New Bang & Olufsen designer Beosound speakers future-proofed with Mozart tech

Bang & Olufsen's Beosound A9 5th Gen and Beosound 2 3rd Gen sound systems in a luxury apartment

Two of the world’s most iconic wireless loudspeakers are getting a major technology upgrade. The Beosound A9 and Beosound 2, from Bang & Olufsen, have long been celebrated for their outré industrial design and music playing abilities, but now they’re being future-proofed too.

The two new models may look much the same as their predecessors, but they’ve been kitted out with the Danish brand’s forward-looking Mozart software platform (last seen by TLR on the Beosound Theatre soundbar). 

Not only does this bring a big increase in processing power and capacity, allowing the speakers to better cope with whatever performance enhancing firmware upgrades B&O’s boffins can dream up, but it’s housed on a removable module, which means it can be replaced should new connectivity and streaming technologies come down the road.

The Beosound A9 and Beosound 2 also come in new Black Anthracite, Gold Tone, and Natural finishes.

Call it future-proofing with style.

The two new models have been kitted out with the Danish brand’s forward-looking Mozart software platform…

“Timeless design isn’t just about making products that are built to last, it’s also about creating designs that people will be captivated by, and proud to own, for decades,” says Bang & Olufsen’s Vice President of Product Marketing, Michael Henriksson.

This is actually the fifth generation of Beosound A9. First seen in 2012, this new model stays true to the original circular design, created by Oivind Slaatto, but comes with stylised new finishes (Black Anthracite, Gold Tone and Natural Aluminum), complemented by matching covers and stylish oak legs. Usability remains deliciously tactile. Volume is controlled with a slide of your hand, while a tap allows you to skip, play, or pause your streamed music. 

The A9 features 1500 watts of amplification, and can stand on its three wooden legs, or be wall hung. Features include Chromecast built-in, AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, and multiroom audio support. 

Cone-shaped stablemate, the Beosound 2, can be used as a single room sound system or part of a multi room audio system. First launched in 2016, this is now the third version of the speaker, and it’s clearly the charm. The new speaker features Active Room Compensation, which allows it to detect its position in space, and EQ its performance accordingly.  

The Beosound A9 fifth Gen starts at £2,899 (€3,299 / US$3,699),  while the Beosound 2 third Gen starts at £2,649 (€2,999 / US$3,199). They are available from Bang & Olufsen online, in March and April respectively.

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