LAYER x Bang & Olufsen – Together Making Music Sound Better

Besound Emerge launches
LAYER x Bang & Olufsen

Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency LAYER has created Beosound Emerge for luxury Danish consumer electronics brand, Bang & Olufsen.

The super slim, sculptural speaker is designed to seamlessly sit on a shelf in the home and boasts a small footprint that belies its impressive acoustic output.  In keeping with the domestic scale of the speaker, the material palette of Beosound Emerge is informed by residential interiors. The speaker features premium knitted textiles and crafted aluminium on its spine, and is wrapped in a natural timber or black polymer cladding that is inspired by the jacket of a book.

Beosound Emerge was in development for two years and is the second collaboration between B&O and LAYER, following the launch of the award-winning Beosound Balance last year.

Impossibly slim, surprisingly powerful

“The vision for Beosound Emerge was to create the slimmest speaker possible that could still deliver full range,
ultra-wide sound despite its size through its revolutionary driver configuration,” says Christoffer Poulsen, Senior Vice
President and Head of Product Management at Bang & Olufsen. “Whether placed on a bookshelf in the bedroom or
a tight corner of the kitchen, the slim design of Beosound Emerge allows you to extend your music to a new room or
complement an existing speaker in the same area without taking up extra space.

Designed in collaboration with Benjamin Hubert from the experience design agency LAYER, Beosound Emerge
is a versatile speaker inspired by the compact form of a book. The slim, sculptural structure is the quintessential
bookshelf speaker, designed to seamlessly sit anywhere in the home, whether discreetly tucked away or prominently
on display. Built to extend sound without taking up space, the speaker’s resemblance to an interior object allows it
to integrate alongside books and other domestic objects. The side panels wrap around the speaker like the cover
of a book, while the front of the speaker is marked with Bang & Olufsen’s logo in the same way the spine of a book
features the author’s name.

Using tactile and warm materials inspired by residential interiors, Beosound Emerge Gold Tone features an oak cover
that wraps around the woven Kvadrat textile on its spine. The pearl-blasted aluminium, anodised in a gold tone,
visually grounds the speaker in luxury and is aesthetically pleasing from every angle due to its tapered silhouette.
The speaker cover is also available in a high-grade aluminium Black Anthracite finish with a pearl-blasted grill. The
polymer side panels feature a vertical corrugated pattern that accentuates the slim lines of the speaker. This sensitive
material approach softens technology, highlighting Bang & Olufsen’s dedication to craftsmanship.

“As a studio, we like to build long-term partnerships with the brands we work with and Beosound Emerge is our
second collaboration with Bang & Olufsen,” says Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER. “The super slim speaker has
been designed to minimise the physical footprint and maximise the audio output as a response to the real estate
in people’s homes being at an unprecedented premium. At LAYER, we believe that technology should enable
happiness but doesn’t necessarily need to be an expression in its own right, so it was equally important for us to
create a new architectural format with a strong sculptural sensibility and a more domestic material palette that will
stand out in the saturated audio market while seamlessly fitting into the home.”

The user interface for Beosound Emerge is intuitively incorporated into the top of the product. The buttons can
be activated through soft touch allowing users to pause music and change track or easily access favourite radio
stations and playlists. The volume adjustment is a unique experience that employs a circular motion to adjust up or
down for a smooth and sensory interaction.

Full range, ultra-wide sound

Bang & Olufsen’s dedication to creating a home speaker inspired by interior objects has resulted in a unique
loudspeaker driver configuration that enables a full-range sound experience from a slender form. To achieve this
level of acoustic quality, the designers worked in close collaboration with the Bang & Olufsen’s acoustic engineers.
The 37mm midrange is mounted at an angle to maintain the narrow design of Beosound Emerge, emitting sound
from the front along with the 14mm soft dome tweeter. The output of the 100mm side-firing woofer is guided to
the back of the product, the total result being a sound dispersion wide enough to fill the room with sound. The low
frequency range is improved by the built-in active room compensation technology that customises the sound design
for the placement of the speaker in your room, ensuring a flawless sound experience in every listening environment.

Designed for longevity


Bang & Olufsen’s commitment to longevity across its product portfolio is also prevalent in Beosound Emerge. The
speaker has been modularly designed, providing access to Bang & Olufsen’s new replaceable connectivity module
introduced in Beosound Level. The module has been frontloaded with enough processing power and connectivity
technology to receive new performance updates and features for years to come. If the connectivity and streaming
technology ever becomes outdated, the module can be replaced with the latest technology updates, future
proofing the speaker.

Expanded music experience

Beosound Emerge can be added to Bang & Olufsen’s Connected Speakers set up to deliver music throughout the
home. Beosound Emerge can be placed in a small room to fill the space with powerful and clear sound. Equally,
it can be used to complement an existing speaker set-up in the same space and is the perfect accompaniment to
Beoplay A9 or Beosound Balance or any of the Bang & Olufsen Connected Speakers.

For an even more immersive and impactful music experience, two Beosound Emerge speakers can be easily
paired together for stereo listening sessions. Developed by Bang & Olufsen, the wireless stereo experience is a new
technology that will soon be available on a range of speakers including Beosound Balance and Beosound Level.
With its minimalistic footprint, Beosound Emerge can bring a true Stereo experience to the home office as a desktop
solution, or other smaller rooms where space is scarce.

Multi-room functionality and voice control

Beosound Emerge supports Apple Airplay 2, Chromecast and features a built-in radio and microphone for voice
control. Bang & Olufsen’s proprietary Beolink connectivity will be available on Beosound Emerge via an over-the-air
software update in the autumn. Play music and check the news completely hands free with Google Assistant.

Technical Specifications
• Product dimensions (L x H x D): 25.5 x 16.5 X 6.7 cm
• Weight: 1.38 Kg
• Speaker drivers: 1 x 4” woofer drivers, 1 x 1.45” mid-range drivers, 1 x 0.6” tweeter
• Power Amplifiers: Non-clipped peak (W) 1 ×60 W class D for woofer, 1 ×30 W class D for mid-range, 1 ×30 W class
D for tweeter
• Frequency Range: 45 -22000 Hz
• Power Consumption: Normal usage – 15 Watt, Network stby – 4.5 Watt
• Power Supply: 90 -240 V, 50/60Hz
• Operating Conditions: Temperature: 10-40°C, Humidity: 30-95%
• Features: Active Room Compensation, Beosonic, Bang & Olufsen Radio, TuneIn via Google Assistant Bluetooth
Line-in/optical, Google Assistant, Airplay 2, Chromecast
• Wireless Networks: Dual band WLAN 2.4 & 5 GHz, IEEE 802.11 b/g/a/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0
• Microphones: Yes
• Connections: 1 x Ethernet 10/100 Mbit, 1 x Line-in/ Optical combi-jack, 1 x Power via USB-C, 1 x Service port via
micro USB
• Multiroom: Multiroom technologies from Apple AirPlay2 and Chromecast Multiroom are integrated and ready
for you to create a connected speaker setup with Beosound Emerge

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