New H2 Headphones

Thursday, 20th November, 2014

As we previously reported, Bang & Olufsen has just announced the release of their H2 headphones under the BeoPlay name.

Designed for the trendy (and probably tattooed) bright young thing about town, the new headphones comprise the following features:

  • a 40 mm custom Bang & Olufsen driver inside the headphones together with a bass port, designed to give a full and rich music performance. “It’s a headphone built for music lovers - with an uncompromising clarity that will reveal all the beautiful details your music has to offer”.
  • Durable composites make Beoplay H2 incredibly lightweight *,  and allows for the headphone to adapt to your head, for a perfect fit
  • Available in three “rugged textile” colours: Carbon Blue, Silver Cloud and Feldspar Green
  • Smooth, genuine lambskin covers the wearer’s ears to provide for a comfortable listening experience and to prevent sound leakage
  • Adaptive fit technology means BeoPlay H2 adapts to “fit any head perfectly within minutes. When you take it off, it returns to its normal size”, the company says.

BeoPlay H2 headphones

* Lost in translation / conversion

We at BeoPhile only hope that the (Imperial) weight of the new headphones aren’t as Bang & Olufsen state on their Web page this morning. If so, they are going to weigh mightily heavy on the user’s head!

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Media Watch 25

Wednesday, 19th November, 2014

The BeoPlay S8 gets a look-in in this month’s edition of Stuff magazine (November 2014 edition, page 40)…

Media Watch 25: BeoPlay S8

… as well as the BeoPlay A2 on page 18 of the December 2014 edition of the same magazine…

Stuff magazine is also offering a BeoPlay A8, BeoLit 12 and H6 headphones as first prize of their end-of-year competition (page 49, closing date 10 December 2014).

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BeoLit 15

Sunday, 16th November, 2014

Seen as a replacement for the BeoLit 12 of which many customers have complained about poor AirPlay connectivity together with wi-fi dropouts, the BeoLit 15 is rumoured to be available May 2015.

Available in three product-launch colours: champagne, blue and rosa, BeoLit 15 will come with Bluetooth 4.0 as incorporated within the recently-released BeoPlay A2.

With the USB connector and jack socket relegated to the rear of the unit, the BeoLit 15 looks cleaner than its predecessor.

Download the BeoLit 15 User Manual (pdf file).

BeoLit 15

More details to follow…

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Come to MoMA

Saturday, 15th November, 2014

MoMA Exhibition: Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye

Music and design - art forms that share aesthetics of rhythm, tonality, harmony, interaction, and improvisation - have long had a close affinity, perhaps never more so than during the 20th century. Radical design and technological innovations, from the LP to the iPod and from the transistor radio to the Stratocaster, have profoundly altered our sense of how music can be performed, heard, distributed and visualised.

Avant-garde designers - among them Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Lilly Reich, Saul Bass, Jørn Utzon, and Daniel Libeskind - have pushed the boundaries of their design work in tandem with the music of their time. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection, Making Music Modern gathers designs for auditoria, instruments and equipment for listening to music, along with posters, record sleeves, sheet music, and animation. The exhibition examines alternative music cultures of the early 20th century, the rise of radio during the interwar period, how design shaped the “cool” aesthetic of mid-century jazz and hi-fidelity culture, and its role in counter-cultural music scenes from pop to punk, and later 20th-century design explorations at the intersection of art, technology and perception.

The Théâtrophone allowed subscribers to listen to music over phone lines

Nothing is new… it’s all been done before!

The Théâtrophone poster of 1890 (above), designed by the pioneering French illustrator Jules Chéret, is one of many striking historical images in “Making Music Modern: Design for Eye and Ear,” a year-long exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art which opens today - 15 November 2014. Drawn from a range of material in the museum’s collections, the exhibition explores the many connections between music and design, and the ways that musicians and visual artists have influenced each other.

The exhibition is at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, from 15 November 2014 until 15 November 2015 and includes exhibits by Bang & Olufsen, including the Beogram 4000 and Beogram 6000.

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