Bang & Olufsen makes some of the most beautiful hi-fi and audio-visual products out there, so it stands to reason that the high-end Danish specialist can certainly create one of the best soundbars on the planet if they put their mind to it – and that’s what apparently occurred.
The Beosound Theater has just launched in Berlin, just steps away from the big tech show known as IFA – and we’re here to see (and hear) it.
The Beosound Theater is billed as “an innovative and meticulously crafted next-generation soundbar”, bringing with it great promise – the power of a multi-product home theater setup in a single product. Additionally, B&O tells us that their brand new ‘bar is “created with the ambition to be the most powerful and immersive soundbar in the world” as as well as making a visually stunning addition to your living room.
What’s it like to deliver a cinematic experience from a ‘bar? Beosound Theater comes with 12 speaker drivers, including two custom 6.5-inch long-throw woofers and 800 watts of amplification power, providing a sound pressure level of up to 112 dB.
Speech clarity is managed by a custom center channel, where the tweeter is mounted directly in front of the midrange. Aligning these drivers ensures, says B&O, better sound distribution, thus elevating the quality of the audio experience for everyone in the room, while directivity is designed to optimize speech quality.
This isn’t B&O’s first foray into TV sound. Based on the Beam Width and Beam Direction Control developed for Bang & Olufsen’s Beolab 90 speakers (and who could forget the stunning Beovision Harmony TV and sound system in one, or the opulent Beosound Edge?) and released at IFA , the Beosound Theater features a new three-dimensional sound directivity thanks to the patent-pending combination of direct, side and up-firing speakers.
That means all the speaker drivers are working together not just to produce sound, but to control the beam’s width and direction – essentially, it’s B&O’s answer to Dolby Atmos in an individual product that sits under your TV. .
“We originally developed the Beam Width and Beam Directivity Control for the Beolab 90 to reduce the effect of sidewall reflections in the listening position – basically, to make the walls disappear,” said Jakob Dyreby, Senior Technology Specialist at B&O, adding: “At Beosound Theatre, we are using technology to direct the sound away from the listener, which increases the perception of amplitude and provides a much more immersive experience.”
At the same time, the Beosound Theater was built to last for decades due to its modular design, which allows it to be upgraded rather than replaced.
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Bang & Olufsen is known for its unique approach to craftsmanship and design, but this product certainly has substance under the hood as well.
While we suggest one of the best OLED TVs as a starting point for partnering with this particular ‘bar, the Beosound Theater is based on B&O’s core modularity principle, so customers can turn the soundbar into a complete soundbar. wall-mounted or floor-mounted The Bang & Olufsen TV home theater experience too – budget permitting.
This modular design thinking also applies to the TV screens and soundbar cover, both of which are replaceable. The aluminum “wings” are also extendable for customers whose TV screens grow as they’re upgraded – although it’s available in three sizes (they all look bigger and more impressive than our photos convey).
Mads Kogsgaard Hansen, Head of Product Circularity at B&O, explains: “The Beosound Theater is modularly designed to outlast many TVs in its lifetime. that can evolve with you over time,” adding, “Beosound Theater’s interface support gives you the ability to fit virtually any screen to the soundbar.”
This interface stand is motorized and forms a seamless connection between the stand and the TV screen, deftly hiding any clutter and presenting the TV as an integrated design. The stand also includes a compartment to fit smart TV boxes and hide excess cables from view – no one needs messy cables to spoil the aesthetics.
In terms of compatibility and connectivity, the Beosound Theater has seven outputs and can support up to 16 external speakers to become the heart of a complete Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 surround setup. In this configuration, the Beosound Theater would function as a center speaker that blends Dolby Atmos decoding and custom post-processing with Bang & Olufsen’s proprietary True Image algorithm, to maximize the capabilities of all Bang & Olufsen speakers. So you can buy the Beosound Theater as a soundbar and then add a pair of rear speakers like the Beolab 28 in a triangular configuration if you like.
Plus, the Beosound Theater comes with a new bass management system that the company says is “unlike anything else” – and since it’s B&O speaking here, we’re inclined to believe it. While other systems simply send bass to the strongest speaker (usually the subwoofer), B&O says the Beosound Theater uses all the Bang & Olufsen speakers in the system to work together as a single unit. Not only does this deliver the full potential of the entire system, it also helps control resonance in your listening room, making sure the multiple speakers work with each other, not against each other.
And just look at that solid oak and polished aluminum design! The company says it was created “to reflect the effortless grace of sailboats”, with a keel-like aesthetic that makes it “feel like it’s resting on a sheet of aluminum, floating in the air like a fluid form”.
And it’s not just about looks – the software is also excellent. The Beosound Theater comes with Bang & Olufsen’s new setup technology called Roomsense. By placing the external microphone in the listening position, Beosound Theater will work with the Bang & Olufsen app to measure the distance from the viewer to the soundbar. But more than that, it will also assign a “role” to each speaker based on the different placements, perform sound compensation for each speaker (whether standing, against a wall or in a corner), as well as the overall room compensation to avoid unwanted resonance.
But that is not all. The soundbar also comes with Bang & Olufsen’s own proprietary software platform called Mozart, which B&O tells us has ensured the Beosound Theater can seamlessly connect with B&O products since 1986, creating a cross-generation home audio setup. .
And in addition to respecting the past, the Mozart platform also anticipates the future; the platform is packed with processing power and memory, so Bang & Olufsen can introduce new features, capabilities and connectivity over time to ensure an equally seamless experience for years to come – it’s almost as if the company reads our tips on how to get the best out of your Dolby Atmos soundbar.
prices? It is clear. Get ready. The Beosound Theater is available in a premium wood or fabric finish. MSRP starts at €6,490 EUR / £5,590 GBP / 49,400 DKK, which equates to around $6,549 or AU$9,445. We did say premium…