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B&O BeoPlay A9: a deluxe AirPlay and DLNA speaker

Bang & Olufsen has announced a new high-end loudspeaker, the “BeoPlay A9″, which complements the A8 but does not replace it.

New member of the range BeoPlay, the “A9″ it’s aimed for consumers of dematerialized content. Launched after the advent of the Apple Lightning connector, as expected it is free of wired connections and has a simply wireless connectivity.

It actually embeds Wi-Fi connectivity and supports two protocols for streaming music:

  • AirPlay, Apple’s proprietary solution, allowing to stream from an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, but also a Mac or PC running iTunes
  • DLNA, the standard to which many devices are natively compatible: smartphones and tablets Android, Windows Phone or computers running Windows

A BeoSetup application for Android or iOS  provides the connection of the speaker to the Wi-Fi network. In the absence of a docking station, a USB port allows you to charge the source device, especially energy-intensive when wirelessely playing music, but there is no place to put it. A 3.5 mm auxiliary input can finally connect any source.

On the acoustic level, the “A9″ is based on a 2.1 bass reflex design. It features a 8″ speaker for bass, leads by a class D amplifier of 160W, two 3″ midrange speakers and two 3/4″ speakers for treble, where, all four, take advantage of their class D 80W amplifier. The digital signal processing adjusts the sound installation: put in a corner or on the wall.

The B&O BeoPlay A9 speaker will be sold world-wide in mid-November for the tidy sum of $2700.

Specifications:


dimensions on stand: 70.1 x 90.8 x 41.1 cm
dimensions on wall: 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

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