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Chris Townsend Posted: Thu, Sep 9 2021 11:55 AM
I’m not sure where the old thread went!

OK OK I went out and bought one. I’m going to blame this and put it firmly at the feet of Miki and his blasted YouTube videos. I don’t know why I just get my wages diverted to Ghent.

I need to a travel speaker as I’m doing a lot more travelling now, and both the A1 Mk2 and the Explore were on offer here in the Middle East. Amazing as B&O set the prices to Euro levels even though we pay no taxes etc. I’ve had an A1, and it was great up until my wife left it in a hotelNo - thumbs down

I’ve just compared it to my HomePod mini which really like, and with a bit of tweaking in the B&O app it’s pretty much as good as. Yes the HomePod is half the price, but it doesn’t have a big battery and isn’t sand and waterproof. Really useful when you live in the desert and winter by a pool.

The A1 is beautifully made but would get dented very quickly with being thrown around a suitcase three times a week. The Explore feels like it was made for the military. They need to produce some more modern colours. Battleship grey, black and 70s green aren’t really in the pallet selection of youth going to Glastonbury. If Rolex can do it….

Pretty good.

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I also got one last week and my opinion is that everything BUT the design of the thing is absolutely TERRIBLE. The sound is no better than a laptop speaker, its mind blowing bad actually, so now I understand why the video reviews I saw people burst out laughing when it played music.

Sound aside the features are also laking to such a degree its crazy anyone could justify this price for what you get.

The battery life if horrible (3 hours) if you turn it past 80% which you need to do if you want to hear it outside.

I retunned mine. I found several products that sound MUCH MUCH better and have so many other features and are almost $100 cheaper.

Major fail from B&O.

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I hope you like my vids Chris? Big Smile thanks if you do.

I like the explore for what it is, but it’s unusual in many ways. I have yet to hear any laptop sound as good as the Explore is. An A1 sounds better for sure, but nothing beats the toughness of an Explore, that’s for sure! In the end I like it, but i guess expectations need to be managed for itSmile

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Here are some products that sound at least 4x better and are also durable.  They also have Wifi, Alexa and built in streaming services:

Sonos roam:

https://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/roam.html

 

JBL

https://ca.jbl.com/CHARGE5-.html?dwvar_CHARGE5-_color=Blue-AM-Current

 

Marshall. I think I'm going to keep this one. Sounds so so so so much better than the horrible explore AND its cheaper. 

https://www.marshallheadphones.com/gb/en/stockwell-ii.html#country-dropdown

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Thanks I love your videos.

If folk want a robust speaker with all that offers, they’ll have to compromise on something unfortunately. The A1 wouldn’t last a month without looking like an old dented car on my travels, so I’m just happy to take some music with me.Yes - thumbs up

Beosound Stage, Beovision 8-40, Beolit 20, Beosound Explore.

Here are some products that sound at least 4x better and are also durable.  They also have Wifi, Alexa and built in streaming services... and battery life that's not totally misleading.

Sonos roam:

https://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/roam.html

 

JBL

https://ca.jbl.com/CHARGE5-.html?dwvar_CHARGE5-_color=Blue-AM-Current

 

Marshall. I think I'm going to keep this one. Sounds so so so so much better than the horrible explore AND its cheaper. 

https://www.marshallheadphones.com/gb/en/stockwell-ii.html#country-dropdown

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BenSA replied on Fri, Sep 10 2021 8:53 AM

Severed_Hand_of_Skywalker:

Here are some products that sound at least 4x better and are also durable.  They also have Wifi, Alexa and built in streaming services... and battery life that's not totally misleading.

Sonos roam:

https://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/roam.html

 

JBL

https://ca.jbl.com/CHARGE5-.html?dwvar_CHARGE5-_color=Blue-AM-Current

 

Marshall. I think I'm going to keep this one. Sounds so so so so much better than the horrible explore AND its cheaper. 

https://www.marshallheadphones.com/gb/en/stockwell-ii.html#country-dropdown

The Marshall speaker doesn't seem like an outdoor speaker that can be dropped or is waterproof etc. 

The explore is rugged and for taking camping, hiking, where ever. Clearly you are not wanting a rugged speaker so the explore is pointless for you. 

 

 

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Beozip replied on Fri, Sep 10 2021 12:12 PM

I found a wall bracket in black or silver from China on ebay ...

 

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Daniel replied on Fri, Sep 10 2021 1:01 PM
I’m very happy with my Explore. It’s made for outdoor use, it’s easy to bring along, very good battery capacity, sound wise ok AND it has that B&O factor. Exactly what I expect and is willing to pay for.

If you just want the best sound for the money, don’t choose B&O (valid for most of the products).
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Severed_Hand_of_Skywalker:

Here are some products that sound at least 4x better and are also durable. They also have Wifi, Alexa and built in streaming services:

Sonos roam:

https://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/roam.html

JBL

https://ca.jbl.com/CHARGE5-.html?dwvar_CHARGE5-_color=Blue-AM-Current

Marshall. I think I'm going to keep this one. Sounds so so so so much better than the horrible explore AND its cheaper.

https://www.marshallheadphones.com/gb/en/stockwell-ii.html#country-dropdown

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If I had the time or energy to make the same comparison with your Beolab 18s I could. I could show you B&W, Linn etc etc all cheaper or “technically better” and better speakers. But I’m glad your happy with them, and this isn’t the forum to do it either.Yes - thumbs up

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I just gave my wife a Beosound Explore.

She is very happy with it - her main use is listening to e-books and a bit of radio/news.

 

I had a small bluetooth speaker laying around with pretty good sound and had presented that to her, when she first started talking about wanting more than just the iPhone.

As expected - when I started this up - she took two steps back (literally) - because that thingy makes very persistent noices when turning on (and off).

Knowing the pleasant ‘notes’ of a B&O device, when turning on/off, I instantly decided for getting her the Explore instead.

 

The moral of this story: there are more things to a bluetooth speaker, than just the fact that some of the competitors might sound better for certain purposes.

And…….she is fond of the design and the robustness - also happy with the green colour, that matches her iPad cover ;-)

Thank you B&O for making this little speaker.

 

What is the right choice for one person might not be the right for another - which is totally ok…….as long as we have a choice!

 

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TWG replied on Mon, Sep 13 2021 2:54 PM

Bought a silver Beosound Explore.

Soundwise it sits between P2 and A1. I like the design much more than the A, it's built like a tank and the buttons are much much better than on A1.

I put it right into the shower to see if it really survives... and it does and it was big fun for the kids to have the speaker under running water in the shower.
Of course I had to make clear, that they can ONLY do that with the Beosound Expore and NO other speaker. Just in case ;-)

Sound in a nearly reverberant Bathroom is okay and in that environment it's good that the Beosound Explore has a relatively weak bass reproduction.

Agree with Chris Townsend: Hope they'll release some more colors (especially a punchy great blue one!).

 

Contra: I have some erratic static noise while playing from my Sony Xperia 1 phone. Will test it with some other Bluetooth sources to see if it's the Explore or the Sony.

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TWG replied on Tue, Oct 19 2021 8:24 AM

Any info on new colors? Hey B&O, I want a blue one, too :-)

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Ferdinand replied on Wed, Oct 20 2021 2:15 PM
Maybe? ....

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Hiort replied on Thu, Oct 21 2021 9:39 AM

Ferdinand:
Maybe? ....

 

 

 

 

New colors launched:

https://www.bang-olufsen.com/en/se/gifts

 

 

 

 

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TWG replied on Fri, Oct 22 2021 12:31 PM

Not for Explore... :-(

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