Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 12-65 hits North America in March for $11,350

Have you been shoring up funds since you first heard about the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 12-65 last month? We sure hope so. The company has announced that its 65-inch full HD and 3D compatible plasma TV will hit showrooms in the Canada, Mexico and the US in a matter of days. Featuring an integrated center speaker and a NeoPDP panel, the BeoVision display will carry a hefty price tag of $11,350. If money really is no object, you can spring for the $19,749 package that includes the B&O's BeoSystem 3 'stage manager' for your living room. The 12-65 arrives stateside in March, so you've got a short time to finish getting your finances in order. But for now, hit the eyes-on gallery below for another look before committing.

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Bang & Olufsen Announces U.S. Arrival of its New, Ultra Slim 65 Inch 3D Plasma TV
Offering the finest in flat, cinematic entertainment and new technical adaptation features

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bang & Olufsen, the global leader in luxury, custom-made audio and video products, announces the arrival of its new ultra flat 3D 65-inch plasma solution (with integrated center channel and 7.1 surround sound) this week in all Bang & Olufsen showrooms in the United States, Canada and Mexico. BeoVision 12 was previewed at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in January and will now enter the global marketplace. Under the new BeoVision 12, Bang & Olufsen will set new standards for the cinematic experience, as it presents an advanced plasma solution with very thin design and new adaption features such as automatic picture control and color management technologies to ensure, a rich and true-to-life viewing experience.

Designed by David Lewis Designers, BeoVision 12-65 offers a completely new design expression, which has a very thin and light appearance that truly innovates the heavier plasma concepts on the market today. Besides using an ultra slim NeoPDP panel with the latest and greatest in plasma technology, BeoVision 12 also features two aluminum profiles that bend inward in a V-shape – one in black and one in natural high-gloss polished aluminum – which create an optical illusion giving the TV a thin, light and extremely elegant visual expression.

The actual frame is an extremely thin (almost foil-like) black aluminum sheet of only a few millimeters thickness that gives an impression of one uninterrupted glass surface with no visible joints.

Dedicated center sound is integrated
The integrated center speaker is placed below the screen and consists of five custom-made speaker units covered by a soft curved natural anodized aluminum grill with an intricate organic shaped hole pattern. Attention to detail is a must in this TV concept. Even the hole pattern in front of the speaker units is made according to special acoustic specifications. The front plate of the integrated center speaker is placed as a small protrusion adding a few extra mm to the thickness in the lower part of the TV, (2 and 5/8 inches in total depth) while maintaining a certain lightness in the overall design.

"The arrival of the BeoVision 12 solidifies our commitment to the premium segment of wide-screen home cinema solutions," states Zean Nielsen, President of Bang & Olufsen America, Inc. "Furthermore, it strengthens our 3D large screen TV portfolio and complements our home integration and personalized installation services."

The center channel performance of the integrated loudspeaker matches the powerful BeoLab 5 loudspeakers in a surround sound setup. Additionally, with the TVs sophisticated Digital Signal Processing, our acoustic engineers have lifted up the center channel speaker so you will experience that speech is coming out from somewhere mid-screen, not below the TV. This gives you a more natural sound experience (especially when needed in watching news or broadcasts with a lot of speech.)

Since the amount of space is limited in this speaker design, highly sophisticated and powerful amplifiers are needed. Bang & Olufsen's patented ICEpower technology is used for the BeoVision 12 speaker design. It contains 4 x 80 watt ICEpower amplifiers for the midrange and 1 x 40 watts for the treble.

The highly sophisticated video engine, handling all sound processing and picture technologies, includes as standard a full 7.1 surround sound module, which allows you to connect a vast number of speakers, almost any sound configuration you may want is possible.

The latest plasma technology
The TV comes with the latest in plasma technology offering an even greater experience in both 2D and 3D. The panel is a NeoPDP panel, which includes new phosphors with a very short retention time, which allows for an improved 3D performance and a much better motion performance in a 2D viewing situation.

BeoVision 12-65 also comes with Automatic Color Management to compensate for the effects of aging that is common for the plasma technology. For BeoVision 12-65, the robotic arm featuring a camera is located underneath the screen, hidden behind the loudspeaker grill.

The best viewing experience in any light conditions
Bang & Olufsen's Automatic Picture Control feature senses the level of ambient light from the room and dynamically alters the picture adjustments accordingly, so that the picture quality is maintained day and night.

Automatic Picture Control makes sure you get just the right balance of light from the screen when you watch TV in either bright or dark surroundings. The light sensor is placed in the upper right hand corner and is designed, so it picks up the lighting conditions of the room in a 360 degree angle. This is to achieve a measurement of the light conditions of the room, which is similar to what the human eyes see.

The entire TV is offered in one placement alternative only, directly on the wall. The design of the wall bracket is quite unique as it is partly integrated in the rear cabinet, which means it hardly adds to the thickness of the TV at all.

BeoVision 12 is sold exclusively through authorized Bang & Olufsen dealers and will begin to arrive in Bang & Olufsen showrooms in March 2012. Recommended consumer price for BeoVision 12 is $11,350. However, BeoVision 12 will be positioned in the Bang & Olufsen showrooms to include the BeoSystem 3, which will in total retail at $19,749.00

David Lewis Designers

161 x 96.4 x 6.4 cm/60 kg

(W x H x D)/WEIGHT 63.4 x 38 x 2.84/132.3 lbs

Cabinet: Dark gray

Frame: Silver/black

EU (230V) Typical (IEC 62087:2.ed): 290/Standby: 0.3 W
US (110V) Typical: 310 W/Standby: 0.5 W

65" 16:9 Plasma display panel

1,920 x 1,080 pixels (Full HD)

Requires active shutter glasses

Integrated center speaker for surround sound setup

5x Class D, ICEpower

Control and Automatic Color Management:
1x RS 232C (RJ45)

IR and Auto Contrast:
1 x RJ45

Sound (center channel):
1 x Power Link (RJ45)
Wall bracket