If you are one of those who thought that a speaker system kills your interior decor, then Danish design audio equipment maker, Bang & Olufsen, has just the speaker system for you and it is called BeoSound Shape. What makes BeoSound Shape so special is, it is a modular all-in-one audio system that comprises of up to 44 individual hexagonal tiles. The beauty of BeoSound Shape is, from the outside, each tile looks exactly the same, but on the inside, it could be a driver, a class D amplifier, an acoustic damper, or a Core unit that packs a myriad of connectivity options, including Chromecast, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay and of course, Bluetooth Technology.
While composed of individual hexagonal unit, there is a minimum number to form a working system and this starts with an eight-tile start kit that comes with four speakers hooked up to eight 80W class D amplifiers, a Core unit, and acoustic dampers. I am sure by now, you already see where B&O is getting at. The idea is to be as inconspicuous as possible by, if you will, masquerading a proper, full-fledged wireless speaker system as an geometric art on wall. The system is obviously scalable to fit your desire and/or room size. Speaking of room, BeoSound Shape is naturally multiroom capable, letting you connect multiple wireless speakers across your home.
Being this flat and reasonable compact (each tile measures just 32 x 36.4 cm, or about 12.6 x 14.3 inches), it will not be replacement of your audiophile standalone speaker system, but it is a trade off for the clutter-free look you have been clamouring all these while. Plus, coming from B&O, the audio quality will not disappointed, as attested by our source. While it looks good, you ought to understand that what B&O has presented is in an ideal scenario. Meaning, in real-life, you will still have deal with power supply at the minimum and that itself could be an eyesore. Then again, for a person who can afford the asking price of $4,200 and up when it becomes available this August, you should have the financial muscle to prep the wall to have the unsightly hidden away.
All images courtesy of Bang & Olufsen.