Announced 15 May 2013 the BeoLab 14 surround sound system combines compact aesthetics and outstanding acoustic innovation to deliver the thrill of high-end surround performance without filling up the home with boxy black speakers. The new system can be used with all TV brands, not just Bang & Olufsen TVs.
A cut-down version of BeoLab 14 was introduced at the end of August 2014 and was known as the BeoPlay S8.
The BeoLab 14 is all about impressing from both audio and aesthetic standpoints. Designed for use with any TV set - whether B&O’s own products or a third party manufacturer - the surround system consists of a 280-watt subwoofer with downward-facing 200mm driver in a tall, 15-litre design which acts as the amplification ‘brain’ for the rest of the system. Low-end is available from a rumbling 26hz.
Each 140-watt satellite speaker is mounted in a single-formed aluminium design and four or five speaker packages are available depending on whether you intend to use your TV’s output as the centre front speaker or not.
The minimalist design has a wealth of placement possibilities - as well as the included wall-mounts, the satellite speakers can be mounted on optional (£190 per pair) stands or even upside down from the ceiling.
Digital signal processing is controlled from within the sub-woofer which handles each satellite speaker’s amplification and EQing.
Bang & Olufsen announces the launch of an all-new surround sound speaker system that combines compact aesthetics and outstanding acoustic innovation to deliver the thrill of high-end surround performance without filling up the home with boxy black speakers. The new system can be used with all TV brands, not just Bang & Olufsen TV’s.
The BeoLab 14 surround speaker system by Bang & Olufsen proves that you really can have the best of both worlds. With its refined design, endlessly flexible placement options and acoustic pedigree, it’s never been easier to enjoy home cinema in full aural splendour – without compromising your interior décor.
Small in size but big in sound, BeoLab 14 builds on Bang & Olufsen acoustic engineers’ on-going achievements in packing stunning performance into surprisingly small volumes. The satellite speakers are diminutive circles of anodised aluminium with exchangeable fabric covers in a selection of colours, and integrate easily into even the most stringent interior design schemes. The sculptural subwoofer contains separate amplifiers for all speakers in the system, and delivers bone-bouncing bass from a beguilingly slender footprint. And with a full array of placement options that includes wall and ceiling mounts as well as floor and shelf stands, BeoLab 14 is ready to fit in visually as it stands out acoustically.
According to Bang & Olufsen CEO, Tue Mantoni, BeoLab 14 was designed for consumers who want to add quality surround sound to their home viewing experiences, but still have demanding expectations about their interior design. “The launch of an all-in-one surround speaker system is an important new step for Bang & Olufsen,” he says, “and it builds on our core approach that sound matters in everything that we do. Now we bring genuine Bang & Olufsen sound to anyone who wants the advantages of surround without having to hide away the subwoofer.”
BeoLab 14 connects seamlessly to all Bang & Olufsen televisions, but is also just one plug away from lifting any other TV or AV receiver into a new level of sound performance. “Providing easy integration for people who do not own a Bang & Olufsen TV, but still want to achieve a high-quality Bang & Olufsen sound experience, has been a particular focus for the team” adds Mantoni.
Tuned with expert listening panel
The compact new speakers have been put through the same demanding development process as all other Bang & Olufsen products. “BeoLab 14 is the result of a lot of work with our Listening Panel,” 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.”
The new BeoLab 14 surround sound speaker system is available at Bang & Olufsen stores worldwide from 15 May 2013, priced at €2995 (4.1 system; €3295 for the 5.1 system).