Super rich audiophiles with an exquisite taste for art, Bang & Olufsen’s latest speaker, Beosound Balance, will be right up your alley. It is gorgeous. Then again, isn’t that the case for most, if not all, of Bang & Olufsen products? But this one is a departure from the modernist approach. It is an art.
And art isn’t what we say. It was designed to be so by Layer. Can I just say that the speaker somehow has the Eames vibe to it? I attribute this association because of the FSC-approved timber base that is also home to an upward-facing subwoofer.
There’s another bass driver on the top section, the knitted textile-wrapped cylindrical component. The top section is also where you will find three mid-range speakers as well as a pair of tweeters.
This two-part design supposed to create room-filing sound and at the same time, serve as a museum-like art piece.
Controls come in a form of touch-sensitive dish up top with options etched into the aluminum surface that are illuminated with LEDs.
There’s an internal microphone too that will allow for voice control with Google Assistant is possible and later in the year, support Amazon Alexa. The microphone is also aid in initial setup by analyzing the room and “create a set of personalized ‘filters’ that compensate for the walls and other sound-reflecting surfaces.”
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance Speaker has support for Bluetooth (obviously), plus AirPlay 2 as well as Google Cast. Spotify Connect will be available too, but will only arrive before Q3-Q4 2020.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance Speaker is now available in a choice of Natural Oak or Black Oak, and it will run you back at a cool $2,250.
Unsurprisingly pricey, but hey, it is art and sound in one, isn’t it?
Images: Bang & Olufsen.