Depending on one’s aesthetic appreciation and the spatial limits in one’s home, a speaker can either be discrete or be an integral design element within living areas.
Although, the truth is, with Bang & Olufsen’s products, you rarely want to be discrete.
B&O Play, by Bang & Olufsen, recently introduced its latest speaker that’s designed for either option, complementing interiors or blending in, while delivering room-filling sound. Designed to fit a modern lifestyle with multiple work and leisure locations around the house, the distinctive curved shape boasts the ability to sound to the entire room while still maintaining an ambient character no matter where you are.
Depending on placement – wall, corner, or free-standing – users can manually optimise the audio performance accordingly with a switch on the speaker’s rear side.
What’s particularly brilliant in terms of functionality — and typically B&O — is the intuitive touch interaction using swipe and tap gestures. Swiping in any direction at the top of the speaker changes the volume, tapping and holding the centre mutes the audio, while quick taps in succession skips tracks. This means you can control your music directly on BeoPlay A6, or you can also simply use your mobile device.
In fact, with its AirPlay, DLNA, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, the BeoPlay A6 can wirelessly stream audio from most any modern PC, laptop, or mobile device.
Sound hounds will be keen to note that the speakers are made up of a pair of 60-watt class D woofers and 30-watt class D tweeters, which are each set about the curved front, a clever design execution meant to provide greater dispersion patterns of sound.
Clad in wool blend furniture fabrics from Danish studio, Kvadrat, with interchangeable colour options (sold separately) that include two shades of grey, a handsome dusty blue and a deep maroon, it means you do not have to compromise the high-end design sensibility of your space; the speaker can either stand out as its own visual interest, or simply blend into the background.
This means that the Beoplay A6 is, quite literally, a speaker that works anywhere in your home and for any occasion, leaving no doubt that this flexible and powerful music system is perfectly tailored to the dynamic and stylish life of the modern music lover.
BeoPlay A6 is priced at SG$1,499; available at Bang & Olufsen Grand Hyatt showroom from November 2015 onwards.