Bang & Olufsen's £180,000 entertainment system

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Another failed week for me in the National Lottery, but if your luck was in, you might be interested in Bang & Olufsen’s "ultimate home entertainment gadget" – the home entertainment studio, which is currently showcased at their Merchant City store and features everything music and movie enthusiasts could ever need; from 100-inch screen to full surround sound.

A 50-inch BeoVision 4 plasma screen, retractable 100-inch projection screen and central BeoLab 7-2 loudspeaker are flanked by two BeoLab 5 loudspeakers while a BeoSound 9000 audio system completes the set up.

The BeoVision 4 hangs neatly on the wall with the BeoLab 7-2 loudspeaker positioned underneath. The BeoLab 5, an all-digital loudspeaker, automatically calibrates itself to match the exact acoustics of the room. It has two acoustic lenses to ensure equal dispersement of authentic sound meaning it always sounds the same in every area of a room. As well as the TV, loud speakers, projector and sound system, for around £180,000 the entire suite can be fully recreated in your home. It includes everything from the armadillo effect walls to the Danish coffee table and retractable ceiling projector.

So who would pay that? Well, so far three people have laid out the cash for the full suite – all get the benefit of a designer, architect, electrician and Bang & Olufsen consultant and all three will have their suites installed by the end of March 2006. The company expect to sell 12 by the end of the year.

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Dave Walker