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Friday, 24th October, 2014

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BeoPlay A2

Thursday, 23rd October, 2014

Just announced from Bang & Olufsen is the BeoPlay A2, the company’s first aptX Bluetooth speaker and which is launched under the B&O Play label.

Available in three colours: black, grey and green, the units are paired with leather straps which come in different sizes for convenience, and complemented with metal waistbands which stand out contrast with the polycarbonate-ABS polymer grille.

BeoPlay A2 is the company’s first aptX Bluetooth speaker within its B&O Play line, which also includes a portable AirPlay speaker, the BeoLit 12. Both models have been designed by Cecile Manz.

aptX encoded audio fits neatly within the available bandwidth of wireless transmission standards to offer an efficient solution for band-width restricted connections.

By incorporating aptX® audio coding technology into the next generation of Bluetooth® stereo products, developers can offer consumers audio quality indistinguishable from wired with an impressive dynamic range.

The book-shaped  BeoPlay 2, though flat and rectangular like a book, delivers 360-degree sound and a 24-hour battery life at 350€ / $399. Available in green, grey and black the player includes its own leather strap.

BeoPlay 2

The speaker features an extruded-aluminium chassis with polymer shell on each of its largest sides. Each side incorporates a two-channel driver array and an extra tweeter delivers high-frequency sound ‘around the edges’, the company stated. The arrangement is promoted as delivering ‘room-filling music in all directions’. The drivers are powered by a 2×30-watt Class D amplifier which delivers 180-watt peak output and 55Hz-22kHz frequency response.

To extend the life of the rechargeable Li-ion battery to 24 hours, Bang & Olufsen added ‘adaptive power management’ technology to monitor and anticipate the incoming audio signal, making it possible to feed the exact amount of power needed by the amplifiers only when they need it.  The device features Bluetooth 4.0, a line input and a USB port to charge mobile devices.

BeoPlay 2 weighs 1,1kg and is 25,6 x 14,2 x 4,4 cm in size.

Available from Bang & Olufsen and online at BeoPlay.com now.

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Speaker Cubism

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014

An interesting video here from Recordere about the testing of loudspeakers from Bang & Olufsen.

http://www.vimeo.com/109026396

It shows just how the company tweaks and tests new loudspeakers. The company’s Cube test facility is one of the world’s largest, privately owned electro-acoustic measurement facilities. The room measures 12 x 12 x 13 metres and both loudspeakers and Bang & Olufsen televisions may be lifted anywhere within the confines of the room by a precision lift in order to mesaure sound responses anywhere within its confines.

The example shown in this video is for the BeoLab 20, but all new loudspeakers undergo similar testing.

Tonmeister Geoff Martin tells how they test and designer sound speakers in the Struer facility.

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Creation 5

Friday, 17th October, 2014

Music, Radio, Video, Streaming with Rdio & DLNA/AirPlay for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch… 5 apps in one!

As BeoPhile reported in September 2013, With Creation 5 the user can enjoy music, videos, favourite radio stations, podcasts and streaming music without ever having to leave the app - it’s all in the same interface. YouTube videos can be sought without leaving the app and downloaded.

The Creation 5 app was originally designed for the Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound 5 and PlayMaker back in 2012. It was received so well by Bang & Olufsen customers that the company decided to develop it as a stand-alone app. With the release of iOS 7, things were spiced up a little with Creation 5?s reflective, 3D icon changed to a much flatter and more colourful one. When iOS 8 became available, the user interface was updated yet further, updating all of the app’s assets and giving it a fresh new look that perfectly matched the iOS 8 environment. Creation 5’s new look takes it back to its roots and embraces Bang & Olufsen’s elegant and minimalistic styling.

C5 app

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