Over the years Bang & Olufsen has prided itself on convenience and simplicity with its well-deigned products. And as a company they try to understand the problems that living with newer technologies can bring, especially to those not brought up on newer technologies (see our ‘An Age Apart? article).
For that reason, and as a transition between analogue and digital music, the company has a new solution in converting already-owned compact discs to a digital medium which can then be played on the BeoSound 5. This is known as the CD Ripping Device.
Available as an accessory for the BeoSound 5 the CD Ripping Device makes it easy to transfer the information on a CD to the digital codes necessary for playing on a BeoSound 5 (but not the BeoSound 5 Encore).
Taking just a few minutes to ‘rip’ (i.e. convert) the information is physically transferred between a compact disc and the BeoSound 5 by way of the CD Ripping Device which sits behind the main head unit (see image below) like a collar.
‘Ripping’ necessary codes using the so-called WMA lossless quality the identical sound quality is obtained on the BeoSound’s hard disc as with the original CD. Cover art, artists and album names are also automatically transferred and stored in order to make future track searches easy.
Discrete in-situ and finished in black, the CD Ripping device blends within the lines of the BeoSound 5 and is easy and convenient to both set up and use. The price? Around 320 euros.