It's one of the most instantly recognisable speakers out there, and it's all set for a thorough refresh – Bang and Olufsen's Beoplay A9 speaker is getting re-released, and it's bringing with it some new connected smarts, too.
First launched in 2012, the speaker drew lustful stares for its mad satellite dish-like design, at home either on a three-pronged stand, or hung from a wall.
Relaunching at the 2019 Venice art Bienalle, the new version will come equipped with Google Assistant voice control, unlocking smart home commands directly from the speaker. It'll also feature a new streaming system that makes the speaker compatible with Google Cast and Apple Airplay 2, giving modern audio streaming options to the veteran design.
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Not that it's all about connectivity – a few tweaks have been made to the audio drivers and external design of the moon-shaped speaker.
Two new full range drivers have been added to the rear of the Beoplay A9, for a total of seven drivers. This should lead to a richer and wider soundstage, with a new active room compensation system tuning the speaker's output based on its surroundings.
Finally, the power cord has been given a fabric covering to match the front face. The unit will be available in white with oak legs styles, a black with black walnut legs version, and brass and bronze shade limited editions.
Expect to see the Beoplay A9 in stores from 14 May. It's priced at £2,250 / $3,000, which converts roughly to AU$4,200.
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