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Family screen time

Bang & Olufsen’s new smart TV helps bring people together

Bang & Olufsen’s new Flexible Living range – modular BeoLink system
Bang & Olufsen’s new Flexible Living range – modular BeoLink system

One-third of Britons now own five or more connected devices.

We’re a nation that’s often together but alone when we’re at home. So in a world where our entertainment is on-demand and on-the-go, terrestrial TV still has a place in our lives. Shows like Strictly and Bake Off, as well as major live sporting events offer all-too-rare opportunities for our families to enjoy screen time together.

Bang & Olufsen’s new Flexible Living range – Horizon TV
Bang & Olufsen’s new Flexible Living range – Horizon TV

The design team at Bang & Olufsen spent months researching how a single entertainment system could be flexible enough for us to enjoy time together or indulge in our own personal playlists. Through a process of “concept engineering” that stems from the consumer’s needs, they created BeoVision Horizon, a TV powered by the ever-evolving Android platform that incorporates Google Cast, along with easy streaming from Deezer and Spotify.

The set can be wall-mounted with a bracket that can be angled to the left or right, or you have the option of the floor stand that allows it to swivel a full 360 degrees in any direction. Alternatively, the wheeled floor stand offers full flexibility as the TV can be moved effortlessly to any room in the house without compromising on the immersive sound and pin-sharp picture quality. It can be stationed in the living room most of the time, but moved to the breakfast table for the morning news, or set up on the roof terrace to watch films alfresco in the summer months. Combine a BBQ on the garden patio with must-see football or tennis matches, or watch the Queen’s Speech with your relatives in the kitchen after lunch on Christmas Day.

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BeoVision Horizon is a kind of social unifier. You actively choose it as the centre of entertainment, and you have the ability to wheel it around for social gatherings,” explains designer Torsten Valeur.

This slick piece of kit is also so discreet it earned the nickname “The Mirror” as it resembles a sheet of glass housed in an elegant frame. “You can actually walk by the Horizon without realizing it is a TV,” adds Valeur, “but once you look closer, you’ll discover it is a razor-sharp piece of technology.”

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So sharp, in fact, that the screen is foil-coated to reduce the glare of sunlight or harsh halogen spotlights, and the Automatic Picture Control sensor lessens eye fatigue. Unlike many smart TVs, there’s no need for a soundbar and the sound experience is automatically tailored to what you’re watching, plus the modular BeoLink system allows you to add wireless speakers to create a multiroom setup.

Above all, there’s Bang & Olufsen’s trademark quality. In an era when technology so often spells built-in obsolescence, this brand has bucked the trend, building entertainment systems that last and continue to sell more than 30 years after they first came into production. With BeoVision Horizon you can look forward to decades of screen time at home as a family, or alone in any part of your home.

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