LG G5’s Bang & Olufsen audio module may not reach U.S.

Bang & Olufsen's DAC for the LG G5. Photo: LG

Bang & Olufsen’s DAC for the LG G5. Photo: LG

Bang & Olufsen’s Hi-Fi audio module, one of the most exciting “Friends” we’ve seen so far for the new LG G5, may not be available in the U.S.

LG has removed all mentions of the device from its G5 webpage for U.S. visitors, as well as a number of other countries.

The Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi module brings a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC + amp to your G5 to provide you with the best sound you’ll get from a smartphone. Not only is it the smallest and most attractive G5 Friend available right now, but it’s also not just for the G5.

The module can also be used as a standalone device with other Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows devices, LG says. Sadly, fans in the U.S. may struggle to get their hands on one.

In most markets, the B&O DAC appears on the G5’s product page on LG’s website. However, in the U.S., South Korean, Canada, and Puerto Rico, LG has mysteriously removed all mentions of it — and nobody knows why.

In a statement to Android Authority, LG said, “at this time, we don’t have an availability date set for the Hi-Fi DAC, and so don’t have timing to share. As soon as we have an update, we will follow up.”

That doesn’t sound too promising, but it doesn’t rule anything out, either.

Android Authority suggests that the device may have been held up by the FCC, but we don’t understand why LG would remove it from its website for that reason. It doesn’t explain why it isn’t being advertised in the other markets mentioned above, either.

We’ll have to wait and see whether the B&O DAC does come to the U.S. eventually, then, but it doesn’t look like you’ll be able to pick one up anytime soon.