Bang & Olufsen was serious when the company restated its commitment to the custom install industry, and to showcase that commitment the Danish audio visual firm has turned up to CEDIA 2016 with a new architectural speaker range, designed in partnership with Origin Acoustics.
The newly launched range includes two different product categories, a range of in-ceiling speakers dubbed Celestial, as well a new in-wall speaker concept dubbed Palatial. Both promise to offer an ‘extensive’ range of grills and covers to complement any interior design.
“Origin Acoustics is highly appreciated and respected in the installation industry for providing high-quality solutions that cater to the specific needs of the installers. At the core Bang & Olufsen and Origin Acoustics share the same values when it comes to fundamental acoustics of wanting to give customers superior and accurate sound quality and a dedication to engineering performance while also considering aesthetics,” says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, senior director, home integration, Bang & Olufsen.
“Bang & Olufsen’s modern electronics design has been, is and will be a step above the rest in terms of luxury aesthetics,” says, Nick Berry, executive vice president of Origin Acoustics. “We are honoured to be Bang & Olufsen’s chosen partner for the engineering and build of its architectural speaker products.”
The Celestial in-wall speaker range utilises a mix of both Origin Acoustics and Bang & Olufsen technology. This includes Origin’s Weather-X technology that allows the speakers to be installed both inside and outside. The speakers also come with a premium grille featuring branding from both companies. Zip Clip 2.0 has also been included which promises easy installation.
Like the Celestial line, the Palatial in-wall high performance theatre collection has also been designed using technology from both companies. It includes two 6.5in woofers, two midrange drivers and a 1in tweeted engineered to cover the entire frequency range in one unit. Installers will also have an option when it comes to grilles – they can opt for either the Weather-X grille or an advanced grille that adds style elements that the two companies claim can’t be found in any other in-wall speaker.
In addition to its partnership with Origin Acoustics, Bang & Olufsen is also releasing its own products at CEDIA 2016. This includes the new BeoAmp 2, which is designed to supplement the existing BeoAmp 16. The BeoAmp 2 is a 300W 2-channel amplifier.
An update to the BeoLink Gateway with new control functionality for installers is also being showcased at CEDIA 2016. The company says that this update simplifies configurations and optimises the customer offering. The design has also been changed to mimic that of the controlling BeoLink App.