Not everyone enjoys being a DJ. Many music fans just pick a playlist and leave it running. That’s why Bang & Olufsen created a smart music-streaming hub to anchor its high-fidelity BeoLab 18 wireless speaker system.
The BeoSound Moment is a two-sided tablet and dock that plays songs it thinks you want to hear. The device learns your listening habits over time (like the fact that you rock out to Katy Perry on Sunday mornings) and creates custom mixes on the fly. The Moment selects tracks from the music-streaming service Deezer and its 35-million-song database, plus any audio files available on your home network. Smartphones and tablets can also connect to the Moment with Bluetooth, granting access to services like Spotify and YouTube.
Once set up, the Moment is easy to control. On one side of the device, users can play, skip, or rewind a song and change the volume by tapping the world’s first touch-sensitive wooden panel—which resembles an iPod’s click wheel. On the other side, an LCD screen displays the B&O MoodWheel, a color wheel that represents different musical styles (red is up-tempo; blue is mellow). Users can select specific tracks using the LCD screen, too–but sometimes it’s best to sit back and enjoy the mix.
Bang & Olufsen Beolab 18 (top)
160 watts x 2
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment (bottom)
RCA, Bluetooth, Deezer music-streaming service
This article was originally published in the April 2015 issue of Popular Science, under the title “A Stereo for Minimalists.”