What’s the difference between the 103-inch Panasonic plasma and the new Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-103 apart from close to $110,000? The answer is very little except for a massive price difference.Set to be launched in Australia next week at the new Audi showroom, along with a baby 40″ LCD TV the BeoVision 4-103 is being touted as a “ground breaking new product”. In the USA the TV is already on sale for $166,000 so expect little change out of $175,000 in Australia.
Made by Panasonic the new 103″ Bang & Olufsen offering will have to compete with the $68,000 Panasonic offering which comes off the same Panasonic production line and has the same display components.
After taking delivery from Panasonic the Bang & Olufsen TV is then shipped to Denmark for “finishing.” A special anti-glare coating is applied, and the panel is placed in a “very special frame.”
Then of course there is the Bang & Olufsen badge.
The new BeoVision 4-103 can drop down to about 16 centimetres off the ground using a mounting stand, with a mechanism smart enough to know something may be wedged below the TV.
The mount will also tilt the screen 20 degrees to the right or left and up or down four degrees.
Bang & Olufsen claim that the picture is flawless with both Panasonic and Bang & Olufsen claiming that the screen will run for 100,000 hours which at the recommended asking price works out at $1.75 an hour and that’s without the power bill to drive it.
After every 100 hours of viewing, a small camera pops out of the television frame and checks a test pattern of white images to adjust the colour balance.
According to Len Wallis of Len Wallis Audio in Sydney, the 103″ Panasonic plasma is real value for money. And if you throw in another $30,000 he will not only give you a stunning surround sound system equal to anything that Bang & Olufsen deliver but he will come in and install it as well.
His last job had to be barged in across Sydney Harbour.