its “Beolab” range remains reassuringly expensive and reassuringly individual. 

A pair of Beolab 28 will set you back between £9,750 and £10,750

Each tower features a 25mm tweeter and three carefully angled 75mm midrange drivers, each powered by 100 Class D watts of amplification. In the base there’s a downward-firing 165mm woofer, driven by 225 watts of power. And let’s face it, 1,250 watts 

Physical connections extend to a hybrid analogue/digital optical input, two Ethernet sockets (which, let’s face it, is one too many) and a USB-C input. And that’s your lot – we’d charitably characterise this as “adequate”. It’s certainly far from lavish.

There are a few touch-sensitive controls on the top of the tower

the Beolab 28 have considerable powers of communication. This much is apparent from a listen to Goldfrapp’s A&E: the vocal is isolated enough to make every inflection clear, but integrates seamlessly with the rest of the recording. This facility with low-level dynamics is available with the broader “quiet/loud/quiet” stuff, too – these speakers are not short of vigour or animation.   

Beolab 28 is slimmer, smarter and more surprising than any stereo speaker you’ve experienced before. Position it anywhere in the home, stream anything you want instantly, and be immersed in powerful studio-grade sound that automatically adapts to your space. All in a beautifully elegant form that can be controlled with a touch.