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Bang & Olufsen’s Beolab 8 Speaker Fits Anywhere: CEDIA 2023

Bang & Olufsen’s most affordable home speaker can function standalone, as a stereo pair, or part of a surround system.

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 8 Speaker

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its smallest Beolab speaker which can be used stand-alone, as a stereo pair, or part of a home theater speaker system. The new Beolab 8 arrives at $2,749 each and can be used wired or wirelessly.

Standing just under a foot tall (29 cm), the Beolab 8 is unlikely to dominate any listening space and is best suited for bookshelves, desktops, credenzas, and even night tables.

Craftsmanship

Beolab 8 is designed to look beautiful from every angle, no matter where and how the speaker is placed. The one-piece aluminium body is a fusion of a sphere and cylinder merged into a solid shape, showcasing excellence in craftsmanship from Bang & Olufsen’s renowned Factory 5.

Designed with either Danish manufactured wooden lamellas or a fabric front, Beolab 8 follows the same characteristic design of Bang & Olufsen’s Beolab and Beosound products including Beosound Theatre, Beolab 28 and Beolab 50.

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 8 Speaker Stereo Pair

Sound

The Beolab 8 implements a three-driver setup consisting of a 16mm tweeter, 3″ midrange and a 5.25″ woofer. Building on the heritage of the iconic Beolab 17 speaker, Beolab 8 delivers improved beam width control, room compensation, adaptive tuning as well as adding ultra-wideband technology.

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 8 Speaker Front and Back

Features

  • Beam width control allows users to seamlessly switch between two listening experiences. Beolab 8 offers the ability to narrow down with precision audio to optimize the sweet spot for the listener. Alternatively, users can choose to go wide and diffuse sound throughout the room whilst the front LED’s on the speaker display which sound mode status the speaker is in.
  • Room Compensation provides an optimized soundscape based on a room’s unique acoustics. The speaker carefully maps its environment to deliver crystal clear quality no matter the size or space of the room. A neodymium motor allows listeners to enjoy a soundscape adapted to their surroundings for full music immersion.
  • Adaptive sound tuning lets Beolab 8 adapt its configuration using sensors to detect the front cover and fine-tune the sound for optimal performance. This is made possible through small sensors in the speaker and magnets within the cover which allows Beolab 8 to detect the type of cover and automatically apply the appropriate tuning.
  • Ultra-wide band technology does more than just adapt to the room it is placed in. It can also direct the acoustic sweet spot based on a user’s phone location via the Bang & Olufsen app, ensuring immersive sound for a dynamic sweet spot experience.
Bang & Olufsen Beolab 8 Speaker with Turntable

With Bang & Olufsen’s Mozart platform at the heart of the product, Beolab 8 as a stand-alone product can connect easily through WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3. And with Powerlink, both wireless and wired built into the speaker, Beolab 8 is a true system speaker, providing a connection to Bang & Olufsen TVs and sound systems dating back more than 30 years.

Quality

Beolab 8 is designed to stand the test of time: using quality materials that age gracefully, continuous customisation options and easy upgradability over time, long term serviceability as well as the replaceable streaming module to ensure that Beolab 8 can adapt to the latest technology standards. The speaker is designed using Cradle-to-Cradle principles – a design philosophy which allows products to be proactively designed for a circular future. Beolab 8 is pending to complete Cradle-to-Cradle Certified.

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 8 Speaker Black

Price & Availability

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 8 will be available in four finishes beginning October 30, 2023 and priced from $2,749 each at bang-olufsen.com.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. ORT

    September 9, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    These look very nice and that being in spite of their reminding me of the wicked grin of “The Mouth of Sauron” from the Extended Edition of Lort of The Kangs – Return of The Kang.

    But again, minus that weird moment (for me) they look really nice!

    ORT

    • Ian White

      September 9, 2023 at 6:21 pm

      ORT,

      Very expensive for what it is.

      IW

      • tony esporma

        September 10, 2023 at 5:59 am

        Like everything from B&O…. looks take over function.

        I mean, what’s the point of “Adaptive sound tuning”? How often are you gonna change the front grill? How about a micro switch under the grill that you can use to configure the frequency response if you change the grill?

        And.. “Ultra-wide band technology” that directs the acoustic sweet spot based on a user’s phone. Seriously? What if I don’t use my phone to drive the speaker? What’s the point of all of that effort?

        As usual, B&O answers questions that no one is asking and coming up with solutions that are over the top complicated.

        For FAR less than $5400 there are better things… imagine the Kef LS50s for example.

        But some people will buy them for the way they look.

        • Ian White

          September 10, 2023 at 11:52 am

          Tony,

          I would take my KEF LSX II or the Triangle Borea BR03 BT or AIO Twin that I reviewed recently over this overpriced speaker.

          IW

          • ORT

            September 10, 2023 at 8:29 pm

            As far as looks go, I can be quite shallow. But never have I had my head up my…Well, I call that type of person an “Asstrich”.

            ORT

          • Ian White

            September 10, 2023 at 8:42 pm

            ORT,

            I did enjoy that first swig of my root better.

            It’s hard for me to get past the prices for B&O. And you know that I love Danish design.

            IW

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