Bang & Olufsen has been making waves in a lot of audio markets lately, and their newest offering is sure to make just as big of a splash. That’s because it’s one big, luxurious surround system.
BeoLab 14 is made up of satellite speakers and one subwoofer, and comes in 4.1 and 5.1 digital surround sound models. Single unit surround systems have seen the light of day, but Bang & Olufsen have attempted to make individual units remain attractive by making them really small (less than 16 cm in diameter). The satellite speakers are all small, round, and made of aluminum, with fabric coverings that can be swapped. Different colors of fabric (white, black, silver, dark grey, red, and petroleum blue) will be available, so you can match your decor. Each speaker will also have its own amplifier, located on the central subwoofer. Those speakers will have 2.5” treble and midrange drivers.
That subwoofer will be backed by 280 watts of power, and will have an 8” downward-facing driver, so you can get that bass shaking your floor. The woofer will also have five connections for those satellite speakers, with 140 watt amplifiers for each.
Which model you’ll want depends on what kind of television you have. If you have a Bang & Olufsen television, you can get the 4.1 model, which will seamlessly use the speaker on the television as the fifth satellite speaker. Everyone else can get the 5.1 model for a subwoofer with five satellite speakers.
The Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 14 seems like it should be a thundering surround sound system packed with power, without standing out too much in the bad way for speakers – visually. The BeoLab 14 4.1 model will cost $3,995, while the 5.1 model will come in at $4,395. Both will be in Bang & Olufsen stores this June.