Those familiar with B&O‘s Beoplay A9 design are probably drawn to its visuals in ways they cannot quite understand…in black, the round soundmaker looks like a void poised on an artist’s easel. And the new gen of the speaker leaves the unique looks thankfully unaltered, and ready to begin a new series of piquant conversations.
But the new take on the wireless speaker does update the tech, and more than a little. The A9’s new features include Adaptive Room Compensation and Google Assistant. B&O’s integration of Google Assistant, in particular, opens the doors for a more user-friendly listening experience; users will now be able to easily control the 4th-generation Beoplay A9 speaker with voice commands, and the Google tech boasts other smart home functionality.
The Adaptive Room Compensation feature blends digital sound processing with built-in amplification to “read the room” the speaker is in, and adjust accordingly. Essentially, the A9 can now adjust its sound production based on the particular acoustics of the room and the location of the speaker.
Interested customers can pick up the new Beoplay A9 now starting at $3,000.