Beoplay M3 speaker review | Tech Talk
Like most companies these days, Bang and Olufsen wants its products to be all over your home.
That's why the high-end Danish brand's audio-focussed spin-off has put out the Beoplay M3 – a compact counterpart to the larger speakers in its ever-expanding family.
But how does this oval-shaped device compare to say, Apple's newly-launched Homepod, Amazon's Echo or Google's Home speaker? Let's find out.
The oval-shaped device will play your tunes via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and can connect to as many other Bang and Olufsen speakers you may have in your living room.
Under the hood, you get a custom-built long-stroke mid woofer, with a soft-dome tweeter on treble duty. For the non-audiophiles out there who may not speak tech, that means this speaker sounds pretty amazing.
Set-up and tuning – yes, you can switch sound profiles depending on your music choice – are all handled via the B&O application, which can be downloaded on any Apple or Android device. Fortunately, setup is super easy and you only ever need to do it once.
Now, as you can see from its front – the speaker faces a single direction. That means you don't get 360-degree sound, but it should easily fill most smaller rooms.
Design-wise, the speaker comes in either natural – which is this one – or black, with interchangeable front covers (the poshly-named premium wool or pearl-blasted anodized aluminium) to suit the look and feel of your living room.
But how does it stand-up to other, similarly-sized speakers from the likes of Amazon, Google or Apple? Sadly, it doesn't really compare in many of the ways people will want it to. That's down to the fact that this isn't a smart speaker, which means you'll generally have to fiddle about with your smartphone before it'll do anything.
That said, however, it is more than a match in the sound department. In fact, we'd say it easily beats the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices,