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B&O unveils BeoVision Horizon; a flexible 4K Android TV

31 Aug 2016 | Rasmus Larsen |

Bang & Olufsen has unveiled its latest TV; Beovision Horizon in 40” and 48”. It has been designed with flexibility in mind and comes with Ultra HD and Google’s Android TV. Prices start at €2995.

Designed for a flexible life

BeoVision Horizon is designed based on a concept that Bang & Olufsen calls “flexible living”. A modern lifestyle in the city typically requires a flexible living environment so Horizon has been designed to not dominate the living room with its flexible placement options, including an option for a set of wheels.

- “BeoVision Horizon is all about flexibility and connectivity, creating social spaces and sharing great experiences. This 4K UHD TV packs everything into one vigorous and beautiful solution that provides an extraordinary, yet casual viewing experience”, said Marie Kristine Schmidt, Vice President Brand, Design & Marketing, Bang & Olufsen

BeoVision Horizon

Horizon has been designed by Torsten Valeur, who also designed the BeoVision Avant. The company explains that it is a “classic Bang & Olufsen TV, stripped of anything superfluous” and with “disciplined attention to the finer details”. The black aluminum frame is joined by a row of aluminum lamellas that cover the speakers.

- “The black aluminium frame almost disappears when viewed from the front, but gives the screen perspective and depth when viewed from the side. Below the screen, rows of aluminium lamellas stylishly cover the speakers behind them. The lamellas are conical and slightly angled to give the best possible acoustic performance,” said B&O.

The flexibility is enabled by various placement solutions. Horizon can first and foremost be placed on a set of wheels, which is also an ode to the iconic picture tube TVs that put the Danish manufacturer on the map. Besides the wheels, you can place the TV on an easel stand, wall bracket or a 360 degree rotating floor stand.

BeoVision Horizon

Ultra HD and Android TV

When FlatpanelsHD caught Bang & Olufsen for a chat about the new TV, the company emphasized that the concept of flexibility also extends to the user experience.

BeoVision Horizon
Horizon comes with Google’s Android TV operating system built-in. From Google’s store you can download apps and games, and more are released constantly.

Bang & Olufsen says that today it is perfectly normal to use a phone or tablet in the living room while watching TV. Built-in Google Cast functionality allows users to push content wirelessly to the TV from a mobile device.

Horizon is Bang & Olufsen’s second model with Google’s operating system for TVs after BeoVision 14 was launched earlier in August. From Google Play Movies you can rent or buy movies.

If you prefer the Apple ecosystem, B&O has made it possible to attach an Apple TV box behind the TV. You can also choose to connect a USB hard drive for recording. There is a built-in twin-tuner meaning that you can watch one channel while recording another.

Horizon has Ultra HD resolution but not HDR (high dynamic range). It is equipped with 4 HDMI input, all of them HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2. This ensures that you can connect any 4K player, including UHD Blu-ray. Inside both of the 40” and 48” models there is a LCD panel with direct LED. 3D is not supported.

If you want the Ultra HD experience you typically need to look beyond TV channels and focus your attention on discs or streaming. B&O has equipped Horizon with a hardware decoder chip for both HEVC and VP9, meaning that you can stream 4K content from Netflix, YouTube, and others.

BeoVision Horizon

Wireless sound and BeoRemote One BT

Horizon is also equipped with B&O’s in-house technology that over the years have been developed and perfected for the high-end models. A light sensor ensures that the picture automatically adapts to the viewing environment (day, evening, night).

Inside there is a 7.1 surround sound decoder. A full WiSA module makes it possible to wirelessly connect up to 8 BeoLab speakers to the TV, and in that way create a wireless surround sound environment. Additionally, you can connect up to 8 wired BeoLab speakers via the 4x RJ45 ports.

BeoVision Horizon

It comes bundled with the new BeoRemote One BT, which is crafted from a single piece of aluminum. It is an evolution from the first BeoRemote One and B&O’s first remote to use Bluetooth. However, it can still beam infrared signals in order to control connected devices. Additionally, you can use Bluetooth for connecting wireless headphones. The TV can also be controlled from the BeoRemote app for iPhone/iPad.

Lastly, Horizon can integrate seamlessly with all multiroom products in the Bang & Olufsen and B&O Play ranges.

BeoVision Horizon

BeoVision Horizon is available now in 40” and 48” sizes from the Bang & Olufsen stores.

  • BeoVision Horizon 40" with BeoRemote One BT - € 2995 / US$ 3995 / Ł 2495
  • BeoVision Horizon 48” with BeoRemote One BT - € 4395 / US$ 5495 / Ł 3695
  • Stands: Easel stands, floor stands, wheel stands and wall brackets from € 265 / US$ 295 / Ł 215

    BeoVision Horizon specifications:

    Designed by Torsten Valeur, David Lewis Designers
    40 and 48 inches
    Black aluminum frame and aluminium lamellas
    Stands: Easel stands, floor stands (360 degree rotation), wheel stands and wall brackets
    100 Hz LCD panel with direct LED
    4K Ultra HD (3840x2160 pixels)
    Antireflective coating
    B&O electronic curtains
    Automatic Picture Control sensor
    4x HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2
    HEVC + VP9 decoding
    Smart TV:
    Android TV
    Google Cast
    Room for Apple TV box
    Twin tuner
    BeoRemote One BT with My Buttons
    1x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0
    Bluetooth built-in
    2 x 2.5" drivers each with 30W amplifier
    4x RJ45 PowerLink (8 speakers)
    Wireless WiSA / IWS (8 speakers)
    Built-in 7.1 surround decoder
    Supports B&O Multiroom
    1x 3.5mm mini-jack

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