Drum roll

At IFA 2018 Bang & Olufsen presented an impressively aesthetic loudspeaker by Michael Anastassiades.
by Fabian Peters | 9/12/2018

Extreme reduction to basic geometric forms, perfectionism and infatuation with materials - these are the constants in Michael Anastassiades' work. He constantly balances on the fine line between design and art. For Bang & Olufsen, the London-based designer has now created the wireless loudspeaker "Beosound Edge", which amazes with both its form and its technology. Anastassiades designed it as an upright drum, the curved side wall is made of polished aluminium, the round sound membranes are covered with matt black textile. 

Operation is as simple as it is ingenious: Motion sensors detect as soon as a person approaches. Then the touch user interface lights up, for which microscopically small holes are lasered into the aluminium. As a result, the control panel is only visible when it is active. The volume is changed by rolling the loudspeaker drum back and forth. 
Inside the "Beosound Edge" there is a powerful bass driver on one side and a midrange driver and a tweeter on both sides. The newly developed "Active Bass Port" serves to increase bass performance at high volumes. Anastassiades has developed the loudspeaker for two different installation options in the room: It can be set up freely on the floor or mounted on the aluminium frame on the wall. (fap)