Monday, October 19, 2015

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 90 Speakers Promise Perfect Sound

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 90 Speakers Promise Perfect Sound


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Lofty performance claims and a lofty price combine to create a speaker that would look right at home in a multi-millionaire’s Manhattan loft. Bang and Olufsen’s new Beolab 90 ($80,000/pair) is a bold speaker, covered in drivers and packed with power. How much power? How about 8200 watts of class D amplification—per speaker.
These 302 lb behemoths are packed with cutting-edge technology. The main trick the Beolab 90s perform is to analyze the room and adapt to its acoustics. The speaker’s output can be further tailored to circumstances and individual needs by controlling the “beam width” and “beam direction” of the speaker. That means you can optimize the Beolab 90s with a narrow beam width for audiophile style critical listening—in the seat of your choice. Alternatively, you can widen the beam to cover a wide listening area, or even to provide 360-degree dispersion.
The 18 (total) drivers used by each speaker to perform its active room correction magic consist of seven Scan-Speak Illuminator 30 mm tweeters, seven 3.5″ Scan-Speak Illuminator midrange drivers, three 8″ Scan-Speak Discovery woofers, and one Scan-Speak Revelator 10″ woofer.
With so much power on-tap and so many drivers to turn the electricity into sound, it’s unsurprising that the Beolab 90 can achieve impressively high SPL levels over a very broad frequency range. While the speaker’s specs have yet to be formalized, the white paper discusses output down to 10 Hz.
The speakers are WiSA compatible and also feature a variety of wired analog plus digital inputs. These include RCA and XLR analog inputs, plus USB Audio (24-bit / 192 kHz), S/P-DIF (24-bit / 192 kHz), and Toslink (24-bit / 96 kHz). These inputs are available on the master speaker, which then communicates with its mate—either wirelessly or with a corded connection—to deliver custom-tailored audio.
An extensive white paper—available to download here—delves deep into the Beolab 90’s capabilities. Frankly, it’s quite mind-blowing and speaker geeks should dig right in for a peek at the future of audio fidelity. Perhaps the easiest way to summarize what Bang and Olufsen promises is that the Beolab 90 provides an optimal listening experience in a wide variety of situations, at almost any volume level, by blending DSP processing with multiple high-performance drivers and a surplus of amplification.
Bang and Olufsen’s novel approach to achieving pinnacle fidelity in a loudspeaker puts the Beolab 90 at the absolute top of my must-hear list. I hope a pair pop up at CES 2016, if they live up to their promise, you could be looking at the most expensive bargain in all of high-end audio.

source: avsforum.com