First Look: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9

First Look: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9

Gregory Han
Oct 5, 2012
Bang & Olufsen designer, Øivind Alexander Slaatto, tapped into the history of the Danish electronics company's storied industrial design past when he created the BeoPlay A9, a wireless audio speaker which transcends the typical shape and presence of home audio...sure to elicit curious queries of, "What is that!?" The beautiful tripod-legged DLNA and AirPlay compatible BeoPlay A9 is priced at $2699.00, typical of B&O's boutique brand catalog. But I personally would love to see the company offer a miniaturized desktop version priced for smaller spaces and smaller budgets, as I'm in love with tripod stand and unique circular art canvas form factor (or as some note, an archery target). For now, we can all just scan the specs and hope audio companies follow suit and break the mold in similar fashion.
SPECIFICATIONS Dimensions on stand Diameter x height x footprint 70.1 x 90.8 x 41.1 cm Dimensions on wall diameter x depth 70.1 x 21.3 cm Weight 14.7 kg (incl. legs) 14.0 kg (without legs) Power consumption Typical 19.5 watts Standby 0.4 watts  SOUND OUTPUT Power amplifiers 1 x 160 watt class D for bass 2 x 80 watt class D for midrange 2 x 80 watt class D for treble Driver units 1 x 8" woofer 2 x 3" midrange 2 x ¾" tweeters Effective frequency range 33.1 - 25.000 Hz Cabinet principle Bass-reflex Room adaptation Manual position switch, wall, corner and free standing  SOUND INPUT Network connectivity Ethernet or wirelessly via WiFi: · Apple AirPlay · DLNA wireless streaming Audio playback via line-in USB iPod/iPhone/iPad connector (Charging your device while playing music) Remote support Beo4 or Beo6 remote or via digital device On-device controls Swipe hand across the top sensor to turn volume up or down. Rest hand on the top sensor for a few seconds to mute sound.  DESIGN & CUSTOMISATION Base colour White Included cover White Additional cover colors Silver, red, green, brown and black Legs and Wall bracket Choose from beech, oak or teak legs. Wall bracket will be available soon
(Images: Bang & Olufsen)
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