Ah yes, the holidays are coming and we’re going to see a bunch of new products coming out. Then we have CES coming too, so there’s going to be a ton of stuff coming out in about a month and a half. The new Bang & Olufsen docking station is very stylish and it’s the first from B&O actually and it can be used with the iPhone or iPod or even the iPad. It’s priced a little out of my budget, well a lot out of my budget actually, at $999. Seriously, they’re asking $1000 for an iPod dock, wow!

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Bang & Olufsen, the global provider of high end home theaters and custom multi-room music systems, announces the launch of its first ever iPod/iPad/iPhone docking station this November 2010.  The BeoSound 8 defies industry standards as it features a distinct two dimensional design, bold form, and a superior sound quality due to its custom-made conical speakers and high-performance amplifiers.  It is directly compatible with the iPad, without having to utilize any extra wires or adapters, ensuring a clean, minimalist design.

BeoSound 8′s light and characteristic design makes it highly flexible in use.  It is perfectly suited as a music system not only in a main room, but also in the kitchen, on the patio or even at the summerhouse. BeoSound 8 can be placed on a wall bracket or any flat surface and still deliver fantastic premium quality sound. Additionally, BeoSound 8 has a manual room adaptation switch with 3 positions (i.e. mounted on the wall, placed in a corner or freestanding on a flat surface) which allows it to be placed anywhere without compromising the sound performance.  Furthermore, its sealed speaker cabinets, conical shaped speaker units, and custom made digital amplifiers allow for an impressive sonic range from lower bass tones (38 Hz) – uncommon in smaller docking stations – to higher frequencies (20,000 Hz).

"We are extremely happy and excited to introduce BeoSound 8 to our North American customers this holiday season," states Zean Nielsen, President of Bang & Olufsen America, Inc. "We believe BeoSound 8 will resonate with many new and existing customers due to its many color options, versatile wall and table mounting solutions, and unrivalled sound quality. Priced at only $999, it is not only priced competitively to other sound docks on the market, it sets a new standard for hi-fi sound from a sound dock."

Cool and simple to use

BeoSound 8 offers one-step operation and an intuitive functionality, as one can simply dock the device on the top of BeoSound 8 or connect it using the AUX line-in or USB port(s). BeoSound 8 can be controlled on the iPod/iPhone/iPad from the BeoSound 8 bridge, by using the dedicated remote that comes with the product or you can control it with one of Bang & Olufsen’s intelligent remote controls.

BeoSound 8 can also integrate into a home wifi network using the Apple Airport Express, which allows one’s music collection to be conveniently streamed wirelessly from any PC or Mac to BeoSound 8.* 

Additionally, Bang & Olufsen will launch a free BeoPlayer application that will offer access to Net Radio and an alarm clock functionality under one streamlined Bang & Olufsen interface. An upgraded application will also be made available for a $19.99 charge and will include over 10,000 internet radio stations, a comprehensive music library browser, and an alarm clock feature that will offer the elegant chime from our BeoTime alarm clock. This application will be available for download from iTunes/Apple e-store by December 2010 and underscores Bang & Olufsen’s dedication to providing the ultimate customer experience.

Magical 2D design and Color Options

BeoSound 8 offers an unconventional form and is available in black and white, with up to 6 different grill colors for all music and design enthusiasts alike. 

The cone shaped speakers give BeoSound 8 a magical hovering 2D appearance as it hides the actual depth of the speakers and the feet lift it up giving a light and slim design. In addition, the speakers of BeoSound 8 are outlined by aluminium rings adding a distinct Bang & Olufsen look and feel. With BeoSound 8, Bang & Olufsen has once again proven that it is leading the field of innovation and design.

BeoSound 8 will arrive in all North American Bang & Olufsen showrooms late November 2010.  It retails for $999.00

* iPod, iPhone and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

*Airport Express connects to BeoSound 8 through a line input using a mini to RCA cable.

Web Site: http://www.bang-olufsen.com