B&O goes futuristic with new hi-fi

Bang & Olufsen products are renowned for being like steam-powered spaceships, with their combination of futuristic looks and retro innards. The Da

Bang & Olufsen products are renowned for being like steam-powered spaceships, with their combination of futuristic looks and retro innards. The Danish super-brand might finally be embracing modernity though – its new hi-fi’s got an SD card slot.

As the company itself says, the SD card takes the role ‘traditionally provided by the audio cassette tape’. While those words probably haven’t been uttered since 1992, it does sum up the BeoSound 4’s ability nicely.

It combines a CD player with an FM and DAB radio, all of which you can record from directly onto an SD card. You can then take your music-loaded card and place it in a portable device like the BeoSound 2, or any device that’ll play MP3s from an SD or MMC card.

That’s the end of boring old functionality for the BeoSound though – it’s got much cooler things like design to think about. Luckily for show-offs, the glass door will open with a nonchalant wave of the hand, and pressing the load button will see the screen rise smoothly to let you feed it your CD.

As for the speakers, well, you’ll want nothing less than some Beolab 4s, like the ones above, to round off your system.

The only slight snag with all this exclusive high-design is its assault on your wallet – the BeoSound 4 costs a cool £2465, and that’s without the pyramid speakers.

Well, hard-earned, potentially life-changing savings are overrated anyway. Sign your life away here.

Update: We went a bit overboard with the price – the BeoSound 4 costs a much more affordable £1,635 without the speakers.