Bang & Olufsen says its BeoSound 8 iPhone/iPod/iPad docking station is getting a wireless update. The new BeoPlay A8 sound system extends the functionality of the best-selling BeoSound 8 by adding Apple AirPlay to connect ones iPhone or iPad.
The new BeoPlay A8 streams music with AirPlay. The sound system will recognize your iPhone or iPad, and then ask if you prefer to listen to your music through its balanced set of two-way speakers and Class D amplifiers.
According to Henrik Lorensen, vice president for B&O Play, the BeoPlay A8’s five-inch midrange/bass speakers output 70 watts of fully integrated Class D amplifiers, and the 3/4 inch tweeters are powered by 35 watts each. Designed by David Lewis Designers, BeoPlay A8’s clean lines and flat front conceal the 1.3 litre volumes of the speaker casings, whose cones have no parallel surfaces to create standing waves, he adds.
You can adapt the sound mode to BeoPlay A8’s location in the room to further enhance the listening experience. A switch lets users compensate for wall resonance by choosing between three pre-programmed modes: wall, corner or freestanding positions. Users control the music with a dedicated remote or their iPhone and iPad.
BeoPlay A8 will be available in either black or white. Priced at US$1,149 it will be available in Bang & Olufsen showrooms and at http://www.shopbangolufsen.com .