REVIEW: Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 7 - 32 part 4
It can take some time to get used to the included system remote control Beo 4, if you want to make use of more complicated functions such as selecting the screen format. More common functions (DVD, TV, Volume), however, can be mastered quickly and without any problems. The reason why handling this remote control is a little more complicated is because it is also used for controlling all of any other B & O devices in a house. On one hand, this is an advantage because you only have to deal with remote control for all B & O devices, on the other hand you have multiple functions on one button which might make finding the function you are looking for. Thus, it takes at least some certain amount of time to get used to as we already mentioned. The remote control has a monochrome display built into it giving a feedback signal, hence facilitating the control somewhat.
The On-Screen-Display (OSD) is available in 8 languages, laid out logically and well legible.
Almost always, B & O devices are compatible to other B & O devices only. This starts with the speakers, since B & O only offers active speaker which are supposed to be connected to the source via Power-Link cable. Using any speakers (i.e. a Surround system) and speaker cables that one might already have is thereby made impossible. Other B & O devices, for instance the CD changer BeoSound 9000 or even some other B & O TV, can be connected via Master-Link cable. This way, it is possible to watch a DVD that is spinning in the BeoVision 7 on other TVs. Furthermore, one can make use of the BeoVision 7's speakers BeoLab 7 - 1. In doing so, already available BeoLab speakers a BeoSound system can be incorporated as surround speakers for the BeoVision 7. The drawback here is the limitation to B & O products; and for this reason, the decision to purchase this TV is always the decision to settle with B & O as a system, too - if one wants to use all possibilities, that is.
A high-end product that keeps what price and brand name promise. In terms of image quality, this TV is certainly on a par with other top notch LCD products by Philips and other manufacturers. Then there's the notable set of features like the included DVD player, separately obtainable integrated digital Sat-Receiver, optional motor stand and versatile connectivity options including a DVI-I input. The Dolby Surround features can only be used with B & O speakers, however.
The price might be very high, but the offered fabrication, image and sound quality is, too. At the present time, there is hands down no better integrated TV set concept available one can find on market provided that one is willing to pay the price of more than 8,000 Euro.
The Prad editorial staff thanks the company Bang & Olufsen in the Hansa-Carré, E. Vennemann GmbH, Markt 10-12, 44137 Dortmund for providing the unit for review.
Overall rating: VERY GOOD
Technical specifications: Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 7
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