality (if any), I look forward to auditioning it in person!

The Beolit 17 will retail at S$749 (US$530) in Singapore from 6th March 2017,  at Bang & Olufsen Grand Hyatt and Takashimaya. Available in Natural and Stone Grey colours.

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Aaron. T.
Aaron's dream is to meet the celestial man in the sky who blessed him with huge ears, and shake his hand with a big smile. His typical day is split between getting Rekt on Battlefield 1 and making exciting YouTube reviews at www.youtube.com/loudwirelesssingapore

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