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kuyttendaele posted on Sun, Jun 23 2019 11:35 AM

Soooo... last Friday there was an introduction event of the Harmony at my dealer's place.

Some pictures here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kuyttendaele/albums/72157709213805051

My remarks:

The set is BIIIIG... but at the same time it's a piece of art when in the OFF/sound modus. What I didn't know was that there's a small led light between the speakers that turned on when the speakers fold open or close :-)

Soundwise no complaints at all... Picture quality to notch on 4K HDR and the set does a pretty good job on turning standard 1024p stuff onto the big screen.

Pricewise... This set is more or less the same price as the BeoVision 5 (or 9) if I recall. So there is definitly a market for the set!

I was hesitant when I first saw the pictures online. But you have to see the set in real life to appreciate it. B&O have done a very good job in turning a standard LG screen into something special!

 

Afterwards received a nice bottle of B&O rum... Haven't tasted it though.. But it'll probably have some software faults *joke*

Karel.

 

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Hi Karel,

Looks great in these setups. How was it on the viewing height when you're seated?

Also can I show of these pictures on the podcast tonight? And is there anywhere/anything you'd like me to credit(besides you Stick out tongue)?

 

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I'm rather tall (1m96) and when seated I was looking at (from 4m away) somewhere at 2/5th to 1/2 of the screenhight... 
No problem when showing them on the podcast.

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9 LEE replied on Sun, Jun 23 2019 1:18 PM

What a lovely Dealership and a very stylish shop-fit. Which one is/was it?

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Sandyb replied on Sun, Jun 23 2019 1:23 PM
Great pictures, thanks for sharing
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9 LEE:

What a lovely Dealership and a very stylish shop-fit. Which one is/was it?

Lee

It's Bang & Olufsen Gent - Knokke in Belgium. Owner: Wim Van de Loock.
They recently moved into this new shop. Been a customer since 1996 and very kind and helpful dealer!

Will do a descent photoshoot in a couple of weeks... although without the Harmony then.

Karel. 

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Beautiful pictures. However, the video processing on the TV is 100% LG. As far as I can tell B&O are only making the TV stand with inbuilt speakers. Which is not a bad thing. The TV speaker +  stands look beautiful no doubt.

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moxxey replied on Sun, Jun 23 2019 5:16 PM

9 LEE:

What a lovely Dealership and a very stylish shop-fit. Which one is/was it?

Agree with this. But, is it just me, but every time I see a B&O presentation at a dealer it's only populated by grey-haired people in their 50s and 60s? A major worry/concern for the future of the business.

Not an ageist comment, just an observation on the type of audience who typically turns up to a dealer to demo a new product - it's the same in the UK.

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I had to miss a recent similar presentation at B&O Wilmsow. According to Nick the manager it was for one night only. Apparently there are  only 5 Harmonies currently doing demonstration rounds in the whole of Europe.

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9 LEE replied on Sun, Jun 23 2019 6:03 PM

moxxey:

Agree with this. But, is it just me, but every time I see a B&O presentation at a dealer it's only populated by grey-haired people in their 50s and 60s? A major worry/concern for the future of the business.

Core customers. People with lots of disposable income who have owned the brand for years and aren't really that bothered about the very latest technology.  Harmony maybe not a case in point, but they're still knocking out the Eclipse with a C7 panel.  LG are selling the C9 now...

I think the business is too far gone to change the model.  People in their 20's and 30's no longer aspire to own the brand, so you trim down your dealers to meet the reduced demand whilst you regroup and think of a possible way forward.

Maybe I'm cynical, maybe I'm observing the facts, maybe I'm just wrong - but on an almost daily basis I'm collecting home systems from people selling their B&O and leaving the brand for good in favour of Sonos, Samsung, LG, Bose and even Loewe. I've been doing this for about 4-5 years now.

Lee

 

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Thanks Karel, I'll make sure to do so. The pics are fab!

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moxxey:

Agree with this. But, is it just me, but every time I see a B&O presentation at a dealer it's only populated by grey-haired people in their 50s and 60s? A major worry/concern for the future of the business.

Well.. no.. I was 2h's late due to a huge traffic jam... at other events by the same dealer there's a good show up of people in their 30's and 40's too. And as shown in the last picture even families with kids :-)

Karel.

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Michael replied on Mon, Jun 24 2019 10:19 AM
About the younger audience or lack there of. I don’t think most young people are so interested in mingle parties for watching a TV launch. Some have also young kids and a family to take care of, or other fun things to do with their spare time. Old people probably work less, have more time and enjoy mingling more.

I see a lot of friends in my age (30ish) that also buy a lot of B&O. But since things are expensive it’s more after sale and older products. Building an interest in the brand. I think it’s more or less the same as with other exclusive products that costs a lot. Furniture, cars etc.

With that said, I wouldn’t worry to much about an old audience. But I would be happier if B&O uses the advantage of not incorporating a TV in the design so hardwired as before in a way to keep their models up to date. Like the Eclipse, it should definitely have a 9-series display, and one with the best algorithms in it. Is the C9 that good?
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just saw a review of the C9 and in terms of PQ apparently it's pretty perfect out of the box with regards to colour reproduction in all modes and with upscaling too and better than the rest. The only thing they said was that obviously it doesn't go as high in brightness as led panels do. They were very impressed and called it near perfect but they didn't like the price vs the c8 Stick out tongue

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Esax replied on Mon, Jun 24 2019 7:07 PM
Mikipidia:

just saw a review of the C9 and in terms of PQ apparently it's pretty perfect out of the box with regards to colour reproduction in all modes and with upscaling too and better than the rest. The only thing they said was that obviously it doesn't go as high in brightness as led panels do. They were very impressed and called it near perfect but they didn't like the price vs the c8

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The beovision 7-55 has 500 cd/m2 and the lg oled has 800 nits. So that should not be any problem.

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