Elipson Music Centre BT

A chic Bang & Olufsen-powered machine that just begs to go loud

Image: Hugh Threlfall

There’s no doubt that this Bang & Olufsen-powered music centre from Elipson is an incredibly attractive machine, but it is also refreshingly straightforward.

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The Bluetooth connection it uses, just as with the marvellous, globular Elipson Planet LW speakers I reviewed last year, is fast and simple. I am often surprised at how tricky some Bluetooth connections are compared to others. But Elipson, more than anyone else, seems to have curbed Bluetooth’s occasional problem of being a bit flighty.

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The MC1-BT comes with a superb remote, although, as it’s the only way to control the player, you’ll have to try not to lose it. Another thing I liked a lot is the display, which tells you exactly what the current input is – in my case I could see that the stream was coming from a MacBook Air, it was Bluetooth aptX and was running at 44.1kHz. I tried the MC1-BT with my reference ATC SCM7 speakers and it reminded me of a sports car that’s asking to be opened up; both the Elipson and the ATCs seemed desperate to go loud. The MC1-BT may look chic and well‑mannered, very B&O in fact, but it’s a tearaway at heart and really wants to annoy the neighbours.

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