B&O PLAY, Bang & Olufsen's new brand, brings its first television, BeoPlay V1, the US.
The company claims that the BeoPlay V1 features high quality sound. It even detects the type of content you're enjoying on screen, and automatically optimizes sound performance to the source.
BeoPlay V1 works without extra speakers, sub-woofers or wires. Bang & Olufsen's proprietary Class D ICEpower amps power up the speakers. All the sound most people will ever need is built right into the steel cabinet, but should you want to add extra speakers, the integrated 5.1 surround module and speaker/subwoofer connections are all there to go full 5.1.
Designed by Anders Hermansen, BeoPlay V1 has its roots in a Scandinavian idiom of no-nonsense industrial aesthetics. The rugged steel cabinet is powder coated and combines clean lines with metal joinery. The loudspeaker grill is stamped directly into the cabinet, below the screen. And the stainless steel stands connect at all four corners.
The TV features a LED screen and contrast control adjusts to ambient light; dedicated film and game modes are available, although Users can also adjust color settings on their own in the menu.
Connection to third-party devices is easy to achieve, and BeoPlay V1 lets you easily detect and configure connected set-top boxes, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, Apple TV (which can be placed inside the BeoPlay V1 cabinet), NAS servers and hard disks. Additionally, the integrated media browser lets you view photo collections or listen to music on a USB drive or NAS server and the dedicated remote not only makes setup and channel surfing simple: it also handles third-party devices such as DVD players and digital recording devices.
BeoPlay V1 is available in 32" and 40", in either black or white. Prices begin at $3249.00 and it is available exclusively at Bang & Olufsen showrooms in the US, Canada, and Mexico end of May 2012.