Bang & Olufsen unveils new Android TV-powered 4K Beovision 14
Bang & Olufsen has taken the wraps of its first TV for some years and introduced the new Beovision 14.
The new set comes with a 4K resolution and is powered by Google’s TV OS Android TV, so it should play nice with Google Cast. There’s also an anti-reflection coating on the glass which the company says will reduce reflections by up to 98%, and 360-degree Automatic Picture Control adjusts images based on the ambient light in the room.
What’s more, the Beovision 14 can be attached to a motorised stand which will allow you to turn the TV in your direction using the remote control. And for the audiophiles, B&O has included the same tech used in its BeoLab 18 loudspeaker in the three-way custom speaker on the front of the TV.
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Unfortunately, the Beovision 14 is missing some of the more recent TV tech – namely HDR. While you’ll get an Ultra HD picture then, the set won’t be able to display films and TV shows mastered for High Dynamic Range. Which is a shame, as the technology is set to be the next big thing for TVs. Simply put, it produces a much wider range of colours, brighter whites, and darker blacks while preserving more detail in the image. For now though, you’ll have to look elsewhere if you’re in the market for a fully future-proofed HDR set.
What it lacks in terms of tech, however, the Beovision 14 makes up for in design. B&O’s eye for aesthetics has produced a refined-looking set, with something called ‘oak wood lamellas’ adorning the front of the Beovision 14, and an aluminium frame surrounding the whole thing. It also comes in two sizes: 40 and 55-inches.
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Of course, all this classiness doesn’t come cheap. The 40-inch model is available in Bang & Olufsen stores for £5,190 with oak speaker cover, and £4,495 with cloth speaker cover. If you want to go for the bigger option, the 55-inch model is going for £7,190 with oak speaker cover and £6,495 with a cloth cover. Pretty pricey stuff, especially considering there’s no HDR support.
Still, there’s no denying this is a classy-looking set from a company that produces some seriously high-quality products. The TV will also link with any of your BeoLink Multiroom products and comes with a Bluetooth enabled BeoRemote. With that in mind, if you’ve got the cash, we’d bet the Beovision 14 is a worthwhile investment, but we’re obviously yet to test it out, so stay tuned for a full review.
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