Bang & Olufsen’s Beoremote Halo is beautiful and expensive, but it’s not entirely clear why it’s necessary or what it actually … is. Here’s what we know: It costs $ 900 and is a round device with a rectangular touch screen that lets you control the Bang & Olufsen music system you naturally have in your home. And of course, it looks sexy as hell because B&O does not do ugly.
Bang & Olufsen says that Halo “gives you all the convenience of a simple user interface,” lights up when you get close, and offers the push of a button to select your music. So it’s a speaker? A radio? “There’s no need to use your mobile device or pull something out of your pocket and stumble around trying to find the right app to get started.” OK, no apps. There are two Halo options for one reason or another: a wall-mounted version and a portable table stand range. The latter is already sold out online, provided it was in stock to begin with.
The desk 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 plate (which in itself costs significantly more than most charging plates for $ 125). The display shows your saved favorite songs and connects to the most recently opened Bang & Olufsen music device in your house (if you have more than one). It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity “and it decides for itself which technology to use in specific situations.” It’s kind of a nice way to describe what most Bluetooth enabled devices do, but OK. See how beautiful it is!
Even after reading the specs and description of what Halo does, I’m still trying to figure out why you need a bespoke ball like this to play music in your house. This is not an echo, portal or Google home, there is no voice assistant here. It’s 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 known for its expensive version of headphones, speakers, smart speakers and other audio products, so it is not a big surprise that this remote control would be expensive and beautiful. But the description of Halo does not quite live up to the usual B&O hype, imo: “If you listen to a particular radio station on your Bang & Olufsen music system, you can press and hold a favorite button and the specific radio station is now saved on this button. The simplicity of saving a favorite is [same] principle that car radios have used for decades. ”
Nine hundred dollars for a sexy car radio? Or is it a remote control? I’m still very confused.