BeoPlay A9 Premium Active Speaker System

B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen has introduced a new AirPlay alternative for party people with money to spare: the BeoPlay A9 Premium Active Speaker System.

Reminiscent of those bolt-on satellite dishes (that used to be all the rage until all the free channels got locked down), the BeoPlay A9 is designed to deliver room-filling sound with style, wherever both are needed.

You can stand it on the floor or mount it to a wall; the BeoPlay A9 includes three pre-set sound modes to optimize your output for wall, corner, or freestanding positions. Integrated controls include a touch-sensitive volume switch (with mute) along the top, with concealed inputs for a USB connector, 3.5mm jack, and power cord. But of course, the real draw is wireless streaming, and here B&O PLAY has you covered; the BeoPlay A9 supports streaming over AirPlay and DLNA.

The BeoPlay A9 promises impressive performance courtesy of two ¾-inch tweeters and two 3-inch midrange units all driven by separate 80-watt class D amps and accompanied by a formidable 8-inch bass unit powered by its own 160 watt class D amp.

Customizable options include a choice of screw-in wood legs (in oak, beech or teak), a wall bracket, and a selection of changeable fabric covers (in silver, white, black, red, green or brown).

Priced at USD $2,699, the BeoPlay A9 will be available this November from Bang & Olufsen stores and Apple retailers. For more info, visit the product page.

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