Bang & Olufsen Debuts One-Touch BeoSound Essence Audio

The stylish system can tie in digital music from the cloud, a computer, a NAS, a smartphone, or a tablet.

If you have any digital music, chances are you have it sprinkled in a variety of places. Some files are on your computer, some are on your phone, and some are stored in the cloud. Bang & Olufsen wants to get all of that music playing together in total — well, harmony.

The company just announced the BeoSound Essence, an audio system that makes it easy to access all of your music, wherever it may live. Whether you have files on your phone, your tablet, your computer, a connected NAS or elsewhere. If it’s on the network, this system will find it, with just one touch.

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The BeoSound Essence system consists of an aluminum remote that looks a lot like the Nest thermostat, as well as a box that you can store out of sight. The company says that you can place the remote whenever it’s convenient, whether that’s on a wall, a shelf or the kitchen counter. Then, just touch the remote to start playing music. Touch it again and you can skip through tracks or web radio options. You can even adjust the volume or mute the music. The remote is made to be extremely easy.

It’s worth noting that the box includes support for AirPlay (pending final certification), DLNA, Spotify Connect, QPlay and thousands of web radio stations. Just know that system also needs to be paired with speakers.

In connection with the BeoSound Essence, Bang & Olufsen is launching the BeoMusic app for iOS and Android devices. This can tap into music from a smartphone, PC or NAS, as well as all of the web radio offered through the system.

“BeoSound Essence is all about giving people easy access to their favorite music in Bang & Olufsen quality,” explains Bang & Olufsen CEO Tue Mantoni. “By applying our behavioral and ethnographic studies of how people live and live with music, we have developed the simplest user interface available in the market for people who do not accept a compromise in terms of quality and performance. BeoSound Essence builds on Bang & Olufsen’s heritage of understanding user behavior and technology and breaking new ground to make things simple.”

Bang & Olufsen will start selling the BeoSound Essence sometime this spring. The product’s $995 MSRP includes the BeoSound Essence Remote and the hide-away box, with additional remotes selling for $200 each.

The BeoSound Essence package includes a remote and the hide-away box.

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