In a throwback to more old-style speaker design, the Model D revamps traditional. Volume
is controlled with a gilded brass wheel, while an
analog converter for each speaker secures a consistent, crisp natural sound. The remote control,
which mimics the volume wheel, is simple yet
sophisticated and finished with gold and glass.
Danish company Bang & Olufsen put a
more modern spin, literally, on speaker systems
with its BeoSound 9000. The system plays a six-CD changer for up to 12 hours while visually
showcasing discs of choice as they spin. The CD
mechanism zips quietly from disc to disc and can
be programmed to skip tracks or remember favorites. Satellite radio and digital music files are
also accessible through the home computer with
the latest BeoPort software.
The speaker options are endless with this
system, from less obvious box shapes to extrater-restrial-looking cones. For optimal sound, the
BeoLab 5 carries 2,500 watts of digital amplification and uses Acoustic Lens Technology (ALT)
to customize the output. “There is a button on
top of the speaker; when you push it, a microphone comes out mechanically from the bottom
to send out test tones to find optimal sound for
the room,” says Oliver Pennington, owner of the
bang & olufsen’s BeoSound 9000
system has a six-CD changer (left) that
is as showstopping as the uniquely-
shaped BeoLab 5 speaker (right).