Amazing Bang & Olufsen Harmony OLED 4k TV takes flight at Milan Design Week

posted on Tuesday, 9th April 2019 by Steve May

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Bang & Olufsen has unveiled the Beovision Harmony, a premium 77-inch OLED screen that features a remarkable unfolding audio system, at Milan Design Week.

When powered up, the oak and aluminium frontage fans out and the screen rises to full viewing height. When powered down, the screen descends and the sound system folds up. The underlying concept is to reduce the physical footprint of the ultra-large screen.

Bang & Olufsen says it’s like “a butterfly opening its wings”, which rather undersells the engineering prowess required to gracefully lift a 77-inch screen. While the floor would seem a natural resting place for this particularly butterfly, the Harmony can be wall-mounted.

BO Harmony Trio

BO Harmony Audio Close Up

BO Harmony Side

The screen itself is an LG C9, while the audio system is unequivocal B&O. Inside CI attended the launch in Milan and enjoyed a demo of the Harmony in full flight, with demos of The Greatest Showman.

The sound system is dynamic and voluminous, with prodigious bass - and that’s without a separate subwoofer. While the audio system in three channel out of the box, the set does have a 7.1 decoder and can be partnered to other Beolab speakers, such as the Beolab 18, Beolab 50 and Beolab 90. The Beovision Harmony also integrates with Bang & Olufsen’s multiroom audio products.

When not in TV mode, the Harmony is a full-blown streaming audio system, with integrated music services, as well as Apple Airplay 2, Chromecast built-in andr Bluetooth support.

As it uses the LG webOS smart platform, it also has access to all key OTT services, including Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. All sources and connected devices are can be controlled with the Beoremote One remote.

“The presence of a big screen is rarely a welcoming addition to living spaces,” says John Mollanger, Executive Vice President of Brand and Markets. “With Beovision Harmony, we wanted to create a meaningful object for interior that reduces the visual presence of the TV and transforms it into something that people will develop an emotional attachment to.”

The Beovision Harmony will retail from £16,500 when it launches in October.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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