Bang & Olufsen will introduce a new receiver that wirelessly connects digital music sources to any Bang & Olufsen speakers this July 2012.
The new Bang & Olufsen Playmaker unleashes the sound experience of Bang & Olufsen speakers to one's digital music with one-step wireless operation straight from any smart phone and it is both DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and AirPlay compatible. It can stream music from practically any smart phone, tablet, MAC, PC or media server. Additionally, Playmaker possesses a second-to-none sound performance as it features a Digital Audio converter that is specified for even the most powerful B&O speakers.
Playmaker has ease-of-use operation. You simply add Playmaker to any set of Bang & Olufsen active loudspeakers. Playmaker also creates new wireless music scenarios, as one can set various music zones in the house and/or music can be moved around from room to room, or played in sync using iTunes.
Additionally, an extra amplifier is not needed for set up. All Bang & Olufsen speakers are active with specially tuned amplifiers, built into every cabinet, to power all speaker drivers separately.
Playmaker can also be hardwired. Also, it is a simple way for existing Bang & Olufsen owners to add digital music to their systems - wirelessly - and it has the specs to handle even Bang & Olufsen's most demanding speakers, BeoLab 5. BeoLab 5 outputs over 2500 watts of power and possesses 4 patented technologies in the area of acoustics and bass control.
Volume and mute can be controlled either by the handheld device, by the Bang & Olufsen remote, or on Playmaker itself.
Playmaker also connects to a wireless network in just seconds. The Bang & Olufsen BeoSetup App helps you do this in a few steps, or you can push a button on the bottom of Playmaker to connect to a wireless router.
Playmaker is available in Bang & Olufsen showrooms in US, Canada and Mexico at the end of July 2012. It retails at $425.00.