Danish audio giant Bang & Olufsen have provided us with some truly gorgeous hardware over the last few years. It’s safe to say their design language has a timeless and premium quality, and the new Beoplay E8 earphones are no exception. Coming in a bit heavy on the wallet, these are the first truly wireless headphones by B&O Play. With the Apple AirPods, Google Pixelbuds and Bose Soundsport Free hitting the market at a lower price, these earphones are explicitly designed for audiophiles who are willing to splash out not only for quality but the look and feel of a luxury product too.
The E8 is unlike the Bose Soundsport Free and many other earphones whose design allows for exercise and active use – the E8 is not sweat resistant and are made for those who want nothing but great sound (almost) anywhere, anytime. The design of the headphones themselves is simplified and very minimal – not necessarily a positive or a negative but definitely ties in with the rest of the Beoplay brand. What truly accentuates the luxurious and premium feel of the E8 earphones is their leather travel case. The travel case has a magnetic catch, a complimenting cotton tether, and an overall compact design, perfect to pop into one’s pocket. The case for these earphones adds the touch of elegance to these little guys that are so commonly found across the B&O brand.
Designer: Bang & Olufsen
Whether it’s for architecture, product design, literature or music, the pencil has been the flint to the fire of creation for ages. However, times are changing and fewer and fewer people are sketching and writing. Designed as an homage to the pencil, the B&O Loudspeaker takes on the familiar form of the tip in an artistic, functional way. Like an old school knife-cut pencil, its hexagonal shape narrows gently from top to bottom. Though not immediately obvious to most, designers with a knack for drawing will recognize and appreciate this familiar fragment.
Designer: Hojung Cha
From what I reckon, Bang and Olufsen are doing pretty well for themselves in the Hi-fi audio business. I wouldn’t imagine them expanding their product range for business purposes any time soon, but it costs nothing to wonder, does it? What if B&O made air conditioners? Luckily for me, someone already asked themselves that question and embarked on a journey to envision what a B&O AC would look like.
The best way to describe the concept design is grand. Seamlessly capturing Bang and Olufsen’s signature ‘boolean’ style, the AC makes use of bold geometric shapes with a larger-than-life outlook. The display for instance is much bigger than necessary, but that’s how B&O roll! The circular display not only showcases relevant product information, it also gives a visual indication of the weather forecast, something pretty neat, because in an air-conditioned environment, it’s pretty difficult to tell what the actual weather is like. Full marks for nailing the design language, but extra marks for the additional user experience!
Designer: Lim Hymnbook
You can buy almost any TV these days and get great picture quality. What is lacking in the market is something that actually looks classy. The Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 stands out with a great, artful design.
They pair an aluminum-framed widescreen display panel on top with oak wood layers below it to fill up the blank space, making it look more like a piece of furniture than a piece of home electronics, and that is what has largely been missing in the display market. In other words, it’s a TV you don’t mind looking at when it is off. It comes in 40 and 55 inch models, has a 4K ultra-HD LED panel with anti-reflective coating, and a built-in light sensor that monitors ambient illumination and adjusts the image profile accordingly.
Other features include a fully-active three-way speaker and bass unit that is said to deliver “more immersive sound than most standalone speaker systems.”
Surprisingly, there is no HDR support, but it does get Android TV, Google Cast, has preset picture modes, and a motorized stand that can automatically adjust its angle. It is a pretty sweet TV in an age of boring plastic. Though it does have that typical Bang & Olufsen price tag. The BeoVision 14 starts at £5,190 (~$6723 USD)
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The Bang & Olufsen AO Airplay speaker looks as good as it sounds! Ultra-lightweight, simple and timelessly stylish, the almost all metal exterior is super-durable to withstand all you can give it. With its cylindrical form, the design offers multidirectional, top-notch audio wherever you go. Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and a line-in 3.5 mm jack, it’s as quick and easy to connect AO Airplay to your music source as it is to control using the simplistic top end interface!
Designer: BelKharmoudi Aziz
This is a sort of hardware / software announcement for Spotify, a hardware partnership with a number of big names in audio like Philips, Pioneer, Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Marantz and Yamaha that allows you to keep the party going on those Spotify playlists. Start playing one on your handset, click play on a compatible speaker system, and it will keep streaming on the speaker without interruption -- even when you take a call or leave the vicinity of your WiFi network. The audio system will actually start streaming music directly from the cloud. That means you can, say, turn on an iPad in another room and let your party guests skip songs -- though, granted, that might not be the greatest idea, depending on who you invite.
Specific devices have yet to be named, though compatible systems will be branded with a Spotify Connect logo, so you'll know what you're getting yourself into. Those should be arriving in a late-October / early-November timeframe. Spotify will be holding up its end of the bargain by rolling out a software update for iOS ahead of those launches. Android and other operating systems will be receiving it at a later date.
When it comes to high-end audio products, Bang & Olufsen make some of the most elegant and expensive devices on the market. Saying “entry-level” for these guys sort of like saying entry-level Ferrari, in that you know just because it’s their cheapest product, it’s still going to be very expensive. Bang & Olufsen have announced a new home theater system called the BeoLab 14.
The company says that this speaker system uses its high-quality acoustic engineering and components, and while it’s designed specifically to complement Bang & Olufsen televisions, it will work with other TVs as well. The satellite speakers have a distinctive flat, round design, while the subwoofer looks like some sort of fancy vase.
Each of the satellite speakers offers 140 W of power, and the subwoofer has 280 W of dedicated power and an eight-inch downward facing driver. The system can be connected to B&O televisions with a built-in surround sound decoder, or you’ll need to have a receiver that can do the decoding if you don’t have a B&O TV.
You can also select from a variety of colors for the satellite grille cloths, to complement your specific room decor.
Buyers can opt for a 4.1 solution at a price of $3995(USD) or a full 5.1 solution at $4395. The BeoLab 14 will be available in B&O stores around the world this June.
Bang & Olufsen has rolled out the new BeoVision 11 Smart TV. Available in 40-inch, 46-inch and 55-inch models, this Smart TV features a full high definition 1080p resolution. The BeoVision 11 works in conjunction with Bang & Olufsen’s BeoRemote app, that enables you to transform your iPad or Android tablet into a trackpad keyboard. The BeoVision 11 provides six HDMI ports, Ethernet and a pair of USB ports. The 40-inch model retails for $7,748. [Slashgear]
There's a new Bang & Olufsen set in town. The BeoVision 11 Smart TV gives viewers access to the Web courtesy of a browser that can be navigated via remote, iPad or Android tablet. You can also check out apps like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on the set. There's DLNA enabled for media streaming, two USB ports, Ethernet, six HDMI sockets, six speakers and a cabinet in the back for storing your Apple TV. Aesthetically, the TV doesn't look all too different from the BeoVision 10, though the company is calling this its "most ambitious television to date." The 11 comes in 40-, 46- and 55-inch varieties and a slew of color options. You can pick one up (use your back) at B&O stores beginning today, priced at £4,995 (around $8,000). Stay tuned after the break for a press release and a video in which B&O's CEO humbly calls it the best TV his company has ever made.Permalink | | Email this | Comments