Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 14 Surround Sound Speaker System

At an exclusive press event yesterday in central London, Bang & Olufsen unveiled the BeoLab 14 surround sound speaker system.

We were at the event and not only got to spend time with the beautiful looking and sounding system, but also got to spend time with the CEO Tue Mantoni, and designer Torsten Valeur who explained his inspiration behind the super stylish system.

We’ll be publishing our full article and hands on videos from the event over the next couple of days, so be sure to stay tuned for that!

In the meantime I’ll give a quick overview on the Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 14. Firstly the surround sound speaker system will work with any TV, Bang & Olufsen or not.

It’s available in two versions, one with the subwoofer and four satellite speakers for use with a Bang & Olufsen TV (Such as the BeoVision 11), and another version with the subwoofer and five satellite speakers if you’re using it with a non Bang & Olufsen TV. Bang & Olufsen’s logic here is that if you don’t own a B&O HDTV, the chances are the audio capability of the TV won’t be on par with that offered by an B&O TV or the additional center speaker, which I would be inclined to agree with.

The 4.1 system has a price of £2,499 or $3,995.

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 14

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 14

The stylish white 280-watt subwoofer features an 8-inch driver in a 15-liter container, along with all the brains of the unit carrying out individual amplification and EQ adjustment for each of the individual channels. Each satellite speaker is powered by a 140 watt amplifier within the subwoofer providing individual equalization for each driving unit.

The stylish 2.5-inch satellite speakers are created from a single piece of metal shaped from 170-tons of pressure. You might notice how the angle and edge are similar to that found on the BeoVision 11 frame, this is said to reflect the surround colors and make the units blend in harmony with the surroundings. The speakers can be wall mounted, placed on the stands, or even ceiling mounted.

All I can say is, be sure to listen to these speakers before you judge them on their price! I’m always blown away by the warm clarity of their systems and the BeoLab 14 is of no exception. The subwoofer provided powerful bass down to 26hz, but it never sounded forced or overpowering, allowing the detailed treble and vocals to shine through from the satellite speakers.

Stay tuned for our full write up and hands on video and product launch videos!

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