Bang & Olufsen’s Beoremote Halo is beautiful and expensive, but it’s not entirely clear why it is needed, or what it really is …. Here we know: It costs $ 900, and a round device with a shape rectangular touch screen that lets you control the Bang & Olufsen music system you obviously have in your home. And of course it looks like a sexy hell because B&O does not do anything ugly.
Bang & Olufsen says that Halo “gives you all the convenience of a simple user interface,” illuminates when you’re close, and offers a touch button to select your music. So is this a speaker? A radio? “No need to use your mobile device or to get anything out of your pocket and besiege trying to find the right app to get started.” OK, no apps. There are two options in Halo for several reasons: a wall-mounted version and a variety of portable table stands. The latter has already been sold online, assuming it is in stock to begin with.
The table stand 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 larger than most charging pads, at $ 125). The display will display your stored favorite songs, and connect to the most recently accessed Bang & Olufsen music device in your home (in case you have more than one). It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection “and it will determine exactly which technology to use in specific situations.” That’s kind of a fancy way of describing what most Bluetooth-enabled devices do, but OK. See how beautiful it is!
Even after reading the details and descriptions of what Halo does, I also try to figure out why you need this bespoke orb to play music in your home. This is not an Echo, a Portal or a Google Home, no voice assistant here. This is a round remote control for your home music system. That’s all it does. That is, if you have $ 900 to spend.
Bang & Olufsen is well known for its high-priced versions of headphones, speakers, smart speakers, and other audio products, so it’s no surprise that this remote control is expensive and gorgeous. But Halo’s description doesn’t quite depend on the standard B&O hype, imo: “If you’re listening to a specific radio station on your Bang & Olufsen music system, you can press and hold a favorite button and the specific station radio will be stored on this button.The simplicity of storing a favorite is the [same] principles used by car radios for decades. “
Nine hundred dollars for a sexy car radio? Or is it a remote control? I’m still very confused.