LAS VEGAS—Let’s just get this part out of the way—B&O Play products are expensive. And they also happen to look and sounds pretty great. The sister company to Bang & Olufsen brought some fancy new toys with it to CES this year, including a new HDTV and some lovely in-wall speakers
The BeoVision 11 is the follow up to last year’s BeoPlay V1, an HDTV that pays as much attention to its looks and built-in audio as it does to the video.
The 240Hz LED-based LCD screen supports 2D and 3D content, and a 360-degree Automatic Picture Control feature uses an ambient light sensor to adjust brightness and contrast based on light levels on all sides of the TV. The smart TV also supports DLNA media streaming and even has a dedicated cubby in the back to house an Apple TV. And Android users can take advantage of YouTube’s new Send to TV feature.
On the audio side, the BeoVision 11 features dual 3-way speakers, powered by six amplifiers with 32 watts of power each. You can also add multiple additional speakers, and the company’s TrueImage technology adapts the sound to the number of speakers you have (there were 10 extra speakers hooked up around the room for my demo), as well as assign speaker groups for different purposes.
Fancy accessories such as a motorized wall bracket or floor stand will make the BeoVision 11 the perfect addition to your villa.
It’s available now from Bang & Olufsen stores, and comes in 40-, 46-, and 55-inch sizes and ranges in price from $5995 to $9995.
BeoLab 15/16 and Amplifier 1
If you like you sound to flow neatly from your walls, the BeoLab 15/16 and Amplifier 1 combo is for you. The in-wall (or in-ceiling) system is made up of two-way active speakers (BeoLab 15) and an active subwoofer (BeoLab 16), plus a rack-mountable amplifier.
The midrange/tweeter unit has a nifty motor that let you tilt to a pre-chosen angle (up to 45 degrees) to direct the sound where you want it, and then flattens back out when you’re done. And the subwoofer has two pairs of 4-inch woofers in separate sealed cabinets.
The Amplifier 1 has six separate amps and calibrates the system based on the cable length running to the different speakers.
The kit will be available this month for a cool $4595.
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