Bang & Olufsen’s $1,250 Remote Doubles as a ‘Sculptural Object’
Danish audio and design firm Bang and Olufsen has always blurred the lines between fine art and high fidelity, but the new Beoremote Halo looks straight out of a modern art fantasy. The brand’s latest entertainment accessory has all the visual elements of a contemporary sculpture with the added bonus of also controlling that plays your favourite music, podcasts, and internet radio stations with a single touch. Form and function finally embrace.
Shaped like a ring, the new Beoremote Halo is designed to appear floating in its presentation. Like a traditional art piece, the aluminium structure encircles a discrete console and can be mounted on the wall or stand on its own, whatever tickles your fancy. Best of all, when you approach the Beoremote Halo, the display screen illuminates, letting you choose your favourite music or radio, with the solid aluminium ring providing subtle haptic feedback as the volume is raised or lowered.
For the Danish brand, Beoremote Halo ushers in a new form of connectivity. Designed to pair with any Beolab speaker, such as the Beolab 90, 50 18 or Shape, the new remote houses four favourites buttons to make things as easy as possible. According to B&O, the favourites buttons also allow users to switch seamlessly between TuneIn, Spotify, or Deezer. The display clearly identifies the content being played and also shows a list of connected devices, allowing users to control their multiroom experience.
“It should be just as easy to access the music in your home as switching on the lights. So we wanted to give our customers the convenience of a physical device, so they can easily start the music in their home without using their smartphones,” says Bang & Olufsen SVP of Product Management Christoffer Poulsen.
The new Beoremote Halo is available in three tones – natural, brass and bronze anodised aluminium. It is currently available at Bang & Olufsen stores and retailers across the country, priced at AUD$1,250.