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Bang & Olufsen launches a trio of new BeoLab wireless speakers

Sam Loveridge


Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 17, 18 and 19
Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 17, 18 and 19

Bang & Olufsen has launched a trio of new BeoLab wireless speakers, all with different and unique selling points.

The BeoLab 17 is a compact speaker with a wedge-like design, the BeoLab 18 are the newest column

speakers and the BeoLab 19 is a new subwoofer.

All three speakers are equipped with the new WiSA standard for multi-channel wireless sound.

“These new speakers are at the vanguard of a new era of high-end sound,” said Lars Fredsgaard, Speaker Category Director at Bang & Olufsen. “Until now, speakers with this level of performance had to be wired. Our latest launch uses a robust wireless standard with enough bandwidth and channels to deliver a listening experience the way the artist intended it. Upgrading to premium sound – without downgrading your décor – is now available in three ways.”

All three speaker sets are available from November.

BeoLab 17 Features

The BeoLab 17 is a compact speaker measuring up at 25 x 32 x 14cm and weighs 5.5kg. It features a new proprietary sound engine along with two drivers and two class D amplifiers.

It will retail for £2,590 per set, with the duo of speakers designed with a “triangular cabinet” asymmetric form.

BeoLab 18 Features

The BeoLab 18 is a duo of column speakers which each contain two class D amplifiers and three drivers with Bang & Olufsen’s Acoustic Lens sound technology.

Bang & Olufsen has made the cabinet of the BeoLab 18 speakers from anodized aluminium, while the 21 plates or lamellas come in black, white or oak. This unique design is intended to open up the sound for the listener.

The BeoLab 18 column speakers are priced at £3,990 but the solid oak lamella front will cost you an additional £790.

BeoLab 19 Features

Finally, the BeoLab 19 is an aluminium subwoofer that is also equipped with the new WiSA standard.

The speaker is fitted with two back-to-back 8-inch woofers and a separate D class amplifier for “rich, cultivated bass”.

The subwoofer retails for £2,195.

Next read our roundup of the best surround sound systems of 2013.


January 16, 2014, 1:27 pm

I finally bit the bullet and purchased BEO 18+19 wireless speakers as well as the playmaker and the transmitter for the wireless speakers. At the same time I purchased a new 60" Samsung 8000 TV. The systems arrived and it was professionally installed yesterday.

Everything is great except for one thing: If you use the optical cable which is the only real option for digital audio out (from a TV) you can't control the volume and it blasts your head off. After checking with the sales person I found out that the volume control does not work with all TV"s. I wish they had told me this before I purchased and even better, advised a list of TV's that the system does work with.

So now as a workaround they suggested I use the 3.5mm to RCA cable from TV and connect to playmaker. Yes it allows you to control the volume but only manually by touching the volume control on the playmaker.

What a keen disappointment - you spend a great deal of money to buy high quality - high tech - and now you have to make use of antiquated and problematic wiring to make it work!

B&O needs to do better and at the very least be pro-active in communicating this issue to potential buyers!!!!


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