Surely I'm not the only one who would balk at paying nearly $10,000 for speakers, no matter how high-end they are. Yet, Bang & Olufsen's BeoLab 9 speakers do just that (well, $9,900) and all they have to show for it is "acoustic lens technology" and "adaptive bass linerisation," which is supposed to reduce two common side effects from playing music loudly: distortion and actual damage to the speaker. While seated, the speakers are ear level but they look to be balanced so precariously that a 2-year-old would have little to no trouble knocking the whole thing over. The BeoLab 9 can simply be used as stereo speakers (which would be overkill) or as part of a full home theater audio system, which is only slightly less insane.
B&F does like to release fancy looking speakers all the time and sticker shock seems to be one of their hallmarks. I guess if you have the necessary coin and like your house looking like a spaceship they might be worth the trouble.
Bang & Olufsen launches BeoLab 9 [Newlaunches.com]