FrontRunners: Ahead of the Curve

The delicate curvature of Bang & Olufsen’s BeoCom 2 (www.bang-olufsen.com) facilitates easy gripping and cradles the cheek and chin for comfortable conversation. But the $1,050 cordless phone, whose shapely handset consists of a single piece of aluminum, is more than just a pretty face accessory.

Enter a name and number into one handset of the two-line, 2.4 GHz digital system, and the information is stored in the base and distributed to as many as eight handsets. Where you speak and how long are largely up to you; BeoCom 2 has a range of 170 feet indoors and 1,000 feet outdoors, and its battery lasts through 10 hours of talk time. Those who prefer to screen their calls will not mind letting the phone ring: B&O enlisted Danish musician Kenneth Knudsen to give the BeoCom 2 a calming tone, which just might be music to your ears.

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