B&O Net­work Speaker

SmartHouse - - CONTENT - Writ­ten by DAVID RICHARDS

Af­ter get­ting rid of their B&O Play brand­ing for their bot­tom end prod­ucts the Dan­ish sound Com­pany is now flex­ing their sound mus­cle with the re­lease of a rad­i­cal new speaker called the BeoSound Edge, the only prob­lem is that it looks like a car wheel, but it is unique.

Built around a large 10-inch woofer and two pairs of 4" midrange driv­ers and 0.75-inch tweet­ers the new of­fer­ing caused quite a stir when re­leased at IFA in Ber­lin ear­lier to­day.

De­signed to be used as floor stand­ing speaker or mounted on a wall the new B&O of­fer­ing is fin­ished in a beau­ti­ful high gloss alu­minium and for Aus­tralians look­ing to own one th­ese unique speak­ers the cost is set to be in ex­cess of $4,500. In­side the speaker is an ac­celerom­e­ter and gy­ro­scope in­side, to make it aware of the rolling ges­ture for vol­ume ad­just­ment, and it has a prox­im­ity sen­sor so that it lights when you’re near and dims when you walk away.

Me­chan­i­cally the speaker can be tilted in ei­ther di­rec­tion and acts as a gi­ant vol­ume knob. There are also touch con­trols at the top of the speaker to change tracks.

B&O ex­ec­u­tives at the event said that the speak­ers “blends in by stand­ing out.” The idea is that the Edge will re­flect its sur­round­ings, so it will match your fur­ni­ture and taste­fully dec­o­rated home in­te­rior by mir­ror­ing them.

The de­signer of the Edge is Michael Anas­tas­si­ades, who B&O says took in­spi­ra­tion from and recre­ated the pro­por­tions of the old English pound coin with this speaker.

The Beosound Edge also fea­tures new tech in­side to main­tain clar­ity and power at high vol­umes. Its pro­pri­etary Ac­tive Bass Port unites both closed box and ported de­sign con­cepts that swap modes de­pend­ing on vol­ume. At lower vol­umes, it utilises the closed cab­i­net prin­ci­ple, while the ac­tive bass port opens as vol­ume in­creases.

The speaker also comes with di­rec­tional sound con­trol through a B&O app, for the user to de­fine the di­rec­tion sound ra­di­ates.

“We con­stantly pushed our­selves to dis­til the idea of re­mov­ing lay­ers upon lay­ers un­til what re­mained was a vis­i­bly pure and sim­ple ob­ject,” Anas­tas­si­ades says. “Be­cause what hap­pens when you ex­pe­ri­ence highly vis­ually com­plex prod­ucts is an ini­tial im­pact, but once the nov­elty of that im­pact dies there is noth­ing left.”

The new speaker comes with di­rect Bluetooth con­trol via your phone or tablet as well as AirPlay 2 and Chrome­cast, miss­ing is Ama­zon Alexa voice.

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