Bang & Olufsen’s very expensive Beosound speakers now also support the Google Assistant. That actually turns the speakers with high quality sound into an alternative to the Google Home.
Bang and Olufsen Beosound Google Assistant Support announced
The Beosound 1 is directly available with Google Assistant Support the Beosound 2 will follow mid-January 2019. Both speakers are available online in the Netherlands, but also at various Bang & Olufsen showrooms. They are pretty pricey: the Beosound 1 costs 1500 euros, for the Beosound 2 you pay no less than 2000 euros. For the same amount you can also pick up the Google Home Mini fifty times.
The Bang & Olufsen speakers are especially distinguished with high-quality sound. Both Beosound speakers offer a combination of different speakers. For example, the Beosound 2 has one tweeter, two midrange speakers, a woofer and solid bass. They have a rather futuristic design and are almost half a meter high. The Beosound 1 is wireless, and can play sixteen hours without power.
All Google Home features with better sound
The sound is a big upgrade compared to the Google Home : in our review we describe the sound of it as “good, but not great. Especially when the sound is a bit louder, the audio is less rich than with a serious speaker. Podcasts, radio shows and everything with mostly voices sounds great, but with music the smaller sounds are sometimes lost. ”
With the Beosound speakers you now have access to all the features that the Google Home also offers. Call ‘OK Google’ and ask the Assistant for music from your favorite artist, and it starts playing right away. In addition, the Beosound can provide the latest news and weather forecasts and control the light in your home. Both speakers also have a built-in Chromecast so you can cast music from apps on your smartphone.