High-end audio brand Bang & Olufsen’s new Beosound Edge is one of the more striking designs to emerge from the company in this century. The design is the product of a collaboration with Michael Anastassiades. The large circular speaker system looks a bit like a high-tech disc or perhaps a super-sized hockey puck.
The new compact wireless speaker boasts a 19.7-inch diameter and is just over 5 inches thick. It radiates sound from its sleek rounded sides, offering 360-degree audio production. A 10-inch bass driver, two 4-inch midrange drivers, and two 0.75-inch tweeters provide a wide frequency response, and keep the design efficient. B&O’s Active Bass Port system adjusts low end at higher volumes, keeping it controlled.
Beosound Edge can be placed standing on the floor, or it can be affixed perpendicularly to a wall. When on the floor, users can simply roll the speaker a bit forward or backward to alter the volume level, which is a nifty feature in keeping with the company’s history of intuitive designs. And the unit can detect when a user is approaching, and light up in response. Neat.
The Beosound Edge is compatible with Chromecast and AirPlay 2, and will be available for $3,800 this November.