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B&O BeoVision 11-40 review

John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
B&O BeoVision 11-40


Our Score



  • Stunning picture quality, especially in 2D
  • Gorgeous hi-fi sound quality
  • Unique and stylish design


  • Not enough online video content
  • Slightly high input lag
  • 3D motion could be better

Review Price £5,250.00

Key Features: 40-inch LCD TV with LED backlighting; Luxury 'easel' design; Active 3D playback; Remarkably powerful audio system, supporting external speaker options; Online, USB and DLNA multimedia support

Manufacturer: Bang & Olufsen

What is the B&O VeoVision 11-40?

Bang & Olufsen has never been a brand to just follow the herd. It’s consistently refused to have any truck with creating product designs that in any way track the latest trends and, of course, it’s consistently refused to compromise the ‘B&O way’ by trying to follow the constantly downward TV pricing slide that’s all but decimated the TV business over the past five years.

Or to put it another way, B&O is the Bentley of the TV world.

This inevitably means that its designs won’t suit everyone, and that its prices will be well beyond the pockets of your average British household. But hopefully B&O’s premium pricing will also mean that its 40-inch BeoVision 11-40 TV under scrutiny today is possessed of some seriously brilliant performance skills.

B&O BeoVision 11-40

We guess we should probably get the vulgar price bit out-of-the-way before going any further. So here you go: the BeoVision 11-40 costs £5,250. And that’s without adding in any of the extras B&O will sell you. Whether that's extortionate or 'aspirational' will depend on who you are and whether you're on first name terms with your bank manager.

B&O BeoVision 11-40 - Design

As the most cursory glance at the pictures will attest, if you’ve got the dosh for a BeoVision 11-40, you’re rewarded with a heck of a lot more physical presence than you get with your typical 40-inch TV - any 40-inch TV ever, come to think of it.

The screen itself only occupies around two-thirds of the BeoVision 11-40's total surface area, with the bottom third being given boldly over to a speaker system which, on paper at least, should leave typical flat TV sound systems sounding like two tins and a piece of string by comparison.

B&O BeoVision 11-40

Tucked away under the detachable felt cover are no less than six 32W Class D amplifiers, driving two sets of four-inch woofers, 2in mid-range drivers and three-quarter inch tweeters. As if all that audio hardware wasn’t already startling enough, the BeoVison 11 series of TVs can also power an astounding 10 external speakers, within which you can establish as many as nine different defined speaker groups for different uses in different areas of your living space.

B&O BeoVision 11-40 - Audio Features

Even better, B&O’s home-grown TrueImage audio processing engine has the smarts to adapt to whatever speakers you’ve got connected to whatever sound format you’re listening to, downmixing or adding virtual extra speakers as appropriate, with all current domestic multi-channel audio standards supported. This is all remarkable stuff that speaks volumes – literally! – about the lengths B&O is prepared to go to in removing compromise from its TVs.

Wrapped around the whole speaker and screen combination is a large glinting silver metal frame, embossed in deliriously touchable fashion with the Bang & Olufsen logo. This whole chassis was then mounted for our review on a beautifully built silver floor stand upon which the set can be rotated via the remote control. With this stand you can even programme the TV to turn to preset angles of your choosing when the TV is turned on and off.

B&O BeoVision 11-40

Still more evidence of the BeoVision 11-40’s truly premium status, though, comes from the customisability of its design. The main chassis is available in silver or black, the cloth grille over the speakers comes in (interchangeable) red, white, black, silver, grey or petrol blue variations, and even the set’s rear comes in white or black incarnations. Plus you can choose various mounting options beyond the rotating floor stand we used.

In short, the BeoVision 11-40 can be made to measure up aesthetically to pretty much any designer home it should happen to be destined for.

B&O BeoVision 11-40 - Features

We’re not nearly done with the BeoVision 11-40’s features yet, either. For instance, it’s up to speed with today’s multimedia world, offering both access (wireless or wired) to an online content platform and multimedia playback from USB devices. You can even (for an extra £599) buy the TV fitted with a built-in 500GB hard disk video recorder that timeshifts immaculately from the built-in Freeview HD tuner.

The BeoVision 11-40 is 3D-capable too, as you would expect, and goes for the active (full HD) format still considered by most brands to offer the ‘premium’ 3D experience over the more convenient passive option. If you want to make use of these 3D capabilities, though, you’ll have to find an extra £120 for each pair of 3D glasses you need to keep your household happy.

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Gavin Martin

May 4, 2013, 12:56 pm

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.


May 6, 2013, 3:14 pm

I agree, that is terrible looking. As you say, the setup you could get with those funds.....


September 20, 2013, 2:52 pm

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.


March 31, 2014, 7:48 pm

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.


December 23, 2014, 3:58 am

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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