Popgadget: Bang & Olufsen comes out with products that make you ogle at them endlessly in their classy showrooms. However, only a very few of us can think of taking them home given their pricing. Following in the same tradition are the latest range of Beo speakers, the Beolab 9.
The unique conical shaped cabinet houses the usual mid-range and bass units. Sitting atop the speaker is the B&O patented Acoustic Lens that disperses the treble within a 180 degrees arc. This, according to the company, guarantees uniform sound characteristics in front of the speaker, letting the listener hear constant timbre even while he is shifting places. The absence of a sub-woofer is compensated for by another technology, “Adaptive Bass Linearisation,” that prevents distortion while delivering excellent bass performance. The speaker also has a manual position switch that changes the sound based on it’s position in the room. The speaker can be placed in an open area, a corner or against a flat wall without any compromise of the sound.
While the speakers may be overkill for just listening to music, they will fit in well with a high-end home theatre system. The speakers come in red, blue, dark grey, and black, and will set you back almost 10,000 bucks (7700 euro).