Bang & Olufsen Debuts Pricey BeoLab 11 Wall-Mountable Subwoofer - HotHardware
Bang & Olufsen Debuts Pricey BeoLab 11 Wall-Mountable Subwoofer

Bang & Olufsen Debuts Pricey BeoLab 11 Wall-Mountable Subwoofer

Bang & Olufsen is a name that's associated with high quality and high prices, but for those who can afford it, there are hardly any better options out there in the audio space. The company's latest product is one of the most radical subwoofers we have ever seen, adding not only bass to your sound system, but a designer piece to your living room or basement.

The new BeoLab 11 subwoofer brings a whole new look to subwoofers, and honestly, it's pretty discrete. That means you can place it anywhere and it'll look good; it's one of the rare subs that can be placed on the floor, in a corner, or even mounted on the wall. Inside the chassis resides a pair of identical loudspeaker cabinets with baffles, and the outer shells are made of aluminum. Each of those shells can be popped off in order to customize to fit your color scheme.



The BeoLab 11 will be shipping to North American showroom locations by mid-May 2010, with initial color options including silver anodized aluminum and painted white; shortly after, it will be offered in black, dark grey, red, blue, and golden anodized aluminum. Hopefully you're prepared for sticker shock, because the MSRP will range from $1997 to $2574.
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I love their stuff, except for the fact that they charge about 300~400% of comparable pieces from other companies go for.  Besides, if I really wanted to dump that much money on a sub it would be a Bowers & Wilkins 600 series.  Of course, their top of the line 800 series is about 300~400% the cost of this Beolab 11.

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Looks pretty small and compact. The design is great. I wonder how much power this thing has.

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I don't know if people are actually willing to buy this system for their current setup...when they can get an entire setup for the price that these are selling at. Trust me, I love me some bass -- the more my room shakes the better. But I know just how deep my hands are willing to go in my wallet.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that they have excellent products. But this thing for most people is just overkill.

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I love my Home Theatre, but I don't think I would want Mork's egg in the corner as a showpiece?

Two six and a half cones at 200watts is the beginning of a good setup. Yet the first thought in my mind was how is taking a front-fire design combined with a passive setup going to work. It would seem that the two would actually cancel each other out. Then there is the passive side and it might work well since those signals go the opposite direction. Although most of the time when you start with a good bass driver, and combine it with good circuitry that has near perfect response times. then you can really mount them any way you like. When it comes to Subwoofers those same components mounted into the wall and hidden behind panels, would sound just as good.

I have one ten inch front fire and one passive ten incher in my THX system and I haven't really noticed a difference. Unless I sit right in front of the Front-fire that is! Most of the Velodines are much more responsive at close to half the price. And some of them are even smaller, so you can basically hide them wherever.

Bang & Olufsen plays to a market that are the same people who like Bentley's and Roles Royce's, they have the money so it doesn't really take much to impress them as long as it is flashy and has a huge price tag. Those of us who want the Ferrari's, would go out and get six Elan's or Polk Audio's for the same price and power to break all the glass in the house :)

IF you want good home theatre at a reasonable price check out the ONKYO HTS9100THX 7.1, it is less than this sub and a complete THX system:)

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