Bang & Olufsen coin-shaped Beosound Edge speaker gives new meaning to rock and roll

posted on Tuesday, 4th September 2018 by Steve May

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One of the more extraordinary audio systems to make a bow at IFA 2018 was the Beosound Edge from Bang & Olufsen. This coin-shaped wireless speaker, created in collaboration with designer Michael Anastassiades, can be placed on the floor or mounted on a wall. Proximity sensors detect when the users gets close to the speaker, illuminating the aluminium touch interface.

Rolling the Beosound Edge forwards and backwards will increase and decrease the volume.

The Edge features a 10-inch woofer, as well as a dedicated 4-inch midrange and a 19mm tweeter. An Active Bass Port which opens or closes depending on system volume. At lower volumes, it uses the closed cabinet principle, but opens up when the volume is increased.

Edge Dissected

The Beosound Edge delivers a 360-degree soundstage; new Directional Sound Control allows the user to define the direction that the sound radiates. The physical touch interface has been created by lasering microscopic holes into the aluminium frame. The speaker itself is covered with a matt black fabric cover, designed to be exchangeable with on-trend fabric colours in the future.

Connectivity includes AirPlay 2, Chromecast and Bluetooth. It also support voice interaction when paired with either a Google Assistant-enabled speaker, or an Amazon Echo.

“With Beosound Edge, we are bringing forward a timeless design masterpiece that inspires the imagination with an interaction and experience never before seen in home audio. From a distance it is monolithic and discreet, hiding everything that suggests technology, yet it is unforgettable in sound performance punching above and beyond what you would expect for the size of the speaker”, enthuses Bang & Olufsen Concept Manager Kresten Bjørn Krab- Bjerre.

The Beosound Edge will be available from November, priced at £2,900.

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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