Bang & Olufsen's new BeoVision Avant 4K TV has a motorized mount and sound bar, but it comes at a pretty steep cost. Mostly known for their audio systems, Bang & Olufsen has been producing TVs under the BeoVision name for several years now. Their latest model — the Avant — makes the jump to 4K resolution, which isn't too surprising. What is interesting is how the 55-inch TV also has a motorized mount option so it can pivot back against the wall when not in use, and also a set of speakers that slides up behind the display.
The motorized floor mount option allow you to move the TV on what amounts to a metal Lazy Susan, bringing the TV out by what looks to be about two feet and pivoting it on a pole for a more optimum viewing angle. If you want it on the table, the stand tilts and moves the TV forward and back. The wall mount will swing the TV out by up to 60°.
So you can move the TV back a bit so it's not necessarily so obtrusive when not in use, but at the end of the day it's still there, taking up space. Bang & Olufsen's press materials note that with the Avant you'll be able to stop "arranging your room around the television" because you can turn it toward you when you want to use it, but in the end you're still arranging your room around where the TV will be. And why the sound needed to be motorized, let alone hidden away when not in use? We can't conjure a good reason for that. It's not like you often need the space under your TV only temporarily.
The Avant does at least integrate their Immaculate Wireless Sound system, letting you utilize compatible WiSA speakers throughout your house to blast whatever's on the TV. There are also a pair of ambient light sensors that allow the TV to compensate for the brightness and color tones of the room's lighting. Also included is a new BeoRemote One with "MyButtons" that allow users to create three custom presets, including the channel, volume, and positioning of the television.
How much will the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant set you back? Retail price starts at $7995 (for the one-and-only 55-inch model), which does at least include the remote. If you want to add in the swiveling robot stands, you're looking at at least another $895. But can you really put a price on design so good that it spins?