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Monday, May 26, 2014

B&O Launches BeoVision Avant: An $8,000 Ultra HD TV That Moves


Earlier today, Bang & Olufsen debuted the BeoVision Avant, which is pictured here on the new rotating floor stand.

Earlier today, Bang & Olufsen made a lot of heads turn -- and a few TVs as well. The company just debuted its new BeoVision Avant 4K Ultra HD TV at a press event in New York City. However, it wasn't just the image that had eyes popping. Instead, it was all of the details that set this new TV apart from the pack.

As with most of Bang & Olufsen's products, the BeoVision Avant is slick looking. Even at just 55 inches, it's definitely designed to be the showpiece of the room. It's got a two-sided edge-type LED panel with 1.5 D local backlight dimming, as well as the 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

However, the real standout on this set are the motorized options available, which can make every seat in the room the best one. Bang & Olufsen has introduced three modes of motorized options for the BeoVision Avant, all of which are sold separately.

First up is the motorized table stand, which can move the TV to an upright position whenever it's in use. From there, the TV unfolds the sound panel (which I'll get to in a minute). Once you're finished viewing, the TV stand goes back into place, concealed inside the TV.

The motorized floor stand is very similar, but provides an even better viewing angle -- up to 90 degrees from the wall. It basically integrates two movements: The plate moves the tube and the TV out from the wall, while the tube rotates the TV around its own axis. As with the other stand, the sound panel will descend simultaneously. When not in use, the top of the stand is concealed and the TV almost "hugs" the wall.

The last motorized stand option is a wall bracket, which moves the TV from the wall and turns it up to 60 degrees from the wall into your preferred viewing angle. When not in use, it can be completely concealed inside the TV. It's available in left- or right-hinged versions. Something worth noting is that Bang & Olufsen is also offering a fixed wall bracket, without any type of motorized movement.

Now about that sound panel: It's a three-channel speaker that can actually be hidden whenever the TV is not in use. Don't let the shy appearance fool you, either. It has eight fully-active speakers, each with its own dedicated class D amplifier. That lineup includes a 2-inch midrange with a 40-watt class D amp and 1.75-inch tweeter with a 40-watt class D for the left, the right and the center channels. The bass comes from a 4-inch Coscone forward-pointing woofer with an 80-watt class D amp, as well as a 6.5-inch Coscone woofer pointing behind the TV, which also has an 80-watt class D amp.

The BeoVision Avant also has a digital surround decoder module that delivers up to 16 audio channels using Bang & Olufsen's TrueImage processor, nine pre-programmed sound modes, and an integrated wireless transmitter for connecting up to a full 7.1 surround sound setup.

Other features include anti-reflection coated front glass, four picture modes, Chromatic Room Adaptation to adjust the screen for ambient light, and five UHD-compatible HDMI inputs. It even has smart TV features and integrated web radio and music services.

Bang & Olufsen is shipping the BeoVision Avant now, with an MSRP of $7995. It comes with the BeoRemote One, which includes the MyButtons feature for up to three personalized settings. The wall, floor and tabletop motorized options are being sold separately, starting at $895.


 An exploded version of the BeoVision Avant's integrated three-channel sound bar (with eight drivers and built-in amplifiers).

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