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Bang & Olufsen’s Beolab 28 is a $14,750 pair of connected speakers

Bang & Olufsen is identified for high-end speakers with its trademark Danish design. Even although its most costly showpieces command exorbitant costs, they often supply a full suite of options for listening round the home. The company’s newest luxurious dwelling leisure system is the Beolab 28: a pair of wi-fi speakers that supply a number of connectivity choices, room calibration, multiroom audio and extra. And as you would possibly anticipate, they’re very costly. 

The Beolab 28 speakers are tall cylinders with cone-shaped bases. The company says this column design pays tribute to the Beolab Penta, Beolab 6000 and Beolab 8000. The base of the speakers, which holds the woofer, will be adjusted to take a seat flat on the ground or be mounted to a wall. Up prime, contact controls gentle up when somebody approaches the gadgets as a proximity sensor detects movement. On that panel, choices for play/pause, skipping tracks and adjusting the quantity sit alongside 4 preset buttons that supply one-touch entry to Spotify playlists, streaming radio stations and extra. The Beolab 28 is accessible in a selection of finishes — Natural Silver, Black Anthracite or Bronze Tone aluminum — they usually include a number of choices for covers in knitted material (gray and gray mélange) and stable wooden (gentle oak, oak, smoked oak and walnut).

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Inside, three 3-inch drivers are stacked vertically with a 1-inch tweeter. In the cone-shaped base, a 6.5-inch woofer handles the low-end tone. Like different B&O speakers, the Beolab 28 is outfitted with Active Room Compensation that calibrates the speakers to the setting the place they’re positioned. These even have Beam Width Control that means that you can swap between two modes that change how the sound tasks from the items. A slender mode reduces how a lot sound bounces off partitions by directing audio to what B&O calls the “ultimate sweet spot.” The broad mode sends audio in additional instructions, which the company says provides you the flexibility to bodily transfer round when you’re listening. Mechanical curtains on the speakers permit for these modes, they usually additionally transfer when the speaker is first powered on. 

In phrases of wi-fi connectivity, the Beolab 28 helps AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Spotify Connect, WiFi and Bluetooth. Physical connections embrace Ethernet, Powerlink and line-in/optical, and the speakers include a distant or you need to use the company’s app to manage them. This fall, B&O plans so as to add multiroom connectivity with its Beolink expertise, however they will used as half of a multiroom setup by way of AirPlay 2 or Chromecast now. 

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Like Bang & Olufsen’s different latest speakers, the Beolab 28 is outfitted with the company’s replaceable connectivity module. B&O says this element basically future-proofs the items since that element has “enough processing power and connectivity technology to receive new performance updates and features for years to come.” If it does change into outdated, it may be simply swapped out for one more model. 

The Beolab 28 with material covers is $14,750 (€10,750/£9,750) whereas the wooden cover choice is $16,500 (€12,000/£10,750) — for a pair. The company plans to additionally promote them individually, however the announcement did not embrace pricing for single speakers. Bang & Olufsen’s audio gear is at all times a hefty funding, however these costs are on the excessive finish of the company’s present speaker choices. And in the event you suppose that is costly, simply bear in mind B&O makes the Beolab 50 that begins at $40,000. 

Gallery: Bang & Olufsen Beolab 28 | 17 Photos

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Gallery: Bang & Olufsen Beolab 28 | 17 Photos

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