LAS VEGAS — If you liked the $1,200 Walkman that Sony unveiled on Monday, you’ll love the $2,800 home audio controller that Bang & Olufsen presented Tuesday at CES.
The BeoSound Moment is a touchscreen controller for selecting and managing digital and cloud music collections. Its signature feature is a touchscreen panel made of oak harvested from a forest near B&O’s headquarters in Denmark.
Wood covers one side of the metal slab. The other looks like a huge iPod, with a touchscreen and a circular dial control called the “Mood Wheel” since it can be used to quickly launch a pre-selected collection of music for a particular mood.
Software in the device gets to know your routines and musical moods and can suggest appropriate selections.
The wood isn’t an eco gimmick. The company wanted to restore some of the tactile experience of music that’s been lost since people moved away from vinyl albums and even compact discs.
“People are missing the physicality and tactility of music … this is what we have been striving to create,” said Kristine Marie Schmidt, global vice president.
The BeoSound will be available later this year for a cool $2,795.
Here’s Lyle Clark, senior manager of user experiences at B&O, showing it off during a press event.
A close up of the touch control on the wood side: