The Beosound Emerge has been called “the quintessential bookshelf speaker”.
The Danish company Bang & Olufsen, which specializes in the design and manufacture of high-end audio and video systems, has announced the creation of a new home speaker in the form of a book. The device, dubbed the Beosound Emerge, went on sale in select European markets on April 15, 2021. Worldwide, the new column will go on sale in the fall.
Bang & Olufsen is offering customers a black aluminum speaker for 599 euros and an oak and textile version for 749 euros.
“Beosound Emerge's vision was to create the thinnest possible speaker system, which, despite its size and revolutionary speaker configuration, could reproduce full range and ultra-wide range sound,” the company's press office commented.
The Beosound Emerge speaker is taken out by the device designers on the “spine” of the book, under which it flaunts Bang & Olufsen logo, while the buttons for controlling the column are located on its top. To control the volume created touchpad with touch controls.
The sound of the new home speaker is provided by 14mm tweeters, 37mm midranges and 100mm woofers, creating a diffused sound that fills the whole room. The device is also equipped with an active compensation module, which is able to adjust the sound to the room, depending on its parameters.
The designers describe the device as “the quintessential bookshelf speaker, designed to fit seamlessly anywhere in the home, whether discreetly hidden or on display.”
The Beosound Emerge works in stereo with another speaker from the new series, and also connects to Beoplay A9, Beosound Balance and any other Bang & Olufsen speaker system. In addition, the device has a built-in radio, can work with Apple Airplay 2 and Chromecast, and will ship in some countries equipped with Google's voice assistant.