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An upscale, luxury-grade iPhone, iPod, and iPad compatible docking station that can either be positioned on a table or mounted.

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Pros

great audio quality

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includes wireless remote in the style of the circular control interface on the face of the unit

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USB and aux 3.5mm inputs for use with other sources (MP3 players, computers, etc...)

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grills in 6 colours are available

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solid aluminum build quality

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supports all iPods, iPhones and even the iPad

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minimalist design / controls

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high price point

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looks kinda silly

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The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 is an upscale, luxury-grade iPhone, iPod, and iPad compatible docking station that can either be positioned on a table or mounted. Featured are two conical speakers that can handle a frequency range between 38Hz-24kHz, meaning quality bass and crisp high-frequency details. For further audio enhancement, the system offers users three pre-configured sound settings based on the position of the speakers. Most notable though is that the BeoSound 8 can be networked using the Apple Airport Express (USB), thereby allowing users to wireless stream content from their PC or Mac. Plus there’s also an auxiliary port and an optional iOS application for Internet radio and alarm clock functionality.

Features
  • Luxury-Grade Docking Station
  • Designed by David Lewis
  • iPod/iPhone/iPad Connector
  • USB Line-In (Phono)
  • Auxiliary Interface
  • Two Conical Speakers
  • Wide Frequency Response
  • Room Adaptation Switch
  • Dedicated Remote Control
  • Optional Networking
  • Optional iOS App
  • Aluminum/White with White Fabric Frame (Option 1)
  • Aluminum/Black with Black Fabric Frame (Option 2)
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Anonymous
02/07/2011 09:55

Compare this with B&W Zeppelin air... it lacks the subwoofer. I've heard Beosound 8.. sounds good but lacks bass.. I love the design but sound quality is more important.. I would buy it if it sounds better than Zeppelin air.. unlikely though. This thing doesn't come with a sound source although it has various connectivity options, hence it should be classified as Beolab rather than Beosound... based on B&Os product categorisation of previous products.

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02/08/2011 08:00

If you turn the placement switch to 'free standing' you can hear a bunch of bass from BO8

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Anonymous

05/06/2011 10:03

i have heard the zeppelin air and beosound8

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Anonymous

05/06/2011 10:03

zeppelin air sounded better

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Anonymous

06/06/2011 12:47

thinking Bio 8 is not too great in reality.

Well I had some issues with B&W Airs boomy low end that also lacks a true transparent punch. I was one of the first to own one, a few months ago. Zeppelin
I had a problem with my unit and returned it to apple. I also felt that the mids, while great were slightly drowned out by the over boomy bass, which in part may be sue to its over agressive DSP. Zeppelin Air is both Amazing and Flawed at different times with different
music! You can bet the next 4 Gen version in 2012 or 2013 will be improved vastly!
But.... B&W have taken w a y too long to put out a true high end audiophile ipod dock!

I am now looking at the Philips DS9010 Dock compared to the Zeppelin Air.

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Anonymous

09/02/2011 02:00

Over aggressive DSP? This statement makes no sense, but is indicative of probably poor room acoustics. Incidentally the bass output is adjustable on the Zepplin Air. If you want dynamic transparent 3 dimensional sound adapted to an individual room's acoustics you will need to spend much more than 500 pounds.

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