Las Vegas - Bang & Olufsen is
expanding its 3D TV selection to five models here at CES, where it is also launching
its first flat on-wall speakers and a CD-ripping device for its
hard-drive-based BeoSound 5 music system.
Other introductions include an
Internet radio app that can be used with an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad docked
in the company's $999 BeoSound 8 docking speaker.
In TV, the company is launching
the $19,749 65-inch BeoVision 12-65, an active-shutter 3D plasma TV that joins another
3D plasma model and the BeoVision 7-55 LED LCD TV, a spokesperson said. The new
model is only 6.4cm thick (2.52 inches), and the TV appears to be even thinner
because of its cosmetic design, the company said.
The TV's frame is only a few
millimeters wide to give "the impression of one uninterrupted glass surface
with no visible joints," the company added.
The TV uses a slim NeoPDP display
panel, said to use phosphors with a very short retention time to improve 3D
performance as well as 2D motion performance.
The BeoVision 12-65 will be available
in B&O-branded stores at the end of February only in a wall-mountable
version. The wall bracket is partly integrated into the rear cabinet to
maintain a thin profile.
Like other B&O TVs, the
BeoVision 12-65 uses an Automatic Color Management system to compensate for the
effects of age on plasma panels' color performance.
The TV's Automatic Picture
Control uses a light sensor to pick up a room's ambient lighting conditions,
enabling automatic adjustment of the screen's brightness for optimum
performance in light or dark rooms.
The integrated speaker, which
doubles as a center channel in a 5.1- or 7.1-channel surround-sound system,
consists of four midrange drivers and a tweeter driven by a 4x80-watt and
1x40-watt ICEpower amp, respectively. The speaker system is matched to the
company's amplified speakers to create a multispeaker surround system when used
with the TV's included surround-decoding module.
The speaker, which is below the
screen, uses DSP to raise the height of the sound to mid-screen level.
The TV can be used with the
company's first flat on-wall speakers, the $4,684/pair BeoLab 12, an active
triamplified speaker due in stores at the end of January with included wall
The 37.2 inch by 8.66 inch by
4.33 inch aluminum-finish speaker features a sculpted shape three embedded
ICEpower Class D amplifiers delivering a total of 480 watts. Frequency response
is rated at 45Hz-to 10kHz. Each speaker features two 6.5-inch bass drivers
driven by a 2x160-watt amp, a 2-inch aluminum-cone midrange driven by an
80-watt amp, and a 0.75-inch coated-fabric dome tweeter driven by an 80-watt
amp. The tweeter uses Acoustic Lens Technology to disperse high-frequency
sounds in a 180-degree pattern to widen the sweet spot.
A three-position switch adjusts
speaker response according to speaker-mounting location.
For its existing $3,500 BeoSound
5 hard-drive music system with Internet radio, the company is launching a
companion $370 CD ripper that attaches to the back of the system's book-size
controller/display unit, which features 10.4-inch color LCD screen. The
combination can be wall-mounted or placed on a table-top or floor stand.
Previously, BeoSound 5 owners had
to rip discs on a networked PC for transfer to the BeoSound 5's hard drive, or
they went through a B&O store to contract with a CD ripping service.
With the ripper, users insert a
CD, and the device automatically rips all tracks and adds cover art and
metadata. If metadata information isn't available, consumers can manually add
it via networked PC. The device, in stores at the end of January, rips CDs into
Two other new products include
the BeoPlayer Internet radio app for mobile Apple devices. A free "light"
version accesses a select number of stations, but the $15.99 version accesses
13,000 stations. All stations can be played back through headphones or the
company's docking speaker system. It's available at the end of the month.
The other product is a firmware
upgrade to the company's one-way RF Beo6 remote to enable two-way communication
with the BeoSound 5 music system. The remote's color screen will display song,
artist and album information and album art streamed in real time from the music
system's hard drive, letting users select songs for playback from anywhere in
BeoSound 5 music systems already
in consumers' homes have received a free update through their home network to
enable two-way communication. To update the Beo6 remote, consumers must take
the remote to a B&O dealer. Pricing of the remote's firmware update was
The remote also controls other
B&O systems, but only the BeoSound5 is capable of two-way communications
with the remote.
Las Vegas - Bang & Olufsen is expanding its 3D TV selection to five models here at CES.