Bang & Olufsen Launches BeoVision 4 With Automatic Color Management at 2008 CES



    
    Introducing an unprecedented, revolutionary plasma screen technology
    

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /CNW/ -- Bang & Olufsen, the Danish provider of high
end home theaters and custom multi-room music systems, announces the arrival
of its latest plasma video innovation, the BeoVision 4 with Automatic Color
Management, at the 2008 CES in Las Vegas.   The new product presents an
upgrade to the current BeoVision 4 with the addition of an integrated camera
and software that measure the color balance of the screen and adjust it
automatically to compensate for aging phosphors. The new BeoVision 4 raises
the bar in plasma screens with a new technology that ensures the correct color
balance throughout the life of the screen.
    
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    "The launch of BeoVision 4 with Automatic Color Management will set a new
standard for plasma technology," states Zean Nielsen, President of Bang &
Olufsen America, Inc. "We're confident that this product and its unique
technology will resonate well with our existing customers as well as anyone
who can appreciate technology that automatically works for the user, offering
an effortless experience, which is a trademark for Bang & Olufsen products."
    
    The best possible picture
    
    BeoVision 4 provides an impeccable viewing experience with the
VisionClear collection of High Definition picture technologies. Available in
both a 50-inch and a 65-inch version, the BeoVision 4 plasma panel is full HD,
offering razor sharp details, rich lifelike colors, and smooth movements on
the screen. Even the best picture will age over time, and plasma technology
presents a unique set of challenges. As the phosphor lining inside each cell
or pixel degrades slowly over the years, the quality of the colors in the
picture decreases.
    The patented Automatic Color Management technology from Bang & Olufsen
makes it possible to compensate for this aging process by adjusting the color
temperature. After every 100 hours of viewing, or as often as one wishes, a
short mechanical arm with a camera eye at the end swings down from behind the
aluminium frame and measures a test picture that appears on the screen. Within
seconds, the color temperature is analyzed and adjusted to ensure consistent
color reproduction even after thousands of hours of use over the years.
    Additionally, the BeoVision 4 features the patented Automatic Picture
Control technology, which adjusts the brightness of the screen according to
its placement and the lighting conditions in the room.  Through an optical
sensor on the top of the frame, the screen measures ambient room lighting then
automatically dims or brightens itself to deliver the optimal viewing
experience for those conditions.
    
    Dedicated sound solution
    
    BeoVision 4 Automatic Color Management is positioned with the all new
BeoLab 10 dedicated center speaker, pairing impeccable sound with crystal
clear picture quality. BeoLab 10 performs on the same high level as our most
powerful loudspeakers, and provides the center channel sound in a surround
sound system with perfect purity and balance. With the proprietary Acoustic
Lens Technology, sound from the center channel is dispersed at an even 180
degree angle, thus making every seat in the room the "sweet spot" for watching
television or movies.
    
    Elegant visual expression
    
    The new BeoVision 4 features a curved frame of finely brushed aluminum
with a smooth surface. The precise points and the bold colors options exude a
combination of modern sophistication and time-honored craftsmanship.
    The clean lines of BeoLab 10's triangular form provide a dynamic contrast
to the curves of the acoustic lens and the BeoVision 4 frame. As visually
appealing as BeoVision 4 and BeoLab 10 are from the front, their profile
offers discretion, adorning the wall like art, with the distinct elliptical
form of the acoustic lens indicating that it is a true Bang & Olufsen
solution.
    BeoVision 4 with Automatic Color Management and BeoLab 10 comes in
silver, black, red, blue, and dark grey and will be available in all Bang &
Olufsen showrooms by March 2008.  MSRP $13,500 for the 65 inch screen, $7500
for the 50 inch screen, and $4000 for BeoLab 10.

    Technical specifications for BeoVision 4

    
    Design                          David Lewis
    Dimensions/weight               50": 48 x 30 x 4 in / 115.5lbs
                                    65": 60.5 x 37 x 7 in/195.5lbs
    Pixel count                     2.073.600 pixels (1920 x 1080 x R, G, B)
    Cabinet finish                  Black
    Frame                           Silver, black, red, blue, and dark grey
    Mains voltage range             110 V
                                    60 Hz
    Power consumption               50": Typical 366 W, standby 0.5W
                                    65": Typical 680 W, standby 0.8 W
    Picture                         16:9, 50" or 65" Full HD plasma display
                                    panel, HD-Ready 1080p in combination
                                    with BeoSystem 3- Automatic Color
                                    Management
    Contrast screen                 Front mounted anti-reflection coated glass
    Operation conditions            Temperature: 32 - 104A: F. Humidity: 20 -
                                    80%.
                                    Min. outside air pressure: 800 hPa
    TV system                       According to type and setup: B/G/L/L/I/D/K
                                    PAL, SECAM, NTSC on AV. in combination
                                    with BeoSystem 3
    Accessories                     Wall bracket (black)
    

    Technical specifications for BeoLab 10

    
    Dimensions/weight               26 x 19 x 5 in/35.5 lbs
    Cabinet finish                  MDF and aluminum coated with hard-wearing
                                    soft-touch lacquer.
    Front grill cloth               Silver, black, red, blue, and    dark grey
    Power consumption               Typical 15WStandby < 0.3W
    Amplifier                       2 x 250 W ICEpower
    Long-term max. output power     Treble: 200 W / 8 ohm Bass: 200 W / 8 ohm
    Effective frequency range       45- 20.000 Hz
    Crossover frequency             2000 Hz
    Cabinet principle               Closed box
    Net vol., bass                  11 liters
    Woofer                          1 x 5in cone, 6 ohm
    Tweeter                         1 x 3/4 in dome, 8 ohm
    Bass equalization               Free - Wall switch
    Input sensitivity (power link)  88 dB at 125mV
    Protection                      Thermal protection
                                    ABL (Adaptive Bass Linearization)
    About Bang & Olufsen a/s
    
    Founded in 1925 in Struer, Denmark, Bang & Olufsen a/s is world renowned
for its distinctive range of quality consumer electronic products that
represent our vision: Courage to constantly question the ordinary in search of
surprising, long-lasting experiences. The Bang & Olufsen Group manufactures a
unique range of televisions, music systems, loudspeakers, telephones, and
multimedia products. With more than 2,500 employees and products sold in more
than 100 countries worldwide, Bang & Olufsen's turnover for the 2006/07
financial year was DKK 4,376 million (USD 801 million). Further information
about Bang & Olufsen a/s is available from http://www.bang-olufsen.com.
    
    About Bang & Olufsen America, Inc.
    
    Headquartered in the Greater Chicago Area, Bang & Olufsen America, Inc.
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bang & Olufsen a/s of Struer Denmark. It was
founded in 1970 and provides support and development for 55 retail showrooms
in the continental US, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Leena Hamdi, Public Relations Coordinator of
Bang  & Olufsen America, Inc., +1-847-590-4925, cell, +1-847-323-8546, 
lhi@bang-olufsen.dk Web Site: http://www.bang-olufsen.com

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