updated 01:10 am EDT, Wed April 25, 2007
BeoLab9 loudspeaker debuts
Bang & Olufsen on Tuesday debuted BeoLab 9, its newest loudspeaker designed as an extension to the company's BeoLab 5 product line. BeoLab 9 utilizes the same patented Acoustic Lens Technology, which sits on top of the speaker and disperses the treble at a 180 degree arc, and "guarantees an equal sound distribution throughout the room and allowing the listener an even sound experience regardless of seating location." In addition, the company claims that the lens eliminates reflections from the floor and ceiling that distort the sound. BeoLab 9 will be available in all Bang & Olufsen showrooms this spring for $9900 per pair of speakers.
BeoLab 9 offers bass performance as well as the latest in ICEpower amplification and active technology. It serves as a three-way active loudspeaker with the bass and mid-range units placed in their own dedicated pressure chambers. The bass is generated through a 10-inch unit that rests in an 18-litre enclosure, while the mid-range frequencies are handled by a 5-inch unit in a 4-litre enclosure, and a 3/4-inch treble unit. Each unit is powered by its own amplifier -- a 500-watt ICEpower amplifier for the bass, and two 100-watt analogue hybrid amplifiers for the mid-range and treble.
While most loudspeakers rely on the physical arrangement of the room, the new BeoLab 9 can efficiently adapt to its placement through a manual position switch that allows users to place the speaker in a corner or close to the wall without compromising the sound.
BeoLab 9 offers a compact cabinet, organic visual identity, and multiple color options, giving it a distinct appearance which the company claims reflects its original technology. The acoustic lens at the top is cast in zinc with a matte, chromium-plated surface, while the bass and midrange units are covered by a fabric frame available in red, blue, dark grey, and black.
The loudspeaker can be used in a surround sound home theater setup -- for both front and rear channel applications -- or as a stereo speaker in a music system. In addition, it can be integrated as a link room loudspeaker and connects easily to non-Bang & Olufsen equipment as well.