The audio voice is definitely saying "Bar" rather than "Bär." Context led me to the right answer though...
The normal speed audio sounds to me as "Der Ba-spielt". The slow sounds OK, though.
You're right. The audio is not accurate most of the times, that's why I slow it down, although it makes me want to deactivate it.
Is it pronounced like the English word bear? Because I would have thought the umlaut did that rather than making it sound like "bar."
The audio is incorrect. The vowel is at least a long one, no matter how the "r" alters the vowel in front of it.