Bang & Olufsen unveiled Beolab 28, an adaptive, wireless speaker that provides an immersive, powerful studio-grade sound that automatically adapts to its space. The built-in subwoofer inside the speaker is based on a custom-made 6.5″ driver and allows the listener to physically feel the bass. Bang & Olufsen’s latest generation Active Room Compensation adapts the bass response to the room.
With the help of three 3” full-range drivers placed on the front and one on each side, and a 1” tweeter on the front for optimal treble quality, it is possible to create a consistent directivity throughout the meaningful frequency range. The full range drivers and the tweeter have exceptionally high sensitivity and were developed specifically for the speaker. Beam Width Control provides the best listening experience for any situation. In ‘narrow mode’, music reaches the ear directly, while in ‘wide mode’, the beam diffuses more sound all around the loudspeakers.
The top of the loudspeaker features a simple touch user interface that lights up when approached. Listeners can pause/play, skip and turn the volume up or down. The incorporation of 4 favorite buttons allows them to access their favorite radio station using the built-in Bang & Olufsen Radio or Spotify playlist.
Beolab 28 is available in Natural Silver, Black Anthracite or Bronze Tone aluminium, and can be covered with high quality knitted fabric in grey and grey mélange or solid wood (light oak, oak, smoked oak and walnut). The device, which is inspired by the iconic column shape used on Beolab Penta, Beolab 6000 and Beolab 8000, consists of a column speaker with a round curvature in the lower end, and a conical shape that contains the woofer. The speaker is held together by a backbone that hides cable wires. It incorporates curtains that open when the speaker is switched on or move when the sound beam is adjusted, indicating whether the speaker is in narrow or wide mode.
Users can listen to music in the living room or throughout the home via Airplay 2 or Chromecast, the B&O app and Bluetooth. This fall the speakers will be made compatible with Beolink Multiroom through an automatic software update. Beolab 28 can also be paired with a Bang & Olufsen TV using Powerlink or Wireless Powerlink.
Beolab 28 Fabric version costs 9750 GBP, while the Wooden version will set you back 10750 GBP.