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.
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.
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.