There are a lot of smart speakers in the market today, although we wouldn’t necessarily consider them to be the best-sounding speakers, which is kind of the angle that Apple went with the HomePod, where the company chose to focus more on the sound quality rather than on what the speakers could do.
However if you’re looking for high-end audio that also supports digital assistants, you’ll be pleased to learn (your bank account might disagree) that Bang & Olufsen has announced that its Beosound 1 and Beosound 2 speakers have recently been updated where they will now come with Google Assistant integration.
The Beosound 1 and 2 speakers aren’t new products but the company is now shipping them with Google Assistant integration, giving them a “smarter” and more modern update. Basically what it means is that these speakers will now have the same functionality as you would expect from other Google Assistant-enabled devices, like the Google Home, and will be capable of doing everything Google Assistant can do.
The update to the speakers will also see Bang & Olufsen introduce four buttons on the top of the speaker which users can assign to their favorite tasks, such as streaming from a particular radio station, quick access to your favorite playlist, and more. As expect from Bang & Olufsen, these speakers do not come cheap and are priced at $1,750 for the Beosound 1, and $2,250 for the Beosound 2, and both speakers are expected to be available mid-September and early October respectively.