Well, someone has to be the 1%, right? And for those, there's this insanely amazing television -- one that we hope will become affordable in time, thanks to some "trickle down" effect we heard about once. Bang & Olufsen is a name closely linked with luxury goods, and their consumer electronics are certainly deluxe. The company has just announced the arrival of their ultra flat 3D 65-inch plasma solution (with integrated center channel and 7.1 surround sound) this week, with it showing up in showrooms across U.S., Canada and Mexico. BeoVision 12 was previewed at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in January and will now enter the global marketplace. Under the new BeoVision 12, Bang & Olufsen will set new standards for the cinematic experience, as it presents an advanced plasma solution with very thin design and new adaption features such as automatic picture control and color management technologies to ensure, a rich and true-to-life viewing experience.
The integrated center speaker is placed below the screen and consists of five custom-made speaker units covered by a soft curved natural anodized aluminum grill with an intricate organic shaped hole pattern. Attention to detail is a must in this TV concept. Even the hole pattern in front of the speaker units is made according to special acoustic specifications. The front plate of the integrated center speaker is placed as a small protrusion adding a few extra mm to the thickness in the lower part of the TV, (2 and 5/8 inches in total depth) while maintaining a certain lightness in the overall design. Since the amount of space is limited in this speaker design, highly sophisticated and powerful amplifiers are needed. Bang & Olufsen’s patented ICEpower technology is used for the BeoVision 12 speaker design. It contains 4 x 80 watt ICEpower amplifiers for the midrange and 1 x 40 watts for the treble.
BeoVision 12-65 also comes with Automatic Color Management to compensate for the effects of aging that is common for the plasma technology. For BeoVision 12-65, the robotic arm featuring a camera is located underneath the screen, hidden behind the loudspeaker grill; moreover, the Automatic Picture Control feature senses the level of ambient light from the room and dynamically alters the picture adjustments accordingly, so that the picture quality is maintained day and night.
The only problem? The $11,350 price. Yikes!