Brogue got an exclusive early listen to Bang & Olufsen’s state-of-the-art speakers, the new BeoLab 50

BeoLab 50 is a new flagship speaker from Bang and Olufsen and a thing of rare beauty. It’s the first loudspeaker to borrow technology from the iconic £58,000 BeoLab 90, blending acoustic performance with exquisite materials. Crafted from silver-polished aluminium and solid oak lamellas, they are unmistakably Bang & Olufsen.

Inside you’ll find seven drivers, three 10-inch woofers, three 4-inch midrange drivers and one 0.74-inch tweeter, delivering a total of 2100 Watts. Sold as a pair, with one operating as a master unit, connections are generous, offering USB, digital optical, RCA and SPDIF, or the wireless convenience of WiSA.

Brogue got hands-on with a pre-production pair of BeoLab 50s during a recent trip to Bang & Olufsen’s headquarters in Denmark, and aside form the impeccable design, it was the unique Acoustic Lens Technology that impressed us the most. Built into the top of each speaker is a motorised lens that disperses the sound either in a full a 180-degree arch for social situations, or can be directed to create a dedicated sweet-spot for indulgent listening. In the Bang & Olufsen demo space the difference was immediate and impactful, aided in no small part by the addition of Active Room Compensation technology that measured the surroundings and adjusted the sound accordingly.

Buy now from Bang & Olufsen, £22,930