It's big, beautiful, big-ticket and predicts users' music tastes
Bang & Olufsen is known for its expensive yet beautiful industrial design-like audio gear, and the latest piece is no different. Basically a really expensive home network and Internet radio streamer, the BeoSound Moment will set wealthy buyers back a not-insignificant $2,800. While at CES, Electronista got a chance to check it out.
BeoVision Avant 85 has large 85-inch Ultra HD display, hidden soundbar
Bang & Olufsen has unveiled an Ultra HD television, following its earlier BeoVision Avant 55. The Avant 85 boasts a high-resolution 4K-capable display measuring 85 inches diagonally, with the television using a number of unique motorized stands which allow it to change the viewing angle, as well as making the set more discrete.
Series branded as Immaculate Wireless Sound
Bang & Olufsen has introduced its first wireless speakers, taking advantage of the 24bit/96kHz WiSA standard. The lineup can be used as separate modular components, or as a complete set comprising the compact BeoLab 17 bookshelf speakers, the BeoLab 18 floorstanding columns, and the BeoLab 19 subwoofer. Electronista attended the company's Manhattan launch event to hear if the new set fulfills its promise of "Immaculate Wireless Sound."
New system sports 7.1 surround, 3D, motorized TV pedestal
Bang & Olufsen has launched a new 65-inch plasma television line that the company says will "take both sound and vision into a new era." The BeoVision 12-65 New Generation 1080P television boasts a motorised floor stand in some configurations to move the 65-inch Bang & Olufsen flagship screen to the user's favorite viewing position on command, as well as a discrete "video engine" that can be installed in a different location than the television.
Specifications of Touch similar to Zenbook Prime
Asus has updated its website to include details of an unannounced notebook, though not accompanied with the usual marketing fanfare. The 15-inch U500VZ Zenbook Touch is listed in the online product catalog with specifications that seem relatively similar to that of recent Zenbook Prime iterations, but includes a touchscreen.
MX279H and MX239H displays feature IPS technology
Asus announced yesterday the launch of two new additions to its line of Designo displays. The displays come in 27- and 23-inch models, and each features Bang & Olufsen ICEpower-derived dual 3W stereo speakers coupled with Asus' SonicMaster technology. The 23-inch MX239H measures 14.5mm at its thinnest point, while the 27-inch MX279H measures 17.5mm thick at its thinnest point.
First Smart TV in range, includes HbbTV support
Bang & Olufsen has put a Smart TV on sale, the first in its television range. The BeoVision 11 Smart TV looks similar to the BeoVision 10, except it has a selection of onboard apps that can connect to the Internet. It is also one of the first televisions to support hybrid broadband TV (HbbTV), a pan-European standard for personalized and interactive TV services.
BeoPlay V1 has self-contained speakers and can hold Apple TV
Bang and Olufsen has unveiled the BeoPlay V1, the first television from the high-end audio manufacturer's brand B&O Play. The television uses self-contained speakers set in a Scandinavian-industrial style powder-coated steel cabinet, contrasting with the previous TV releases. The manufacturer also noted an iOS docking station, called the BeoPlay A8, which adds Apple AirPlay support as an update to the original BeoSound 8.
New premium AirPlay accessory
Bang & Olufsen brought several of its latest products to the Macworld iWorld expo in San Francisco, including the Beolit 12 portable speaker that fits into the company's B&O Play brand. MacNN took the opportunity to listen to the new speaker, which is a premium model among iOS accessories but a budget model when compared to the rest of Bang & Olufsen's products.
TV integrates 7.1 sound amplifier & center speaker
Bang & Olufsen (B&O) has used CES as a launchpad for several new products including a plasma TV, companion wall speakers, as well as B&O Play, a new line of portable audio. The BeoVision 12-65 is an ultra flat 3D 65-inch plasma TV with integrated center channel and 7.1 surround sound audio. The BeoLab 12 is a complementary speaker system.
Survey based on mix of industry, consumer opinions
Aston Martin has beaten Apple to the top spot on annual CoolBrands UK rankings for a second year in a row, the BBC notes. CoolBrands' charts are based on a mix of public polling and opinions taken from marketers and business people. Aston Martin's win is thought to be linked with James Bond, since the movie spy's most popular cars have typically been DB5s or DBSs.
ASUS promises multimedia notebooks due soon
ASUS has just put up two new multimedia notebooks with the 15.6-inch N55SF and 17.3-inch N75SF. The former can be had with a screen resolution of either 1600x900 or 1920x1080, and with either a 2.3GHz Core i5 or 2GHz Core i7. Either model gets a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics processor.
Bang & Olufsen ships EarSet 3i earbuds for iPods
Bang & Olufsen has just introduced its lastest in-ear headphones for Apple devices, the EarSet 3i. A successor to the EarSet 3, it has a four-pole mini jack and buttons for controlling volume, music playback and answering phone calls, hanging up or putting them on hold. A microphone is also built-in.
Bang & Olufsen brings $85,000, 85-inch TV to US
Bang & Olufsen's 85-inch BeoVision 4-85 3D TV set introduced last month has now been announced for the US. It carries a sticker of $85,000 but includes an integrated BeoLab 10 center channel speaker. This speaker uses B&O's Acoustic Lens Technology to send out sound at a 180 degree angle.
Bang & Olufsen shows off 85-inch 3D TV
Bang & Olufsen has just unveiled an 85-inch plasma HDTV in its BeoVision 4 series. It ships along with the company's BeoLab 10 center channel speaker and is available with or without a motorized stand that lifts the set to an optimal level when powered up. The set is compatible with the BeoLink automation system for full control from one of the Beo6 remote controls.
Bang & Olufsen Beo6 remote gets Wi-Fi, macros
Bang & Olufsen has introduced a new version of its home theater system remote, the Beo6. It replaces the Beo5 and, most significantly, adds Wi-Fi for a cable-free control of the Bang & Olufsen system. Users interface through the square glass display with soft touch keys and an aluminum ball with tactile keys and a volume wheel.
Bang and Olufsen BeoSound 8 plays iPads, iPhones
Bang & Olufsen today took the unusual step of developing a very high-end speaker dock tailored to the iPad. The BeoSound 8 cradles the iPad, as well as iPhones and iPods, in between two large, color-customizable conical speakers each with a pair of drivers and amplifiers at an unmentioned power level. Acousting tuning comes over from the Danish company's other speakers and, with a switch, alters the sound output to match the properties of the room.
Bang & Olufsen intros BeoVision 10-32 TV set
Bang & Olufsen just announced it has added a new, smaller model to its BeoVision 10 lineup with a 32-inch version. The third in the series introduced this year sports the same edge LED-backlight, DVB-HD over-the-air TV tuning and two built-in speakers that are said to offer superior sound quality. The screen is double-sided and sports an anti-reflective coating.
ASUS dates, prices several notebooks for the US
At a media event in New York City on Wednesday, ASUS revealed prices and shipping dates for some of its promised notebooks that date back as far as CES. Chief among them is the 18.4-inch NX90J multimedia notebook that gets an audio system from Bang & Olufsen and a unique, dual-touchpad design. It gets a Core i7 chip, 8GB of RAM and dual 640GB hard drives. It ships by month's end, priced at $2,300.
ASUS now shipping 18.4-inch NX90Jq notebook
ASUS is now selling its large NX90Jq multimedia notebook, first debuted at CES early this year. The desktop replacement sports an 18.4-inch, 1080p display and is powered by Intel's quad 1.6GHz Core i7. Unique touches include the dual touchpads on either side of the keyboard and SonicMaster audio developed in conjunction with Bang & Olufsen, the speakers of which are integrated into the top lid.
ASUS, Bang & Olufsen bring new N-series notebooks
PC maker ASUS has teamed up with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower to create two new notebook PCs in its N-series, and meet ASUS' SonicMaster standard. The 15.6-inch N53JN and 17.3-inch N73JN sport Core i5 processors along with NVIDIA graphics cores that support Optimus switching, including the 1GB GeForce GT 325M and the still unannounced 415M. The N53JN alone can be had with a 2.4GHz Core i3, while the optional 2.4GHz Core i5 is shared with the N73JN.
ASUS N73 gaming notebook now in the US
ASUS has now began shipping its 17.3-inch N73 gaming notebook in the US. One model, the N73JN-X1, is available now, powered by a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 along with 4GB of RAM. It also has NVIDIA's 1GB GeForce GT 335M for graphics, and as a media notebook has ICEpower audio from Bang & Olufsen.
ASUS to bring out Bamboo notebooks, more
ASUS has revealed its slate of notebooks due for release later in 2010, including the U-Bamboo and NX/N/U series. The fashionable U-Bamboo notebooks will arrive in mid-June in 13.3-, 14.1- and 15.6-inch models and are the latest in the company's bamboo-covered portable computers. They will be powered by Intel's 2.4GHz Core i5 CPU and NVIDIA's GeForce 310M with 1GB of dedicated RAM and carry USB 3.0 ports. Pricing will start at the equivalent of about $1,290.
Bang & Olufsen shows BeoLab 11 subwoofer
Denmark's audio hardware specialist, Bang & Olufsen, on Wednesday launched its latest subwoofer, the BeoLab 11. Its aluminum shell houses two 6.5-inch drivers that face each other, and can reproduce low frequencies down to less than 300Hz. The sub is rated at 200W of sustained power.
Bang and Olufsen iPhone app controls AV gateway
Bang & Olufsen has thrown itself into the iPhone app realm by launching BeoLink (free, App Store) as a companion to its home theater gear. The app lets an iPad, iPhone or iPod talk to the Danish company's Master Link Gateway over Wi-Fi and can give control over not just the TV, DVDs or stereos but the house itself: it can unlock the door or turn on outdoor lights from the same software. Previously, even the company's Beo5 remote could only work inside.
Bang & Olufsen adds 120Hz, Blu-ray to flagship
Bang & Olufsen on Wednesday introduced a new addition to its BeoVision 7 HDTV lineup in the form of a 55-inch model. It becomes the largest BeoVision 7 offered, readily beating out the 40-inch set available in North America. Most notably, Bang & Olufsen has doubled the panel's refresh speed to 120Hz but has also added motion compensation. There is also a new LED backlight with progressive scanning and local dimming that improves the contrast ratio.
Bang and Olufsen upgrades BeoVision set
Luxury home theater firm Bang & Olufsen today updated its BeoVision TVs with a new flagship, the BeoVision 10. The 40-inch set echoes the same 'seamless' TV and speaker combo of earlier sets but now adds a 240Hz panel to eliminate motion artifacts and measures about 2.1 inches deep with a thinner bezel than the BeoVision 9. The 10's creator sees it as being subtle and thin enough to sit alongside paintings without commanding too much attention until it's switched on.
Bang & Olufsen BeoTime
Bang & Olufsen on Wednesday announced the upcoming release of its first alarm clock, the BeoTime, that can also control Bang & Olufsen home audio systems. The BeoTime's built-in sleep timer can switch all B&O systems in a room into standby mode after up to 120 minutes. Users can also control basic functions of a TV, A/V receiver or lights. The BeoTime has a tilt sensor that changes the orientation of the display and button functions, as it can be held in a hand and operated with a thumb or placed on its magnetic wall bracket.
Trance coming to Verizon
Verizon announced on Thursday that the Samsung Trance slider handset will be available at the carrier this Friday. The mid-range, dual-band CDMA cellphone offers a 2.1-inch display with 176x220 resolution and has Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers for better-than-usual quality sound reproduction in a phone. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack and 1GB of built-in memory that can be expanded by up to a 16GB microSDHC memory card.
Trance at Verizon April 24
The Samsung Trance U490 handset is rumored to be released on provider Verizon on April 24th, BGR reported on Thursday. The mid-level slider will have audio specialist Bang & Olufsen's ICEpower hardware and related sound processing software, and will be capable of streaming music to two separate Bluetooth stereo connections simultaneously. The dual-band CDMA phone sports a 2.1-inch, 176x220 display and has a 1.3-megapixel camera. It has just 1GB of internal memory, but can be expanded via a microSD card slot.
B&O 103-inch plasma HDTV
Bang & Olufsen has announced on Thursday it will release its giant 103-inch plasma HDTV this summer. The set is called the BeoVision 4-103 and together with its motorized stand, weighs in at 1,100lbs. The stand will motor up to reveal a center channel speaker that is also motorized and comes out to sit flush with the screen. Users can also adjust the angle and rotate the display to face them squarely via the remote control. The plasma panel comes from a same-size Panasonic display.
Samsung Omnia HD Beat DJ
Samsung today is headlining its introductions with three of the first non-Nokia phones to include a touchscreen Symbian interface. The Omnia HD is also known as the i8910 and is one of the first-ever phones to record as well as play back 720p HD video. The feat is accomplished with the help of an 8-megapixel camera that supports autofocusing as well as blink and smile detection. It also centers on an extremely sharp 3.7-inch, AMOLED touchscreen with a full 16 million colors and a 960x540 resolution.
Samsung M7600 Leak
Samsung may add at least one more high-end phone to its Mobile World Congress plans if a photo leak published by DailyMobile proves reliable. The M7600 should be the first full touchscreen phone from Samsung to have Bang & Olufsen audio and will have one of the Danish company's amps built-in to boost sound quality. It will also be pitched to younger owners with a unique DJ scratching mode to mix and add effects to music that can be saved for later.
BeoSound 5 audio system
High-end home theater gear and car audio designer Bang & Olufsen recently announced the launch of its BeoSound 5 digital music system meant to let users enjoy their digital music on their traditional home theater gear. The centerpiece of the BeoSound 5 system is a tabletop and wall-mountable remote controller that sports a 10.4-inch LCD screen with 1024x768 resolution with an aluminium scroll wheel as the control interface. The remote oversees the Internet-connected BeoMaster 5 main unit that features all off the audio and video connections and contains the 500GB hard disk drive.
Samsung BEAT Music Phones
Samsung on Thursday started off a new line of music phones that draw on the company's own media player experience. The BEATb (bar) and BEATs (slider) both have dedicated music controls but also have motion-sensitive functions. Users can shake the phone iPod nano-style to skip tracks, tap it to play or pause, or put the phone on full mute by placing it face-down on a table. The company's Digital Natural Sound Engine from its MP3 players carries over to enhance the sound field, and the third-party app Shazam is preloaded to sample and identify a song to buy later.
Bang Olufsen Renwick TVs
Bang & Olufsen today said it had struck a unique deal that would see a luxury condominum include the Danish electronics firm's technology. The upcoming Renwick building in Manhattan's SoHo area will see a BeoVision 8 32-inch LCD TV installed by default into every suite along with audio systems to match; the company's BeoSound 4 is also put into each condominium for listening to music through SD cards or CD, while a BeoLab 4000 one-piece speaker provides sound without taking up extra space.