Bang & Olufsen launches the BeoPlay A9

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

Bang & Olufsen's (B&O) latest music streamer features an eye-catching design and a jaw-dropping AU$2690 price tag.

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No stranger to either stunning design or equally-stunning prices, the BeoPlay A9 from B&O Play ticks all the boxes. The A9 has a circular design that allows it to either be stood on its tripod legs or wall-hung, like a slightly-baroque, modern art installation piece.

Working with iOS or Android, the A9 packs in two 3/4-inch tweeters and two 3-inch midrange units, all driven by separate 80-watt class D amplifiers. An 8-inch bass unit is powered by 160 watts from its own amp, and there are three pre-set sound modes for wall, corner or freestanding positions, to "optimize acoustic performance" depending on where you put the device.

The legs come in different woods — of course they do — and people can choose oak, beech or teak, while the fabric options are silver, white, black, red, green and brown. Also, that AU$2690 cost is what the price starts from, according to the release.

We'll be getting a look at the BeoPlay A9 at the end of October when they arrive in Sydney, and we'd be lying if we said were weren't just a little bit excited.

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Im Batman posted a comment   

Very striking design, can't say i would choose the legs as my preferred option but as an overall design, they look great.

How tall are the speakers on the legs?

MP3 have never sounded so good (and looked)
No speaker cables, but there is still the pesky power cable to ruin the picture.

Wall mounted, power cable run internally.. magic!!

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