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75 April 29th 2013 1:31 pm

Bang & Olufsen has never been one to shy away from intriguing design, and the BeoPlay A9 is no different. This AirPlay-capable speaker stands out among other speakers with its unique circular shape that also doubles as a volume control, and TrustedReviews calls the A9's design "minimalist in styling yet attention grabbing in its shape." Its round form houses five speakers that create a sound t-break refers to as "mesmerizing," with TrustedReviews being pleased with "the quality of its sound reproduction." The BeoPlay A9 avoids the 'form over function' cliché by not only looking modern and interesting, but by also providing an enjoyable audio experience. However, at $2700 this is a hard cost to justify when there are cheaper href="http://gdgt.com/sonos/play-3/">wireless options available.

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Critic reviews

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PC Mag Mar 6, 2013

The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9 speaker system delivers crisp, full-bodied, room-filling sound, and it looks smashing doing it. The price, however, isn't for the faint of heart.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Feb 1, 2013

The B&O BeoPlay A9 is both bonkers and brilliant, radical and subtle, style and substance and these aren’t qualities we see very often. For sure it won’t suit all tastes, budgets and properties but it should be celebrated for daring to be different and succeeding in tremendous style.

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9.0
t-break Dec 28, 2012

The A9 is nearly the cost of a high-end 5.1 home theatre setup, and while it does deliver some very impressive sound quality, it’s just too expensive to seriously consider for purchase by most of us.

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Engadget Oct 4, 2012

Simply put, we'd describe its looks as a super-sized half of the BeoPlay A8 speaker dock. We'd guess the A9 stands at roughly three feet tall (legs mounted) and three feet wide based on our quick in-person look.

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Sound+Vision Oct 4, 2012

The A9 isn't for everyone, but among those with the free cash on hand, its mix of striking design and sheer horsepower should win it some fans.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 1, 2013

When it was revealed to the gathered press, the first thing that blew us away, however, wasn't its audio capabilities, but its size. The A9 is no mere iPod dock, it's a massive, round piece of objet d'art.

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T3 Oct 13, 2012

We loved the discreet touch controls and the responsiveness of sliding your hand across the back to change the volume. Most importantly it delivers on its promise to generate a rich, room-filling sound but like a broken record we have to come back to the issue of price.

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8.0
MaartenV1 MaartenV1

A great device, but the support from Bang & Olufsen is absolute terrible. Dont by from b&o as you think you need any support!!!!

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