It turns out that Bang & Olufsen is far from the only Danish audio system producer that can deliver high quality sound and design at the same time – meet the Libratone Beat wireless speaker bringing the best of Danish design and sound to the UK.
Libratone Beat – Design, Features & Sound
The Libratone Beat wireless speaker is far from a traditional iPod speaker dock in all senses of the word, as it features no dock and relies purely on wireless streaming of audio from your compatible device, which will include the Apple iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers, as well as a wide range of other non-Apple devices.
Danish audio specialist Libratone have focused on delivering a very unique system that delivers both a great listening experience through their FullRoom Technology, as well as a system that will fit in and look stylish pretty much anywhere. The speaker is clad in cashmere and will be available in a selection of colors, and actually features a functional handle at the back that allows you to easily carry it with you between rooms or houses for that sake.
Libratone promises a 360-degree FullRoom sound experience despite consisting of only a single unit. This is achieved through some clever DSP functionality working with the 50w speaker, combined with 2 x 25w midrange drivers and twibbon tweeters that bounces sound of the wall, not unlike what you would get from an acoustic instrument. This helps this fairly small unit deliver a powerful sound that feels very authentic. If you want an even more impressive sound you can buy several units and they will automatically pair with each other when in range of the transmitter.
The Libratone Beat uses a proprietary wireless transmitter that connects with your mobile Apple device dock connector and delivers a range of up to 30m compared to the more standard 9m. If connecting from a Mac or computer, you can use the USB adapater that comes with the speaker. It remains to be seen if the Libratone Beat in the future will also become compatible with the new Apple Airplay technology, allowing you to drop the dock connector adapter and instead use the new AirPlay features of your iOS 4.2 compatible device instead.
Meet the Libratone Beat
There is no doubt that the Danish are making their mark on the audio and visual industry worldwide, and the Libratone Beat certainly lives up to that history and expectations, giving its more renowned Danish big brother B&O an run for their money, at least in the wireless home speaker market dominated by Apple products.
It will be available in slate grey, blood orange, vanilla beige, and blueberry black.
We hope to be able to spend some hands on time with the Libratone Beat ourselves soon (please send us one!), so keep checking back for a full review.
The Libratone Beat is available from amongst other the following UK retailers:
See full press release below:
“Wireless high-end speaker sets out to liberate sound
Mixing high-end components, ground-breaking technology and contemporary Scandinavian design, Libratone Beat is the next logical step in home entertainmentDenmark
25th November 2010: Libratone, a Danish audio company developing innovative wireless sound solutions, today announces the launch of the Libratone Beat, high-end wireless speaker. By connecting a wireless transmitter to an iPod, iPad, iPhone, Mac or PC, audio is streamed wirelessly to a Beat speaker up to 30 feet away. Libratone’s patent pending FullRoomTM technology then reflects the sound off the room’s walls to provide high quality 360-degree sound, meaning that wherever the listener is in the room they are always in the ‘sweet spot’. Offering a contemporary design – the Libratone Beat is finished in cashmere – it will be available in the Apple Online Store (EMEA) in December 2010 and in Apple Retail Stores (EMEA) in the beginning of 2011. Libratone Beat has suggested retail price for the standard slate grey at £549 and in cashmere colours at £599.
The Libratone Beat is not a regular speaker; the FullRoom technology ensures that the listener enjoys the same full stereo sound no matter where they are in the room. In addition to this technology, the speaker also features ultra-high-end components and advanced signal processing, which up until now has only been available in studio quality speakers. Output from the speaker is 50W and 2 x 25W from the midrange drivers and ribbon tweeters. The Libratone Beat comes with a transmitter for Apple portable devices and a USB-transmitter for a computer that extends the wireless range up to 100 feet.
The Libratone Beat is creating a new category of wireless speaker to fit with today’s modern lifestyle and will help to boost the popularity and adoption of music streaming. Whether watching HD movies on an iPad, gaming on an iPhone or enjoying a catalogue of music files, it provides users with a new sound dimension in a stylish package that eliminates untidy cables found with other stereo systems. The system has a satin chrome handle for easy portability, comes in several colours including slate grey (standard), blood orange, vanilla beige and blueberry black, and is finished in cashmere wool. It is the perfect piece of sound furniture. Visit www.libratone.com to see the four colours.
The Libratone Beat is also tailor-made to cope with the needs of modern business communications such as phone and video conferences.
“Our vision is simple,” says Fritz Andersen, CEO at Libratone. “We want to provide high quality sound without speaker cables. We wanted to keep the freedom that comes with portable devices – their mobility and their potential for vast media libraries, without settling for mediocre sound or clumsy design. That’s what Beat gives you.”
“Libratone Beat works like an acoustic instrument filling the entire room with sound. The speaker disperses sound in different directions, reflecting it off the walls, providing 360 degree sound. This means you are always in the so-called sweet spot. We call it FullRoomTM sound,” explains Jes Mosgaard, CTO at Libratone. “Why should quality sound only be the privilege of hi-fi enthusiasts and professionals? We wanted to make amazing audio experiences available for a much larger demographic. We want to set the music free.”
Pricing and availabilityLibratone Beat will be available in the Apple Online Store (EMEA) in December 2010 and in Apple Retail Stores (EMEA) in the beginning of 2011. Libratone Beat has suggested retail price for the standard slate grey at £549 and in cashmere colours at £599.
The BEAT speaker set includes a BEAT speaker, Wireless 30-pin transmitter for iPod, iPhone and iPad, Wireless USB Transmitter, USB charging cable, Power cord and Quick Start guide.”