Beovision 9 replaced the BeoVision 5 in a similarly-styled cabinet. Whereas the BeoVision 5 was a 42″ plasma TV, this new version was a full eight inches wider and features VisionClear as is normal with the company’s luxury sets, on its full-resolution 1920 x 1080 screen, surrounded by an (almost) square diamond cut frame.
As one would expect from Bang & Oufsen, audio is not an afterthought, featuring a2 + NICAM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1/6.1 eX, Dolby 7.1 eX, Dolby Pro Logic ll/llx, Dts 5.1. Dts es 6.1, and DTS neo:6. The built-in Acoustic Lens Technology mono centre 250W speaker - powered by a Bang & Olufsen ICEpower amplifier - was located beneath the screen and could be enhanced by adding BeoLab speakers to make a true home cinema set-up. Up to ten BeoLab speakers could be connected in the arrangement. The ALT technology (Acoustic Lens Technology) delivered a unique 180 degrees horizontal dispersion which maintained a constant tonal balance in all locations, both from direct and reflected sound. Another exclusive feature was the Adaptative Bass Control (ABC). At the press of a button the speaker measured the acoustic properties of the room and adapted its performance accordingly.
Hidden compartments within the cabinet can held options like a BeoMedia 1 for digital media needs and a digital television receiver. The cabinet also doubled as a motorised floor stand which remembered favourite viewing angles.
BeoVision 9 had a total of four HDMI inputs plus 6 x CVBs, 2 x y/C, 2 x RGB, 2 x component, 1 x VGA, 6 x L/R, and 5 x sPDiF (Coax) and 1 DVI-D output for powering a projector. It was also fitted with an ethernet connection.
As well as integrated access to Internet radio, digital music, photos and the World Wide Web, other manufacturers’ set-top boxes could be connected. In addition, the TV automatically adjusted the brightness and contrast in relation to the ambient light of the room in which it was situated using a dedicated sensor. The user could navigate the TV guide, music and photo files, control the sound volume, orient the display around its axis from the recommended Beo5 remote control terminal.