Always at the forefront of audio design, Bang & Olufsen may just have trumped their extraordinary BeoSound Shape speakers from last year. Take a look at the monolithic £2,900 BeoSound Edge wireless speaker which is arguably more art than audio device.

Bang & Olufsen Showcase Monolithic Beosound Edge Speaker

Announced at IFA 2018 in Berlin last week, the Beosound Edge is proof that simple doesn’t necessarily mean safe. Coming with a black textile front, the all-in-one Edge includes a 10-inch woofer bass driver, two 4-inch midrange drivers and a 3/4-inch tweeter for those high notes.

But while all that tech is impressive, really the speaker is going to be sold on its form – and it’s certainly striking. To contrast the polished aluminium body, the Edge comes with a matt black fabric cover which you can swap out for other fabric colours. It also features a gyroscope and an accelerometer which detect when you’re rolling it along the ground.

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It also speaker senses when the user is near, activating a touch-sensitive interface which sits on top of its aluminium curve. The interface itself is simple enough and actually resembles the old iPods with start, stop, and skip track controls lit up on a white light. Adjusting the volume? Just roll the knob.

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Naturally, you’ll get all the usual connectivity, with AirPlay 2, Chromecast2 and Bluetooth all catered for. There is also voice control but it’s only usable when paired with either a Google Assistant speaker or an Amazon Echo device – it’s not straight from the Edge itself.

The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Edge is set to be rolled out in mid-November 2018 with reports suggesting it’ll be sold for £2,900. Maybe one for the Christmas list, then… Head over to the B&O Website for more details.

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