The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9 active speaker is the latest addition to the B&O Play series of wireless audio peripherals. Featuring a 2.1 bass reflex loudspeaker system, it is deployed with the Adaptive Bass Linearization technology and a digital signal processor algorithm to deliver an improved acoustic experience.
This stylishly designed piece of hardware combines wireless connectivity with simple operation and works in conjunction with iPhone, iPad and Android devices. In case of iOS-based gadgets, it streams music wirelessly via AirPlay, while others are paired via DLNA.
The peripheral boasts of power output of 480 watts and allows users to make use of its touch sensors for basic controls like adjusting the volume levels. It can even be controlled remotely via the connected smartphone or tablet. Towards the lower end of the speaker system is a connection panel that houses a power socket in addition to a USB port and an audio line-in.
Furthermore, the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9 has been integrated with two midrange units of 3 inches and a couple of 0.74-inch tweeters, each of which is powered by class D amplifiers of 80 watts. While these amplifiers are responsible for producing clear high and middle tones, the Adaptive Bass Linearization technology is meant to render rich bass.
And if that’s not enough, an 8-inch bass unit driven by another class D amplifier has also been incorporated into the audio system. Pre-set sound modes like corner, freestanding and wall have been added to ensure high-quality sound, regardless of where the speaker is placed in the room. It can even act as a charging dock for handheld devices.
The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9 price has been tagged at $2,699 and its release date will fall in November. It will be made available through company-owned retail outlets, official website and Apple Online store along with solid wood legs and Fabric Covers of different shades.