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Wow. Personal taste of course, but that is one ugly TV. Think I'd prefer a (50"+) micro-bezelled Samsung or a Panasonic VT65 plasma, with separate sound system, and spend the change on a stack of Blu Rays. That speaker panel bolted on to the bottom...yuck.
I agree, that is terrible looking. As you say, the setup you could get with those funds.....
Just back from a B&O dealer in Canary Wharf, Llndon and have experienced the full range of B&O TV Weaponry. Quite simply this is a very impressive TV. In fact it'sthe most impressive TV I've seen in a while and that's after looking at the latest Sonys and Samsungs etc. in John Lewis yesterday. The natural colours, the picture depth and the overall reality of the picture is leagues ahead of the over-processed and forced contrast efforts of the best Sony /Samsung sets I saw yesterday.And then we come to the sound. I've been a hifi buff for 25 years, have heard all sorts of systems and have worked in the hifi industry. This is without doubt the best sounding TV I've ever heard, managing, uniquely, to sound powerful and naturally balanced without being overbearing. In small to medium rooms this is all you will need. I haven't heard B&O equipment for years but it's pretty obvious listening to their TVs and HiFi they're on to something with their integrated Class D amps - smooth, rich, poweful, uncoloured but never dull seems to be the house sound. The Sonos competitor - the Beolit 12 - sounded terrific too - makes the Sonos jobs sound boomy and coloured in comparison with the added bonus of being a future design classic.It should be obvious by now I was impressed. I'm seriously considering selling my Sony flatscreen (2yrs old) and some Hifi kit to fund the purchase. Don't be put off by commentators knocking it's appearance. Yes, it's not frameless and has a very visible speaker panel and therefore not "on trend". Instead it absolutely screams quality and Scandinavian design, unashamedly sculptural, paticularly on the easel or pillar stand. A typical B&O design.Oh - I also saw the V1-40 - again the sound is hugely impressive but the picture quality isn't quite as good when you have the two side by side. The industrial design looked very cool though.
You need glasses.The speaker is an integral part of the full glass front panel and anodized aluminum frame. The swept back design of the aluminum reflects the dominant colors of the wall behind. You may select the matte black anodized aluminum frame as well. There are six grill colors to choose from.The set includes a full Dolby Digital/DTS processor and, since B&O's speakers are all robustly self-amplified (each DRIVER has its own amp, so electronic rather than passive crossovers may be used), all you need for surround sound is to plug the fully balanced and shielded line level cables into the proper speaker connection. There are ten of these and you may select from many speaker groups such as 7.1 plus Second Room.Or not-this set includes one of the world'sfirst WiSA transmitters so surround sound can be achieved by merely plugging four to seven powered WiSA Speakers into wall sockets and mating them to the integrated transmitter.Add it up:2 3-way powered speakers and six amps with four electronic crossovers built in.Ten Speaker connections and Wireless connections for ten more.Surround sound decoding with selectable speaker groups for the above.Included 3 year warranty.The option for motorized floor or wall mounts.
Hardly just a speaker bolted to the bottom.
as to looks, i don't think it is meant to be put in a semi with a Debenham's sofa....
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