It’s a beo-ti­ful noise

This sleek and stylish mu­sic­play­ing gad­get de­liv­ers it all — at a price, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley-Ni­chol­son

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sounds stan­dard, in re­al­ity it looks very dif­fer­ent to other iPod docks.

The sys­tem’s two speak­ers sit 23cm off the desk and look pos­i­tively over­sized in re­la­tion to the rest of the unit. The look is pure Bang & Olufsen so­phis­ti­ca­tion and would not look out of place in a white-walled New York loft. Those speak­ers, you see, are rimmed with stain­less steel — the same shiny ma­te­rial that makes up the rest of the unit.

The speak­ers can also be cus­tomised. While they ar­rive in black or white ma­te­rial, users can add speaker cov­ers in blue, yel­low, green or pur­ple.

De­spite its sleek looks — and that amaz­ing price tag — this sound sys­tem is sur­pris­ingly sim­ple to set up.

That process in­volves plug­ging in its power cord (hid­den dis­creetly be­neath a back panel), adding an i-Gad­get to its dock and press­ing its cen­tral but­ton to play tracks.

That Play but­ton is lo­cated in its cen­tral con­sole — a rounded stain­less-steel panel not dis­sim­i­lar to iPod scroll­wheel con­trols.

The same lay­out can be found on its highly un­usual re­mote con­trol ... that is also round.

Apart from ba­sic mu­sic con­trols, this speaker dock has one hid­den ex­tra. It’s called the Room Adap­ta­tion Switch and Colour my world: the BeoSound 8’s stylish looks are echoed in the re­mote. it helps the speak­ers de­liver mu­sic to suit the room’s con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Users can choose from three po­si­tions: Free for when it sits on a ta­ble, Wall for times it has some­thing be­hind it, and Cor­ner. In prac­tice, this un­usual ex­tra does de­liver a lit­tle ex­tra au­dio punch.

Users are un­likely to be dis­ap­pointed in this unit’s over­all sound de­liv­ery, ei­ther. Mu­sic from the BeoSound 8 is pow­ered by 70-watt am­pli­fiers, a 5-inch woofer and three­quar­ter-inch tweeter for crisp, clear sound, al­beit from a dig­i­tal source.

What some po­ten­tial buy­ers won’t en­joy quite as much is the price. The BeoSound’s $1490 price tag will place it out of the reach of most ca­sual mu­sic lovers, com­ing, as it does, at more than twice the price of an iPad.

Some might ar­gue users are pay­ing for the Bang & Olufsen la­bel, but that does come with style, pol­ish and qual­ity au­dio, too. If your bud­get is big enough to ac­com­mo­date it, this dock will fill your home with crisp sound.

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