Bang & Olufsen's Beoremote Halo is beautiful and expensive, but it's not entirely clear why it is necessary or what it actually is. Here's what we know: It's $ 900 and it's a round device with a rectangular touchscreen that you can use to control the Bang & Olufsen music system that you obviously have in your home. And of course it looks sexy as hell because B&O isn't ugly.
Why do i need this
Bang & Olufsen
According to Bang & Olufsen, the Halo "gives you the convenience of a simple user interface," lights up when you approach, and offers a push of a button to choose 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 play around to find the right app to get started." OK, no apps. For some reason there are two Halo options: a wall-mounted version and a portable desk stand version. The latter is already sold out online, provided it was initially in stock.
The table stand version has a rechargeable battery that you can use to move it from room to room. The Halo can be charged via USB-C or B & O's Beoplay Qi charging pad (which at $ 125 costs significantly more than most charging pads). The display shows your saved favorite songs and connects to the last used Bang & Olufsen music device in your house (if you have more than one). It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity "and it dictates what technology to use in certain situations." That's a fancy way of describing what most Bluetooth-enabled devices do, but OK. Look how pretty it is!
The other device in the background is the $ 40,000 Beolab 50. That's not a typo.
Bang & Olufsen
Even after reading the Halo's specs and how it works, 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, a portal, or a Google homepage. 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 to spend $ 900.
Bang & Olufsen is known for its high-priced version of headphones, speakers, smart speakers and other audio products. So it's no big surprise that this remote control is expensive and great. But the description of the Halo doesn't quite match the usual B&O hype, imo: “When you're listening to a particular radio station on your Bang & Olufsen music system, you can press and hold a favorite button and the specific button that button will now become a radio station saved. The simplicity of saving a favorite is the same principle that car radios have been using for decades. "
Nine hundred dollars for a sexy car radio? Or is it a remote control? I am still very confused.