B&O Chooses Android for BeoVision

The BeoVision 14 is a new LCD TV range from Bang & Olufsen, which we had not expected to see until IFA. However, the firm has released all of the details about the sets ahead of its planned August/September event.

Available in 40″ and 55″ sizes, the BeoVision 14 TVs will be UltraHD models. They are described as a ‘focal point’ for all in-home entertainment. Both sets are compatible with B&O’s BeoLink feature, which enables them to be used with other products from the company; for instance, sending sound from the TV to speakers in another room.

On the topic of sound, B&O claims that the TVs provide ‘more immersive sound than standalone speaker systems.’ The speaker is front-mounted and covered by oak wood lamellas (I think that’s just a fancy word for veneer! Man. Ed.). Like other B&O TVs, the BeoVision 14 sets feature a motorised stand. They are bundled with the BeoRemote, which uses Bluetooth or IR to send commands.

The TVs run Android TV with integrated Google Cast. They use anti-reflective front glass and an ambient light sensor to combat daylight. Additionally, they have picture modes designed for specific types of content, such as Film or Game.

Aside from size, the TVs only differ in refresh rate: 100Hz on the 40″ and 120Hz on the 55″. Both sets use a direct-LED backlight, providing up to 400 cd/m², and have a 4,000:1 contrast ratio. They have dual DVB-T/C/S2 tuners and feature HDMI 2.0 (x4), USB 3.0, USB 2.0 (x2) and RJ45 ports.

B&O is selling both sets now, starting at £3,600 ($4,700) (40″) and £5,200 ($6,790) (50″) ex VAT.