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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre Review

True Score

91
92
6

Experts

87
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Consumers

Product Awards

Top 5

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Expert Rankings

Though you get incredible sound quality, minimal latency, an ultra-wide soundstage, and a companion app for watching dialogue-heavy shows and action sequences, there’s no denying the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre is very expensive.

Moreover, for its high asking price, the Dolby Atmos isn’t immersive enough.

Product Snapshot

Overview

Featuring a unique Scandinavian design, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre is a premium 7.1.4-channel soundbar that debuted in 2022. This 18 kg bar consists of twelve speaker drivers that transmit audio to every side of your screen.

Like the best speakers, its glass touch panel lets you control music, sound modes, and Bluetooth pairing. Some of its advanced sound features include Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital TrueHD, and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1.

You can choose from three HDMI inputs or eARC for wired connectivity, while wireless alternatives include dual-band WiFi, Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth 5.1, Chromecast, and Spotify Connect.

For more options featuring multiple connectivity, we’ve compiled our list of best soundbars. The sound bar reaches a maximum SPL of 112 dB, and since it doesn’t have a remote, you’ll need to download the Bang & Olufsen App for control.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Bang Olufsen Beosound Theatre boasts versatile connectivity with four HDMI inputs (including eARC), four ethernet sockets, dual-band WiFi, Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth 5.1, Chromecast, and Spotify Connect. You get impeccably clear audio, and the minimal latency translates to lag-free video streaming.

While the soundstage is spacious and its immersive surround performance surpasses most competitors, this standalone bar lacks rear speakers for 360-degree Dolby Atmos immersion.

The treble offers rich detail, the mid-range excels in reproducing dialogues precisely, and the bass packs a punch for action scenes, even without a dedicated subwoofer.

Although there’s no included remote, the soundbar’s built strong, and input commands are responsive. There are five customizable EQ modes, and tweaking additional settings is straightforward through the user-friendly companion app.

Reason to Buy

  • Extensive connection options
  • Minimal latency
  • Spacious soundstage
  • Durable build
  • Companion app

Reason to Avoid

  • Dolby Atmos immersion is lacking

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth5.7"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star Certifiedn/a
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight7.7"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus
Voice AssistantVoice Assistant
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight39.6 lbs
WidthWidth48.11"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wireless
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer Connectivityna
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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre

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Market Context

Featuring a unique Scandinavian design, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre is a premium 7.1.4-channel soundbar that debuted in 2022. This 18 kg bar consists…

Featuring a unique Scandinavian design, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre is a premium 7.1.4-channel soundbar that debuted in 2022. This 18 kg bar consists of twelve speaker drivers that transmit audio to every side of your screen.

Like the best speakers, its glass touch panel lets you control music, sound modes, and Bluetooth pairing. Some of its advanced sound features include Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital TrueHD, and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1.

You can choose from three HDMI inputs or eARC for wired connectivity, while wireless alternatives include dual-band WiFi, Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth 5.1, Chromecast, and Spotify Connect.

For more options featuring multiple connectivity, we’ve compiled our list of best soundbars. The sound bar reaches a maximum SPL of 112 dB, and since it doesn’t have a remote, you’ll need to download the Bang & Olufsen App for control.

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Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

No

Depth

5.7"

6.7"

4.56"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

n/a

No

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

7.7"

3"

3.43"

Number of Audio Channels

3

5.0.2

Subwoofer

Included

Optional (sold separately)

Optional (sold separately)

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Score Card

E

Expert Score

92

*.75

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C

Customer Score

87

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

91

Any product with a True Score above 90 is a Cosmic Wonder

Expert Score Breakdown

  • Trusted Reviews
    60.27

    Category Trust Score

    100
    The Beosound Theatre is a premium soundbar, with an iconic design and uncompromising performance. It… read more

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  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre is a stunning high-end, all-in-one Dolby Atmos soundbar. It… read more

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  • Pocket Lint
    55.88

    Category Trust Score

    NR
    In all, Bang & Olufsen has created a desirable product – a space saver that… read more

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  • Techhive
    38.97

    Category Trust Score

    90
    The Beosound Theater’s sound is all B&O. It’s big, bold, clean, and plays far larger… read more

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  • Stuff.tv
    37.33

    Category Trust Score

    80
    Put your ‘hard-headed pragmatist’ hat on and it’s hard to make a case for the… read more

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  • T3
    34.31

    Category Trust Score

    80
    It’s easy (and tempting) to dismiss the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Theatre as an overpriced… read more

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