Bang & Olufsen has expanded its claws in one of the busiest cities in the world with its release of the Beosound 1 New York Edition. The new edition is a portable wireless speaker that has a minimalist design made out of precision craftsmanship. The New York addition, as the name suggests, comes in unique and marvelous graduation of colors ranging from piano black to natural aluminum. These colors were introduced in order to complement and go with the ascendant energy of the iconic New York City skyline.
The unique color gradient has been brought to the limited edition after going through the patent-pending process. The company has introduced the color gradient to boast about its unparalleled capabilities in the aluminum factory which has sat at the forefront of aluminum technology for more than fifty years.
How the aluminum is processed
The extruded aluminum parts are milled, polished, and anodized—an electrochemical treatment that forms a durable oxide on the surface of the material. The parts then undergo a second round of mechanical processing, during which Bang & Olufsen’s surface specialists carefully create a smooth gradient effect on the aluminum.
There are only 1200 pieces made of the Beosund 1 New York edition due to the labor-intensive nature of this process of creating the gradient surface.
Integrated Google Voice Assistant
The Beosound 1 New York edition comes with the Google Assistant built-in. Bang & Olufsen has mastered the engineering process by building advanced acoustic echo-canceling technology and five microphones intro the aluminum structure to ensure that the speaker can hear the commands for the Google Assistant to implement them. The five microphones are constantly working to make sure that the speaker is able to differentiate between the incoming and outgoing commands.
Portability and Design
Beosound 1 is a portable wireless speaker. It features an incredible 360-degree dispersion of sound for a surround sound feel. The design gives it a conical look made out of an aluminum body. The body stays above the surface in order to allow the bass waves to be generated from the bottom of the speaker. The opening at the top of the speaker houses an acoustic lens—a hallmark of Bang & Olufsen—which creates an evenly distributed spherical sound profile.
The speaker is compatible with the leading wireless streaming technologies namely Google Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth. It is equipped with a rechargeable battery that can last you up to 12 hours of playback time. Moreover, the device can act as a stand-alone speaker or be integrated with a multiroom system.
Pricing and availability
Beosound 1 New York Edition (RRP 2,000 USD / 1,750 EUR / 1,450 GBP / 13,480 CNY / 13,000 DKK) will be available in limited quantities at Bang & Olufsen stores and online from September 9 2019. A docking station (RRP 175 USD / 150 EUR / 125 GBP / 1,148 CNY / 1,000 DKK) that allows you to pick up and move the product around with greater ease is available as an accessory to Beosound 1 New York Edition.