Bang & Olufsen (B&O) BeoVision 8: 40″ LCD TV

Bang & Olufsen (B&O) BeoVision 8 Specifications

Display: 40″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
Response Time: 6ms (GTG)
Frequency: 100Hz
Connectivity: SCART (2), VGA, HDMI, Composite (3), DVB-T (optional)
Other: Integrated subwoofer
Colors: Black, White
Power Consumption: 246W (operational), 0.5W (standby)
Dimensions: 1060 x 6230 x 255mm (w/ stand)
Weight: 26kg 

bo_beovision8_40_lcd_tv

Bang & Olufsen. Also known as B&O. I really like the company’s designs: simple, sexy, elegant… but not the sky-high prices. According to Gadget Review, the BeoVision 8 LCD TV series was limited to just two sizes: 26″ and 32″. So this much larger 40″ version is new. I’m not sure where it is getting its LCD panels but I only know of one panel manufacturer that specializes in 40″: Samsung. So the LCD panel is most likely the S-PVA version.

The 40″ BeoVision 8 sports a 1920 x 1080 pixel format and a brightness of 500 cd/m2. Contrast ratio is 3000:1–I’m not sure whether that’s static or dynamic but still is a bit on the low side: there is no LED backlight and no local dimming, the reason behind such modest numbers. But there is 100Hz (geared for the European market) that reduces motion blur. The 6ms GTG response time is about average.

bo_beovision8_40_lcd_tv_02

I did say at the beginning of this post that I like B&O’s product designs. But when it comes to the BeoVision 8 with its protruded chin… I’m not too sure. When everyone else is coming out with invisible speakers, the folks over at B&O decided to accentuate them. A subwoofer and stereo speakers are included and I will guess that they are of very good audio quality. But, for that kind of space I would think something like Yamaha’s YSP-900 (check it out on Amazon) soundbar would be integrated within. But that would be targeted at a difference audience than the BeoVision 8, which is “Made for those who are looking for an entry-level TV…” but for a not-so-entry-level price. Pricing is unknown at the moment but it is sure to be relatively more expensive than comparable LCD TVs from Samsung, Sony or Sharp.

One more thing (a little but an important little thing): after registering to get access to B&O’s BeoLounge area, I clicked on to see what the company has to say about design since B&O is known for design. A fairly attractive lady came on and explained a few things. I then clicked on “David Lewis on the BeoVision 8 Design” and proceeded to view the video. First of all, I started to have difficulty breathing after a little while. I get this way when the person in the video does not stop to breath. I had to click on the stop button. And I have no intention of resuming the video. I wonder if there is a review process where real people sit down and watch these videos. I certainly would have insisted inserting some pauses between phrases and sentences. My tip to you B&O: check out some of Apple’s videos, for instance Apple’s video introducing the 17″ MacBook Pro’s new battery. They pause and breath; I can breath.

Source: Gadget Review, Bang & Olufsen

Leave a Reply