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Bang & Olufsen puts a new spin on the portable Bluetooth speaker

Peter Sayer | Sept. 1, 2016
The BeoSound multiroom speaker system will play music from Apple, Google, Spotify, Deezer and your phone.

"We don't want to be proprietary," said the company's head of brand, design and marketing, Marie-Kristine Schmidt.

Prospective buyers will have to wait until the end of October for the BeoSound 2, but the BeoSound 1 is already on sale.

If the BeoSound speakers are (just barely) portable then so is Bang & Olufsen's other new product, the Android-based BeoVision Horizon TV. It's no tablet, as the smallest model has a 40-inch, 4K screen, but you can wheel it around if you choose the optional stand with castors.

Those wheels give you TV "where you want it, when you want it," according to Schmidt.

Other stands include a wall-mounted arm, a table-top easel and one with a ring-shaped foot that allows you to swivel the TV with a gentle touch. The Horizon is available now in 40-inch and 48-inch versions costing €2995 (US$3995) and €4395 (US$5495) respectively including the BeoRemote One Bluetooth controller.

For that money you get a built-in 7.1 surround sound controller with connectors for up to eight powered speakers, four HDMI inputs, three USB ports and an ambient light sensor that adjusts the screen brightness to match.

The company is also showing the BeoVision 14, a 4K TV in a square metal frame that it unveiled earlier this month. The 55-inch model, with oak speaker louvers hand-fitted by craftsmen in Denmark, costs €8980 (US$9999). A cheaper model with a cloth speaker cover is also available for around 10 percent less.

 

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