Libratone has launched a triangular speaker that can be used wirelessly and is designed to fit snugly into the corner of a room and yet promises to deliver a hefty dose of audio. The Libratone Beat goes onsale in the UK at the end of this month.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that all speakers these days are iPod docks, such is their prevalence. The Libratone Beat does, of course, work with the ubiquitous MP3 player, but it also has some neat little technological tricks that distinguish it from the herd.
First up is the bright orange wool covering made of your finest cashmere (a less striking cream version is also available). The Libratone Beat also produces a striking amount of sound: it houses a pair of 25 Watt ribbon speakers that between them create a 360-degree aural effect that Libratone calls a "FullRoom sound".
The really clever part is the lack of cables. A wireless transmitter that attaches to an iPhone, iPod or iPad connects to the Beat and is used to control playback. We tried out a racing game on the iPad and a range of iPod music tracks, for example.
Set to cost around £500 when it goes onsale at the end of November the Libratone Beat will be sold through Apple Stores across Europe.
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