B&O Enters Speaker-Dock Market

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Arlington Heights, Ill. - Bang & Olufsen entered the iPod/iPhone-docking speaker market at the very high end with a $999 model that also docks with iPads.

Other docking speaker systems at the high end include an iPad-docking SpeakerCraft system with CD player and FM tuner, a $599 model from Bowers & Wilkins, and a $599 model from Bose. The latter two lack CD and tuner.

 B&O's BeoSound 8 becomes available this month in Bang & Olufsen stores.

 The one-piece tabletop system features aluminum chassis, included remote and choice of six grille colors. One version will feature a white back panel, and the other will feature a black back panel.

 The system has a dock on top with a back bracket to prop up a docked device. A three-position switch optimizes audio performance for wall mounting, corner placement on a flat surface, and freestanding placement on a flat surface. The system's cone-shaped speakers feature circular grilles that face forward and enclosures that taper back to a smaller diameter. The system's frequency response is said to be 38Hz to 24,000Hz.

 Other features include a USB connection and an auxiliary line input, which is used to connect other audio devices or an AirPort Express, which streams music wirelessly from a networked PC or Mac.

 The company will also offer a free app with Internet radio access and alarm clock functions for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. An upgraded app due in December at $19.99 will expand the number of Internet radio stations to more than 10,000, add a comprehensive music library browser, and have an alarm clock that delivers the chime of the company's BeoTime alarm clock.


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