Bang & Olufsen revealed the Beosound A5 Spaced Aluminium, the latest addition to the Beosound A5 lineup. The speaker pays homage to Bang & Olufsen’s heritage in aluminum craftsmanship, showcasing a meticulously handcrafted grille that sets it apart from its predecessors.
Crafted and perfected at Factory 5 in Struer, Denmark, the Beosound A5 Spaced Aluminium boasts a grille made from over 3500 delicately arranged aluminum discs, creating the illusion of floating at the front of the speaker. This avant-garde design not only reflects Bang & Olufsen’s commitment to aluminum exploration but also introduces a new style that Vice President of Product Marketing, Michael Henriksson, describes as a “brand-new signature.”
The innovative twist lies in the circular patterns that have become a trademark of Bang & Olufsen’s speaker grille designs. Unlike traditional designs where the circular shape serves as the hole for sound to flow through, the Beosound A5 Spaced Aluminium ingeniously flips this concept. Here, the circular shape becomes the central attraction, with sound emanating around it, creating a visually striking and acoustically unique experience.
Henriksson explains, “The look of the ‘floating discs’ is created using a second layer of aluminum, carefully designed in a grid behind the surface to create the optical illusion and let the sound flow through.” This attention to detail highlights the dedication to both form and function, a hallmark of Bang & Olufsen’s commitment to quality.
The Spaced Aluminium variant joins the existing portfolio of Beosound A5 finishes, including Nordic Weave and Dark Oak. While the former options exude warmth and natural appeal, Spaced Aluminium introduces a graphic, contrasting, and technical aesthetic. It stands out as a sculptural masterpiece, adding a dynamic and expressive dimension to the Beosound A5 series.
Released in April 2023, the Beosound A5 positions itself at the intersection of portable and home audio. Its versatility is unparalleled, designed for effortless movement between rooms or even for outdoor adventures, thanks to its IP65 water and dustproof rating. With over 12 hours of playtime and a wireless phone charger integrated into the top panel, it is Bang & Olufsen’s most versatile speaker to date.
Bang & Olufsen’s commitment to material innovation with aluminum dates back to 1955. Michael Henriksson emphasizes the focus on the purity of aluminum in the Spaced Aluminium edition, showcasing the unique texture and sheen of the material. This edition required meticulous refinement, pushing the boundaries of aluminum design capabilities at Factory 5.
As a testament to its dedication to continuous improvement, Bang & Olufsen accompanies the Spaced Aluminium release with planned software updates for the Beosound A5. Automatic Stereo Pairing, activated through ultra-wide-band technology, and Fluid Sweet Spot, providing an ideal sound output based on the listener’s position, are among the exciting features to be unlocked through these updates.
The Beosound A5 Spaced Aluminium is priced at 1,399 USD / 1,499 EUR / 10,998 CNY and became available online and in selected stores from October 26, 2023.
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