Bang & Olufsen has announced a couple new BeoPlay products: their LED-backlit BeoPlay V1 LCD HDTV and their A3 Speaker Dock for iPad.
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay V1 LCD HDTV
The BeoPlay V1 has a durable power coated steel cabinet with the loudspeaker grill stamped directly into the cabinet, below the screen. Stainless steel stands connect unobtrusively and simply at all four corners.
The V1 comes in both 32-inch or 40-inch screen sizes and is B&O’s lowest priced television to date and a first from their new BeoPlay sub-brand. The BeoPlay V1 has been designed to provide improved sound over other TV’s with built-in speakers, with focus been given on clarity, as well as deep bass, well-defined highs. The BeoPlay V1 even detects the type of content you’re enjoying on screen, and automatically optimizes sound performance to the source.
Bang & Olufsen’s proprietary Class D ICEpower amps power up the speakers. Though the V1 has been designed to operate on it’s own, the integrated 5.1 surround module and speaker/subwoofer connections are all there to go full 5.1.
True to its Bang & Olufsen heritage, BeoPlay V1 is easy to live with. The graphic user interfaces are intuitive and simple. Connection to third-party devices is easy to achieve, and BeoPlay V1 lets you easily detect and configure connected set-top boxes, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, Apple TV (which can be placed inside the BeoPlay V1 cabinet), NAS servers and hard disks. Additionally, the integrated media browser lets you view photo collections or listen to music on a USB drive or NAS server and the dedicated remote not only makes setup and channel surfing simple: it also handles third-party devices such as DVD players and digital recording devices, so everything can be commanded from one place.
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A3 Speaker Dock for iPad
The BeoPlay A3 is a wedge-shaped stand, dock and sound system for any iPad that works in four configurations.
BeoPlay A3 features Bang & Olufsen’s Adaptive Stereo Orientation, which is what makes it so unique. The dedicated motion sensor inside BeoPlay A3 knows what’s up or down, and helps render the best possible listening experience depending on the iPad’s orientation. An omnidirectional two-inch woofer is always in play, and delivers surprisingly solid bass all the way down to 60 Hz. Half-inch tweeters are placed in the other three corners. BeoPlay A3 decides which two of these to activate according to landscape or portrait orientation, so the listener is always met by highs coming from equidistant sources to enhance the stereo experience despite the small footprint.
The BeoPlay A3 weighs about 6 lbs (2.9 kg) with an inserted iPad and is designed to make your music mobile around your home, from room to room. The battery keeps the tunes coming for ten hours between charges, and it charges itself as well as your iPad when connected to the mains.
Pricing & Availability:
The B&O BeoPlay V1 will be available in black or white, in 32″ for $3,249 U.S. and 40″ for $3,999 U.S, at the end of May 2012.
The BeoPlay A3 will first be available in black at the end of May 2012 for $549 U.S.
Look for more details at: www.bang-olufsen.com.