Bang and Olufsen, the consumer electronics company known for its high-quality audio products, has released its latest speaker – the adaptive, wireless Beolab 28.
Describing it as its “most advanced connected speaker to date,” Bang&Olufsen has designed the Beolab 28 to be positioned anywhere in the home, either hanging elegantly on the wall or sitting pretty on the floor.
The tall cylindrical speakers rest on cone-shaped bases which host its subwoofer that “amplifies enough bass capability to fill even larger rooms [providing] the best listening experience whilst minimising clutter.”
The Beolab 28 has a simple touch user interface on its top which lights up when approached thanks to built-in proximity sensors, visually inviting the user to interact with the product. It allows listeners to pause/play, skip and turn the volume up or down. The incorporation of 4 favourite buttons allows listeners to easily access their favourite radio station using the built-in Bang & Olufsen Radio or Spotify playlist.
They can also listen to music in the living room or throughout the home via Airplay 2 or Chromecast, the B&O app and Bluetooth while choosing to operate the speakers in multiple ways, either directly via the user interface, using a Bang & Olufsen remote or directly via the Smartphone.
Inside, 3-inch drivers are placed vertically with a 1-inch tweeter that are highly sensitive to their environment, producing a clear midrange quality even at very loud levels, as well as a precise and dynamic treble reproduction. The Beolab 28 also comes with 2 modes for an enhanced listening experience.
In the narrow mode, the sound the bounces off the walls is greatly reduced so that “music reaches the ear directly and unaltered” while in the wide mode, “the beam diffuses more sound all around the loudspeakers, maintaining a natural tonal balance even when sitting or walking away from the optimal listening area in front of the speakers.”
Beolab 28 incorporates curtains that magically open when the speaker is switched on or move when the sound beam is adjusted, indicating whether the speaker is in narrow or wide mode. These movements are meant to create a more engaging ritual for the listener.
The Beolab 28 is available in a variety of finishes – Natural Silver, Black Anthracite or Bronze Tone aluminium – and they come with multiple options for covers in knitted fabric (grey and grey mélange) and solid wood (light oak, oak, smoked oak and walnut). The fabric version is priced at €10,750/£9,750, while the wooden version starts from €12,000/£10,750