I was lucky enough to tour Denmark in the early 80s and play in some stunning venues, including the home of Carl Nielsen and Egeskov Castle. Denmark is a very refined, cultured country with a musically educated population.
One of the stops on our tour was Struer, home of Bang & Olufsen (B&O). I still remember observing the care and pride the workers of Bang & Olufsen took with every product the company was producing during our afternoon tour of the plant. I still have the the very cool B&O bottle opener parting gift to prove I was there!
Now, much more to do with lifestyle than pure Audiophilia, B&O produce good sounding products that look amazing. With audiophiles, we are mostly happy with the opposite. Imagine if B&O’s designers hooked up with Audio Research, Quad, etc. Oh, what a world.
As you can see from the photo, the new Bang & Olufsen Beolab 14 Sound System is no slouch in the looks department. The 14 is the company’s latest system. You’ll be setting up four 140 watt satellite speakers with 2.5-inch drivers housed in aluminum casings and a freestanding 280 watt 8-inch subwoofer. The sub’s response can be modified for position and bass frequency.
Priced at $3,995, B&O expects that the soundbars on your TV will serve as your centre channel. If you want pure B&O, you can add a middle speaker for a total of $4,395. The set will come in black or white with individual colour choices for grilles to match your room decor for an additional $99.