Acoustic Art: Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 12 Series Speakers
The gently curved exterior, featuring a shimmering aluminum finish on models 12-3 and 12-2 and a fabric cover on the 12-1, was designed by David Lewis Designers, the firm founded by the late David Lewis, creative force behind B&O’s iconic designs for more than four decades. There is also inner beauty to behold in the form of a compact and highly efficient amplifier made by ICEpower, a B&O company specializing in Class D amplifiers. The 12-3 packs 480 watts, while the 12-2 and 12-1 have 320 watts and 160 watts, respectively. Having onboard power not only ensures an ideal match between amplifier and speaker but simplifies installation by reducing the wire count.
Sound is reproduced by a flat 6.5-inch woofer and a 2-inch midrange/tweeter in the BeoLab 12-1, while models 12-2 and 12-3 add a 0.75-inch tweeter (and acoustic lens) to the mix plus a second woofer in the 12-3. With an effective frequency range of 45 hertz to some- where north of 22 kilohertz, the BeoLab beauties will benefit from a standalone subwoofer, such as the stylish BeoLab 2—especially for those who crave the full visceral impact of today’s action-adventure movies. The speakers are offered in silver or white, and pricing is $4,613/pair for the 12-3, $3,120/pair for the 12-2, and $2,950/pair for the 12-1. Matching floor stands are available.
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