Bang & Olufsen has just released its top-of-the line 55-inch Ultra HD 4K TV, called BeoVision Avant, priced at $8000. The flagship entertainment center was created to have the muscle and finesse to deliver breath-taking audio and video performance, while also blending seamlessly into the living room. The LED backlit TV boasts 8 million pixels with local dimming, while integrating a 3-channel speaker system comprised of three dedicated tweeters, three midrange units and two powerful bass drivers.
According to CEO Tue Mantoni, BeoVision Avant was created to provide discerning homeowners the ultimate in authentic performance, intuitive simplicity and convenience. “Our research shows that consumers want more and more from their televisions,” he explains. “People are pressed for time, and they want entertainment that just works so they can focus on it – and each other – rather than the technology itself. BeoVision Avant delivers on all counts. The name Avant is a nod to our most successful TV to date, the Avant launched in 1995. Just as the first Avant was a game changer in an analogue era, we believe the new BeoVision Avant will set the standard for what should be expected from a television in the future”.
Magical mechanics and convenience
BeoVision Avant introduces a number of innovations that build new bridges between electronics and magical movement. Designers created a discrete but powerful sound panel that unfolds when the television is on, then retreats inside when one turns it off. The sound panel’s movements are coordinated with those of the new stands so the television is ready for viewing and listening in one choreographed flow.
BeoVision Avant’s innovative stand program includes wall, floor and table options which make integrating even a very large television into the home décor easier and more flexible than ever before. The concept vision was to create a TV which stays in the background of the living room when turned off and wakes up to action and takes center stage when turned on. Rather than arranging your room around the television, the new stands turn the television toward you when you want to use it – then back in place when you have finished viewing.
Spectacularly authentic sound
BeoVision Avant sounds extraordinary right out of the box, but be prepared to discover just how good a television can sound with no fewer than eight driver units and eight dedicated amplifiers built in.
The sound panel magically glides from the television when it is turned on and performs brilliantly on its own. If one wants to connect external speakers to create a true surround sound experience – either wirelessly or wired – it could not be simpler with the integrated 7.1 surround sound module.
A new Chromatic Room Adaptation feature analyzes ambient light from two sensors, and adjusts the screen to compensate for the room’s colour tones. High-grade anti-reflection coatings on both sides of the screen dampen reflections by 98%.
- Ultra High-Definition (4K), edge-type LED panel with 1.5 local backlight dimming
- Surround sound: Integrated digital 7.1 surround sound module
- Power amplifiers: 8 amplifiers – one per driver 3 x 60 watts for treble
- 3 x 60 watts for midrange
- 2 x 60 watts for bass
- Wireless compatibility: Standard built-in, WiSA compliant. Connect up to eight BeoLab speakers wirelessly in addition to the wired speakers.
- Screen type: 16:9 TFT LCD, glare surface
- Refresh rate: 100Hz/120 Hz
- Picture optimization: VisionClear picture technology
- Room adaptation: Automatic Picture Control with Chromatic Room Adaptation adjusting the picture performance to the light conditions in the room.
- Loudspeaker: Integrated 3-channel stereo
- Designers: Torsten Valeur, David Lewis Designers Floor stand design by Smedegaard + Weiss
The new BeoRemote One introduces the “MyButtons” feature which enables the user to create up to three personalized settings available at one simple touch. A setting can include channel, volume setting and even stand and directional positioning of the TV. This allows you to recall all settings by the touch of one button.
Connection to Bang & Olufsen wireless speakers via the built in Immaculate Wireless Sound solution is as easy as turning on the television. BeoVision Avant can also incorporate an Apple TV to be hidden within the back panel.
Price and Availability
Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant is available in 55-inch screen size, released on May 8, 2014 for $7,995 with BeoRemote One. Placement options on wall, table or floor start from USD $895.