Danish audio masters Bang & Olufsen aren’t normally equated with affordable tech, but their latest Beoplay speaker is just that - an entry-level multi-room speaker that doesn’t skimp on features. Sure, the M3’s price tag is not exactly bargain basement but it’s a damn sight cheaper than some of its bigger brothers.
For the price you’re getting that quintessentially minimalist B&O design, complete with detachable faceplates that come in both aluminium or cloth. The M3 is all brushed metal and straight lines and looks great placed on either a counter or a bookshelf.
Awash with connectivity choices, you can beam music to the M3 using Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, Airplay and Google Cast. It will even work together with other Beoplay speakers (like the larger M5) to give you proper multi-room audio. However, we couldn’t get it to play multiple tracks in different rooms which is a shame.
For a speaker that’s not much larger than a small coffee tin, the M3 can get loud. More importantly though, it does so without a hint of distortion. Bass-heavy tracks sound unmuddled and vocals are always clear and transparent. It’s only a mono speaker (and you can’t stereo pair two together) so separation is an issue, but for its size the results are still very impressive.
Plug it in
Flip open the bottom of the M3 to revel a 3.5mm port, something that’s missing on Apple’s Hom