Nothing says luxury like parking a 2017 C-Class in the living room, even if it's the speaker equivalent.
B&O's BeoLab 50 is billed as their first "loudspeaker" which is really anything bigger than their normal line of otherwise 'normal-sized' bookshelf speakers, such as the BeoSound 1. The BeoLab 50 is the usual offering of beauty that is to be expected of B&O, with the added benefit of technologies from its big brother, the $85,000 BeoLab 90 that stole the show during CES 2015.
Featuring "aluminum surfaces and warm oak lamellas" the BeoLab 50 is a conversational centerpiece speaker in an industry full of hidden and streamlined tech. And for all the details put into the design, the BeoLab 50 is jam-packed with just as much technology. Standing about 3-foot tall, the 2,100-watt speaker is independently delivered through seven driver - three 10-inch woofers, three 4-inch midranges, and a single .75-inch tweeter, paired to seven 300-watt amplifiers. Yes, the BeoLab 50 has an amp for every driver, allowing just one power cable in the back.
The secret sauce is B&O's Acoustic Lens technology that rises from the top of the speaker to actively adjust sound dispersion settings. The BeoLab 50 can adjust the sound for a party setting or hit the perfect sweet spot according to B&O. An external microphone uses the custom grills and filters to compensate for sound reflecting off walls and furniture.
While the BeoLab 50 is a bit more palatable than the surreal BeoLab 90, the price tag is still reserved for the affluent and audiophiles.