B&O are proving that they are taking the AirPlay speaker market very seriously these days as they are extending their range with yet another stunning looking system in the B&O BeoPlay A9.
With the BeoPlay A9 they have expanded on the circular design of the BeoPlay A8, but gone with just one single circular design that encompasses everything you need for your wireless home audio system. Like most other products coming out from B&O it is designed and crafted like a piece of furniture that will blend elegantly into your home interior. The A9 is made to stand to be seen and talked about, and not a sound system to be hidden away. To ensure you get the most out of the design you have the option to have it freestanding on its tripod wooden legs, place it in a corner, or even hang it on the wall with its wall bracket. The sound adaption switch is there to bring you the best possible sound experience based on placement.
The BeoPlay A9 is not a small unit in any matter of speaking. The diameter of the ‘dish’ is about 70cm with a depth of 21.3cm, weighting in at 14kg without the wooden legs (floorstanding the height is about 90cm). The audio set up on the inside looks quite impressive as well, with an 8-inch woofer powered by a dedicated 160W class D amp, dual 3-inch midrange and 3/4-inch tweeters that are powered by invidual 80W class D amps. The handle at the back also doubles as the bass reflex port, as B&O promises that this unit will surprise in both power and performance.
BeoPlay A9 is made to be enjoyed wireless, with both Apple AirPlay support and DLNA, but should you choose to connect with cables, you have the option of mini-jack, phono connectors, and USB for connecting and charging your iOS/iPod device. B&O have also added some interesting control functions to the unit, such as adjusting the volume by moving your finger back and forth along the top line of the unit. Resting your hand on the top of the unit will mute the sound.
There are several customization options, with the front cover available in 6 colors (white, silver, green, red, black and brown) and the wooden legs in 3 finishes (Beech, Oak and Teak). I would expect a lot of future ‘designer’ options to become available later one though.
Might make a stop by my nearest B&O store this weekend to find out when the A9 will be in store for a test listen.