updated 10:05 am EDT, Mon October 16, 2006
Bang and Olufsen BV9
Luxury home theater equipment maker Bang & Olufsen has long been known for producing exotic audio and video systems, but is only now taking its first steps into the media center market with its upcoming BV9. Though few details are known about its features, the 50-inch plasma TV is expected to incorporate a media center function in the vein of HP's MediaSmart display, which gives access to music, photos, and videos from a host PC without having to attach separate streaming hardware. Appropriately for the company's high-end focus, the BV9 should also include four HDMI ports (double the industry standard) for full HD video and the ability to control multiple complete speaker systems. Pricing and availability have not yet been determined.