Bang & Olufsen’s Beoremote Halo is beautiful & pricey, but it’s not totally clear why it’s required, or what it actually … is. Here’s what we do know: It costs $900, and is a round device with a rectangular touch screen that lets you manage the Bang & Olufsen music system you undoubtedly have in your home. And obviously it looks attractive as hell since B&O doesn’t do ugly.
Bang & Olufsen says the Halo “offers you all the convenience of a simple interface,” illuminate when you get close, and provides a one-button press to choose your music. So it’s a speaker? A radio? “There is no requirement to utilize your mobile device or to pull anything out of your pocket and fiddle around trying to find the ideal app to start.” OK, no apps. There are two Halo alternatives for some factor: a wall-mounted variation and a portable table stand variety. The latter is currently offered out online, assuming it remained in stock to start with.
The table stand variation has a battery so you can move it from space to space, and the Halo can be charged through USB-C, or B&O’s Beoplay Qi charging pad(which itself costs considerably more than most charging pads, at $125). The display screen will show your stored favorite tunes, and will link to the most recently accessed Bang & Olufsen music device in your house (in case you have more than one). It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity “and it will identify by itself which innovation to use in specific situations.” That’s sort of an expensive method of explaining what many Bluetooth-enabled gadgets do, however OK. Look how quite it is!
Even after reading the specs and description of what the Halo does, I’m still trying to figure out why you need a bespoke orb like this to play music in your house. This isn’t an Echo, a Portal or a Google Home, there’s no voice assistant here. It’s a round remote control for your house music system. That’s all it does. That is, if you have $900 to spend.
Bang & Olufsen is well known for its expensive version of earphones, speakers, clever speakers, and other audio products, so it’s not a huge surprise that this push-button control would be pricey and beautiful. However the description of the Halo isn’t rather living up to the normal B&O hype, imo: “If you’re listening to a particular radio station on your Bang & Olufsen music system, you can press and hold a favourite button and the particular radio station will now be kept on this button. The simplicity of saving a preferred is the [same] principle as car radios have actually used for decades.”
9 hundred dollars for a sexy automobile radio? Or is it a push-button control? I’m still really confused.