In developing the BeoSound Moment, Bang & Olufsen sought to change the way people think about playing digital music at home. The system features a handsome dual-sided touch-operated interface. Half of it is covered in oak, which lends unexpected tactility and warmth, and the other half is a glass screen. It can stream to multiple rooms and plays music directly from your iTunes library, TuneIn Internet radio, and Deezer, and can also connect via Bluetooth to a mobile device for other streaming services like Spotify. Retail is $2,795.
In addition to its sleek stylings, what differentiates the BeoSound Moment from other audio players is PatternPlay, which is accessed via the one-touch wood interface. PatternPlay keeps track of what type of music you listen to based on the time and day to help predict what you'd like to hear. The more you use it, the more it learns.
The MoodWheel on the other side of the player selects songs based on the type of ambiance you'd like to create. Instead spending hours creating playlists, the system does it for you. Simply touch a portion of the ring and it'll play music based on the color (kind of like associating certain hues with certain musical qualities). Tap more closely to the center and the system selects music you're more familiar with—the albums and tracks in your library or that you have listed as your favourites or added to playlists through streaming services. The further out you touch, the more the player adds songs you haven't heard before but match the mood you're trying to create.
The tablet can be used independently from the stand to make it easy for people to interact with the player.