Bang & Olufsen has unveiled the latest tech in its BeoSound range, the BeoSound 5 Encore, a home music hub that can organise your sprawling music collection. The modern-day jukebox works similar to a networked media consul and is priced much less than the first generation BeoSound 5 system, know for it’s capability to stream on Internet radio and featured a hard drive.
The BeoSound 5 Encore is equipped with 10.4-inch TFT LCD with low reflection coating and aluminium wheel, allowing you to browse through your music. The system gives easy access to your digital music conveniently arranged by album, artist, track or your favourites, plus access to more than 13,000 internet radio stations from all over the world, constantly updated automatically by B&O. It is enhanced with patented MOTS intelligent playlist technology, which captures the unique musical identity of a track, and then uses this to compile a playlist of similar music.
Also if you have a collection of digital music in a variety of spaces, you can integrate the same with this system, as it has the flexibility of reading from USB sources, NAS servers, an external computer or even Apple media devices via AirPlay. The system supports wide range of audio formats and connection options include a mini jack for Headphone, Line-in, 2 USB ports, Ethernet port and 802.11 a/n WiFi. Up to eight Encore hubs can be placed throughout the house to stream different songs simultaneously from the same network.
BeoSound 5 Encore offers different options for wall, table or floor placement. As with most of its designs, Bang & Olufsen is charging a premium for the new BeoSound add-on. It should cost $3,350 when it arrives in stores in August. [Bang & Olufsen]