Never ones to shy away from making a “tech as fashion statement” piece, Bang & Olufsen have just revealed their most space-aged speaker yet, the B&O BeoPlay B9.
Shaped like a giant satellite dish, it crams in a 2.1 bass reflex loudspeaker alongside five dedicated speaker units for a room-filling 480 watts of power.
Breaking those audio components down, the BeoPlay A9 uses two 3/4-inch tweeters and two 3-inch midrange units. These are driven by 80-watt class D amplifiers, while a sizeable 8-inch, 160 watt bass unit, powered by its own class D amplifier, provides rumbling lows.
Controlling the speaker is equally stylish, with a simple swipe across an edge-placed sensor adjusting volume levels. Placing a hand on the top of the speaker mutes the device.
Keeping cabling to a minium, the BeoPlay B9 is fully compatible with AirPlay and DLNA wireless streaming standards, though there are also line-in and USB ports for connecting devices without wireless functionality.
A few customisation options are available too, letting you swap out the leg stands for either oak, beech or teak finishes, while fabric coverings for the dish itself are available in brown, green, silver, white and black shades.
You’re looking at around $2,699 for this premium speaker set from the Bang & Olufsen store.