Bang & Olufsen Wireless BeoLab Speaker Line Overview

Bang & Olfusen BeoLab Wireless Speaker Line
Photo provided by Bang & Olufsen

The ongoing quest of many consumers is to have a home theater system without all that clutter caused by 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).

Wireless Speakers vs Wireless Home Theater Speakers

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 ensure 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 offers a wireless speaker line under its BeoLab brand name. These speakers are suitable for both serious music listening and home theater use. The line was first introduced in 2015 and is still a part of Bang&Olufsen's product line. The four wireless speaker models are 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 to be 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 houses 1 3/4-inch tweeter and 1 6-inch woofer, each supported by its own 160-watt amplifier. In addition to wireless capability, the BeoLab 17 also include analog stereo inputs and a digital optical input (one of the benefits of having a built-in amplifier)./The BeoLab 17 is priced at $3,999 a pair and is available in several cabinet and speaker grill colors.
  • 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 features an innovative Acoustic Lens Driver (3/4-inch) for reproducing high frequencies, and two 4-inch drivers for the bass. Just like BeoLab 17, both RCA and digital optical connections are included in addition to wireless connecivity. Both the high frequency acoustic lens and the bass drivers are powered by 160 watt amplifiers. The BeoLab 18 is priced at $6,590 a pair and available in several colors.
  • 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 can pump out deep bass with its dual 8-inch drivers, each supported by 160 watt amplifiers. 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 in the above series 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.

The Bottom Line

In terms of sound quality, the above listed Bang & Olusen wireless speaker line does not disappoint. The speakers deliver powerful, clean, un-distorted sound that will knock your socks off. In addition, they all have unique European styling that will enhance any modern room decor.

Of course, the combination of wireless connectivity, upscale performance, and stylish design all comes at premium price - Bang & Olufsen does not offer discount pricing. However, if they are out of your budget range, they are definitely worth a listen - but beware, you might just get sucked in!

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

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 wireless home theater speaker options that might be just right for you.

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), also check out out our companion article: The Truth About Wireless Speakers.

Photo Included with this article (from left to right BeoLab 17, 19, and 18 - BeoLab 20 not shown) provided by Bang & Olufsen