Bang & Olufsen will launch its first Smart TV, BeoVision 11, set to arrive in Bang & Olufsen U.S. showrooms this month.
According to CEO, Tue Mantoni, BeoVision 11 was conceived to provide the entire family with a comprehensive array of up-to-date digital entertainment of the highest caliber. "We want to provide our customers the same premium experience no matter whether they are watching TV, downloading a film, using the internet or trying out the latest video game," said Mantoni. "BeoVision 11 has been designed to keep up with everyone in the family – and to keep them amazed, with nothing between them and their content – as technology continues to evolve in new directions."
Bang & Olufsen has engineered a high-quality sonic experience that features six speakers into BeoVision 11's slim interior, and powers each of them with its own dedicated 32 watt ICEpower amplifier. Their enclosure is supported with rubber bushings to wipe out vibrations in the rest of the TV. A powerful new digital signal-processing algorithm switches seamlessly between dedicated sound modes when it detects music, sports, drama, movies, etc. BeoVision 11 offers a full digital surround sound decoder module that delivers up to 12 audio channels using Bang & Olufsen's TrueImage processor. True Image technology dynamically handles up-and down-mixing of audio signals to match the number of audio channels in the incoming signal with the available loudspeakers.
At the heart of BeoVision 11 is an all-new video engine that drives the 240Hz LED-based LCD screen, with glare polarizer, in either 2D or 3D. The two-sided LED backlight features 1.5 D local dimming to significantly improve contrast in 2D viewing. Digital noise and motion blur are radically reduced to reveal a natural picture, even in demanding circumstances.
BeoVision 11 is the first television to feature a Bang & Olufsen Smart TV, a new platform that lets users switch easily between television channels and the internet. There is also a Picture and Picture function where the viewer can watch both at the same time. Choose between popular apps such as YouTube and Facebook, or surf wherever else you want to go. Page navigation can be handled with the dedicated remote by Bang & Olufsen, or you can use an iPad or Android tablet – and the BeoRemote app – to take advantage of QWERTY keyboards.
Convenient control is an important part of the BeoVision 11 experience. Both of Bang & Olufsen's remotes, Beo4 and Beo6, provide simple and intuitive control of all TV functions – as well as any other connected device – and even home automation for the truly connected.
BeoVision 11 is a DLNA TV, which makes it simple to stream music from a smart phone and to watch a film stored on a NAS drive. In addition it provides connectivity through Wireless Network 2.4 or 5 GHz. Other connections include an Ethernet connection for software updates, two USB ports, three control outlets for control of up to six connected devices, and six HDMI sockets.