Founded in Struer, Denmark in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, Bang & Olufsen is one of the world’s best manufacturers of video and audio products. The company yesterday celebrated its 90th anniversary with yet another ambitious project- BeoLab 90.
Bang & Olufsen constantly aims at merging beauty with an amazing technological performance. The vision is still remains as important as it was in 1925 when Peter and Svend established the company.
Having said this, lets have a look at the Bang & Olufsen timeline over the years:
1925– The two young Danish engineers, Peter Bang &Svend Olufsen, begin a modest production of radios in the attic of the Olufsen family manor, Quistrup, near the town of Struer in theNorth-west of Denmark. The first commercially viable product to bear the Bang & Olufsen name was the Eliminator. It was a component inside the radio which made batteries unnecessary, allowing you to connect your radio directly to the mains.
1927– Bang & Olufsen moves production to a newly built factory in Struer. A new mains radio, the 3-lamper is launched. Today Bang &Olufsen’s main factories are still situated in Struer, at the very same site.
1934- 1934 was the year of the Hyperbo, a radio and gramophone in one with integrated loudspeaker. Like other Bang & Olufsen products from the 1930s these products were significantly influenced by Bauhaus Functionalism, an influence that would later become highly characteristic of Bang &Olufsen’s design. Bauhaus is not merely a style; it is also an attitude to quality, consumer-friend lines and aesthetics.
1939 – The first Beolit radio is introduced. This was the first use of the word “Beo” and the first product using Bang &Olufsen’s new Bakelite press for molding cabinets.
1950– Bang & Olufsen introduces its first prototype TV at an exhibition in Forum heralding the arrival of TV in Denmark in 1950. The first production TV was the 508 S launched in 1952, astate-of-the art picture and sound in those days.
1964– The first slim, flat, elegant radios, based on the new technology of transistors, are developed in Struer, and marketed under the slogan – “For those who discuss design and quality before price”. The Beomaster 900 achieves immediate popularity, and becomes the “model” for most radio receiver manufacturers in Europe and Japan.
1978– The Museum of Modern Art, New York, which now has eleven Bang & Olufsen products in its Permanent Design Collection, holds a special exhibition of Bang & Olufsen products.
Bang & Olufsen launches BeoSound 9000, a unique six CD player with a built-in radio. It is a great sales success all over the world.
1995– Bang & Olufsen launches BeoSound 9000, a unique six CD player with a built-in radio. It is a great sales success all over the world.
1997– Bang & Olufsen gets ready for the next millennium by introducing the BeoCenter AV5; the first in a series of AV products that integrates all audiovisual functions into one product.
2003– BeoLab 5 is considered an acoustic breakthrough. Bang & Olufsen gets the attention of the audiophile world with the introduction of acoustic lens technology and the adaptive bass construction that truly brings the orchestra into your living room.
2005– In 2005 Bang & Olufsen launched the fully integrated BeoVision 7 LCD concept. We have thereby completed our transition from picture tube TVs to flat screens TVs in both plasma and LCD versions, in sizes, colors, setups and combinations covering almost any need for flat screen one could imagine.
2008– Bang & Olufsen launches BeoSound 5, a new digital audio master, offering high-quality digital music experiences in the home. Seamlessly integrating the navigation wheel into the digital screen, BeoSound 5 makes the digital world tangible and real.
2009– BeoVision 10 is launched — the first TV from Bang & Olufsen using the LED-based LCD-panels resulting in impressive picture performance. Despite the slim ness of the product, an outstanding sound performance has also been achieved by developing a new concept for the bass port with the use of a great and cheap soundbar which gives the sound much more quality.
2012 – B&O PLAY subbrand is revealed launching Beolit 12 as its first take on portable sound based on wireless streaming technologies.
2014– BeoVision Avant – the one that moves – a fully integrated TV solution with the highest picture and sound performance combined with magic mechanical movements and a multitude of integrated sources is launched.
2014– First wireless loudspeakers based on the WiSA platform are launched,BeoLab 18 is one of the speakers carrying this technology.
2015– BeoLab 90 is a state-of-the-art loudspeaker for the uncompromising sound enthusiast. The intelligent landmark loudspeaker from Bang & Olufsen deliversan ultimate sound experience no matter the circumstances.