At first glance, Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 looks like a piece of modern decorative art … and it is, and more.
Beoplay A9 is the bigger brother of Beoplay A6 with similar features, build quality and aesthetics. Needless to say, it is an upscale product and one of the most noteworthy home wireless speakers ever produced.
As with Beopley A6, the speaker is pampered in “designer” fabric, produced exclusively through collaboration between Bang & Olufsen and the renown high-end textile company, Kvadrat. This special wool-blend fabric is made from delicate multi-colored threads for the purpose of producing the desired acoustic transparency while maintaining the natural Scandinavian styling.
Sound is driven by a total of 480W of amplification, an 8 inch subwoofer, 2 x 3 inch midrange drivers, 2 x 3/4 inch tweeters. Beoplay A9 exceeds all our expectations by delivering extremely powerful yet tightly controlled bass, plus silky smooth tones at mid and high frequencies. We felt a bit strange initially, when we first experienced such room filling ambient sound from such a non-speaker like object.
Beoplay A9 can be linked with any other Chromcast, Airplay or Beolink Multiroom compatible speakers (such as other A9, Beoplay A6 and the smaller Beoplay M5) to play either the same song on all speakers, or different music on different speakers in different rooms.
It supports most of popular audio formats, including MP3, AAC, WMA, ALAC, FLAC, WAV), up to the highest-resolution at 24bit/192kHz. You can also access thousands of internet radio stations at your fingertips via Spotify Connect, Deezer and TuneIn.
If you feel so inclined, check out The Making of A9 Speaker video.
Beoplay A9 is large. It stands 908 mm tall, 700 mm in diameter and weighs 14.7 Kg. It is meant for large rooms. If you do not have sufficient space in your home to accommodate Beoplay A9, then take a look at the smaller but equally impressive Beoplay A6, which allows more flexible placements. Also consider the tiny Beoplay S3, which could stay nearly invisible in your home.
Other wireless speakers in Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay Collection: