For a long time, smart speakers have been extensively used to listen to music but suddenly they changed into much more than devices that are capable to deliver the worth-listening sounds. In recent years, we have seen transformations like Google Home, Apple HomePod and most recently, Amazon Echo Studio. And now, Bang and Olufsen Beosound Balance are ready to put the rest in their place.
B&O is coming with an ultimate result of speaker technology and smarts highlighting streaming support for Apple and Android, two voice assistants, and room-sensing tech just for beginners – which also indicates that it’s also one of the most expensive smart speakers so far.
Bang and Olufsen Beosound Balance
The Balance has a hazily lamp-like look, with its wooden foundation and fabric upper segment. On top is an aluminum panel with touch controls that light up when you touch, which is constantly a striking futuristic feeling.
Wireless streaming support incorporates Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast multi-room capacity, also Spotify Connect and B&O’s own app-based control. There’s also Bluetooth, for connecting anything else (such as a Bluetooth turntable). And, why not, full Google Assistant alliance, so you can command it to play music, control your home, check the weather, or whatever crazy random questions the kids wish to ask.
You’ll also be handy to use Alexa rather than Google Assistant as your assistant of choice, but that will come in an update later in the year.
B&O has also introduced a collection of audio techs that’s been derived from the much more costly Beolab speaker series, to support it make the most of its natural 20x20x38cm dimensions which is however reasonably huge for a smart speaker, but petite for this value driver tech.
First of all, there are two 5.25-inch bass drivers installed opposite to each other. The purpose for that is to move them in opposing directions that assist to remove the vibrations that might be carried into the body of the Balance, or your fittings, expressing the genuine bass sounds stay clear and won’t disturb the next-door-neighbor as much, both. There are also four full-range drivers and a tweeter.
These are all connected with room compensation tech that is comparable to what you get in the HomePod, so the sound squeezes itself to stop the place you’ve installed it from intervening with the quality. You can also decide whether to have the sound play in a regular 360-degree style surrounding the speaker, or for a more concentrated sound.
We’re expecting to deliver our hands on a full review soon, but we’re presuming it to be the best-sounding smart speaker in the market. Though you’d expect so, for $2,250/£1,750.