Bang & Olufsen Receives Two International CES Innovations 2014 Design And Engineering Awards For Newly Launched Products

Bang & Olufsen (www.bang-olufsen.com) today announces that it has received the honorary International CES Best of Innovations 2014 Award in High Performance Home Audio for its newly launched BeoLab 18 wireless speaker and has also been named a CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its BeoLab 17 compact wireless speaker. Both speakers embody extreme craftsmanship, innovative design, superior wireless technology and robust sound experience. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.

BeoLab 17 Compact Wireless Speaker

Bang & Olufsen’s new all-digital active loudspeakers leverage the new WiSA standard for multi-channel wireless sound to provide a very robust acoustic performance coupled with impeccable design and flawless craftsmanship.  BeoLab 17 is an extremely flexible, compact speaker with very large sound reproduction and the BeoLab 18 is the latest incarnation of Bang & Olufsen’s sculpturally iconic audio columns for walls or floor. Both speakers were just introduced this month and are the first speakers to launch under Bang & Olufsen’s new Immaculate Wireless Sound concept. With Immaculate Wireless Sound, Bang & Olufsen provides acoustic authenticity into the wireless age for the first time ever.

BeoLab 18 Wireless Speaker

As the first manufacturer to be WiSA certified Bang & Olufsen is proud to receive these prestigious awards“, says CEO for Bang & Olufsen Tue Mantoni. “Bang & Olufsen introduced the WiSA certified BeoLab18 and BeoLab 17 wireless speakers only three weeks ago, so receiving these awards are a huge acknowledgement of our leadership in sound innovation.”

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since

Immaculate Wireless Sound by Bang & Olufsen - LOGO.  (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Immaculate Wireless Sound by Bang & Olufsen – LOGO. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

1976.

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoLab 18 and BeoLab 17 loudspeakers will be displayed in The Venetian at the 2014 International CES, which runs January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 5 in the South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay.

Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on www.CESweb.org/Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL. For more information on Bang & Olufsen, please visit www.bang-olufsen.com.

Bang & Olufsen introduces a major breakthrough in wireless sound in three new design icons

PROVIDING THE WORLD’S FIRST WISA (WIRELESS SPEAKER AND SOUND ASSOCIATION) CERTIFIED SPEAKERS WITH SERIOUS HIGH QUALITY SOUND EXPERIENCE Bang & Olufsen announces the launch of a new range of high-end wireless speakers. All three speakers are distinctive proponents of Bang & Olufsen’s unique design idiom – and unlike anything currently on the marketplace. The all-digital active speakers leverage the new WiSA standard for multi-channel wireless sound to provide acoustic performance beyond anything you have heard without cables. The untethered flexibility means that adding stunning sound to any room has never been easier.

Bang & Olufsen Introduces Breakthrough in Wireless Sound with Three New Design Icons.  (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Bang & Olufsen Introduces Breakthrough in Wireless Sound with Three New Design Icons. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Since all three speakers run on the new WiSA standard, all you need to do is plug the active speakers into the mains in a room with any WiSA-compliant transmitter in order to link wirelessly to your TV, Blu-ray player or set-top box. The Wireless Speaker and Sound Association (WiSA) platform utilizes the relatively uncongested 5.2-5.8 GHz range to avoid interference from other signals, and to provide enough bandwidth to stream 24-bit, uncompressed music at native sampling rates. WiSA is the first wireless system in the U-NII band that provides multi-channel performance – up to a full 7.1 surround configuration.

BeoLab 17

The new wireless line-up includes BeoLab 17, an extremely flexible, compact speaker with very large sound reproduction; BeoLab 18, the latest incarnation of Bang & Olufsen’s sculpturally iconic audio columns for walls or floor; and BeoLab 19, a radically redesigned subwoofer that pumps refined bass with a visceral punch – and looks too good to hide. With the launch of these three new wireless speakers, Bang & Olufsen once again confirms the brand’s dedication to outstanding acoustics, uncompromising design and craftsmanship, and technological innovation that makes life simpler for discerning users.

BeoLab 18

These new speakers are at the vanguard of a new era of high-end sound,” says Lars Fredsgaard, Speaker Category Director at Bang & Olufsen. “Until now, speakers with this level of performance had to be wired. Our latest launch uses a robust wireless standard with enough bandwidth and channels to deliver a listening experience the way the artist intended it. Upgrading to premium sound – without downgrading your decor – is now available in three ways.” Continue reading

Bang & Olufsen presents the first installment of ‘The Living Room Tour’ with Paul McCartney

MCCARTNEY TO GIVE EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT INTO THE CREATION OF NEW

On 15th October, Bang & Olufsen will present Paul McCartney in conversation about his NEW album, set for release on October 14thNEW is Paul’s first album of brand new recording material since 2007 and sees him working with producers Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns, Paul Epworth and Giles Martin for the first time ever.  ‘The Living Room Tour’ will provide an opportunity for people from across the world to put their questions to Paul about writing the album, working with new producers and the recording process.

Bang & Olufsen presents Living Room Tour with Paul McCartney.(PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Bang & Olufsen presents Living Room Tour with Paul McCartney.(PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

NEW, already hailed by critics as McCartney’s ‘best album in decades’, is available beginning October 14, 2013. Hear Paul McCartney talk live about the inspiration and influences behind his new album on October 15th, 2pm UK time/9 AM US Eastern at www.bang-olufsen.com/mccartney and tweet #askmccartney for your chance to have your question answered by Paul himself.

This exciting event will be the first installment of ‘The Living Room Tour’ – an on-going project where Bang & Olufsen brings the audience one step closer to the music and artists they love. The event also provides artists with space to share their love of music and talk about the nuances, inspiration and intentions behind their own sounds.

We are excited to work with Paul McCartney – the world’s most iconic musician,” Tue Mantoni, the CEO of Bang & Olufsen iterates. “Bang & Olufsen and Paul McCartney share an immense passion for great sound and we believe our brand is the perfect platform to convey his true intentions and emotions. With Bang & Olufsen you get the full experience.”

‘The Living Room Tour’ is built around this shared passion for great sound and the belief that great music deserves to be heard as the artist intended. This is only possible with the highest quality speakers and every single Bang & Olufsen product is meticulously designed to deliver immaculate sound quality in your home, with particular focus on the living room – the heart of the home and the room where our love of great sound is most apparent and most explored.

Bang & Olufsen recently announced the launch of Immaculate Wireless Sound – Bang & Olufsen’s latest innovation in sound, design and technology, which will form the backbone for a launch of several new speaker products at the end of October.

Transformations, Bang & Olufsen By Miya Ando, An Alliance Forged By Craftsmanship

Bang & Olufsen and American artist Miya Ando have teamed up to present “Transformations, Bang & Olufsen by Miya Ando” – a series of twenty hand dyed, anodized aluminum paintings and hand painted Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 12 loudspeakers, which are inspired by the nature of metals and luminosity. This sublime and dynamic series of twenty paintings and corresponding speakers was unveiled in San Francisco, at the Bang & Olufsen Townsend Street showroom on October 2, 2013 –  marking the US debut of this special collection.

"Transformations, Bang & Olufsen by Miya Ando" Special Edition BeoLab 12 Speakers.  (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

“Transformations, Bang & Olufsen by Miya Ando” Special Edition BeoLab 12 Speakers. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

As an artist, Miya Ando pays homage to the ancient ideas that shaped her upbringing in Japan. A descendant of Bizen sword makers, Ando was raised among sword smiths and Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan and in a redwood forest in Northern California. Combining traditional techniques of her ancestry with modern industrial technology, Ando transforms plates of anodized aluminium into ephemeral, abstract paintings. “I approached the BeoLab 12 speaker as a metal canvas and sculpture“, Miya Ando explains. “The surface of metal changes and transforms constantly like light. It is very similar to what happens in music – like art music has the power of transformation and transcendence. Applying my art work and focus on graduation and transformations of colours to an aluminium loudspeaker is a perfect match for me.” Continue reading

Bang & Olufsen Unveils The Beovision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System, A Next TV Steps Up In Cinematic Customization

Bang & Olufsen launches a new innovative technology in its 65-inch plasma solution with BeoVision 12-65 New Generation that will take both sound and vision into a new era. Bang & Olufsen televisions are famous for integrating market-leading sound technology to enhance the overall TV experience, but with the launch of BeoVision 12-65 New Generation, new standards are set. The all-digital video platform and refined aesthetic features create a market-leading package of great features and beautiful looks. To top it off an elegant, motorized floor stand can move the 65-inch Bang & Olufsen flagship to your favorite viewing position as if touched by magic. BeoSystem 4 is Bang & Olufsen’s latest innovation in audio-video technology and builds on the successful video engine from BeoVision 11 taking plasma to a whole new level, both in sound, picture and integration.

Bang & Olufsen Beovision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System

Bang & Olufsen Beovision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System

To complement the dedicated center channel speaker integrated below the screen, BeoVision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System includes as standard a full 7.1 surround sound module. This allows you to create an acoustical experience in your own home matching most cinemas and concert halls by simply connecting your desired number of speakers directly to the TV.

For perfect customization to connected sources, BeoVision 12 New Generation includes a number of dedicated sound modes designed to automatically optimize the film viewing, gaming or dedicated music experiences to whatever you are watching or play. You can even create your own mode, if the preset modes do not fit your personal taste. With the click of a button you can switch between different speaker modes, e.g. stereo and surround sound.

Bang & Olufsen Unveils The Beovision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System

Bang & Olufsen Unveils The Beovision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System

As icing on the cake, BeoVision 12 New Generation Plasma Television System applies the new innovative TrueImageTM technology. There are many cases where the number of input channels does not match the number of loudspeakers in your configuration. If you have a large surround sound system with seven main loudspeakers and a subwoofer and you would like to re-distribute the two channels from a stereo CD to all of your loudspeakers you have to up mix the signal to this so it makes use of all the speakers in the system. Conversely, if you have two loudspeakers, but are playing a 7.1 Blu-ray, you have to ‘downmix’ to your two loudspeakers if you are to hear all components of the audio signal. The Bang & Olufsen TrueImageTM handles this up and down mixing automatically so you get the most out of your setup at any time. Continue reading

Bang & Olufsen Introduces New Wireless Speaker Technology at CEDIA 2013

A SECOND-TO-NONE MULTI-CHANNEL WIRELESS EXPERIENCE THAT PROVIDES ROBUST ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE AND FLEXIBLE, SIMPLE OPERATION

INTRODUCING IMMACULATE WIRELESS SOUND

BANG & OLUFSEN (www.bang-olufsen.com) announces the introduction of a new wireless speaker platform, the first ever to use wireless technology that is robust enough for high-end digital sound, at the CEDIA 2013 tradeshow in Denver, Colorado. With the new wireless technology, audiophiles can now enjoy 24-bit, uncompressed music wirelessly and installers and decorators can achieve cinema-quality surround sound without the wire clutter. The new wireless technology by BANG & OLUFSEN incorporates WiSA’s (WIRELESS SPEAKER AND AUDIO ASSOCIATION) open standard to achieve the ultimate sound performance in multi-channel wireless set up. Therefore, Bang & Olufsen’s next-generation wireless speakers, to be introduced later this fall, will connect to any WiSA compliant third-party television, Blu-ray player, AV receiver or the like – simply, flexibly and brilliantly. Bang & Olufsen will announce the release of its first Immaculate Wireless Sound Speakers in late October.

Bang & Olufsen's Cube, located at company headquarters in Denmark, is one of the world's largest, privately owned electroacoustic measurement facilities.   (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Bang & Olufsen’s Cube, located at company headquarters in Denmark, is one of the world’s largest, privately owned electroacoustic measurement facilities. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Established in 2011 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the Wireless Speaker & Audio (WiSA) Association ( www.wisaassociation.org) is an industry group dedicated to bringing reliable, high- performance interoperable wireless audio products to the consumer. The Association is responsible for developing specifications and performing testing and interoperability certification of WiSA-certified products, Association administrative management, and outbound marketing campaigns to promote the broad adoption of WiSA interoperability. WiSA, LLC, the agent for the WiSA Association, is a

Immaculate Wireless Sound by Bang & Olufsen - LOGO.  (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Immaculate Wireless Sound by Bang & Olufsen – LOGO. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc.

With the introduction of its new wireless speaker platform at CEDIA 2013, Bang & Olufsen is the first brand to incorporate the new WiSA standard into high-end speakers. The Danish company is building the innovative platform into its newest generation of speakers – slated for launch next month – as well as including it in upcoming television releases. The WiSA platform utilizes the relatively uncongested 5.2-5.8 GHz range to avoid interference from other signals, and to provide enough bandwidth to stream 24-bit, uncompressed music at native sampling rates. There are enough channels to drive anything from a pair of speakers to a full-blown 7.1 surround system – without the wires.

Bang & Olufsen has collaborated with Summit Semiconductor and the WiSA association in the development of the new standard. “Working with Bang & Olufsen’s strong audio team to perfect a high fidelity, wireless audio signal has created industry leading performance for the consumer’s enjoyment,” says Brett Moyer, President and CEO of Summit Semiconductor. “WiSA certification ensures the best available quality in high-definition wireless audio,” says WiSA president Jim Venable. “We are proud to announce that the first brand to achieve the WiSA stamp of approval is also one of the world’s most iconic champions of amazing sound. Bang & Olufsen is paving the way to a new generation of wireless speakers of uncompromising quality.” Continue reading

Bang & Olufsen Relaunches BeoSound 5 with complete Spotify integration

In a new partnership with Spotify, the world’s leading music streaming service,  Bang & Olufsen announces that Spotify is now fully integrated into its popular BeoSound 5 Music System. Bang & Olufsen‘s digital music system, BeoSound 5, now ships with complete Spotify integration, adding 20 million songs in premium sound quality to BeoSound 5’s already versatile repertoire. Bang & Olufsen also includes all existing BeoSound 5 owners in the Spotify integration through a free online software update.

Bang & Olufsen's BeoSound 5 relaunches with complete Spotify Integration.   (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound 5 relaunches with complete Spotify Integration. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

The integration adds yet another feature to BeoSound 5, expanding its range of digital music with Spotify‘s massive music catalogue in addition to the owner’s own digitalized tracks and 14,000 internet radio stations. The integration is built-in to all new BeoSound 5 units; and, in line with Bang & Olufsen’s dedication to continuing customer service, existing BeoSound 5 owners can easily add Spotify with a free online software update. You can try out your favourite Spotify playlist now, with BeoSound 5 and your choice of Bang & Olufsen speakers, in any Bang & Olufsen store located in markets where Spotify is available. Continue reading