BeoVision 5 - Plasma

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Manufactured: 2002 - 2006
Designer: David Lewis
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BeoVision 5 was Bang & Olufsen's first home cinema plasma screen.

With its big screen, advanced sound system, original positioning options and sophisticated remote control, the BeoVision 5 sets the standard for plasma solutions, especially when it comes to integration in the home. Until the discovery of plasma technology, the idea of having a TV screen hanging on the wall was restricted to the realm of science fiction films. Now the dream has become a reality, and Bang & Olufsen has brought it one step closer by offering a plasma solution that is more than just a "picture on the wall".

BeoVision 5 is the natural choice for people wanting to combine large-scale audio-visual experiences with a high degree of flexibility in the positioning of the TV screen. All of Bang & Olufsen's expertise in picture handling and screen technology has been deployed in order to improve the already sharp picture from the big 42-inch screen of BeoVision 4. Brushed aluminium encases both the screen and a special integrated active loudspeaker reproducing high-quality stereo sound.

As a result, BeoVision 5 does not require any additional equipment to fulfil the standards that Bang & Olufsen is renowned for. BeoVision 5 can also function as a centre for distributing sounds and pictures throughout the house via Bang & Olufsen's unique distribution system: 'Beolink®'.

BeoVision 5 works with the entire range of Beolink® products and can also connect with the Bang & Olufsen DVD 1 and the Beocord V8000 video recorder. All products can be operated with the Beo4 remote control.

The positioning is quite something, too. Imagine brushed aluminium, gathered at 45-degree angles at the corners, surrounding both the plasma screen and the sound system. Inspired by classical art, it can be hung on the wall in its entirety as a single object -just like a picture in a gallery. However, a TV that hangs on the wall is not intended to represent the ultimate in mobility for some users who prefer greater freedom in their options for their personal home décor. Should it be positioned in the middle of the room on a base? Should the base be motorised so that you can rotate the television from your armchair using the remote control? What about a drawer system in the same design to conceal the DVD player, satellite receiver or video recorder? Or what about leaning the television against the wall, if you don't want to hang it up? Everything has been thought of!

BeoVision 5 is a unique 108cm (42 ") plasma home cinema concept from Bang & Olufsen. With its obvious associations to the art-of-painting, this plasma master is truly a work of art in itself. This is reflected in its outstanding design affording the user many different placement and colour options. The design of BeoVision 5 was orchestrated by David Lewis, Bang & Olufsen's chief designer.

The combination of a a high quality plasma display and Bang & Olufsen's competences in video signal processing means that the picture on BeoVision 5 is the best in the industry. Its advanced sound system, using B&O's active loudspeaker technology, provides a sonic experience that perfectly matches the outstanding quality of the picture. The built- in loudspeakers, placed below the screen, function as both a centre channel when used in a surround sound set up or as a superb stereo sound system when the BeoVision 5 is used as a stand alone TV.

Operationally, BeoVision 5 has much in common with the BeoVision Avant which means that it can be a system master, together with an audio system to distribute picture and sound around the house.

Picture and Sound Quality merge exquisitely in the new BeoVision 5 from Bang & Olufsen. Containing a striking 108cm 16:9 plasma screen and a pair of powerful built-in active loudspeakers, BeoVision 5 is framed elegantly in your choice of five shades of brushed anodised aluminium. Years of Bang & Olufsen expertise unite these fields to prove that the beauty also has brains.

The screen

With its large screen, advanced sound system, original placement possibilities and multifaceted Bang & Olufsen virtues within operation, BeoVision 5 sets new standards for plasma solutions, not least regarding integration into the home environment

Until the advent of plasma technologies, the idea of hanging a television set on the wall has been confined to the realm of science fiction films. Now that the dream has become reality, Bang & Olufsen takes this possibility a step further by offering a plasma solution that encompasses much more than a simple 'picture on the wall'. BeoVision 5 is therefore a natural choice for people wishing to combine great viewing and listening sessions with flexibility in placement.

The frame

All Bang & Olufsen picture competencies are utilised to enhance the already razor sharp image of the large plasma screen. The 16:9 picture tops a pair of integrated active loudspeakers offering an enveloping stereo sound built with all the acoustic competencies for which Bang & Olufsen is known. As a result, BeoVision 5 does not require additional equipment to measure up sound- and picture-wise to demanding Bang & Olufsen standards. Furthermore, BeoVision 5 can serve as a Beolink® master, distributing sound and picture throughout the home in Bang & Olufsen's unique distribution system. Full compatibility with all Beolink®-enabled Bang & Olufsen products is included, as well as seamless connections with Bang & Olufsen's DVD 1 and Beocord V8000 VCR. Operation of all Bang & Olufsen items is carried out using the Beo4 remote control.

The placement

Offering a selection of brackets and stands, Bang & Olufsen offers a multitude of placement possibilities for BeoVision 5.

The sound

Featuring a pair of active loudspeakers located directly below the plasma screen, BeoVision 5 can provide up to 96 dB of stereo sound on its own. A built-in Dolby Digital® surround sound decoder offers a wealth of sonic experiences - and even includes automatic detection of this 5.1 channel digital sound format.

Connect any active loudspeakers from Bang & Olufsen's BeoLab range, and be moved by the deep bass and tingling highs found in today's digital entertainment offerings. Let your home cinema experience be led by the BeoLab 2 subwoofer, a double balanced passive radiator system where an 850 W ICEpower® amplifier (Long Term Maximum Output Power), supplies the fuel for the single active 22cm woofer and two 22cm passive radiators..

The many facets of BeoVision 5 plasma TV

VisionClear elements shine through

Once again Bang & Olufsen has succeeded in combining the objective parameters of picture quality and the subjective elements of viewing comfort to provide an extensive and enveloping viewing experience.

An exceptionally high level of Picture Quality is achieved through the employment of elements including motion compensated progressive scan, Digital Adaptive Luminance Peaking, Digital Colour Transient Improvement (CTI) and adaptive black. Presenting all horizontal lines at once, the BeoVision 5 digital interpolation system eliminates disturbing motion artefacts caused by viewing an interlaced scan on a large screen. By calculating object movement in pixels per field, new pictures are interpolated according to object motion.

Further development of Bang & Olufsen's own Digital Adaptive Luminance Peaking circuitry adds additionally to the Picture Quality by amplifying the peaking according to the level of luminance shifts present. This purely digital function peaks large luminance shifts proportionally less than small shifts, providing a uniform visual experience. Furthermore, the wideband Digital CTI employed in BeoVision 5 assures a high degree of dimensional precision thanks to a gentler amplification than compared to standard CTI circuits.

How black is black?

Maintaining a proper black level is ensured by the employment of advanced adaptive black circuitry. Correct colour saturation is assured as the brilliance level is automatically adjusted during viewing by BeoVision 5. Reading the content of the current on-screen image, BeoVision 5 automatically increases colour saturation on very light images on the one hand, whilst keeping black details from drifting into grey upon a content shift.

The screen, the user, the surroundings

The field of Viewing Comfort, which involves the interactions between the screen, the user and the surroundings receives great attention through a number of elements. Automatic Picture Control sensors found in the striking "magic eye" found on the top right-hand corner of the BeoVision 5 monitors the amount of ambient light in the room and ensures the best possible picture quality under all lighting situations.

A special dark coloured anti-reflection coated contrast screen also reduces amount of incoming light by more than 80%. The resulting increase in contrast provides a richer on-screen colour experience. Enticing elements such as Hollywood-like electronic curtains, which automatically open and close and Active Picture Format Optimisation, where the transmission signal is read and the optimal picture format is presented automatically additionally highlight the user experience.

Adaptive Bass Linearisation

Protection against low-frequency damage at a high volume level is provided for all Bang & Olufsen BeoLab speakers by Bang & Olufsen's patented Adaptive Bass Linearisation (ABL) circuitry. ABL monitors the displacement of the loudspeaker units and reduces the output level if any risk of mechanical damage arises. The ABL circuit has very fast attack- and release times for optimum protection and sound performance.

Furthermore, both the BeoLab 2 and the BeoLab 1 loudspeaker feature patented thermal protection circuitry which guards against overheating and burn-out by monitoring the physical temperature of the woofer. An NTC resistor mounted on the rear of the magnet system in combination with a sophisticated simulation of the voice coil temperature triggers an automatic reduction of output if the temperature should exceed the critical level.

Standard features: MasterLink, Picture-in-Picture, Set top box controller, RF Modulator, Dolby Digital Surround Sound (which also supports Dolby Pro Logic Surround Sound) and DTS (Digital Theatre System).

Dimensions: The active speakers within BeoVision 5 are the same as the latest (2002) model of the BeoVision Avant. The unit is 17cm wide at the bottom and around 10cm at the top of its 1,10m frame. It leans 9 degrees back and rests (when placed on the floor) on three small metal feet.

Cabinet

BeoVision 5 Cabinet (part number 1417759) has two drawers side-by-side for BeoVision 5 to stand on.

BeoVision 5 can be shaped and coloured in such a way as to complement its surroundings. The aluminium frame and front loudspeaker cover are delivered in the same colour combinations as BeoLab 1 : Metallic black, silver, red, green and blue. It can be positioned in one of several ways. On a floor stand at a 9 degree angle, on a wall bracket at two different heights and either parallel to the wall or at a 9 degree angle to the wall, on the floor on a cabinet which can house two units such as DVD 1, Beocord V8000 or a Set-Top Box, and finally on a motorised floor stand.

Positioning

Ideally BeoVision 5 should be set up with BeoLab 1's in aluminium in the front with BeoLab 2 and BeoLab 6000's in the rear. DVD 1 and Beocord V8000 should both be housed in the purpose built silver cabinet.

The screen

With its large screen, advanced sound system, original placement possibilities and multifaceted Bang & Olufsen virtues within operation, BeoVision 5 sets new standards for plasma solutions, not least regarding integration into the home environment

Until the advent of plasma technologies, the idea of hanging a television set on the wall has been confined to the realm of science fiction films. Now that the dream has become reality, Bang & Olufsen takes this possibility a step further by offering a plasma solution that encompasses much more than a simple 'picture on the wall'. BeoVision 5 is therefore a natural choice for people.

Dimensions:

The active speakers within BeoVision 5 are the same as the latest (2002) model of the BeoVision Avant. The unit is 17cm wide at the bottom and around 10cm at the top of its 1,10m frame. It leans 9 degrees back and rests (when placed on the floor) on three small feet.

Both BeoVision 5 and BeoLab loudspeakers are available in a variety of colours (to match the colours of BeoLab 1) including red, black, aluminium, blue and green, which together offer a solution to suit both you and your interior décor.

Standard features: MasterLink, Picture-in-Picture, Set top box controller, RF Modulator, Dolby Digital Surround Sound (which also supports Dolby Pro Logic Surround Sound) and DTS (Digital Theatre System).

At the top of BeoVision 5 is a little plastic translucent dome which electronically surveys its surroundings. Not in the way of Big Brother - but in keeping a watchful eye on the light conditions in the room in which it is placed. It looks out for instructions from the Beo4 remote control and signals by either a red or green light dot if the television is switched either on or off. It also adjusts the picture according to the lighting conditions of the room itself: brightening the picture in a very bright room, or lowering its intensity in a darkened room. However, BeoVision 5 is not the first television to introduce this little dome. Beosystem AV9000, which was the first integrated AV system from Bang & Olufsen, accommodated it as well, placed in a similar position outside of the frame.

Beosystem AV9000 created a lot of attention in its time and was a breakthrough in home entertainment. But the dome created ill-feeling in that it challenged the expectations as to the general design of Bang & Olufsen products. It stood out in an unusual way. At the time of AV9000's introduction there was a resistance movement challenging the company's stance towards so much innovative, aesthetical design.

Ten years later it is a case of déjà vu. However, its reintroduction was proposed by the development team as an answer to a simple engineering problem.

BeoVision 5 Press Release

BeoVision 5 – Bang & Olufsen’s first plasma home-cinema solution

With a 107cm screen, advanced sound system and flexible placement possibilities, BeoVision 5 sets new standards for plasma technology and its integration into the home.

• A visual masterpiece

A sleek brushed aluminium frame, in a choice of six eye catching colours frames both screen and sound system, offering an integrated sound and picture plasma solution. Inspired by the world of classical art, both sound and image may be hung as one single item on the wall, like a painting in a gallery. However, BeoVision 5 has been designed with flexibility in mind and with the use of customised brackets and stands can be placed in a number of ways to suit individual interior set-ups.

Whether it be in the middle of the room on a motorised floor stand, so it turns towards your sofa via the remote control, leaning against the wall with an integrated drawer system to hide the DVD player and satellite receiver, or simply hanging flat against the wall, BeoVision 5 provides an outstanding home cinema experience.

• Superior Sound Quality

BeoVision 5’s 16:9, 107cm plasma screen sits on top of a pair of integrated active loudspeakers offering an enveloping stereo sound built with all the acoustic quality Bang & Olufsen is known for. BeoVision 5 is a Beolink® master product so can be connected seamlessly with all compatible Bang & Olufsen systems to distribute sound and picture throughout the home via the Beo4 remote control.

For the complete home cinema set-up, a powerful multi-channel digital surround sound experience can be created by linking BeoVision 5 to five active speakers from Bang & Olufsen’s extensive range. Both BeoVision 5 and BeoLab loudspeakers are available in a variety of colours, including red, black, aluminium, blue and green, which together offer a solution to suit both you and your interior décor.

BeoVision 5 - Plasma Product Specifications

Available in:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK

BeoVision 5
Dimensions (W x H x D) 1066 x 1132 x 170 mm
Weight 75 kg
Cabinet finish Black - Soft touch
Colour variants Black, silver, red, green, blue
Mains voltage range 240V +/- 10%, 50 Hz typical
Power consumption Typical: 282 W, standby: 1.8 W

Terminal included Beo4

Diagonal picture size 1066 mm Plasma display panel

Aspect ratio 16:9 (widescreen)
Screen Size: 106 cm diagonal
Screen Aspect Ratio 16:9 Wide
Number of Pixels 408,960 (852 x 480) pixels
Pixel Pitch 1.08 mm
Displayable Colours 16.77 million colours
Contrast 3000:1
Brightness 780 CD/m2
Front mounted contrast screen Anti-reflection coated glass
Picture display formats Format 1: Panorama
Format 2: Letterbox zoom
Format 3: 16:9
Viewing comfort Electronic curtain
Picture format optimisation
Automatic Picture Control
VisionClear Digital Adaptive Luminance Peaking
Vertical peaking
Motion compensated progressive scan
Digital Colour Transient Improvement (CTI)
Adaptive black

Teletext Teletext level 2.5, 1780 pages
Wide Screen Signalling (WSS)
FastText (FLOF), 4 memory pages per programme
17 Teletext languages in 7 groups

Operation conditions temp: 0 - 40 C°
Humidity: 35% - 80%
Max. altitude: 1500 m
Loudspeakers
Power amplifier modules 4 units
Long term max. output power per module 39 watts
Frequency range 50 - 20,000 Hz
Max. sound pressure level 96 dB
Cabinet principle / net volume Bass Reflex / 3.5 litre
Woofer 115mm
Tweeter 18mm
Bass equalizer Adaptive
Magnetic shielded Yes
System modulator
System modulator Splitter/system modulator output to link room (Beolink video distribution)
Frequency range 479 - 831 MHz (in 1 MHz step), Dual side band
Audio Mono
Connection 1 x 75 ohm aerial male
Dolby® Digital Decoder

Decoding capabilities Dolby® Digital 5.1 channel decoding
Dolby® Pro-Logic decoding of two channel
Dolby® Digital
Dolby® Pro-Logic decoding of two channel PCM
Dolby® Pro-Logic decoding of two analogue
channels (L/R)
Automatic format detection (Dolby® Digital, PCM)

Calibration 3 channel tone control & loudness (L/C/R)
Bass management, Delay management

Sound modes (Speaker 1-5) Speaker 1: Stereo internal speakers (subwoofer muted)
Speaker 2 (2.0/2.1): Stereo external speakers /
Stereo external speakers + subwoofer
Speaker 3 (3.0/3.1): Dolby®-3 stereo / Dolby®-3
stereo + subwoofer
Speaker 4 (4.0/4.1): Stereo-4 / Stereo-4 + subwoofer
Speaker 5 (5.0/5.1): Dolby® Digital or Dolby®
Pro-Logic Surround / Dolby® Digital + subwoofer
Set-top Box Controller

Controlling one or two
boxes (2 x STB) 1 box control by use of the
IR-blaster included in the kit.
2 box control by use of the IR-blaster included in
the kit and IR Y-adaptor (6174171) and one more
IR-blaster (8330352).

Connection 1 x stereo mini jack
Accessories:
Product name Cabinet, BeoVision 5
Type No. 4177
Finish Black
Dimensions (W x H x D) 1065 x 195 x 375 mm





Product name Wall bracket, BeoVision 5
Type No. 4178
Finish Black
Dimensions (W x H x D) 1030 x 634 x 32 mm

Product name Floor stand, BeoVision 5
Type No. 4171
Finish Black
Dimensions (W x H x D) 960 x 51 x 360 mm

Connections
TV Input 1 x 75 ohm aerial female
V.TAPE - AV - Decoder 3 x 21-pin sockets
V.TAPE: CVBS in/out, RGB in
(automatic 16:9 sense (pin-8), B&O AVL)
AV: CVBS in/out, RGB in, S-VHS in/out
(automatic 16:9 sense (pin-8),
automatic S-VHS configuration, B&O AVL)
Decoder: CVBS in/out
(automatic 16:9 detection (pin-8))

Beolink 1 x MasterLink

Camcorder/Auxiliary 3 x Phono sockets (video in/audio L-R in)*)

S-Video (S-VHS) 1 x Y/C playback 4-pin socket

Headphone socket 1 x Mini jack

Dolby® Digital
External BeoLab speakers 5 x Power Link
(2 x front, 2 x rear, 1 x subwoofer)

Loudspeakers recommended,
front/rear BeoLab 1, BeoLab 8000, BeoLab 6000,
BeoLab 4000, BeoLab Penta, BeoLab 4500, subwoofer BeoLab 2

Digital audio input 2 x Coax phono, Input-1 for AV-SCART,
Input-2 for V.TAPE-SCART

Satellite module (optional) 1 x F-connector input ( 75 ohm)

STB-Controller output 1 x Mini jack
(stereo for 2 x IR-blaster with IR-Y-adaptor)

System Modulator 1 x 75 ohm aerial male
(splitter/system modulator output).

*) Possible to configure Set-top box (STB) at Camcorder input and control by STB-Controller

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Created: 15th December 2006
Modified: 20th February 2007

Author Notes:

An absolutely storming Television with superb sound and excellent picture quality!

My BeoWorld



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