There is a very distinctive allure to the B&O Beovision Harmony television. One that thankfully transcends considerations like specifications and price. It was at Milan Design Week in April this year that Bang & Olufsen first showcased the Beovision Harmony all-in-one TV and speaker system, and yesterday, it was launched in the UAE. Dubai had a special guest as well, as Gavin Ivester, Vice President, Design at Bang & Olufsen, took us through the development process of the Harmony.
Far from merely being quirky or a mere box of hi-end components, this creation from the B&O camp shouts originality, earthiness, aesthetics, values…. quite a few of the right things, honestly.
And yes, indeed, as befits any B&O flagship, there’s just the right tinge of design madness in this product.
The Beovision Harmony television is designed to blend into living spaces, and in its hibernating state, sits low on the floor, with two oak and aluminium covers partially obscuring the black screen. Turn the Harmony on, and the wooden panels fans out dramatically like a butterfly opening its wings, as the superthin OLED screen rises above them, to what is described as a perfect viewing height.
So is it all drama? Hardly, for the Harmony unit houses a very capable 77” LG C9 OLED TV. On the sonic front, the speaker array features a one-inch tweeter, two 2.5-inch full-range drivers, a four-inch midrange/woofer and another pair of four-inch bass drivers, each powered by a dedicated amplifier. The drivers are fed with 50W each for the tweeter and full-range drivers with 100W of power for the woofers.
Its massively connected too, with Tune-In radio and Deezer integrated and streaming possible via Apple Airplay 2, Chromecast built-in or Bluetooth.
A built-in 7.1 surround sound decoder and B&O multi-room capabilities also allows owners to connect up to eight of the company’s Beolab speakers for a truly immersive TV performance, while a further eight can also be added with wired connection.
The B&O Beovision Harmony television is now available at the Bang & Olufsen signature store at Dubai Mall