Bang & Olufsen is quite late to the soundbar market. The brand has carved its own niche in consumer electronics by stuffing the best audio technology into luxurious trappings, and perhaps it considered a soundbar too downmarket to pursue. But it’s clear the market is choosing soundbars over traditional home theatre speakers, and Bang & Olufsen couldn’t ignore consumers forever.
The company’s first soundbar is designed to make a splash. As it would, with an asking price of $3500 for the Smoked Oak edition. Technically, the Beosound Stage ticks most of the boxes of a high end soundbar. The speaker unit houses eleven drivers, including four woofers, firing audio in all directions to create an immersive sound experience.
Bang & Olufsen’s marketing material proudly states that its unique array means no separate subwoofer is needed to create deep and clear bass. I can’t speak to the marketing material’s pseudo-science, but I can confirm the bass here feels deeper than it has any right to, considering the slim size of the unit.
The Beosound Stage fills a room with crisp, clear audio, no matter the genre. Whether you’re watching the latest blockbuster or streaming classical music, the soundbar cleverly separates the mids from the highs, so nothing sounds overpowering. There’s a feature called ToneTouch, a terrible name, which allows you to quickly switch between graphic equaliser settings for TV, movies and music. And there’s a night mode, which can quieten explosions to make late night binge sessions possible once the kids have gone to sleep.