At the IFA 2018, Bang & Olufsen performed with a very cool release: the company showed the Beosound Edge column with a very interesting design – it looks like an automobile wheel. Its dimensions are 50.2 centimeters in diameter and 13 in thickness. You can install the Edge on the floor or wall using the “stand”.
The column has a touch panel through which you can control the playback. The volume changes even more interesting: you just turn the wheel by hand – literally. It works with an accelerometer and a gyroscope. In addition, a motion sensor is installed inside: if you are approaching the column, the touch panel starts to glow brighter.
Inside Edge is two 10-centimeter speakers and 2-centimeter tweeters, as well as a thin woofer of 25 centimeters. They output sound to both sides of the column, so in the corner, it can not be set.
The aluminum body of Edge is covered with a glossy coating. According to Bang & Olufsen, so they have achieved a combination of a column with any interior: all furniture will be reflected. As far as this is true – it is not clear, but in my apartment, this alien miracle will not look beautiful.
The cool thing is that the Edge is a wireless speaker. It supports management via Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 and Chromecast. The column will be on sale in mid-November and will cost $ 3,500. If the price confuses you, then look at the collector’s version of BeoSound 1. I wonder how many edges will cost with the painted body?
By the way, designer Edge Michael Anastasiades did not even try to make a wheel out of this column. He was inspired by an old English coin and tried to recreate its proportions.