The new Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance is an exquisitely designed speaker that can fill a room with … [+]
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Those cool Bang & Olufsen dudes in Denmark have been busy working on a new and powerful home speaker to join the company’s range of designer speakers. The brand new Beosound Balance has a soft and rounded profile and is made from natural materials like solid oak and knitted textiles. Beneath the surface lurks a user interface that cunningly hides when not in use. The fabric grille conceals seven separate speaker drivers using beam-forming technology that can switch the sound between a room-filling experience for everyday listening, and a more intimate and directional sound for a more immersive listening experience.
Bang & Olufsen has worked designer Benjamin Hubert and British industrial design studio LAYER to create the new speaker. The brief for the design was to create a speaker that could visually enhance a room and yet fit neatly on a shelf without compromising on sound quality when used in large living spaces. Hubert opted to use natural materials that soften the speaker so that it blends in with the contemporary and high-quality furniture in design-conscious homes. The Beosound Balance has a solid-oak base that anchors the speaker and gives it heft, while the driver units are housed in a cylinder clad in a seamlessly knitted textile that invites the user touch it and gives it a sculptural quality.
The new Beosound Balance is available in both natural and black oak finishes. Beneath the textile … [+]
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Because Beosound Balance looks like a piece of stylish art, the designers decided to make the speaker’s touch interface invisible except when it’s being used. The interface features a proximity sensor that illuminates as soon as anyone approaches the Beosound Balance. The illumination uses light-trough aluminum technology and the speaker can be controlled by swiping around the top plate to control volume level. Touching the illuminated icons can change tracks, pause the music and even select favorite radio stations or playlists. As soon as the user walks away from the speaker, the interface dims, leaving nothing on display but a cool aluminum surface.
According to Bang & Olufsen, the concept behind the Beosound Balance was to produce a speaker that had the kind of cool aesthetics that Bang & Olufsen is famous for and has been producing for more than half a century. Despite wanting the speaker’s cool beauty to shine through, the designers have included the latest technology as well as a large bold sound. The speaker’s design is intended to be visually stimulating as well as having a luxurious tactile quality.
The top-plate of the Beosound Balance only appears when the user approaches, thanks to a proximity … [+]
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The Beosound Balance has seven drivers including two opposing woofers that generate a large bass sound and also cancel out vibrations that could upset the neighbors. The omnidirectional mode of the speaker produces a uniform sound that radiates around the speaker, while the second sound mode delivers a more focused and ambient listening experience. The technologies needed to produce the two sound modes have been taken from Bang & Olufsen’s flagship Beolab speakers.
When setting up a Beosound Balance for the first time, the user is guided by the speaker as it turns on the active room compensation technology that enables the speaker to analyze a room’s acoustic using a built-in microphone which creates a unique set of user-defined filters that can compensate for the individual sound reflections of a particular room.
There’s an undeniably cool aesthetic about the Beosound Balance thanks to its rounded profile and … [+]
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In a world of audio that is increasingly moving towards multiroom speakers, the Beosound Balance supports Google Chromecast, Apple Airplay2 and Spotify Connect*. It also has support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa* built-in so that users can use voice commands to play music, check the latest news or do other things like set alarms or initiate timers without the need to touch the speaker.
Pricing and availability: The Beosound Balance will be available from March 5. The price will be £1,750 / €2,000 EUR / $2,250 and there’s a choice of Natural Oak and Black Oak finishes.
More info: bang-olufsen.com
Features and specifications:
- Recommended Room Size: 10-60 m² 100-600 ft²
- Frequency Range: 33 – 23.000 Hz
- Speaker Drivers: 2 x 5,25” woofer drivers 2 x 3” full range drivers 2 x 2” full range drivers 1 x ¾” tweeter
- Active Room compensation: Yes
- Beam forming for directivity control
- Maximum Loudness: 104 dB SPL
- Automatic calibration through active room compensation when setting up the product
- Two Beosound Balance can be setup as a stereo pair using the Google Home App
- Bluetooth: version 5.0
- Wireless Connectivity: Wi-fi/WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), 2×2 MIMO
- Streaming services: Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth Streaming, QPlay 2.0, analogue line-in
- Remote Control: Bang & Olufsen App
- Dimensions: 20.1 cm (diameter) x 37.9 cm (height)
- Weight: 7.2 kg / 15.9 lbs
* The Spotify Connect function will be available via a firmware update in the first half of 2020, while Amazon Alexa support will come a little later in the year.
The new Beosound Balance could easily blend into an art gallery. Two of the speakers can be synced … [+]
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