It’s arduous to consider that anybody spending $900+ on a 10-inch tall, ultra-slim wi-fi speaker is just not going to need everybody visiting their dwelling to see their $900+ speaker, however that didn’t deter Bang & Olufsen from designing its new Beosound Emerge to appear like a good-looking tome that may disappear right into a shelf stuffed with books.
Designed by LAYER’s Benjamin Hubert, there are literally two variations of the Emerge out there. The fancier (dearer) mannequin boasts gold accents and an oak outer end that arguably makes it look extra book-like, whereas a “Black Anthracite” model skips the wooden for a barely extra inexpensive ~$740 price ticket. Each fashions seem like packing the identical tech inside, nonetheless, together with a four-inch woofer, a 1.45-inch mid-range driver, and a 0.6-inch tweeter. For comparability, the excellent-sounding Google Nest Audio makes use of only a three-inch woofer paired with a 0.75-inch tweeter and is obtainable for simply $100.
Connectivity choices appear very sturdy given the speaker’s comparatively compact measurement. It does wifi, ethernet, and Bluetooth 5.0 which facilitates assist for AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Spotify Join, entry to B&O’s personal streaming radio service, and even Google Assistant because of a built-in mic. For many who’d relatively not topic their ears to audio compression, the Emerge may bodily connect with audio sources with a line-in or optical cable. Energy is supplied over a USB-C port, whereas a separate microUSB port is obtainable for “service,” though software program and firmware updates can in all probability be accessed wirelessly utilizing an accompanying cell app.
It’s arduous not to have a look at the Beosound Emerge and draw comparisons to Ikea and Sonos’ $100 Symfonisk speaker which can be designed to vanish right into a bookshelf whereas doubling as an precise bookshelf. Bang & Olufsen does have a stable repute for sound high quality, and given the selection, there’s little doubt the Emerge delivers a greater listening expertise. However one which’s $600+ higher than Ikea’s? That’s steep, even for a speaker wrapped in actual oak. For those who reside in components of Europe or Canada you may see for your self and order one immediately, however the remainder of the world goes to have to attend till the Fall for worldwide availability.