updated 07:25 am EST, Wed November 10, 2010
Bang and Olufsen BeoSound 8 plays iPads, iPhones
Bang & Olufsen today took the unusual step of developing a very high-end speaker dock tailored to the iPad. The BeoSound 8 cradles the iPad, as well as iPhones and iPods, in between two large, color-customizable conical speakers each with a pair of drivers and amplifiers at an unmentioned power level. Acousting tuning comes over from the Danish company's other speakers and, with a switch, alters the sound output to match the properties of the room.
The stereo has a wall mount to fit less obtrusively and supports both aux-in and USB connections for those who want to use other devices. Bang & Olufsen vows better than usual remote control: the included remote can steer USB devices, not just Apple devices, and those with the Beo4 or Beo5 remotes for other audio systems can have the same amount of control.
BeoSound 8 units should reach the luxury firm's resellers by the end of the month for about $1,490 in its native Denmark and $999 in the US.