There are very few brands in our industry with the appeal of Bang & Olufsen. In an age where many consumers are trying to hide the audio system out of sight – Bang & Olufsen is unashamedly designed to be proudly placed on display. This is a true merging of design and music (or as publication Wired described it “quality media delivery via striking objects”)
Bang & Olufsen lay claim to be the oldest audio company in the world, and considering they produced their first radio in 1925 they may just be right. Today they have a very wide repertoire of products but are most widely recognised for their speaker and TV offerings.
While we have become accustomed to very traditional box speakers of various shapes Bang & Olufsen turns their speakers into technical pieces of art. Take for example the Beoplay A9 which comes in a variety of finishes and can be floor or wall mounted. Despite its laid-back minimalist design it features over 400 watts of amplification (1 x 400 watt amp for the bass driver, 2 x 200 watt amps for the midrange drivers, 2 x 200 watt amps for the full-range drivers and 2 x 150 watt amps for the tweeters). It has Chromecast, Airplay 2, Bluetooth and DLNA streaming and advanced control functionality plus Active Room Compensation allowing you to place it anywhere in the room with great results. You can also add a second A9 for full stereo effect.
Compare this to the Beolab 18, the Beosound 2 or Shape – these are all totally different concepts, yet all providing quality sound from speakers that are crying out to be seen.
The other speaker that is making waves is their Stage – Bang & Olufsen’s first soundbar. Firstly, this is a great sounding soundbar (most aren’t). Secondly it looks a million $’s. Most importantly it is priced from $2,500.
Finally, if you are looking for a TV like no other – have a look at their Beovision Harmony. Available in both 65” and 77” screen sizes this TV/integrated audio system is a great combination of technology, aesthetics and performance.
We have taken the unusual step of building a new room dedicated to the brand. There are many products that we do not have the space to cover here, so it is worth the trip to have a look at what they have to offer.