Bang & Olufsen Wireless BeoLab Speaker Line Overview

Bang & Olfusen BeoLab Wireless Speaker Line
Photo of Bang & Olufsen's Wireless Speaker Line. Photo provided by Bang & Olufsen

Wireless Speakers vs Wireless Home Theater Speakers

The on-going quest of many consumers is to have a home theater system without all that speaker wire. However, the selection of available high quality wireless speakers that are suitable for home theater use is pretty slim (we are not talking portable Bluetooth or Wireless Multi-room speakers).

However, the selection of wireless home theater speakers is slowly growing as a result of standards put in place by WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio Association), that are intended to insure operational compatibility between components and speakers, the practicality of interchangeable high quality wireless speakers is now within reach.

The Bang & Olufsen Wireless Speaker Solution

One of WiSA's adopters is Danish-based high-end speaker maker Bang & Olufsen, which is offering a wireless speaker line under its BeoLab brand name, that is suitable for both serious music listening and home theater use. The line was first introduced in 2015 and features four wireless speaker models, the BeoLab 17, 18, 19, and 20.

In order to provide wireless functionality, all four speakers feature their own built-in amplifiers and, although they do not require wired connections to receive audio signals, they do require AC power, so each speaker does have physically connected to an AC power outlet. Each speaker incorporates as built-in wireless receiver for reception of audio signals from a compatible source.

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab Wireless Speaker Models

The BeoLab 17 is a compact speaker with a slim front facing curved design that can be wall, table, or stand mounted, and can be used for a variety of purposes, from a two channel or as part of a multi-channel surround sound setup.

The BeoLab 17 is priced at $3,999 a pair.

The BeoLab 18 features a stylish "ribbed column" design that can be mounted on a wall or used with a stand as floor standing speakers. In a wall-mounted configuration, they are a great visual complement to a wall mounted flat panel TV. The BeoLab 18 is priced at $6,590 a pair.

The BeoLab 19 is a high-powered wireless subwoofer than can be used in conjunction with either the BeoLab 18 or 17, or in combination with a traditional wired setup for the rest of the required speakers for a 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, etc... setup. The BeoLab 19 is priced at $3,395 each.

The BeoLab 20 is large floor-standing speaker with a conical design that is not only produces exceptional quality in the mid and high frequency range via a 5-inch midrange driver and 3/4-inch tweeter, but also incorporates two 160-watt amplifiers that power a dual-coil 10-inch woofer for powerful low frequency output. Each BeoLab 20 is priced at $6,300.

All of the speakers will work the BeoLab Transmitter 1, the WiSA-upgraded version of the BeoVision 11 TV, as well as the BeoVision 12 (discontinued) and BeoVision Avant TV lines, as well as any WiSA certified standalone or components with built-in transmitters or receivers.

More Info

For more details on Bang and Olufsen's new wireless speaker line and outboard transmitter option, check out their Immaculate Wireless Sound Page and Promotional Video.

Photo Included with this article (from left to right BeoLab 17, 19, and 18) provided by Bang & Olufsen

Bang and Olufsen's wireless speaker line is definitely on the high-end of the spectrum and are best used in conjunction with Bang and Olufsen TVs and related products.

However, there are more affordable options.

For a complete rundown on the wireless home theater speaker landscape, including examples and pricing of available options from several brands (which are updated as needed), read my article: The Truth About Wireless Speakers.

Original Publish Date: 1/16/2015 - Robert Silva