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Bang & Olufsen has re­leased its lat­est speaker, the Beosound Bal­ance, which is ideal for those spend­ing lots of time in­doors. De­signed to fit seam­lessly into a home in­te­rior, it was made in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ben­jamin Hu­bert from Layer, the Bri­tish in­dus­trial de­sign stu­dio, and is dubbed as be­ing “in­te­rior-first and shelf-friendly”. Made with a solid oak base and knit­ted tex­tile-cov­ered speaker, the clean Scan­di­na­vian aes­thetic hides a wealth of tech­nol­ogy. Ap­proach­ing the speaker will ac­ti­vate it, caus­ing the in­ter­face to light up, us­ing light-trough alu­minium tech­nol­ogy. Once ac­ti­vated, small hand ges­tures will con­trol the vol­ume, change the track or even pause the mu­sic. The same move­ments can also be used to ac­cess playlists and favourite tracks. Once the cor­rect set­tings are achieved, sim­ply walk­ing away will close down the in­ter­face, dim­ming the lights and re­turn­ing the speaker to its un­der­stated, neu­tral look. It is de­signed to be vis­ually pleas­ing, but no com­pro­mise has been made on speaker qual­ity, with the Beosound Bal­ance of­fer­ing con­trol­lable sound through seven care­fully po­si­tioned speaker driv­ers. Thanks to th­ese, the lis­tener can choose be­tween room-fill­ing or more pre­cise di­rec­tional sound.

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