Beosound Theatre: the soundbar that grows with your TV – News

The IFA technology fair in Berlin is back, but not all companies are making an appearance this week. For example, B&O preferred a separate event elsewhere in the same Berlin. The Danish audio specialist presented its Beosound Theater there: a stylish and powerful soundbar that you can match with your current and future TVs.

The Beosound Theater is somewhat reminiscent of the Eclipse and Contour from the BeoVision range of the Danes. However, there is a big difference: where the two Beovision models are supplied complete with a television screen (B&O has been working with LG for this for many years), the new Theater is available with and without a TV.

Twelve speaker drivers

You can of course still seamlessly combine this soundbar with an LG panel of your choice, with a wafer-thin OLED model being preferred from an aesthetic point of view. But B&O believes that the Theater is suitable for almost any television from 55 inches, regardless of brand. It has everything to do with the ingenious bracket which can be mounted on the back of the soundbar. When you screw the TV against it, it gives the impression of floating just above the soundbar: very nice. You only have to be careful with somewhat thicker televisions, because the frame can then block part of the sound of the so-called ‘upfiring’ drivers. Those speakers are partly responsible for the Dolby Atmos sound that the Beosound Theater supports (see box).

A total of 12 drivers are hidden under the housing of the Beosound Theater. © MvdV

Speaking of the technical side of the soundbar: a total of twelve speaker drivers are housed in the housing. Together they provide a 7.1.4 surround configuration with a speaker power of up to 800 watts and a pressure level of 112 dB. The burly center speaker is flanked by two custom-built 6.5-inch woofers – according to the manufacturer, these are the largest woofers in a soundbar to date.

Expensive slatted hood

During a first listening test of music and film fragments, in a very spacious living room, the Beosound Theater immediately convinced. The bass is quite deep, without drowning out the mids and highs. With two Beolab 28 rear speakers added, the chase scene from James Bond: No Time To Die might have sounded just a bit more impressive, but we didn’t think such a setup was a must. We would also have no money for it, because the B&O soundbar already has a very hefty price tag of (no typing error) 6,490 euros on its own. In the base version, that is. If, on the other hand, money is no object, know that you can expand the Beosound Theater with up to sixteen (!) extra speakers if you wish.

We already told you that the Theater grows with your television. For example, the front panel can be replaced by another one in no time at all. The standard copy consists of black speaker cloth, the soundbar that we were able to test was finished with a slatted hood with solid oak – good for an additional cost of (just sit down) a thousand euros.

Wide, wider, widest

But what if you want to replace your 55-inch TV in a few years with a larger model of roughly 65-inch. That is the soundbar of B&O optical actually a little too narrow. But the manufacturer has also thought of that. On either side of the device are (polished and anonized) aluminum end pieces that can be replaced by wider pieces. They are available for 66- and 77-inch LG screens anyway, but according to the Danish manufacturer they can be custom made for any screen if desired. What these accessories or customization should cost, we will only hear when the Beosound Theater comes on the market on October 3. The same applies to the optional rotating base and wall mount to fix the colossus to the wall.

Thanks to this bracket, the Beosound Theater can be combined with almost any television according to B&O. The aluminum end pieces are also visible at the bottom left, with which you can make the soundbar a bit wider over the years. © MvdV

Also noteworthy in the whole upgrade story of the Beosound Theater is the Mozart platform. This software provides the necessary speed, stability and multi-room capabilities when streaming music, but also guarantees a strong example of compatibility. In Berlin, for example, we heard and saw how the Beosound Theater was effortlessly linked to portable Beosound loudspeakers from a few years ago, but also – and above all – to a Beogram Turntable (record player) from 1972. That’s a device from half a century ago. . Or as B&O puts it: ‘It is not only the intention that the Beosound Theater survives a number of your televisions, it is at least as important that the device also works with earlier B&O products, even if they are thirty or even fifty years old. old.’

What is and does Dolby Atmos do?

The great asset of a home cinema system with Dolby Atmos is that you as a viewer are completely immersed in the film and the action. This is in contrast to classic 5.1 or 7.1 setups, which really just form a ‘horizontal ring’ of sound: the audio comes from the left, right, front and back, through channels predefined by the sound designer (think to a lightning strike or slamming door on the rear left speaker).

With Dolby Atmos, a 3D space is created, a so-called ‘sound bubble’, in which each sound can be given a specific place – in height and depth. In a cinema extra loudspeakers are mounted in the ceiling for this. With a soundbar like the BeoSound Theater.

The Beosound Theater is somewhat reminiscent of the Eclipse and Contour from the BeoVision range of the Danes. However, there is a big difference: where the two Beovision models are supplied complete with a television screen (B&O has been working with LG for this for many years), the new Theater is available with and without a TV. You can of course still use this soundbar seamlessly. combine with an LG panel of your choice, with a wafer-thin OLED model being aesthetically preferable. But B&O believes that the Theater is suitable for almost any television from 55 inches, regardless of brand. This has everything to do with the ingenious bracket that can be mounted on the back of the soundbar. When you screw the TV against it, it gives the impression of floating just above the soundbar: very nice. You only have to be careful with somewhat thicker televisions, because the frame can then block part of the sound of the so-called ‘upfiring’ drivers. Those speakers are partly responsible for the Dolby Atmos sound that the Beosound Theater supports (see box). Speaking of the technical side of the soundbar: in total there are no fewer than twelve speaker drivers in the housing. Together they provide a 7.1.4 surround configuration with a speaker power of up to 800 watts and a pressure level of 112 dB. The burly center speaker is flanked by two custom-built 6.5-inch woofers – according to the manufacturer, these are the largest woofers in a soundbar to date. During a first listening test of music and film fragments, in a very spacious living room, immediately convinced the Beosound Theater. The bass is quite deep, without drowning out the mids and highs. With two Beolab 28 rear speakers added, the chase scene from James Bond: No Time To Die might have sounded just a bit more impressive, but we didn’t think such a setup was a must. We would also have no money for it, because the B&O soundbar already has a very hefty price tag of (no typing error) 6,490 euros on its own. In the base version, that is. If, on the other hand, money is no object, know that you can expand the Beosound Theater with up to sixteen (!) extra speakers. We already told you that the Theater grows with your television. For example, the front panel can be replaced by another one in no time at all. The standard copy consists of black speaker cloth, the soundbar that we were able to test was finished with a slatted hood with solid oak – good for an additional cost of (just sit down) a thousand euros. But what if you want to replace your 55-inch TV in a few years’ time? wants to replace it with a larger model of roughly 65-inch. That is the soundbar of B&O optical actually a little too narrow. But the manufacturer has also thought of that. On either side of the device are (polished and anonized) aluminum end pieces that can be replaced by wider pieces. They are available for 66- and 77-inch LG screens anyway, but according to the Danish manufacturer they can be custom made for any screen if desired. What these accessories or customization should cost, we will only hear when the Beosound Theater comes on the market on October 3. The same goes for the optional rotating base and wall mount to fix the colossus to the wall. Another noteworthy feature in the entire upgrade story of the Beosound Theater is the Mozart platform. This software provides the necessary speed, stability and multi-room capabilities when streaming music, but also guarantees a strong example of compatibility. In Berlin, for example, we heard and saw how the Beosound Theater was effortlessly linked to portable Beosound loudspeakers from a few years ago, but also – and above all – to a Beogram Turntable (record player) from 1972. That’s a device from half a century ago. . Or as B&O puts it: ‘It is not only the intention that the Beosound Theater survives a number of your televisions, it is at least as important that the device also works with earlier B&O products, even if they are thirty or even fifty years old. old.’


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