Bang & Olufsen Beolab 14 Sound System

by Audiophilia on June 7, 2013 · 3 comments

in Loudspeakers

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.

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Jamie 06.07.13 at 4:03 pm

They look great! I have yet to listen to any B&O speakers in person. If you had to compare their sound with any other brand, which would it be?

marvin fox 06.09.13 at 6:39 pm

For this type of money you can buy some serious audio gear used of course and would sound much better than B and O.

Andy Fawcett 06.10.13 at 3:32 am

I’ve had no experience with B&O since the mid-’80s, when my local Linn dealer stocked them; most of their well-heeled customers weren’t interested in anything else. One time, we hauled a sinfully expensive pair of B&O speakers (around $10K, from memory - a lot for the time) upstairs to try them in the Linn/Naim demo system … they were beyond appalling, just shockingly bad. And that was in comparison to Linn speakers, so it’s not like the bar was set very high!!! But time moves on, so maybe things have changed?

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