BeoLabs 17 Speaker from B&O Utilizes Wireless Connectivity
B&O's BeoLab 17 is a wireless, active speaker that incorporates a 3/4-inch tweeter and 6-inch midrange driver. The Scandinavian company offers the speakers with a choice of either black or white end covers that complement its brushed aluminum exterior.
The European audio/video manufacturer Bang & Olufsen (B&O) has never been afraid to think outside the box. For nearly 100 years the company has delivered some of the most innovative audio and video products to the consumer electronics market. Its latest product, the newly announced BeoLab 17, is another example of its willingness to innovate.
B&O’s BeoLab 17 is an active wireless speaker solution that utilizes the Wireless Speaker Audio (WiSA) technology platform that promotes interoperability between devices. The Scandinavian consumer electronics manufacturer says the speaker is designed to deliver quality sound with the flexibility of wireless connectivity to allow dealers to utilize the speakers for a number of whole-house and home theater applications.
“BeoLab 17 is the most versatile and flexible example of our latest generation of wireless speakers,” says Lars Fredsgaard, speaker category director, Bang & Olufsen. “Our designers have worked with our acoustic engineers to create what we think is one of the most well-rounded speaker options on the market today. If you’re looking for sound the way the artists intended it to be heard, and for design that works with your room, then check out the new BeoLab 17.”
Internally the BeoLab 17 incorporates a custom-made 6-inch midrange driver, a 3/4-inch tweeter, a pair of 160-watt Class D amplifiers, and a proprietary DSP engine. Externally, the speaker employs a triangular cabinet designed by Torsten Valeur at David Lewis Designers. The enclosure is made from a single piece of extruded aluminum and its brushed-aluminum finish is highlighted by a choice of either black or white end covers.
B&O points out that electronics professionals will appreciate the speaker’s placement flexibility. The speaker can be placed on the floor when used with its floor base or it can be wall mounted. B&O adds that the companion wall bracket is adjustable, and through the use of its boundary-compensation switch, dealers can tune the speaker for freestanding, wall or corner-placement positions.
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