Using the speaker’s smartphone/tablet app, it’s then possible to recall these settings as presets, or indeed even ask the speaker to make the best compromise between two or more presets’ parameters.
It’s all done by microphone measurement and the onboard processing in the speaker, which can even compensate for the effects of temperature on drive units as well as allowing perfect alignment with a new driver should one ever be required.
The 125cm-tall, 137kg speaker is built mainly from aluminium, including the massive 65kg main casting housing the bass units, and covered with a cloth outer skin accented with geometric ‘crowns’, made as single aluminium pieces (despite their complex shapes) within the huge Bang & Olufsen factory.
Quite apart from the extremely striking industrial design of the speaker, another new aspect of the speaker is the way it’s being targeted: this is the model the company hopes will re-establish Bang & Olufsen as an audiophile speaker choice, and to this end the BeoLab 90 has not just the proprietary wired and wireless Power Link connections (conforming to the WISA standard the company adopted a couple of years back, but also RCA and XLR analogue input, TosLink and S-PDIF digital inputs and USB audio.
The speaker will accept audio formats up to 24-bit/192kHz but, as Geoff Martin puts it, ‘Currently the BeoLab 90 doesn’t support DSD’.
The new loudspeaker will be available through selected Bang & Olufsen shops from the end of this year, priced at £26,995 per speaker.