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Humblebragging - Bang & Olufsen
Published: 2016/11/22
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SoundStage! InSight - Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 (November 2016)
SoundStage! InSight - Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 (November 2016)
Published: 2016/10/20
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Welcome to the world of Bang & Olufsen
Welcome to the world of Bang & Olufsen
Published: 2011/08/29
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Testing my new Bang & Olufsen Beolab 18 speakers
Testing my new Bang & Olufsen Beolab 18 speakers
Published: 2015/04/20
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Bang and Olufsen BeoVision Horizon - Hands On - IFA 2016
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision Horizon - Hands On - IFA 2016
Published: 2016/08/31
Channel: Digital Trends
Bang and Olufsen Beosound 1 and 2 - Hands On - IFA 2016
Bang and Olufsen Beosound 1 and 2 - Hands On - IFA 2016
Published: 2016/08/31
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Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 - Hands On
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 - Hands On
Published: 2014/11/03
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Introducing BeoPlay A9 from B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen
Introducing BeoPlay A9 from B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen
Published: 2014/05/08
Channel: B&O PLAY
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision Avant provides motorised stand, 4K resolution for a high price
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision Avant provides motorised stand, 4K resolution for a high price
Published: 2014/05/08
Channel: CNET
Bang & Olufsen Sound System
Bang & Olufsen Sound System
Published: 2011/10/10
Channel: Audi USA
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A6 Music System - Overview
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A6 Music System - Overview
Published: 2015/11/30
Channel: Abt
In-depth Review: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8
In-depth Review: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8
Published: 2015/02/24
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Bang & Olufsen’s 90th anniversary and stunning new BeoLab90 speaker
Bang & Olufsen’s 90th anniversary and stunning new BeoLab90 speaker
Published: 2015/11/19
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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 Review - Amazing Bluetooth Speaker!
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 Review - Amazing Bluetooth Speaker!
Published: 2015/03/10
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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H7 vs H9 - Which is Better?
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H7 vs H9 - Which is Better?
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: Ezekielo Tech Vlogs
B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3
B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3
Published: 2016/12/02
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Bang & Olufsen presents new store in Copenhagen
Bang & Olufsen presents new store in Copenhagen
Published: 2013/05/28
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Bang & Olufsen A6 speaker - Hands on at IFA 2015
Bang & Olufsen A6 speaker - Hands on at IFA 2015
Published: 2015/09/05
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Bang & Olufsen's New $39K Speaker Is an Absolute Beast
Published: 2016/01/07
Channel: Bloomberg
Bang & Olufsen H7 Wireless Headphones - Review
Bang & Olufsen H7 Wireless Headphones - Review
Published: 2015/11/16
Channel: Digital Trends
Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System für Audi
Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System für Audi
Published: 2012/12/14
Channel: Bang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H2 Headphones Review
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H2 Headphones Review
Published: 2016/02/26
Channel: Jack's Gadgets
Challenge your senses with the new BeoVision 11 from Bang & Olufsen
Challenge your senses with the new BeoVision 11 from Bang & Olufsen
Published: 2012/10/11
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Bang and Olufsen BeoVision Avant 4k TV Review @ Commercial Electronics
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision Avant 4k TV Review @ Commercial Electronics
Published: 2015/04/11
Channel: Commercial Electronics
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колонки bang & olufsen
Published: 2015/04/01
Channel: Alex Starkin
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay B&O H6 Headphone - REVIEW
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay B&O H6 Headphone - REVIEW
Published: 2016/03/26
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Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 Loudspeakers 1620282 - Overview
Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 Loudspeakers 1620282 - Overview
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Abt
Audi Q7 Bang & Olufsen Sound Check
Audi Q7 Bang & Olufsen Sound Check
Published: 2009/05/29
Channel: Tobias Krohn
Bowers & Wilkins T7 - Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A2 - "live" binaural speaker comparison
Bowers & Wilkins T7 - Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A2 - "live" binaural speaker comparison
Published: 2014/11/12
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Bang & Olufsen RL 140
Bang & Olufsen RL 140
Published: 2013/05/05
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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H5 — обзор компактных беспроводных наушников
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H5 — обзор компактных беспроводных наушников
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: SoundProLab
Bang and Olufsen BeoPlay S3 Bluetooth Speaker Review - Includes Bluetooth and Sound Demonstration
Bang and Olufsen BeoPlay S3 Bluetooth Speaker Review - Includes Bluetooth and Sound Demonstration
Published: 2016/06/11
Channel: Hifi Heaven
Bang & Olufsen -Mastering aluminium
Bang & Olufsen -Mastering aluminium
Published: 2010/02/05
Channel: Morten Tillquist
Bang & Olufsen News Episode 2. (BeoPlay H9)
Bang & Olufsen News Episode 2. (BeoPlay H9)
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: Bang & Olufsen of Manchester
Bang And Olufsen Laser Repair Success Germany
Bang And Olufsen Laser Repair Success Germany
Published: 2015/03/19
Channel: sellshortebay
Bang & Olufsen Advanced 3D Sound System in the all-new Audi A4
Bang & Olufsen Advanced 3D Sound System in the all-new Audi A4
Published: 2016/01/14
Channel: Audi UK
Introducing Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Headphones
Introducing Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Headphones
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: Ezekielo Tech Vlogs
B&O BeoPlay A2 — портативная беспроводная акустика от Bang & Olufsen
B&O BeoPlay A2 — портативная беспроводная акустика от Bang & Olufsen
Published: 2015/03/24
Channel: SoundProLab
Bang & Olufsen Sound System
Bang & Olufsen Sound System
Published: 2017/01/06
Channel: Werner Hahnenberg
Unboxing Bang and Olufsen H7 Black
Unboxing Bang and Olufsen H7 Black
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: SentinelPrimek
Bang & Olufsen Audio Explained on HP Envy x360 & Speaker Test!
Bang & Olufsen Audio Explained on HP Envy x360 & Speaker Test!
Published: 2015/12/25
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Bang & Olufsen Beolab 6000 Review
Bang & Olufsen Beolab 6000 Review
Published: 2015/04/14
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Bang and Olufsen B&O BeoCom 4 How to change Battery
Bang and Olufsen B&O BeoCom 4 How to change Battery
Published: 2012/02/05
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Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 - Обзор
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 - Обзор
Published: 2015/09/11
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Bang & Olufsen RX2 turntable, part 2
Bang & Olufsen RX2 turntable, part 2
Published: 2013/08/26
Channel: Chris Cuff
Bang and Olufsen Beocom 2
Bang and Olufsen Beocom 2
Published: 2014/05/26
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Wireless 7.1 high-end sound system by Bang & Olufsen
Wireless 7.1 high-end sound system by Bang & Olufsen
Published: 2013/11/04
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Обзор портативной акустики Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2
Обзор портативной акустики Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2
Published: 2016/02/22
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Bang & Olufsen B&O Laser removal from Beosound 3000, 3200, Overture 2632 Part 1.
Bang & Olufsen B&O Laser removal from Beosound 3000, 3200, Overture 2632 Part 1.
Published: 2010/12/24
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BANG & OLUFSEN B&O 2200 Beocenter 2200 Type 2422 (s/n: 2974002)
BANG & OLUFSEN B&O 2200 Beocenter 2200 Type 2422 (s/n: 2974002)
Published: 2015/09/10
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Bang & Olufsen A/S
Public
Traded as Nasdaq CopenhagenBO B
Founded 1925; 92 years ago (1925)
Founder Peter Bang
Svend Olufsen
Headquarters Struer, Denmark
Key people
Henrik Clausen (CEO)
Ole Andersen (Chairman)
Products Audiovisual
Revenue 2.86 billion kr
(2013/14)[1]
Number of employees
2,050 (2014)[1]
Website www.bang-olufsen.com
Bang Olufsen Beovision Televisions Avant & MX5000
Bang Olufsen Beocom 1401 Telephone

Bang & Olufsen (B&O) (stylized as BANG & OLUFSEN) is a Danish consumer electronics company that designs and manufactures audio products, television sets, and telephones. It was founded in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, both designed a radio to work with alternating current, a product of significance at a time when most radios were still running on batteries. In 2004, the company opened a factory in the Czech Republic where it employed approximately 250 staff producing mainly audio products.[2]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Peter Bang (1900–1957), son of Camillo Bang, a successful Danish businessman, showed great interest in radio technology from an early age. After graduating as an engineer in 1924, he spent six months working in a U.S. radio factory. Upon his return to Denmark, he teamed up with his friend Svend Olufsen (1897–1949), whose parents made the attic of their manor house in Struer in Jutland available for experiments. When they officially opened their business in 1925, Bang concentrated on the technology while Olufsen dealt with business. There were a number of successful developments in the 1930s and 1940s, including a sound recording system for the film industry, roof-mounted loudspeakers for circuses and army vehicles, and the iconic Beolit 39 radio with a Bakelite cabinet.

Beolit 39 from 1938, B&O's first Radio in Bakelite

It was, however, many years before their business became significantly profitable. The firm suffered a huge setback towards the end of World War II when its factory at Gimsing in Struer in Northwestern Jutland was burnt down by pro-Nazi saboteurs as punishment for the management's refusal to collaborate with the Germans. Undeterred, Bang and Olufsen rebuilt the factory, producing electric razors until 1955, and then going on to develop a range of radio, radiogram, and television sets, later influenced by designer Ib Fabiansen when he began work for the company in 1957.[3]

In the 1990s, B&O opened its dedicated stores, selling directly to users instead of selling through retailers. The production of audio separates was discontinued in favor of mini-type audio systems sold, as was usual for B&O, at a price higher than the industry average.

Recent history[edit]

Due to the economic crisis of 2008 the company experienced a sharp decline in sales and announced significant losses; between 2008 and 2009, annual revenue plunged from $853 million to $528 million, and its stock price plummeted from $52 to $8.50.[4] A restructuring plan included 300 layoffs in Denmark on 21 October 2008, and the abandonment of development of new mobile phones, MP3 players, and standalone systems like DVD2 and HDR2. Instead, the company will focus on its traditional strengths: high-quality audio and video products as well as sound systems for the automotive industry.[5] B&O returned to profitability in 2010.

In January 2015, B&O revealed that the firm would consider bid approaches from competitors due to a profit warning issued at the end of 2014.[6]

In March 2015, HP announced that B&O would become the company's new premium audio partner for its computers and other devices. The partnership replaced one with Beats Electronics which ended upon its acquisition by Apple Inc.[7]

Operations and products[edit]

Despite its decision to suspend the manufacture of separate components, B&O continues to develop and market loudspeakers. Its flagship speaker, the BeoLab 5, uses digital signal processing to adjust its frequency response to the room and location in which it is placed. Its midrange and treble drivers use the audio lens technology developed by Sausalito Audio's Manny LaCarrubba to spread the sound over a 180-degree range in order to fill the room, overcoming the directional range limitations of normal midrange and treble drivers, and preventing the sound from reflecting off the ceiling and floor before reaching the listener. B&O later acquired the audio lens technology in 2007.

In 2003, B&O entered into an agreement with Audi to provide an advanced sound system[8] and in 2005 a sound system based on the BeoLab 5 with 1000 W amplifiers became available to Audi's flagship model, the A8.[9] Audi markets this sound system using the Bang & Olufsen brand name. A unique feature of this sound system is its motorized tweeters that emerge from the dashboard when the sound system is turned on.

The tweeter in an Audi A8

Audi subsequently extended the optional advanced sound system to their A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, TT and R8 models. It is a US$6,300 option on the A8/Q7.[10] B&O also supplies sound systems for higher-end, premium vehicles such as the Aston Martin DBS, Rapide, BMW 5 Series, BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, BMW 6 Series, BMW M6, BMW's flagship 7 Series, BMW X5[11] and Mercedes-Benz AMG models.[12]

In addition to consumer products the company also produces business-to-business services, particularly in the area of custom audio-visual installations for car manufacturers, and the service industry (hotels etc.) Additionally the company's expertise in aluminium manufacturing is available to other businesses for the production of non-B&O products.[13]

Design[edit]

B&O has a distinctive design appeal that Wired described as "quality media delivery via striking objects".[4] Their work with radios and loudspeakers led them to value high fidelity musical reproduction uninfluenced by technological limitations; in Danish Ærlig musikgengivelse, meaning "honest music reproduction". To this end, psychoacoustics was important to designing and testing B&O products.[citation needed]

By 1960, B&O had begun its foray into global markets with star designers Henning Moldenhawer and Jacob Jensen.[4] B&O hires designers rather than directly employing them in the company.[14] David Lewis, who became involved with B&O in 1965 then went on to design most of the company's products after 1980.[citation needed] In 1978, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City held an exhibition dedicated to Bang & Olufsen designs.[15] It is known to give its designers a lot of free rein.[4]

It also has been debated that Apple's iPod design was inspired by B&O's BeoCom 6000, a wireless telephone designed by Henrik Sørig Thomsen with a wheel to scroll.[16]

Subsidiaries[edit]

  • ICEpower a/s was formed in 1999 as a joint venture between B&O and Karsten Nielsen. The company is a technology research and design organisation working in the field of switching type Class-D amplifier.[17]
  • Bang & Olufsen Medicom a/s manufacturers and designs medical products such as inhalers and automatic syringes.[18]
  • Bang & Olufsen Telecom a/s.
  • B&O PLAY is the newest member of the Bang & Olufsen family launched in 2012. B&O PLAY Website

Products[edit]

B&O products often have a unique appearance and user-interface.[citation needed] Early models are collectible decades later.[19] B&O uses a Beo prefix for the names of its product lines.

  • Beocord refers to tape recorders, both open-reel types and cassette decks. B&O was a pioneer in cassette technology,[citation needed] having had design involvement with Dolby HX Pro.
  • Beomaster refers to receivers. B&O's more recent receivers feature the ability to receive complex programming. The 5000 series through the 7000 series features two-way communication with the remote controller, called the "Master Control Panel". The most famous Beomaster is the Beomaster 1900 from 1976. It was the first consumer electronics product with touch controls. Similar models were made until the end of the 1980s
  • Beogram refers to turntables and, later, CD players. B&O developed electronically controlled tangential turntables in the 1970s, starting with the Beogram 4000 of 1972. The last tangential tracking turntable was the Beogram 7000, which were taken off the production lines in 1995. B&O has also produced radial tracking turntables.
  • Beolab refers to amplifiers and powered speakers (loudspeakers with built-in amplifiers), and as of 2011, all new powered speakers use ICEpower.[20]
  • Beovox refers to passive loudspeakers (i.e., without internal amplification)
  • Beolit refers to the range of portable radios
  • Beosystem early refers to a line of components—e.g., Beomaster, Beogram, and Beocord—which matched one another in both appearance and operation. The first Beosystem were the Beosystem 1200 of 1969–1973, and the last were the Beosystem 7000 of 1992–1994. And now refer to the Audio/Video central processing unit (BeoSystem 2; Beosystem 3).
  • Beocenter refers to one-piece audio systems. B&O, at one time, made elaborate products that incorporated receivers, turntables, and cassette decks into a single components called "Beocentres"
  • Beomic refers to performance or recording microphones, such as the dynamic microphone DM-1, or ribbon microphones, such as the BM-2, BM-3, etc.
  • BeoCom & BeoTalk refers to the company's line of telephones and telephone accessories, such as answering machines
  • Beovision refers to a line of televisions
  • Beosound refers to the current range of music systems and audio products. Since November 2010 the range has included an iPod/iPhone/iPad-Dock.
  • Beotime refers to the company's advanced alarm clock
  • Beoplayer refers to the company's media player for free download
  • B&O Play is a consumer-oriented brand marketing headphones and wireless speakers.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://az498215.vo.msecnd.net/static/files/annual_reports/BO_AR13-14_UK_FINAL.pdf
  2. ^ "B&O in the Czech Republic", bang-olufsen.com
  3. ^ "The true story behind Bang and Olufsen", William Schwark, Scanorama, November 2007
  4. ^ a b c d Walker, Rob (September 27, 2011). "Can the Cult of Bang & Olufsen Last?". Wired. 
  5. ^ Bang & Olufsen rolls out strategy plan bang-olufsen.com
  6. ^ "Denmark's Bang & Olufsen would listen to bid approaches", Reuters, 5 January 2015
  7. ^ "HP makes Bang & Olufsen its new audio partner". CNET. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Holt, Julie Ring-Hansen (25 October 2006). "Seks ud af ti nye Audier fødes med B&O-anlæg" [Six out of ten new Audis are born with Bang & Olufsen system] (in Danish). Mediehuset Ingeniøren A/S. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Krøyer, Kent (13 March 2005). "Audi med indbygget koncertsal fra B&O" [Audi with built in concert hall from B&O] (in Danish). Mediehuset Ingeniøren A/S. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Audi Glossary". Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Mercedes AMG S-class"mercedes-amg.com
  13. ^ Bang & Olufsen - Business to Business bang-olufsen.com
  14. ^ "10 classic jacob jensen gadgets". 
  15. ^ "Elegant Design of Sound Equipment Focus of MoMA Show" (PDF). Museum of Modern Art. March 1978. 
  16. ^ Apple's Inspiration For The iPod? Bang & Olufsen, Not Braun, fastdesign.com, Nov 2013
  17. ^ "ICEpower – Class D OEM audio amplifiers". 
  18. ^ Bang & Olufsen Medicom medicom.bang-olufsen.com
  19. ^ Beocentral - the definitive Bang & Olufsen reference site Collectors reference site beocentral.com
  20. ^ Simonsen, Torben R. "ICEpower in all active speakers", (in Danish) Electronics Business, 28 September 2010. Accessed: 9 March 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bang, Jens (2005). From Spark to Icon. Denmark: Bang & Olufsen. ISBN 87-980814-5-4. 
  • Jarman, Tim; Jarman Nick (2008). Crowood Collectors' Series: Bang & Olufsen. England: Crowood Press. ISBN 978-1-84797-068-8. 

External links[edit]

  • Bang & Olufsen – company website
  • Thogersen – A collector's website with photos of B&O products throughout the decades
  • Beocentral – A reference site containing descriptions and photos of B&O equipment
  • Beomanuals – Free user and service manuals for Bang & Olufsen
  • BeoWorld – Everything Bang & Olufsen, community and forum for fans around the globe
  • BeoPhile.com (via web.archive.org) – Speaking the language of Bang & Olufsen: comprehensive Web site for B&O collectors

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