Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 review: Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8

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The Good Supports iPads. Distinctive design. Crisp, clean sound. USB PC support.

The Bad Sound hardens at volume. May not support your device.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a top-of-the-line iPod dock that not only supports iPads but looks and sounds amazing, Bang and Olufsen's BeoSound 8 is what you should get.

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8.3 Overall

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Got an iPad? Tried fitting it to a speaker dock yet? Doesn't work, does it? Thankfully B&O has thought of this and presents not only its first iPod dock, but also one of the first docks in the world that will fit the Apple tablet.

Design and Features

By B&O's own admission, the BeoSound 8 is unusual for the Danish design maestros as it centres around another company's product. It may be several years behind the rest of the world in getting an iPod dock into the arms of the public, but when the company does something it says it wants it done right.

The BeoSound 8 is an iPod dock first, but the plinth is wide enough to accommodate an iPad and the player is held on by an adaptable, screw-in brace.

The dock's fascia features a brushed aluminium finish, but the majority of the construction is a hard-wearing plastic. The device features a set of two 70W speakers on either side of the controls and despite the "floating" appearance the speakers are actually conical and not "flat". The speaker covers are also replaceable for coloured versions. The B&O doesn't lean back as far as the competitive Philips Fidelio Primoand so you needn't sit as closely to it to enjoy your music.

The dock boasts a digital connection between your Apple device and B&O's proprietary signal processor for better sound.

If you want a bit of flexibility with connections, the dock comes with a stereo RCA jack and a mini-USB port for streaming from a PC. The USB port uses the same processor for higher quality sonics.

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