German manufacturing brand Braun has its origins in hifi and audio equipment. And it has chosen IFA – historically rooted in radio technology – to announce its return to the audio sector after 28 years away. Its comeback is a re-invention of the classic LE speakers from 1959 with a range launched here this week, available to buy from October. Aesthetically, the LE01, LE02 and LE03 echo the simple design of their twentieth century predecessor but the new products are state-of-the- art: voice control, Google Assistant, wirelessly paired multi-room functionality and software support for streaming services all bring the speakers up to date, allowing them to act as a control hub for the smart home. Developed and manufactured with British audio specialists Pure, the smart speakers have a machined aluminium surround and minimalist button configuration and LED sequences. To ensure high sound quality, their Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) drive units provide a near 180-degree soundstage and, whether wall-mounted or freestanding, a pair can be configured as integrated stereo speakers. Making their global debut at IFA, the speakers mark a welcome return for the Braun Audio brand.

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