Bang & Olufsen Beolab 28 is the ultimate wireless speaker

posted on Thursday, 29th April 2021 by Steve May

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Bang & Olufsen has launched the Beolab 28, an innovative wireless speaker that blends advanced acoustic technology with smart speaker convenience.

The slim floorstander can be positioned anywhere in the home, can stream any source and deliver an audiophile sound that automatically adapts to its space. “Beolab 28 is our most advanced connected speaker to date,” says Christoffer Poulsen, Senior VP and Head of Product Management.

The Beolab 28 has a built-in subwoofer with custom- 6.5-inch driver. Bang & Olufsen Active Room Compensation adapts the bass response to the room, allowing the speakers to be positioned wherever the user prefers.

Three 76mm full range drivers, placed on the front and one on each side, and a 25mm tweeter on the front for optimal treble quality, promise uniform directivity. The full range drivers and the tweeter have been developed specifically for Beolab 28 to create a clear midrange, even at very loud levels.

Peak power is rated at 625W per unit, with 225W dedicated to the woofer, 3x 100Wdriving the mid-range cones and 100W reserved for the tweeter.

Beolab 28touch Control Black Fabric

Beam Width Control is used to deliver an optimised listening experience. In ‘narrow mode’, music reaches the ear directly and unaltered, minimising the interference of side wall reflections and proving the ultimate sweet spot listening; in ‘wide mode’, the beam diffuses more sound all around the loudspeakers, maintaining a natural tonal balance even when sitting or walking away from the optimal listening area in front of the speakers.

This integrated, down-firing subwoofer delivers enough bass to fill even larger rooms without the need to add an external subwoofer. Beolab 28 can ever be wall-mounted so that it does not take up floor space.

Set-up is said to be quick and cableless, offering synchronisation of speakers at 24bits/48kHz within microseconds.

Multiroom support is covered via Airplay 2 or Chromecast, the B&O app and Bluetooth. The speakers will be made compatible with Beolink Multiroom in autumn 2021 through an automatic firmware update. Beolink 28 can also be paired with a Bang & Olufsen TV, using Powerlink or Wireless Powerlink.

Control can be via user interface, Bang & Olufsen remote or directly via a smartphone.

Industrial design, as we’d expect from Bang & Olufsen, is exceptional. Beolab 28 can be placed anywhere in the living room, floor standing or wall hung. Finish options include Natural Silver, Black Anthracite or Bronze Tone aluminium, with a choice of knitted fabric or solid wood to suit any interior setting. The fabric covers are available in two tones: grey and grey mélange. The wooden covers are available in light oak, oak, smoked oak and walnut.

The Beolab 28 Fabric version sells from £9,750 a pair, with the wooden version retailing from £10,750.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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