Bang & Olufsen recently introduced a new range of high-end speakers — BeoLab 17, BeoLab 18 and BeoLab 19 (subwoofer) — leveraging on the new WiSA standard allowing these innovational speakers to play unparalleled wireless sound.
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All three of these distinctive components continue the Danish company’s legacy of unique design style.
BeoLab 17 is a flexible, compact speaker with large sound reproduction. BeoLab 17’s wedge-like form makes it easy to place anywhere from bookshelves to walls. Created by Torsten Valeur at David Lewis Designers, BeoLab 17’s triangular cabinet is crafted from a single piece of extruded aluminum for extraordinary rigidity. The two-way BeoLab 17 packs a custom-made 6” midrange/woofer, a ¾” tweeter, a pair of 160-watt class D amplifiers and a proprietary digital sound engine. Interior designers will appreciate the BeoLab 17′s versatility including its ‘broken ice’ grill which comes in multiple colors.
BeoLab 18 is the latest incarnation of Bang & Olufsen’s sculpturally iconic audio columns for walls or floors. With an acoustic lens tweeter and 21-lamella front, available in solid oak as well as black or white, BeoLab 18 marks a quantum leap in the evolution of Bang & Olufsen’s signature column speakers. BeoLab 18’s all-digital components are engineered to provide larger-than life sound from a modest volume. Two custom-made 4-inch midrange/woofer drivers run in parallel and are powered by separate 160-watt class D amplifiers.
BeoLab 19 is a radically redesigned subwoofer that pumps refined bass with a visceral punch. BeoLab 19 draws on the extraordinary rigidity of a 12-faced dodecahedron (a twelve sided polyhedron) and two drivers operating in-phase to eliminate unwanted vibrations. The all-digital BeoLab 19 packs an impressive list of components and features into a compact cabinet. Two custom-made 8” drivers, each paired with its own dedicated 160-watt class D amplifier, are placed back to back in separate enclosures to minimize interaction. Using what Bang & Olufsen calls the Acoustic Balance Principle, the drivers operate in-phase to coordinate equal-but-opposite forces and eliminate unwanted vibrations.
“These new speakers are at the vanguard of a new era of high-end sound,” says Lars Fredsgaard, Speaker Category Director at Bang & Olufsen. “Until now, speakers with this level of performance had to be wired. Our latest launch uses a robust wireless standard with enough bandwidth and channels to deliver a listening experience the way the artist intended it. Upgrading to premium sound – without downgrading your décor – is now available in three ways.”
In this video, creator Torsten Valeur at David Lewis Designers discusses the ‘maximum flexibility’ of the BeoLab 17.
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Second homes account for more than 10 percent of all home sales, according to the International Business Times. A vacation home gives you a place to relax with your family on weekends and holidays, and it’s the perfect congregation spot for extended family gatherings—or, you could rent it out for some extra cash.
To feel truly comfortable and at home (or have it be attractive to guests), you’re going to have to shell out some money to decorate it. If the extra mortgage payment means a major shopping spree isn’t exactly in your budget, fear not; people of all ages and income levels are decorating vacation homes on a budget. Here are some apps and tips to help with your home decorating:
There’s no more need to carry around half a dozen bookmark-esque color sample cards from your local home improvement store, not when you can have the company’s whole line of colors in your pocket. Check out apps like the Benjamin Moore Color Capture App and ColorSnap from Sherwin-Williams to find the perfect color for your bedroom, bathroom or living room without leaving your home.
The Photo Measures app lets you snap a photo of a room and then store the measurements of windows, door frames, the amount of space from the sofa to the wall—any measurement you want. When you’re out shopping, just open the app to access the measurements you need. Never again will you buy curtains that are six inches too long or a rug that looks like it belongs in a doll house.
It’s always a good idea to shop around for the best prices, and Red Laser is just the app for that. Simply scan the bar code of the item you want to buy, and it will tell you where you can get it at the lowest price. It searches thousands of retailers, both on- and offline, so you don’t overpay.
THREE TIPS FOR STICKING TO A BUDGET
Use your existing souvenirs. Photo by photogirl7.1 via Flickr. Do you have a great collection of wine bottles as a memento of your trip to Europe? Or what about the huge bucket of sea shells the kids collected that one summer at the beach? Look around your home, dig out the boxes from the attic and search through closets to find long-forgotten treasures from past vacations and decorate around them.
Splurge on a single object and decorate around that. Photo by…love Maegan via Flickr. To keep your budget in line, consider making one thing the focal point in each room and not worrying if it is expensive. This could be a nice rug, a beautiful chandelier, a piece of wall art or a luxurious bedding set available at JCP.com. Then challenge yourself to finish off the room with items you already have or can repurpose.
Indulge your inner DIY diva. Photo by Lamidea per case tua! via Flickr. While you shouldn’t attempt to go the DIY route if the mere thought of painting or attempting to use a hammer make you run the other way, do embrace your ability and interest in creating decor and furniture for your home. Check out the eye candy on Pinterest and become a faithful reader of blogs like Young House Love, the Lettered Cottage and the Nesting Place to get your creative juices flowing.
Timothy is an interior designer with an eye for straight lines and Mediterranean styling.
NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle debuted this summer 2013 positioning New York as the defining marketplace for fashion-forward, design-driven home, gift and lifestyle resources. Formerly known as the NYIGF, the re-organized trade show features four new collections: Home, Handmade, Lifestyle and New.
Here’s some of our ‘walking the floor’ discoveries including an interview with Top Chef Curtis Stone about his Curtis Stone Kitchen Solutions designed to save you time in the kitchen and make your life easier.
VIDEO: Celebrity chef Curtis Stone highlights products from his Curtis Stone Kitchen Solutions collection and discusses the impact design has on our everyday lives…
Discoveries at NY Now…
Clockwise top left: go with the flow oil can www.curtisstone.com, convex coffee clock www.newgateclocks.com, monocle: speaker, handset & speakerphone www.nativeunion.com, gumdrop necklace & bracelet by Lisa Jenks www.lisajenks.com.