BeoLab 3 Active Loudspeakers
Manufactured: 2004 – present
Designer: David Lewis
BeoLab 3 is the most compact, versatile loudspeaker in the current Bang & Olufsen range of loudspeakers. Using both ICEPOWER and Acoustic Lens Technology, BeoLab 3 represents an important expansion of Bang & Olufsen’s compact loudspeaker range.
The speaker is very versatile and comes with a selection of stands – a floor stand, table stand and wall brackets are all available – which makes it ideal for placing almost anywhere in the house.
BeoLab 3 Floor Stand: Part number 1216511
BeoLab 3 Wall Bracket: Part number 1216766
BeoLab 3 is delivered with a black rubber foot for positioning on a static unit. A new type of PowerLink cable (Mark III) is provided with the speaker (5m) but additional lengths may be purchased separately if required. There is a single PowerLink socket on each BeoLab 3; if connecting to a non-Bang & Olufsen audio system a converter cable may be used to connect at line level.
The speaker fits in price-wise between BeoLab 6000 and BeoLab 8000. It can be used for either main speakers or for rear surround-sound. Its rated output is 250W. The unit looks similar to the BeoLab 2 sub-woofer. The Acoustic Lens Technology is developed from research with the BeoLab 5 active speaker; technology of which was developed in close cooperation with Sausalito Audio.
BeoLab 3 Press Release – January 2004
BeoLab 3: a new, compact loudspeaker with a surprisingly big sound
Bang & Olufsen’s latest loudspeaker is a minor acoustic masterpiece. With its compact dimensions, it fits in anywhere – and it has a surprisingly big sound for its size. “I’m very pleased to introduce our latest loudspeaker, BeoLab 3. It incorporates many of the technological features of our existing loudspeakers, including our top-of-the-range model Beolab 5, which has been met with a tremendous enthusiasm from the international trade press. The many ways in which BeoLab 3 can be used and positioned will make these features more widely available, so more people can benefit from them” says President and CEO Torben Ballegaard Sørensen
BeoLab 3 is a highly versatile loudspeaker. It can be positioned in many different ways. Using the stand and fittings supplied, you can mount the loudspeaker on the wall or put it on a shelf or in a bookcase. You can also put BeoLab 3 wherever you like on the floor on its aluminium stand, the design of which matches the rest of Bang & Olufsen’s products. Depending on their use and the décor of the room, the loudspeakers can be placed to emphasise their distinctive design or so that they blend in with the surroundings. At the same time, the complex technology that produces its surprisingly big sound makes BeoLab 3 an obvious choice when it comes to stereo loudspeakers for your music system or the front and rear loudspeakers of a surround-sound home cinema set-up.
Greater acoustic freedom
A rather striking feature of the design is the acoustic lens on top of BeoLab 3. One advantage of the Acoustic Lens Technology* is that it permits greater freedom as regards positioning without impairing the sound quality and it also limits sound reflections from the floor and ceiling, delivering more precise reproduction. Creating such a big sound with such small loudspeakers was possible only by using a combination of Bang & Olufsen’s skills in the field of acoustics. The sides of the loudspeaker function as additional, passive speaker units and allow BeoLab 3 to move greater quantities of air (and therefore to reproduce lower notes) than would otherwise be possible in such a small, compact cabinet.
The built-in Bang & Olufsen ICEPower® amplifier modules guarantee the necessary power without generating the degree of heat given off by traditional amplifiers. BeoLab 3 was designed by Bang & Olufsen’s Chief Designer David Lewis, and besides its acoustic lens, the loudspeaker is also designed along the same lines as BeoLab 2, Bang & Olufsen’ s subwoofer, in terms of shape: a combination of a cube and a sphere. The cabinet is made of aluminium, with a matt black surface.