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Bang & Olufsen’s Curious-Looking Loudspeaker Delivers an Omnidirectional Soundscape

The cubist-like design helps paint a more accurate sonic image than other powered speakers…

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Audio: Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90

The BeoLab 90 features 18 drivers sourced from Denmark’s Scan-Speak. Each of those units has its own onboard amplifier, and together the amps deliver 8,200 watts per speaker. The speaker’s internal configuration places drivers at every side of the cubist-like cabinet, creating a room-filling omnidirectional soundstage. The BeoLab 90 reproduces stereo recordings with levels of clarity and presence on par with those of most audiophile-grade loudspeakers. The highs are lightning quick, the mids are crisp and resonant, and the bass response is virtually limitless.

  • Bang & Olufsen released the speaker in 2015 to commemorate its 90th anniversary.

  • The speaker’s cabinet is made from a single casting of aluminum and weighs 306 pounds.

  • Each speaker is equipped with 14 of B&O’s onboard ICEpower digital power amplifiers for the dome tweeters and midrange drivers, and four class-D amplifiers for the woofers.

  • The BeoLab 90 incorporates internal signal processing and Active Room Compensation technology, which uses microphone calibration to optimize the sound for the listening space.

Bang & Olufsen, bang-olufsen.com ($84,990 per pair) 

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