IFA 2018: Bang & Olufsen's new $5000 speaker looks like nothing else

Bang & Olufsen have brought their best to this year's IFA Conference in Berlin, announcing the new Beosound Edge.

“With Beosound Edge, we are bringing forward a timeless design masterpiece that inspires the imagination with an interaction and experience never before seen in home audio. From a distance it is monolithic and discreet, hiding everything that suggests technology, yet it is unforgettable in sound performance punching above and beyond what you would expect for the size of the speaker,” says Bang & Olufsen Concept Manager Kresten Bjørn Krab-Bjerre.

Priced at a steep $5000, the Beosound Edge features a 10-inch woofer bass driver on one side. This is backed up by 4-inch midrange drivers and quarter-inch tweeters on both sides.

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B&O say that the circular shape of Beosound Edge allows for two placement options. Either on the floor "as a stunning centrepiece, amplifying and blending in with the colours of the furniture standing next to it," or "placed on the wall as a true gravity-defying statement that divides spaces in the home." 

The Beosound Edge is represents the debut of a new acoustical technology named the Active Bass Port. When playing music at lower volumes, the Beosound Edge prioritizes accurate sound reproduction, and as you turn up the volume the Active Bass Port opens to allow for the ouput more energised bass.

The Beosound Edge will be available via Bang & Olufsen stores from mid-November 2018 at a recommended retail price of $5000

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