Bang & Olufsen's Design-Rich Soundbar Supports Dolby Atmos and 3D Sound
Ahead of IFA 2019, Danish audio brand Bang & Olufsen (B&O) announced the launch of its first ever soundbar, the Beosound Stage. The flat, rectangular soundbar is the result of a collaboration with Danish firm, NORM Architects. Its simple geometric shape and natural material build upon B&O’s mission of “humanizing technology.” On top of that, B&O made sure that the soundbar could operate without relying on a subwoofer or satellites for immersive audio.
The Beosound Stage carries support for Dolby Atmos, and offers Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity to power a built-in Chromecast, AirPlay 2, and multi-room listening. Packed inside are 11 drivers—each powered by a 50-watt Class D amplifier—resulting in a 3-channel, fully active, DSP-based loudspeaker. To create lifelike 3D audio, B&O positioned two 1.5-inch drivers and a 3/4-inch dome tweeter at an angle on the sides of the soundbar. The center channel drivers include four 4-inch woofers that were crafted to reduce distortion and allow for greater movement, thus creating a deeper bass.
The soundbar also features five audio presets to choose from including TV, Music, Movie, Night Listening or None. Users can fine-tune the sound based on their mood with B&O’s ToneTouch equalizer within the company’s app. The settings are limited to specific moods however (warm, excited, relaxed, and bright) so manual adjustment of the treble, bass, and mids won’t be possible.
Users will find the intuitive touch control panel engraved at the top of the Beosound Stage. A 2 mm gap between the frame and the speaker’s fabric create the illusion that the speaker is floating within the frame. The Beosound Stage can be hung beneath a TV or fixated on a stand underneath it. The versatile piece of technology can also be used as a music system, while the TV is inactive.
Beosound Stage will go on sale globally in the late fall of this year. Three color options will be available including B&O’s standard aluminum and bronze shades for $1,750 (£1,250/€1,500) as well as an oak version for $2,600 (£1,900/€2,250).