Great Days for Audio
• Bang & Olufsen took the wraps off what it calls the BeoSound Moment—a wireless “intelligent” music system that the company is touting as the “answer to how cloud-based music should be experienced,” said Marie Kristine Schmidt, vice president. Moment allows all music sources to be accessed with one touch via a detachable double-sided interface. One side is of touch-sensitive oak and features an embedded “ring” that controls basic music selection and volume level. On the flip side is a glass touch panel that can display a color-coded MoodWheel with concentric hot and cold colors across a color gamut spectrum. Once the system learns a listener’s preferences through a feature called PatternPlay, it aggregates content into various color categories and when the user touches various spots within the wheel, the system determines the music mood desired and plays the selection accordingly.
The system connects to up to eight WiSA-certified speakers, and its $2,795 price tag when it is available later this year will include a 12-month Deezer Premium subscription. Also new from B&O PLAY is the flagship Model BeoPlay H8—a premium active noise cancelling headphone that will play for 14 hours on a single charge and that features a unique touch interface on the outside of the earpad whose sensors respond to gestures ($499).
• Paradigm fielded a new custom installation in-wall/in-ceiling speaker line at its suite. The CI Pro replaces the AMS series and the CI Elite will usurp the SA series (spring availability). The company also showed the Shift collection’s Wireless Series multiroom system components, which will include the PF 600 bookshelf speaker ($600), the PF amplifier ($500) and the PF 800 speaker ($800). The system uses DTS’s Play-Fi technology and works with the Play-Fi app. Also on exhibit was a prototype of the Prestige 2000W 2,000-watt 15-inch subwoofer (spring availability). The sub will complement the just-shipping Prestige 95 towers ($5,000/pair).