B&O needs you to the touch wooden to regulate your music at residence

B&O wants you to touch wood to control your music at home

Knocking on wooden is claimed to deliver you luck. These of a much less lucky disposition might be to find out about Bang & Olufsen’s new wi-fi house music system then. It is referred to as “The Second” and options (amongst different issues) a picket contact-delicate interface. It might be the luckiest HiFi you will ever personal. The curious gadget is available in two elements: the dock/base station, and a wi-fi controller. It is the latter that will get the wooden remedy. As you possibly can in all probability already inform, The Second is typical Bang & Olufsen, in that it isn’t typical in any respect.

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If there’s one factor the Danish firm excels at, it is promoting a life-style. If it is good at a second factor, it is making a uncommon consumer experiences. The Second is an envoy for each of those qualities. The detachable controller is definitely double-sided. There’s the sparse, picket panel we already talked about, however flip it over and it is aluminum surrounding a big contact display. Both sides represents a unique solution to work together together with your music, and each of them appear to be one thing that would not be misplaced in an inside design journal. Particularly when nestled between two of the agency’s equally manicured audio system (you possibly can join your personal, or use B&O’s wi-fi ones).

When utilizing the picket aspect (it has capacitive sensor slightly below the skinny layer of laminate), you will be interacting with Bang and Olufsen’s behavior-studying “PatternPlay”. As you employ The Second, it learns your music listening patterns and preferences. Take heed to Bach at lunch? Hendrix for breakfast? The Second is taking word, and can begin auto-enjoying the music it thinks you need to hear with only a single contact of the picket panel. In fact, if in case you have erratic habits, or there’s wildly various music tastes in your family, your outcomes might range (there are not any consumer profiles).

B&O wants you to touch wood to control your music at home

If you’d like a bit of extra management over your music, you will need to flip the controller over. On this aspect, it is successfully a pill. There is a typical UI that allows you to browse your assortment (or the huge library of Deezer) by way of the standard filters (artist, album and so forth.). The Second additionally aggregates all of your music into one seamless catalog. Whereas this interface is extra typical, there’s nonetheless somewhat B&O magic on this aspect of the controller. A shade-wheel with concentric circles permits you to select — and uncover — music based mostly on temper. Colours characterize depth and emotion, whereas the circles dictate how shut the music is to your private assortment — central is music you recognize, the additional out you go, the extra it begins to decide on issues it thinks you may like. It is definitely an fascinating tackle discovery.

The Second is predictably costly. It’s going to run you $2,800 earlier than you’ve got even thought-about audio system. That is a good quantity of dough for what’s primarily a streaming participant with a flowery interface. Not even the free 12 months of Deezer can take the sting off that. However, when you’re into Bang and Olufsen merchandise, that is all a part of the expertise. The Second goes on sale on the finish of this month.

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