Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6 Review
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6 is a compact, handy Bluetooth speaker that has been designed for use on the go. The speaker fits perfectly in a backpack or jacket pocket, thanks to its small size. Nevertheless, the Beoplay P6 has many features.
This makes it possible to connect two models to form a stereo pair. Since the speaker is also equipped with a hands-free system, the speaker is also suitable for making phone calls. Although the Beoplay P6 is very compact, the speaker’s sound is output at a 360-degree angle, which is not very common for devices of its size.
- Compact, room-filling 360-degree sound
- Premium speakerphone
- Innovative control
- Relatively little bass for this price range
Design and finish of the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6 is a compact Bluetooth speaker that is ideally designed for use on the go. It has a width of 13 centimeters, a height of 17 centimeters, and a depth of 6.8 centimeters. Therefore, the portable speaker is quite handy and can easily be stowed away in a backpack or handbag.
Moreover, the jukebox weighs around one kilogram, making it one of the lightest speakers in its price range. Similarly, low weight can only be found in the Bose Portable Smart Speaker and the Ultimate Ears Megablast, which weigh around one kilogram. A stylish leather hand strap is also attached to the housing of the Beoplay P6, which makes it even easier to transport the wireless Bluetooth speaker.
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The body of the Beoplay P6 itself is made from sturdy plastic and aluminum. The wireless speaker is available in black and “nature,” a light gray with a slight silver tinge. The front and back of the cabinet are made up of a grille that protects the speaker cones from knocks and falls.
The grille is made from a bead-blasted aluminum that, according to the manufacturer, has been “curved using an innovative deformation technology” designed to “beautify the speaker,” perforated grid, and the three-dimensional appearance of the speaker.
As a result, the Beoplay P6 makes a very elegant impression; the slight shimmer of the aluminum housing gives the speaker an attractive look. Otherwise, the design of the jukebox is kept very simple.
On the right side, where the leather strap for carrying the speaker is also attached, there is a connector for a USB-C cable, which you can use to charge the speaker’s built-in lithium-ion battery. Next to this connection is an input for a 3.5mm jack cable. The speaker can also be connected to a terminal device using a suitable cable.
This is particularly useful if you can’t establish a Bluetooth connection and still want to listen to your favorite music. On the top of the case, there is a small LED lamp and the controls of the Beoplay P6. Firstly, there is a power button, which you use to switch the speaker on and off. The LED light on the top of the case will light up in white color after power on.
Another button is used to establish the Bluetooth connection of the Beoplay P6. You have to press and hold this button for two seconds to activate the Bluetooth function of the speaker. The LED light will now flash blue. The control button in the middle, marked with a small circle, fulfills several functions simultaneously.
Since the Beoplay P6 is equipped with a hands-free function, you can reject or accept incoming calls by pressing this button. A short press of the button accepts the call; if you press and hold the button a little longer, you can reject or end the call. Furthermore, if you press the button briefly during a call, you can mute the microphone of Beoplay P6.
If you press the button twice in quick succession during an active call, you can switch the sound between your smartphone and the Bluetooth speaker. The last two control buttons on the Beoplay P6 are marked with a minus and a plus and are used to turn the call or playback volume down or up.
In addition to the Bluetooth speaker itself, the scope of delivery of the Beoplay P6 also includes the leather carrying strap for the device and a USB-C cable for charging the integrated lithium-ion battery. Furthermore, the multilingual, 36-page Beoplay P6 user manual is available online and gives you a practical overview of the compact Bluetooth speaker’s functions.
Features of the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6
The Beoplay P6 is equipped with a broadband driver with an output power of 215 watts. The manufacturer specifies the frequency response of the Beoplay P6 between 45 Hz and 20 kHz. The wattage of the Beoplay P6 is the highest of any device in its price range. The wattage of the Bose system is just 150 watts. The built-in and rechargeable lithium-ion battery of the Beoplay P6 has a capacity of 2,600 mAh and takes a full 6 hours to be fully charged. This may seem like a long time to you, is common for devices in this price and weight class.
Afterward, the battery can also supply your speaker with electricity for up to 16 hours. This puts the battery performance of the Beoplay P6 in the upper midfield. However, the actual playback time depends on the playback volume and other influences, such as the ambient temperature. As a result, reality can deviate from the manufacturer’s information. The Bluetooth range of the speaker is also in the middle at 20 meters.
- Dimensions: approx. 20.4 x 8.2 x 7.8 cm
- Weight: about 770g
- Battery life max: 16 hours
- Battery type/capacity: 2600 mAh
- Charging time: 6 hours
- Protection class: IP54
- Multiple speakers connectable: Yes
- Range: 20m
- Frequency Response: 55Hz – 20kHz
- NFC: No
- Scope of delivery: speaker, carrying strap (leather), USBC cable
- Driver: 1 x broadband
- Power: 215 watts
To the Beoplay P6 user manual
In comparison, the maximum Bluetooth range of the JBL Xtreme 3 is nine meters, while that of the JBL Boombox 3 is a full 50 meters. Thanks to its IP54 protection class, the Beoplay P6 is almost completely protected against dust and splashing water. It can also withstand a certain degree of humidity; if the speaker is next to the pool and gets wet when someone jumps into the pool, that’s no problem. Rain is also okay as long as the Beoplay P6 is not exposed to it for too long.
However, you cannot take the speaker into the pool – the IP54 protection class is not sufficient to completely protect the Bluetooth speaker from water and submersion. The Beoplay P6 is equipped with the option of Near Field Communication (NFC).
NFC technology can establish a wireless and contactless connection between two end devices. This is done either via WLAN or Bluetooth. The special thing about this is that you don’t have to enter any authentication data with this type of connection, but the connection succeeds automatically and within a few seconds. You probably know this transmission path from cashless payments with the EC card. With many card readers today, it is no longer necessary to insert the card into the device. Instead, all you have to do is hold the card up to the card reader screen to transfer money. You can also set up a connection between your smartphone and the Bang & Olufsen.
Beoplay P6 in this way
Hold your mobile phone very close to the jukebox, and the two devices will be paired without you having to enter a PIN or anything similar. Of course, this only works with devices that allow this type of connection in advance. This prevents strangers from logging into your network. However, the range of the NFC function is very limited, and both devices must not be more than a few centimeters apart.
Another functional highlight of the Beoplay P6 is the Bluetooth speaker’s hands-free system, thanks to which you can make phone calls via the jukebox. To answer an incoming call, you have to press the connection button on the top of the housing once.
Do you want to end the conversation? An incoming call can also be rejected in the same way. To mute the microphone of the Beoplay P6 during a call, a short press on the connection button is enough. If you press it twice in quick succession during a call, you can switch back and forth between the sound output of the mobile phone and the Bluetooth speaker.
You can also connect two Beoplay P6 models and then use the two devices as a stereo pair. The Bang & Olufsen app is the most practical way to connect two speakers to form a stereo pair.
Bluetooth speaker – Beoplay P6
In order to pair two models with each other, you must first activate the Bluetooth function of the speaker that you want to use as the master speaker. Then open the Bang & Olufsen app and add the master speaker to the menu. Here you can also rename the Bluetooth speaker.
Next, tap the Beoplay P6 paired with your mobile phone in the app. Now, this is handled by the app as the master loudspeaker, and from now on, it will play the left audio track. After setting up the master speaker, you can add another device under the “Stereo connection” menu item. To do this, switch on the second Beoplay P6 and add it to the device list in the app. Now tap on the second model in the app.
Both Beoplay P6 models will now pair with each other and play a notification sound, letting you know that both speakers are now ready for stereo playback. Alternatively, you can connect two speaker models without using the Bang & Olufsen app. To do this, switch on the first speaker and then press and hold the Bluetooth button on the device for a short time. You will now hear a beep, and the speaker’s LED light will flash white. Now, wait twenty seconds and carry out the same procedure with the second Beoplay P6. Both devices will directly connect to form a stereo pair.
Practical test of the Beoplay P6
The connectivity of the Beoplay P6 is impeccable. To connect the Beoplay P6 to your smartphone or tablet, all you have to do is activate the Bluetooth function of the speaker and that of your end device. You then have to select the Beoplay P6 from the list of available Bluetooth devices. A few seconds later, the two devices are paired, and you can start playing your favorite music on the Beoplay P6. Coupling several loudspeakers as a stereo pair, as we explained to you in the “Functional range” section, is also very quick and uncomplicated. In addition, the Bang & Olufsen app is tidy and laid out, making the app very user-friendly.
The app is available for free download in both the App Store and the Play Store and is compatible with many iOS and Android devices. Installing the app is unnecessary to use the speaker, but the app can make listening to music more convenient. Instead of using the speaker’s control buttons, you can control all the functions of the Beoplay P6 via the app and, at the same time, expand the speaker’s range of functions.
In addition, you can personalize your Beoplay P6 via the app, for example, rename it, and download additional software updates. The controls of the Beoplay P6 have a pleasant pressure point, which makes handling the device very pleasant.
Sound quality and volume
The sound quality of the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6 is very decent, but it cannot keep up with the sound of the JBL Xtreme 3 or that of the Ultimate Ears Megablast. The speaker’s bass reproduction, for example, is the weakest of all devices in this price range, which is something that disappointed us. The volume of the Beoplay P6 is also acceptable, but a bit quiet next to the JBL Xtreme 3; the speaker is the quietest in its price category. Otherwise, the sound of the Bluetooth speaker is clean, balanced, and discreet.
The sound is similar to that of smaller speaker models, but with the Beoplay P6, it is emitted forwards and backward, giving the speaker a 360° sound. In general, the jukebox should be placed in the room to shine directly on the listener and is not directly in front of a wall. Otherwise, the sound of the speaker will be quite dull.
The hands-free function of the Beoplay P6, on the other hand, is ideal and got nine out of ten points from us; the sound is first-class on both sides of the call, and the voices are easy to understand.
Moreover, the hands-free system of the Beoplay P6 is in line with the usual quality of the manufacturer. On the other hand, there is only better voice quality with the Bluetooth speakers from Bose, such as this oneBose Portable Smart Speakers.
Conclusion on the Beoplay P6
The Beoplay P6 is a compact Bluetooth speaker for on the go, but its handy and handy size shouldn’t fool you; the speaker delivers a decent and room-filling 360° sound, which can’t keep up with the other models at this price range, but still very passable.
The hands-free facility of the Beoplay P6, on the other hand, is first class and was able to convince us with its high voice quality. Furthermore, the control of the Bluetooth speaker is innovative and well implemented; the free Bang & Olufsen app also expands the range of functions of the Bluetooth speaker.
Thanks to its IP54 protection class, the Beoplay P6 is also almost completely protected against dust and splash water, which is why the music box is well suited for outdoor use. The chic leather hand strap also contributes to this, thanks to which the compact loudspeaker can be transported very easily and conveniently.