Bang & Olufsen Goes for an Encore with BeoSound 5
The new digital music system provides access to over 13,000 web radio stations.
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July 26, 2011 by Rachel Cericola

If you know anything about Bang & Olufsen, it’s probably that they have some unique looking products and that those kind of bragging rights will cost you. The company’s new BeoSound 5 Encore is certainly no different. 

This pretty little digital music system provides access to over 13,000 web radio stations, as well as the owner’s own digital library. It also promises to make those things sound as good as this system looks—and it better for $3,350.

Designed to be a hub for your digital music, the BeoSound 5 Encore can arrange music by album, artist, track or “favorites.” It can also work alone or as part of a larger multiroom setup. If it’s not up to par, don’t completely stress out. B&O says that the quality of the stations is monitored and updated on a regular basis.

One nifty feature is the company’s MOTS (More of the Same) algorithm, which allows users to build music playlists based on the sound, dynamics, and rhythmic aspects of a single track. Other music options include a connected drive, a NAS server, a computer, a USB stick or a handheld device.

Besides support for lossless music, the BeoSound 5 Encore boasts access to both wired and wireless networks. Additional BeoSound 5 Encore features include a 10.4-inch graphical display and a wheel to scroll through music selections. Also, a total of up to eight BeoSound 5 Encore systems can be connected for whole-house music.

“BeoSound 5 Encore represents the first step into the new digital world where both permanent and temporary devices constantly change,” states Zean Nielsen, president of Bang & Olufsen America, Inc. “We believe BeoSound 5 Encore acknowledges the different customer levels - in terms of familiarity with the digital music paradigm - and will appeal to both the technologically advanced and those that prefer a more simplistic way of interacting and navigating with one’s preferred digital music library.”

B&O says that the BeoSound 5 Encore should start popping up in showrooms next month. In the meantime, check out the little product promo below.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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