B&O's first HDTVs have very good image quality, and the kind of first-rate audio you'd expect from the brand. However, the sets don't support 3D, lack any kind of tuners, are missing the kind of smart TV features available on most other current sets, and sell for thousands of dollars more than competing models that include all of the above and provide a comparable viewing experience. The V1 is also only available in 32 and 40-inch sizes, while most other brands offer models as large as 65 inches. If you're a diehard B&O fan, like the V1's industrial style, and can get by with a 40-inch 2D set that will get its programming from a cable box, Blu-ray player, and external streaming box â€” and you don't mind paying $4,000 for it â€” go for it. For everyone else, there are much better options available.
How It Stacks Up
Smart VIERA VT60 Series
Razor LED M-Series w/ Theater 3D
B&O Play get into the wireless earbud game
The H5 comes in black or dusty rose, and is priced at $249.
B&O Play's H7 headphones trade silence for longevity
The company's first wireless over ears will be comfortable, but the H8 isn't that much more expensive.