The striking design is built from more than 65kg of aluminium and promises to be the "most complete and powerful digital loudspeaker" ever built for the home.

Bang & Olufsen doesn't tend to do things by halves, so it's no surprise the company's 90th anniversary is being recorded with a unique piece of speaker design.

The BeoLab 90, which is due on sale on 17th November (the date of the 90th anniversary) and will cost "£26,995 per unit", is claimed to be B&O's most complete speaker to date. It certainly cuts an eye-catching figure.


Boasting a 360-degree design, the BeoLab 90 has "no apparent visual front" thanks to its angular design, with speaker drivers placed in various directions to help guide the sound around a room.

B&O's 90th anniversary speaker aims to deliver the ultimate sound experience whatever your room, whatever you're listening to and no matter how many people in the room.

The new Active Room Compensation takes care of the first bit, calibrating the sound of the speaker according to the size and shape of your room, the furnishings and your listening position.

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"You do not have to be close to the speaker or even in front of it to get an excellent sound experience," says Bang & Olufsen CEO, Tue Mantoni.

It's not all about creating the ultimate sweetspot for set listening positions, however. Beam Width Control allows you to "change the width of the sound", should you have a room full of people or just the family together to watch a film.

What is it made of? There is 65kg of aluminium. Some of it is used for the crowns forming the frame, which are cut from solid blocks of of the stuff. The rest is solidly die-cast.

All that metal (and some 10mm-thick plastic) holds in place the drivers: seven 30mm tweeters, seven 86mm midrange drivers, three 212mm side and rear woofers, and one 260mm front woofer. That's right: 18 drivers, all facing different directions. The ones not facing you are used to correct and balance the sound based on your settings and/or the environment.

These drivers are covered by black fabric, which B&O says "hover like sails". Despite their curious shape, these sails are only fixed at four points. The idea was to reduce their effect on the acoustic performance by limiting the amount of framing used.

The base of the speaker uses oak panelling. One of these hides the connections: power link, RCA, XLR, USB, S/P-DIF and Toslink. As you might expect from something of this level, the digital inputs are compatible with high-resolution audio, up to a maximum of 24but/192kHz. Well, not the Toslink, which is capped at 24bit/96kHz. “We don’t trust Toslink,” says B&O.

There’s wireless connectivity too, based on the multi-channel WiSA system. The company recommends you stick with wired inputs to get the most of the BeoLab 90.

"BeoLab 90 is our most complete loudspeaker to date. It is a committed investment in excellent craftsmanship, ideal materials and superior technology," according to Mantoni. "Future Bang & Olufsen products will benefit from the innovation and know-how gained from the development of BeoLab 90 – and our customers will savour the perfect sound from the ultimate loudspeaker for their home."

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Clare Newsome's picture

Do they remind anyone else of

Do they remind anyone else of the sorting hat from Harry Potter, or is that just me?

bigboss's picture

You're right! It does look

You're right! It does look like the sorting hat! Biggrin

Graham Luke's picture

If Sauron had loudspeakers to

If Sauron had loudspeakers to play his 'Kiss' collection, they'd look like these...

chebby's picture

Are they collapsible?  

Are they collapsible?  

John Richards's picture


Upon first glimpse I thought they looked like an umbrella which had been blown inside out.    Although I have much B&O hardware collected over 4 decades I have never really been a fan of the sound of their loudspeakers. And with the new 90s I am dubious about the multi-focal drivers as I expect this will greatly muddy the stereo field. In concept it reminds me of Bose Direct / Refelcted sound systems which again were always poor on performance despite their hefty price tag. In this price range I'd be more inclined to opt for the industry benchmark and get a pair of Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus units which look (and likely sound) much better. Sadly since 2002 Bang & Olusen have strayed to far into the realms of form over function.

markiedee's picture

I disagree on the form over

I disagree on the form over fuction comment, alot of time energy and comittment has gone into developing a speaker which im sure is going to impress and receive wave reviews.

I suggest you go read up on the specs of this speaker. I've also owned bang-olufsen speakers and have been surprised at the level and depth of sound their speakers provide and i've gone through many different brands over the years.

They are definitely one of my favourite brands the beolab 5 and beolab 20 speakers are truly something else.

The beolab 90 im sure will take things to an even greater level.

Victor Filipescu's picture

Beolab 90

They look fantastic and probably sound very, very good. Design wise I guess it depends a lot of people's taste. I like them; they seem a bit more practical in a 50-60 sqm living room than the Nautilus for example.

I can see they are using only Scanspeak drivers, which is another great Danish producer well known for the quality of their drivers. Plus, they are active speakers so no need for extra investments in aplifiers.

Price wise...If you have this kind of money to spend on a pair of speakers, it's really useless to compare speakers based on this criteria.

IMO whatever speaker set is selling new for over the 20.000 (€, £, $) treshold is something of an extraordinary quality...

Mac Hammer Fan's picture

Beolab 90

Bang & Olufsen made wonderful speakers in the past. I still have my Beovox M100 from 1979 and they sound great. They are timeless. Such as the Beolab 8000 and the Penta. And they had a beautiful design. This Beolab 90 looks just awfull, sorry. Even if they pay me for it, I wouldn't let me install these speakers in my living room. OK, perhaps the sound isn't bad but Bang & Olufsen was the high pioneer of the design in the past. Now this isn't the case anymore. They chose the wrong way. And I regret it.