Whatever we do, wherever we go, music comes along with us. By chance Anton and I became audiophiles from an early age; he out of a nerdy fascination and thanks to my father, I was indoctrinated waking every weekend to Opera blasting from his steroided stereo system. So sound and quality of sound is high on our list of musts.
If you’re lucky and stay in a hotel that shares your audio passion they’ll likely have a dock for an iPod or smartphone with a speaker for your music library. If taking that chance is not your cup of tea, then these Beoplay Bluetooth portable speakers by Bang & Olufsen are a stylish and very powerful option, not to mention an insanely clever Xmas gift idea. With B&O’s spotless reputation for superior products, the Beoplay series is no exception.
With 360 degree sound output they range in size from the A1 which sits in the palm of your hand to the Beolit 15 which is the big boy of the lineup. In all there are 4 models (A1, A2, A2 Active and the Beolit 15) ranging in price from $250 -$600 for the Beolit 15.
With smart leather straps to hold or carry on your shoulder they come is great colors: matte black, brushed stainless, titanium, and a few colors combos for the Beolit 15. They’re dust and splash resistant. So not completely water-proof. I saw them in a FNAC shop in Paris and was transfixed by their design and heft of sound. It’s on my Xmas list and should also be on yours!