Bang & Olufsen Beolab 14


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Functional and fashionable - that has always been Bang & Olufsen's motto. And their recent addition to the family, the BeoLab 14 surround sound system, delivers on both fronts.

A multi-satellite speaker and subwoofer system, it can accommodate up to 6 active speakers, each with it’s own amps. At its heart is an 8 inch, downward-facing woofer,delivering 280 watts of dedicated power, all the way down to 26 Hz. Its Adaptive Bass Linearization has been specifically customized to drive exceptional sound experience from the very compact speakers while simultaneously protecting them from sudden bursts of damage causing volume. By reducing bass throughput automatically in response to extreme peaks, it’s unique technology ensures consistent and unrivalled performance throughout.

Always focused on providing that lounge-friendly look, the cabling of the BeoLab 14’s satellites runs down the speaker stand, and there are three different types of stands available: floor, tabletop and wall mount. All the stands use a thin metal stalks. The speakers are tilted upward slightly, which mitigates the relatively short height the stands.

Separating the satellite speakers’ active 2.5” treble/midrange drivers from their dedicated amps makes for some amazing sound, in a relatively small package. Just under 16 cm in diameter, the satellites are as easy to decorate with as they are to listen to. The closed cabinet construction is built around a milled aluminium frame – just like the systems B&O creates for premium car sound systems in your favorite Audi, BMW and Aston Martin – to eliminate resonance with style and precision. A single piece of aluminium transformed under the weight of 170 tons of pressure forms a seamless ring of pure, flawless strength. Check out the process:

As one would expect, the compact speakers have been put through the same demanding development process as all other B&O products. “BeoLab 14 is the result of a lot of work in our Listening Room,” says Jens Rahbek, senior sound engineer in the R&D department. “Even with the very best components, sound is a subjective experience. We tune our speakers in a process that includes hours of listening – by different people, in different room environments, at different stages of development – in order to achieve sound that is as close as possible to what the original artist intended.”

BeoLab 14 is available in two versions: one with subwoofer and four satellite speakers (for use with Bang & Olufsen TVs, whose on-board speakers function as the centre speaker in a surround setup), the other with subwoofer and five satellite speakers for all other TV brands.

Audio Brands are many, relatively only a few like B&O have consistently delivered on design and performance for over 80 years. Would you not agree?

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