CES 2016 Innovation Award

Sunday, 10th January, 2016

CES 2016 Best of Innovations: High Performance Home Audio-Video

The Future of Sound: Bang & Olufsen Celebrates the First 90 Years with the Most Innovative Loudspeaker to Date

BeoLab 90 is a state-of-the-art loudspeaker for the uncompromising sound enthusiast. The intelligent landmark loudspeaker from Bang & Olufsen delivers an ultimate sound experience no matter the circumstances. At CES 2016 in Las Vegas, BeoLab 90 is acknowledged with a CES 2016 Innovation Award, Best of Innovation in the High Performance Home Audio/Video product category.

BeoLab 90 - CES 2016 Innovation Award

Control the width and the direction of the sound

BeoLab 90 offers unique Beam Width Control, which enables you to change the width of the sound beam to suit different listening situations. You can easily change the listening experience from a dedicated sweet spot to a party all-over the room setting, just by the touch of a button. When family and friends are gathered for a film experience, the wide sound setting will provide a great cinematic experience.

BeoLab 90 delivers perfect sound exactly where you want it. With loudspeaker drivers placed in various directions, you can use the Beam Direction Control to steer the sound radiation to your listening location.

With these groundbreaking technologies, Bang & Olufsen has created a sound experience like no one else.

A landmark loudspeaker for the future

BeoLab 90 has a unique and impressive appearance with no apparent visual front, which substantiates the all-embracing acoustic performance of the loudspeaker.

The 360º-design is based on a complex aluminium cabinet totalling more than 65 kg of aluminium, so the structure is rock solid. The black fabric covers hover like sails in front of the speakers, and the curved wooden base lifts up the large structure from the floor, allowing the loudspeaker to fit in with the interior design anywhere in your home.

“BeoLab 90 is our most complete loudspeaker to date. It is a committed investment in excellent craftsmanship, ideal materials and superior technology. Future Bang & Olufsen products will benefit from the innovation and know-how gained from the development of BeoLab 90 – and our customers will savour in perfect sound from the ultimate loudspeaker for their home,” says Bang & Olufsen CEO, Tue Mantoni.

BeoLab 90 can be experienced in selected Bang & Olufsen stores. The recommended retail price of BeoLab 90 is $38,995 per unit.

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New BeoSound 35

Wednesday, 6th January, 2016

Announced just a short while ago at CES 2016 in Las Vegas comes the BeoSound 35 from Bang & Olufsen: a brand new all-in-one wireless music system for the home. The audio manufacturer is know for its opulent design, and this one is no different, with its one-metre wide pentagonal-shaped speaker designed to fill rooms with audio while blending into your home decor.

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B&O Play has [also] confirmed that its adopting Google Cast for network speakers dues to be launched in 2016. Including Google Cast means that it will be really easy to send audio from a smartphone to the speakers with a tap of the Cast button. Compatible apps include Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Play Music and others.

Seen as a replacement for the BeoLab 3500, BeoSound 35 with its metal rear shell, black fabric front and OLED display, isn’t just aesthetic. The stretching wingspan is intended to deliver balanced, 180-degree angle audio that aims to throw out optimum sound wherever you place it in a room — including wall-mounting, which some other manufacturers aren’t able to do.

The high-end system is designed with tapered ends containing small treble drivers, while at its centre are larger loudspeakers to deliver more bass-heavy audio and more volume. You can sling your audio to the unit via AirPlay, Bluetooth and DNLA-based services. It’s controlled with either its rather fancy touch-sensitive edge or through the BeoRemote or BeoMusic app on mobile.

The BeoSound 35 joins the likes of  Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin and Sonos’ Play:5 as premium options for all-in-one audio but, as expected, this comes in more pricey with a recommended retail price of  from 2295 euros. There’s no question it’s a beautiful-looking speaker (it’s actually more like a sound-bar compared to other all-in-ones on the market) but that’s a lot more than both the mentioned rivals. However, for discerning audiophiles this probably won’t matter. BeoSound 35 will be available by mid-April 2016.

The new BeoSound 35 from Bang & Olufsen looks just as beautiful and ethereal as it sounds.

BeoSound 35 offers an excellent and well-balanced sound profile designed to fill the entire room with a wide staged sound. It features an intuitive interface, distinct Bang & Olufsen design, several placement options, easy connectivity with mobile devices and integrated access to music streaming service

Perfectly balanced sound

The characteristic design of the BeoSound 35 presents a slim-line shape based on a light pentagonal structure with a front covered by black fabric – and an impressive one-metre wingspan. Still, the elegant proportions of the sound system allows it to smoothly blend in to any part of your home interior.

BeoSound 35 provides a perfectly balanced sound experience in a 180-degree angle from the speaker and spreads out across the room. The pentagonal shape of the speaker secures optimum sound regardless of how you place it – on the table or mounted on the wall at your preferred height and angle.

All-in-one integrated music system

BeoSound 35 works as an independent music system with integrated access to TuneIn radio stations, Spotify and Deezer or whatever drive you have for your music collection.

BeoSound 35 features an intuitive, touch sensitive edge with essential function buttons found directly under the elegant OLED display. In fact, you do not have to be able to see the display when managing the BeoSound 35. The music system can be operated through your BeoRemote One or the BeoMusic App and will integrate seamlessly as part of a BeoLink Multiroom system in your home. BeoSound 35 also works with AirPlay, Bluetooth and DLNA based devices.

Form follows function

The designer behind BeoSound 35 has struggled to make this high-end music system as light in its visual expression as possible. This is achieved through a design that is slightly thinner at the ends and this was possible due to the acoustic construction of placing the small treble drivers here. At the centre of the loudspeaker there is more volume, which is required for bass drivers. By this, BeoSound 35 is a true case of form follows function.

BeoSound 35 is available in Bang & Olufsen stores mid-April, 2016 at a recommended retail price of $2,785 US.

Press Release: 6 January 2016

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A CES Moment

Tuesday, 5th January, 2016

With the CES 2016 technology exhibition now open to the public, Ubergizmo reviews the BeoSound Moment which was first unveiled at last year’s exhibition:

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Says What Hifi of Bang & Olufsen’s new product announcement tomorrow (Wednesday) at CES:

Bang & Olufsen has a tendency to pull out some crazy designs, and CES 2015 saw the BeoSound Moment, a streaming system with a unique tablet controller featuring touch-sensitive wood buttons. It brought tactility back to music, and won one of our Stars of CES Awards. This time? The company is being hush-hush about its plans, but we just know something unusual is afoot.

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Run, Tue, Run!

Friday, 25th December, 2015

Tue Mantoni, CEO of Bang & Olufsen, talks about running to Alastair Philip Wiper whose recent book: The Art of the Impossible was written as a celebration of the company’s rich history, taking readers behind the scenes and delving into the stories surrounding the iconic designs. It features 300 specially commissioned photographs of products in situ, an extensive archive of sketches and prototypes, as well as exclusive insight into the models that never found their way into the market - the definitive publication an industry leader in technological performance and exceptional design.

Run, Tue, Run!

There were a few things that didn’t quite find a place in the book, Wiper states, but which he thought were interesting in their own right – such as this interview he made with CEO Tue Mantoni at his office just outside Copenhagen on a sunny May afternoon. 40 year-old Mantoni has been CEO of Bang & Olufsen since 2011, which he joined after after four years as Managing Director of Triumph motorcycles in the UK, and he is widely credited with turning around the declining fortunes of the classic motorcycle company before moving back to his home country of Denmark to become the man in charge of a national icon. The pair of them talked about running:

Tue Mantoni (TM): So where are you placing me in the whole story here?

Alastair Philip Wiper (APW): I have to work that out. I know you talk to a lot of journalists, so I want to get something that you don’t normally talk about, which might be difficult. Marie (Kristine Schmidt, head of Brand, Design and Marketing at Bang & Olufsen) and I actually hatched a plan that I should take you for a beer and get you a bit tipsy, and then I would get the really good stories - but that didn’t quite work out, it got too late in the day, so we are here now. But for instance, Marie told me that you are doing all sorts of endurance running, ultra-marathons and that kind of thing, and that sounds interesting. Can you tell me bit about that?

TM: If you work too hard without stopping, you don’t get a chance to think and reflect. My job over the last four years has been very busy, high pressure, lots of meetings, lots of travel, and I use running as a way of forcing myself to create a space where I can reflect and think. So I don’t really have time to run, but I don’t have time not to. We all have this ambition of having two hours a day where we can just stare out of the window and think up great thoughts. In reality, at least for me, it has never happened, but there is no question that some of your best ideas are generated when you’re not particularly looking for an answer. So I think the brain needs time to relax, like jumping on a train and watching the world go by, and suddenly you think about something.

Running can be tough, but it is technically very easy, it is very repetitive, you move your legs and you don’t have to think a lot about it. I went out running this morning for example, quite early – I have small kids so if I want to see them I have to run early – I ran from 5-6am along the coast near where I live which is very nice, and that was my time today to reflect and think. As soon as I came home my four-year-old son woke up, and after that there is no more free time to think.

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