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B&O BeoVision 11-40 - Features and Picture Quality

John Archer

By John Archer



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B&O BeoVision 11-40


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B&O BeoVision 11-40 - Features

Heading into the BeoVision 11-40’s slightly intimidating on-screen menus via B&O’s unfeasibly opulent metal, LCD-sporting remote control uncovers a few interesting features. On the downside, the set doesn’t provide a full colour or gamma management system. But actually, while these controls aren’t available to end users, the set can have pretty much every aspect of its images changed by the engineer who will inevitably install the TV for you.

B&O BeoVision 11-40

On the plus side, the amount of audio adjustments B&O has provided is unprecedented for a TV, while pictures will hopefully benefit from an unusually sophisticated – in that it delivers a 360-degree sweep - metering system for adapting pictures based on the conditions of your room.

Plus B&O’s adaptive picture setting seems much more promising than most such systems, not least because a) the TV even wants to know how far away from it you’re sitting so it can perfect its picture algorithms accordingly, and b) it includes an adaptive judder cancellation element that recognises that viewers are less prone to seeing judder in darker room conditions.

One last element of the BeoVision 11-40’s really extensive feature count is its connectivity. Specifically its unprecedented six HDMIs – including one ‘convenience’ socket accessible via a pop-out panel towards the top of the TV’s rear side – and its support for DLNA multimedia playback as well as online features.

B&O BeoVision 11-40 - Picture Quality

High-end, expansively designed TVs don’t always deliver cutting edge quality – presumably on account of the relative slowness of their development processes. However, it takes mere seconds for the BeoVision 11-40 to persuade us that it does not fit into this negative high-end trend. In fact, its pictures are among the very best we’ve seen from an LCD TV.

B&O BeoVision 11-40

As is usually the case, this excellent picture quality starts with the set’s contrast performance – more specifically, its black level response, which is truly outstanding. Dark scenes benefit from black colours that actually look black rather than the misty grey still often witnessed with LCD TVs. Even better, this excellent black level response isn’t achieved at the expense of too much general brightness, ensuring that dark scenes still look punchy and dynamic, as well as containing plenty of shadow detail.

It’s worth adding that this excellent contrast result was achieved with absolutely minimal set up input from us; B&O’s own automated picture system turns out to be remarkably good, doing a pretty much pitch-perfect job of regulating the set’s contrast, brightness, backlight and colour settings so that the picture looks great no matter what you’re watching.

B&O BeoVision 11-40 - Colour Performance

Having included colour in that list of good stuff, it’s worth dwelling more on the BeoVision 11-40’s colour handling. The first thing to say is that its colours are strikingly bright and punchy, providing a potent and engaging contrast with the inky black levels. Crucially, though, colours also look natural, believable and balanced, as well as containing excellent subtlety that provides more evidence of the strength of the processing engine B&O has put into its latest TV model.

B&O BeoVision 11-40

One or two enthusiasts may still find themselves yearning for the extra fine-tuning of a full colour management system, but the vast majority of owners will find B&O’s carefully chosen colour approach to be enormously satisfying.

Just as satisfying is the sharpness. HD images look pristine, with detail galore and pretty much no noise. Yet, at the same time, the set happily resists the temptation to try to over-sharpen HD sources, leaving images looking polished and even.

The set’s processing engine also works excellently with standard definition, upscaling it to the full HD screen intelligently enough to add more sharpness and detail while simultaneously keeping a lid on noise levels.

There are only two minor problems with the BeoVision 11-40’s 2D performance. The first is some slight motion blurring – but this really is minor, and seldom detracts significantly from the image’s generally excellent sharpness levels. The other issue is the very rare appearance of extremely minor backlight clouding in the image’s corners during dark scenes. But again, this happens so infrequently and so subtly with 2D viewing using B&O’s automatic picture mode that it’s hardly worth mentioning.

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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