Also, the Avant doesnt carry built-in HEVC decoding, meaning it wont play directly Netflix UHD or, most likely, any other future UHD streams. The moment B&O fired up the new Avant for the first time a host of gorgeously smooth, fully motorised and basically just irresistibly cool moving things happened. Again demos of the eight-speaker system supported by the Avant were provided, and again the results were stunning especially in terms of soundstage detailing.Cue the new B&O BeoVision Avant.Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant: SpecsIf the Avants hypnotic movements havent already started a 6,000 itch in your wallet, rest assured B&O has also included plenty of high-end functionality to go with the form.
MORE: Best 4K TVs 2014. So important is movement to B&Os vision for the Avant that the brand has also made multi-phase motorised desktop and wall mounts for the TV.Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant: AudioAs for those speakers that glide so beautifully out of the TVs bottom edge, they frankly humiliate all mainstream TVs. To support this view, the Avant carries a space in its connections bay specially designed to hold an Apple TV box.
Incredibly they deliver 180W of active power in a three-channel configuration including a dedicated centre speaker, while a huge 6.The results of all this almost insanely uncompromising audio spoke for themselves during demos featuring everything from the opening 10 minutes of Gravity to music clips and even a simple voice recording of one of the B&O presenters, designed to show the benefits of using a dedicated voice channel. In short, the Avant laughs in the face of any other brands claims to be serious about build quality. At this point the full cleverness of having the TV positioned on the edge of the rotating base plate becomes clear, for if the TV wasnt pulled away from the wall the screen angling mechanism wouldnt have the space to work properly.
4 affairs rather than the 2. This means the Avant wont initially accept 4K signals at frame rates higher than 30fps though B&O assures us a firmware update is inbound that will introduce 50/60Hz 4K playback, albeit with reduced chroma sampling.All of this jaw-dropping stuff happens almost silently, with no hint of strain or judder in any of the numerous motorised components required to make such a symphony of motion possible. In fact, its essential to B&Os philosophy of delivering special products to a niche but well-heeled audience that its products are not rolled out to some brutal pre-ordained time scale but are rather only launched when B&Os famously exacting engineers are convinced theyre good and ready.
A separate demo of the picture optimisation system in a tightly controlled test living room in B&Os Struer HQ suggests the latest tweaks to it have worked wonders in making sure images always look dynamic without compromising their naturalism.Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant: Image Quality and Final ThoughtsWhile most things about the Avant appear effortlessly impressive, our first look at it in action did uncover a couple of compromises likely caused by its long development time. Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant: DesignAs became instantly apparent at the unveiling of the new Avant at the rather lovely Hotel Nrre Vosborg in Struer, Denmark B&Os home town, the main star of the new Avants extravagant show is movement. Theres also a revamped version of B&Os Picture Optimiser engine, which combines analysis of the incoming source images with measurements of the quantity and in this years version colour tone of the light in your room in order to constantly deliver what B&O believes to be the ideal picture settings.
So heres hoping Apple gets its 4K arse in gear soonWe flew out to Struer not really having a clue what to expect; the event was so shrouded in secrecy that we didnt even know for sure that we were going to see a new TV.0 versions found in most of this years 4K TVs. For starters surprisingly given the TVs long gestation its 55-inch screen holds a native 4K/UHD pixel count.5in woofer on the sets rear pumps out a further 60W of bass.
As if all this remarkable high-end motion-based engineering wasnt already enough to make the Avant feel truly different, B&O has also designed a no-expense-spared multi-layered, aluminium-finished rear to ensure the set delivers a true 360-degree, David Lewis design. This 55-inch TV with a starting! price tag of 6,000 has taken two years to develop and, true to B&O form, it’s out to justify its high price by doing all sorts of swanky stuff no ordinary TV could dream of.Then we noticed that the TV was also rotating round on its pole, independently to the motion of the base, ready to arrive at whatever viewing angle youve pre-ordained you want it to settle at. However, B&O has an excuse for this, namely its belief that such services are best provided by external set-top boxes which can better adapt to future technology changes.
For starters its HDMI ports are v1.No sooner have you taken all this in than you notice another more subtle but critical sign of movement from the Avant: the gradual emergence of an array of speakers, which first slide gracefully down from the TVs belly before growing sideways a growth timed to mirror with almost ridiculous precision the curtain-like opening of the picture on the screen. But now weve been formally introduced to B&Os new TV poster boy, were certainly looking forward to getting to know it a lot better when it takes over our test rooms some time in June. Remarkably the Avant can also drive up to eight of B&Os active speakers either wired or wirelessly and also supports the definition of up to nine different speaker groups for multi-room or zonal speaker uses.
4K gets the Bang & Olufsen treatmentWhile most AV brands these days are locked onto an inexorable treadmill of ever-bigger TV ranges released on the back of ever-decreasing lead times, luxury Danish brand Bang & Olufsen B&O continues to do its own thing at its own imperiously glacial pace. The first thing we noticed was that the circular base of the beautifully built aluminium floorstand rotated round, pulling the floorstands mounting pole which is cleverly fixed to the edge of the base rather than at its centre away from the wall behind the TV. Finally hope you enjoy reading my article. Leave your comment if you have any.