Bang & Olufsen’s Beoremote Halo is beautiful and expensive, but it’s not entirely clear why it’s needed or what it really is … well, here’s what we know: it costs $ 900 and is a round device with a rectangular touch screen that lets you control the music system Bang & Olufsen, which you obviously have in your home. And of course it looks sexy as hell, because B&O doesn’t do ugly.
Bang & Olufsen says that Halo “gives you all the comforts of a simple user interface”, lights up as you get closer, and offers a one-touch push to select your music. So a speaker? Radio? “You don’t have to use your mobile device or take anything out of your pocket and mess with trying to find the right app to get started.” Okay, no apps. There are two Halo options for some reason: a wall-mounted version and a variety of portable tables. The latter has already sold out online, assuming it was initially in stock.
The desktop version has a battery so you can move it from room to room, and the Halo can be charged via USB-C or B&O’s Beoplay Qi charging pad (which itself costs significantly more than most charging pads. at $ 125). The display will show your stored favorite songs and connect to the latest available Bang & Olufsen music device in your home (in case you have more than one). It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity “and he will decide which technology to use in specific situations.” It’s kind of a sophisticated way to describe what most Bluetooth-enabled devices do, but well. See how nice it is!
Even after reading the specs and description of what Halo does, I’m still trying to figure out why you need a custom ball like this to play music in your house. This is not Echo, Portal or Google Home, there is no voice assistant here. This is a round remote control for your home music system. That’s all he does. That is, if you have $ 900 to spend.
Bang & Olufsen is well known for its expensive version of headphones, speakers, smart speakers and other audio products, so it’s no surprise that this remote control will be expensive and wonderful. But Halo’s description doesn’t quite match the usual B&O noise, imo: “If you listen to a specific radio station on your Bang & Olufsen music system, you can press and hold a favorite button and the specific radio station will now be stored on that button. The ease of storage is a favorite [same] principle, as car radios have been using for decades. “
Nine hundred dollars for a sexy car radio? Or is it a remote control? I’m still very confused.