Remember when boomboxes used to pack all kinds of tech, graphic displays, and were obnoxiously carried around blaring out “music” in defiance? Yeah well the new Beosound Level is not that, it’s far too…Bang & Olufsen.
You can still carry it around though, however the new portable wireless home speaker from Bang & Olufsen does things a little differently these days.
Firstly it looks typically unlike a speaker, very Bang & Olufsen who prefer their products seen as ornaments, works of art, or some other kind of industrial design which looks like it should do one thing but in fact does another. With a pearl blasted aluminium frame, the speaker covers are available in a natural oak veneer, and a seamless knitted dark grey Kvadrat textile.
It can stand upright or lie flat making it possible to squeeze into the most unlikely of places and has a IP54 Dust and Splash Water Resistant Rating, and when walking up to the speaker, proximity sensors recognise approaching movement and the speaker lights up and then back down when you move away. Cool!
But one of the most interesting and noteworthy features of the new Level is the way they have engineered a degree of future proofing into it with easy maintenance, service, and repair. For starters, customers can do some of the maintenance by replacing simple components.
Bang & Olufsen’s new replaceable streaming module ensures it can handle updates for years to come with the ability to be completely replaced if the technology advances beyond expectation. Other components such as the front covers will also be able to be replaced.
The 105 watt unit is prepped for Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2 and Chromecast pumping sound through a five-driver speaker setup with two 4” woofers, one 2” full range driver, two 0.8” tweeters and low distortion amplifiers resulting in a 79dB bass capability and 96dB in mid-range loudness. The Level can also handle around 16 hours of playtime at “typical listening volumes”.
Price: $2,346.00* AUD ($1,799.00 USD / £1,099.00 GBP)
*At current currency conversion rates from USD
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