Founded in Denmark in 1925 B&O set out to create high-end audio products, TVs and phones with a distinctive design appeal. From the outset, Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen built products based on quality materials and leading-edge technology unrestrained by technological limitations. B&O no longer builds separate components but has become a major player in the loudspeaker and headphone market, with a focus on honest music reproduction. The current B & O range fits confidently within that ethos. Whether you need a high fidelity speaker system for the living room or an entry point headphone, B&O consistently hits the sweet spot between form and function.
BANG & OLUFSEN SPEAKERS
B&O design products that are timeless and continue to spark your imagination long after the initial impact of “bells and whistles” wears off. To that end, they prefer to remove details rather than add them. This philosophy is reflected in their contemporary and streamlined speaker design.
The M3 Multi-room wi-fi speaker is a perfect example; elegant, classy and minimalist design, but packs a big audio punch. The M5 builds on this with a unique 360-degree design for room-filling, high fidelity sound.
The Beoplay A1 portable Bluetooth speaker (designed by industrial designer Cecilie Manz) is simply beautiful to look at, with a clean, understated disc shape. Made in aluminium it is available in several colours. With such a compact size you would be forgiven in thinking the sound quality would be similar to other offerings in the Bluetooth speaker market. But once you hear it you’ll soon realise there is no comparison. The price might be higher than the competition but the sound is crisp, detailed, undistorted and delivers solid bass, making it great value for money.
The P6 builds on the foundation of the A1 with an audible reference to the classic B & O sonic heritage and the Beolit 17 is in our view the best portable Bluetooth speaker you can buy in Melbourne.
BANG & OLUFSEN HEADPHONES
Like the speakers, B&O’s range of headphones is stylish, contemporary and delivers outstanding sound quality. The audio response is clear, crisp and detailed, even at low volume. But turn the volume up and the sound remains undistorted, providing a satisfying musical experience. Noise-cancelling technology is, of course, available and B&O’s Advanced Active Noise Cancellation is one of the best systems money can buy.
If you’re looking for outstanding performance and value for money the H8i “on-ear” Bluetooth headphones with noise cancellation are a smart choice. They feature a “transparency mode” where you can allow certain sounds around you to filter through. This is a great safety feature. Another feature we like is proximity sensors which pause the music when you take your headphones off, and then automatically restart when you put them back on. Clever!
Further headphone models available at Sight and Sound Galleria include ear-set, in-ear, over-ear, earbud, wireless and wired. All are lightweight, comfortable and produce exceptional sound quality.
WHERE TO BUY IN MELBOURNE?
Grab your favourite music and call into our Camberwell showroom to experience the “Dutch Hallmark of Quality”. We look forward to seeing you!