Bang & Olufsen has unveiled its latest speaker at IFA 2018 – and it is equal parts luxurious and insane.
The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge is a wireless speaker like no other. For starters, it’s an aluminium drum. Then there’s the control scheme: besides a touch interface built into the aluminium, Bang & Olufsen wants you to roll the speaker up and down your wall to change the volume.
That’s right: a little nudge raises or lowers the volume a little while a stronger push yields more dramatic changes. Let go and the speaker rolls back to its default position, ready to go again.
You can also set up the speaker on the floor and roll it forwards or backwards for the same effect, but what’s the fun in that? More conventional control methods are available via Bluetooth, Airplay 2 and Chromecast.
The audio components are just as impressive. There is a 3/4-inch tweeter and a 4-inch midrange driver on each side of the drum for a 360-degree sound, plus a 10″ woofer on one side. Then there’s what B&O claims is the world’s ‘first active bass port’, which combined the two classical concepts of speaker design: closed box and ported structures.
At lower volumes, the speaker adheres to the closed cabinet principle for more accurate sound reproduction. Crank up the volume and the active bass port opens up to shift more air and offer a more powerful bass performance. Bang & Olufsen likens the Beosound Edge to fast cars, some of which have spoilers that automatically rise up as the speed increases.
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It’s an apt analogy, since you could buy a car for the price of one of these speakers: £2900/€3250/$3500. The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge hits stores in September 2018. It launches at IFA 2018 – I’ll give it a spin and report back with my findings.
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