Dont Buy this speaker if you want battery life!!
I totally agree with all of the previous reviewers comments.
The battery lasts between 1.5 and 2 hrs at about 60% volume then drops to low power mode ie barely audible. when Bang and Olufsen were contacted regarding this issue they used corporate speak to explain that the advertising actually says "UP TO 20 hours battery life" as a way of avoiding giving a refund which I pushed very hard over a series of emails.
Bang and Olufsen then agreed to transport my speaker to their repair centre for testing following which I was told that the battery tested according to company specifications. So there you have it. No refund ... no replacement...no battery life is their policy, and is apparently acceptable to them.
This is a great speaker. The sound quality is fantastic. This speaker is so stylish. A bit pricy but get it on sale and you wouldn't regret it! We've had it for 2+ years now and the battery still runs for several hours - although it's never been actually measure.
The A2 Active is an amazing speaking with suburb sound quality give huge range of depth in its speaker set up. Good bass and its design is simple yet elegant. It's has decent volume levels and works well with all devices. Only down side is it does not have the 24 hour charge cycle as advertised. I get about 6 to 8 hours on medium level sound. Highly recommend
Looking to treat myself, several days before Christmas 2016, I decided to buy myself a high-end bluetooth speaker. Top of the list for me were B&O, Bowers & Wilken, Bose and Marshall. After hearing the outstanding sound quality/clarity of the newly launched B&O A2 Active, I parted with the hefty $700, happy that I'd made the right decision, particularly given B&O advertised the product provided up to 24 hours battery life. That's where the happiness ended.
Here's what you actually get - playing rock cranked up at full volume, with awesom...e 360 degree sound...about 1 hour of battery life, You read right, 1 hour!! What happens next, the true party killer, is the A2 drops down to around one-tenth of the volume in order to stretch out as much of what's left of the battery life. It gets worse, if that's possible. Whilst you're still getting over the disappointment, you scurry to plug the A2 unit into the nearest power socket to run it at 240V (whilst the party waits for the music to come back on) so you can get back to full volume. Nope! It continues to play at one-tenth of the volume whilst the device trickle charges the battery. Before you can get back to full volume, the battery needs to reach minimum charge levels (takes anywhere up to 15 minutes) but don't turn that volume up too soon, even whilst plugged into power as you'll only get another few minutes of full volume and then it reverts back to trickle charging the battery. B&O response: "it's performing as per specification - it's primary source of power is designed to be battery, not AC 240V". They suggested lowering the volume level to 60-70% to get more life out of the battery. That's it. I returned to the Bondi Junction store around late January (after returning from holidays) to ask for a refund, only to be told that B&O return policy only lasts 14 days. I'd missed the cut-off by a matter of 10 days. Moral of the story - don't buy a lemon.
Questions & Answers
I just change battery in my speaker and when I put the cable on for charging the light is not on. Now you can’t even turn off the speaker. So I put my old battery back think maybe new one is no good. With the old one is the same story. I can’t turn off the speaker. What is going on
Yes I agree with CamJ I went through a long and protracted disagreement with B &O about this and had no joy! I still have this speaker and it is still terrible. It turns itself off after about 90 minutes of play at reasonable volume and will not go back to full volume until it is fully charged! I hate it but would not sell it to anyone else because I do have a moral compass! Oh btw it doesn’t even make any difference to performance if it is actually plugged into AC power it still powers down to low volume after 90 minutes of play time. I will never buy any B & O products again because of the way I was treated by their hierarchy.
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