A Close Look at Bang & Olufsen’s New WiSA Wireless BeoLab Speakers

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Jeff O’Heir of our sister site Dealerscope has an inside look at Bang & Olufsen’s new BeoLab 17 and BeoLab 18 wireless speakers, and BeoLab 19 Wireless subwoofer:

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 17, BeoLab 18 and BeoLab 19Bang & Olufsen continues its focus on combining high design and audio technology with a new line of wireless speakers based on the WiSA standard.

The line, which the company is launching under the Immaculate Wireless Sound concept, includes the BeoLab 17 compact speaker ($3,990 per pair), the BeoLab 18 column speakers ($6,590 per pair, including black lamella fronts, floor base and wall bracket; $1,390 extra for solid oak lamella fronts), and the BeoLab 19 subwoofer ($3,395). The line is scheduled for release toward the end of November.

The BeoLab 17 compact speaker is crafted from a single piece of extruded aluminum and includes a 6-inch midrange/woofer, a three-quarter-inch tweeter and a pair of 160-watt class D amplifiers. Also available in black and white, the front cover of the speaker is available with a “broken ice” pattern or in white, black or blue fabric. It can sit on the floor, placed on a stand or mounted on a wall. The speakers are designed for placement in almost any area of the room.

The BeoLab 19 subwoofer features a 12-sided shape and includes two 8-inch drivers each paired with a dedicated 160-watt class D amplifier. Based on B&O’s Acoustic Balance Principle, the drivers operate in-phase to eliminate unwanted vibrations. A room-position switch optimizes the speaker’s response for different locations, such as a corner, against a wall or in the open.

Based on the iconic BeoLab 8000 speaker design, the BeoLab 18 features 4-inch midrange/woofer drivers powered by separate 160-watt class D amplifiers. The floor-standing speakers can also be mounted on the wall.

All of the new speakers are based on the WiSA wireless standard, which allows the user to automatically link with a source – TV, Blu-ray player or set-top box – with a WiSA-compliant transmitter. All of B&O’s future source components will be WiSA compliant. The WiSA platform uses a 5.2-5.8 GHz range to avoid interference from other signals and to provide enough bandwidth to stream 24-bit, uncompressed music at native sampling rates. WiSA provides up to a full 7.1 surround configuration.

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