Show Report

CES - 2007

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 8-11, 2007



Page 39 - Bang and Olufsen

Bang and Olufsen was also at CESto debut some new products. The first was the BeoVision 9 TV, a 50" 768p Plasma TV, that is new to the USmarket. The BeoVision 9 features an integrated center speaker that matches other B&Ospeakers, an optional BeoMedia 1 media player and the ability to control a surround sound system. It is not an inexpensive piece at $21,900 with the optional media player, but it is very elegant to look at and its use shows a refinement few other TVs could match. The media player, which has its own hard drive, was very well integrated. As one can see, the graphics for the media player were basic, but they looked clean and made the whole system very easy to use. You can also see BeoLab 5 speakers flanking the display.

While B&Ois using Panasonic panels in their displays, they also tweak the video settings for increased performance and add new features like a sensor that adjusts the display depending on the amount of ambient light.

The other new product was the BeoLab 9 ($9990) loudspeaker. This is a smaller version of the BeoLab 5 and uses a number of similar technologies, like the acoustic lenses and ICEdigital amplifiers. The speakers were surprisingly powerful for such a small cabinet and have the subtle features B&O is known for, like the power indicator behind the tweeter.

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