You can go out and get yourself a Bang & Olufsen Beosound 1 and Beosound 2 right now. They will be wholly unique speakers with powerful sound from an audio company that really knows what it's doing, but they won't have voice control. B&O plan to change that this September by releasing versions with Google Assistant built in.
Ever tried to play music and talk to Google Assistant through a Google Home Mini or try the same with an Echo Dot? The voice assistants have a hard time hearing you because they're also busy playing your favorite death metal jams. B&O's engineers have designed these new speakers with advanced echo-cancelling technology. The speakers will have five microphones built into them, which will determine what sounds are coming from the speaker itself and what sounds are commands from you. Hopefully, Google Assistant will never ignore you again.
The Beosound 1 and Beosound 2 already have plenty of other connectivity features. They have access to streaming apps like Spotify, Deezer, and TuneIn Internet Radio. You can connect your own devices to the speakers through Bluetooth, Google Cast, Apple AirPlay, and more. They can be operated by the free BeoLink Music app and link to each other to create a multi-room audio environment. Basically, Google Assistant is the only thing missing at this point.
The updated Beosound 1 will release in September this year at $1,750, and the Beosound 2 will be available in October for $2,250. The 1 is designed as a more portable option that you can move around the house, while the 2 is a powered device that delivers a heftier sound. B&O deal in high-end audio systems for the most part, but there are also plenty of budget speakers with some great sound quality like the Beoplay P2 Bluetooth speaker around just $127.
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