Bang & Olufsen has released what could well be the most expensive high-end speaker dock tailored to the iPad.
The BeoSound 8 takes an iPad, as well as an iPhones and iPod. The devices sit between two large, color-customizable conical speakers each with a pair of drivers and amplifiers. It is expected to sell in Australia for $1,490.
The one-piece tabletop system which features an aluminum chassis, includes a remote and choice of six grille colors. One version will feature a white back panel, and the other will feature a black back panel.
The system has a dock on top with a back bracket to prop up a docked device. A three-position switch optimizes audio performance for wall mounting, corner placement on a flat surface, and freestanding placement on a flat surface. The system’s cone-shaped speakers feature circular grilles that face forward and enclosures that taper back to a smaller diameter. The system’s frequency response is said to be 38Hz to 24,000Hz.
Other features include a USB connection and an auxiliary line input, which is used to connect other audio devices or an AirPort Express, which streams music wirelessly from a networked PC or Mac.
The company will also offer a free app with Internet radio access and alarm clock functions for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. An upgraded app due in December at an additional cost of course, will expand the number of Internet radio stations to more than 10,000, add a comprehensive music library browser, and have an alarm clock that delivers the chime of the company’s BeoTime alarm clock.
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.