Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
I note that, not only is your spell-checker using US English, but it doesn't even know any Latin!
Aren't I the smug b*st*rd.
I'll get my toga.
HD TV manufacturers often claim their TVs provide a 1080p resolution, but how can you actually check it's delivering the best picture it can? Bang & Olufsen (B&O) has the answer: a robotic arm with a camera on the end. beovision_in_room B&O's BeoVision 4 HD TV has a robotic arm for colour management Its BeoVision 4 Ppasma …
...it seems to me that having a self-calibrating TV is a bit stupid if you're going to watch the thing in a huge white room with a wall of windows. In that environment you'd be lucky to tell the difference between the B&O and the Wal-Mart store brand. Assuming they're not using the same panel anyway...
Marc, it's quite possible that the model you look at is the big model (which is listed at €8000 RRP).
And Graham, stop being a sour grape... B&O sound quality is top grade. Their headphones for example have the most fantastic sound (better than many others, including some Sennheiser models). I'm not the richest man on the planet, but I will pay for B&O quality stuff.
So can it save different values for each input? Does it make you go through all the inputs? Because the settings good for DVD are mostly useless for videogames or regular TV, and if you have vintage devices such as Laserdisc players or - gasp - a VCR you will definitely want separate picture values for those. I think this is pretty much a waste, as most people don't give a damn about properly setting up their TV, but out of the three people who do AND still buy B&O, one might be happy with this. So thumbs up for that guy, while the other two just set stuff by hand, spinning a copy of Video Essentials.
I remember the B&O video recorders, a bog standard Hitachi machine with some fancy brushed aluminium and shiny black plastic bits stuck on. Oh, and a price tag that was three times the one on the equivalent Hitachi machine for sale in the shop a few doors away.. Still, someone has to separate yuppies and stupid people from their money.
The B&O plasmas are (at least were, last time I looked) Panasonic panels, but they have their own, higher quality, electronics hanging off the back. So while the improvement over the Panny model is incremental, it's pretty clear if you look, particularly with standard-def sources.
Their hifi equipment is excellent, and if you're spending that kind of money on something that looks flash, kicks that horrible Bose stuff all around the park for sound and build quality.
A quick Google puts a pair of their bottom-of-the-range custom earphones (UE 5 Pros) at a touch over £500. B&O Earphones are around £90.
Yes, your professional monitors cost more money. There's ALWAYS a way to get better quality if you can afford it. That doesn't make the B&Os a joke in their own right, any more than their home audio range is just because a decent Meridian pre/pro setup is even better.
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