It’s a beo-tiful noise
This sleek and stylish musicplaying gadget delivers it all — at a price, writes Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
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.