Denmark's Bang & Olufsen has been showing off a rather lengthy all-in-one music system in Las Vegas this week. Crafted in aluminum and sporting soundbar-like styling, the pentagonal BeoSound 35 is a meter long and comes with the promise of premium sound, with a price tag to match. In fact, you won't get much change from US$3,000.
The elongated stand-alone music system boasts built-in access internet radio and streaming services like Spotify and Deezer. It's also compatible with AirPlay, Bluetooth 4.0 and DNLA-based devices so can belt out digital music content from mobile devices or wireless-enabled storage. The BeoSound 35 is reported capable of handling 24-bit/192 kHz high resolution audio and supports FLAC, WAV and AIFF formats as well as MP3, WMA (though WMA lossless is not supported), AAC and ALAC playback.
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The black fabric to the front masks two 4-inch bass drivers and two 0.75-inch tweeters, each driven by its own 80-watt Class-D amplifier, for an effective frequency range of between 45 Hz and 22 kHz. B&O is promising well-balanced, room-filling sound over a wide sound stage – whether it's placed on a table using the aluminum stand or mounted to a wall.
A 256 x 64 gray scale OLED display site in the middle, with essential touch-enabled function buttons underneath. The 100 x 13.1 x 12.5 cm (39.3 x 5.1 x 4.9 in), 6.2 kg (13.67 lb) system can also be controlled by the company's BeoRemote One or using the free BeoMusic App, and be integrated into a BeoLink Multiroom entertainment setup.
The BeoSound 35 is due for mid-April release. You can get a brief taste of what you can expect in exchange for the US$2,785 you'll need to carry one home in the video below.
Product page: BeoSound 35