Known for setting audiophiliac hearts a-flutter, Bang & Olufsen is back at it again with their new Nordic Natures collection. Award-winning designers Cecilie Manz and Jacob Wagner sought inspiration from the natural landscape of the Nordic region and applied it to Bang & Olufsen PLAY’s beloved product range, resulting in four new accessories that are sleeker and prettier than we could ever hope to be.
First released in April this year, the Beoplay A1 ($399) was the Danish company’s first foray into a portable speaker that remained compact while retaining the luxurious heft that most Bang & Olufsen speakers possess. Its minimal, circular design pairs with True 360 sound technology to enable audio to reach far corners of a large room without turning up the volume, and eradicates the risk of accidental button activation. Promising 24 hours of power per charge, as well as splash and dust resistance, the Beoplay A1 is the ideal travel speaker. For AW16, the Beoplay A1 is available in deep red and lava stone black, sexing up the A1’s smoke detector-esque façade.
As for heaphones, we have the Beoplay H7 ($599) and H8 ($699) receiving stellar makeovers. Lovers of lightweight headphones can turn to the H8. At just 255 grams, it is B&O’s lightest headset to date. 14 hours of battery life per charge pairs with an intuitive touch interface, allowing the user to answer calls, adjust the music, redial numbers, enable noise cancelling and more. The H8’s leather exterior is designed to age with elegance, acquiring patina over time. When you look that classy, no one’s going to care that you’re internally screaming along to “YMCA”. The H7 is best suited for klutzs who forget to charge their devices. The stunning leather headset comes with 20 hours of wireless playtime, and an intelligent battery saving function that switches your the headphones off after 15 minutes of inactivity. Both the H7 and H8 comes with Bluetooth 4.2 aptX and AAC codecs wireless capabilities.
If you prefer wireless earphones, the moss green rendition of the Beoplay H5 ($379) might be your gig. It’s might look like an angel in the streets, but the H5 designed to carry the user from the headache-inducing morning commute to the sweat-stained depths of the gym, and anywhere in between. When used with the iOS-compatible Beoplay App, the H5’s audio presets can be fully adjusted to best suit your music needs. It is also fully dust and water-resistant.
This limited edition is now available at Changi Airport Duty Free, Analogue+, Apple Premium Resellers, Bang & Olufsen stores at Hyatt Hotel, Challenger, Newstead and leading independent retailers.