It may look a little like a giant coffee percolator, but it’s actually Bang & Olufsen’s latest, distinctive looking speaker, the BeoSound 1 in Piano Black.
Available for a limited time only, it’s a portable and lightweight wireless speaker with a battery-driven option, which the manufacturer claims has been crafted for mobility.
Included is a small groove under the top to ensure better grip when it’s lifted up and moved around, and the conic body hovers slightly above the ground, letting the thumps of the bass units out from underneath.
The speaker comes with the Acoustic Lens Technology which is also used on classic Bang & Olufsen speakers such as BeoLab 5 and BeoLab 18. The acoustic driver is placed in the top of the speakers, playing into a reflector in order to create a 360-degree sound experience.
Thanks to intuitive sensor technology it’s possible to control basic operations on the speaker very easily. As the sensor detects your presence, it is ready for commands with the user interface turned towards the user.
Turn the wheel to adjust the volume, and simply swipe and tap on the top for other commands. On board are multiple connectivity options including Google Cast, AirPlay, DNLA and Bluetooth for access via mobile devices and music apps.
BeoSound 1 also provides integrated access to TuneIn Internet radio stations as well as Spotify and Deezer music services to allow streaming of music without using a smartphone or tablet.
Moreover, BeoSound 1 supports BeoLink Multiroom, which connects your Bang & Olufsen products into one wireless music system across the home.
Says Bang & Olufsen Senior Concept Lead Kresten Bjørn Krab-Bjerre.
“Within fashion as well as interior design, black is a colour that never goes out of style and its versatility offers an unlimited portfolio of uses. It can add architectural elegance, create a dramatic look, redirect attention, add weight to a specific area as well as balancing out lighter hues. We are really excited to bring forward this colour.”
The BeoSound 1 Piano Black is available in Bang & Olufsen stores from April 25 at a recommended retail price of £1085.