Bang & Olufsen unveils designer Beosound Balance wireless speaker

posted on Monday, 9th March 2020 by Steve May

High-end  Wireless  Hi-fi  Multi-room 

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Bang & Olufsen has unveiled a luxury wireless speaker designed in collaboration with Benjamin Hubert from the UK based design agency Layer. The speaker is a bookshelf design, and has been tuned along the lines of the brand’s iconic Beoplay A9. 

Designed as two components, the Balance combines an oak wood base with Kvadrat fabric (choose between black or natural), and blasted aluminum accents. Inside there’s a downward firing bass driver, and upward-firing woofer, three midrange drivers and a pair of tweeters.

The speaker is intended to be positioned up against the wall, on a shelf or side table, and presents an omnidirectional soundstage, with clear front facing acoustics and sound enhancement at the back. If you prefer, you can also select a forward facing presentation.

To help set up, there’s active room compensation, which uses an internal mic to measure room reflections. As with the A9, it features discreet touch sensitive controls to control volume, change tracks, play or pause. A proximity sensor lights up the interface when you approach.

The connected speaker supports voice control support for Google Assistant, with Amazon Alexa and Apple Airplay 2 updates planned for later in the year. Naturally, the Balance can also be used as part of a B&O multiroom ecosystem.

The Beosound balance retails for £1,750.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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