Excellent OLED picture. Very powerful speaker system that can be expanded into full surround with additional speakers. Motorized base.
Extremely expensive. WebOS apps and services feel a bit lacking.
- Bottom Line
The $10,000 Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Eclipse combines an OLED panel and a 450-watt speaker system for one of the most aurally and visually impressive TVs we've ever seen.
If you want impressive sound for your TV, you generally need to get a soundbar or some other audio system to help augment the anemic speakers that come with most televisions. A few TVs, like the Editors' Choice LG Signature OLEDW7P series, incorporate a soundbar into their designs. And then there's the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Eclipse (starting at $9,995), which comes with a 450-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system attached to the same type of LG-manufactured OLED panel that produces one of the best pictures you'll find. LG's OLEDW7P remains our top pick for its friendlier price tag and eye-catching two-part design, but if you can afford the ultra-premium price and want the best built-in audio quality possible, this is the TV for you.
Available in 55- and 65-inch versions, the Eclipse costs $9,995 or $14,995 respectively. This includes a manual wall bracket, but not a floor stand. A motorized floor stand and a motorized version of the wall bracket are available for $2,195 each. We tested the 55-inch model with a motorized floor stand, for a total price of $12,190.
The Eclipse is massive, especially for an OLED TV. This is especially true when you add the motorized floor stand. The entire assembled device has a large OLED panel on top, a wider, rectangular soundbar below it, and a smaller black rectangle with additional electronics below that, all mounted on a metal pole attached to the circular stand. Let's look at the Eclipse from the top down.
From the front, the TV section is just that: the bezel-free display with just a half-inch black frame around the picture running along the edge of the panel. The back of the screen is reinforced by a brushed silver metal panel, and at its thinnest the OLED screen and metal backing measure just a quarter of an inch thick. That slim profile only applies to the top half of the TV, as a thick black plastic enclosure runs across the lower half of the back of the screen before attaching to the soundbar underneath it. The enclosure holds a set of connections, both for hooking up different devices to the TV and to get the TV to work with the soundbar below.
Three HDMI ports and a USB 3.0 port face left on the back of the screen, though only two of the HDMI ports are available for use; the third is the audio return channel (ARC) port that connects to the soundbar. Don't fret, because the soundbar itself has more ports to use. Another HDMI port, along with two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, an optical audio output, an RS-232C connector, and an antenna/cable connector sit facing directly back, farther inward on the back of the TV. Both sets of connections are concealed by removable black plastic doors.
The soundbar below the TV is 7.1 inches tall and extends 3.1 inches past either side of the bottom of the screen. A fabric cover conceals a 450-watt sound system consisting of three four-inch midrange drivers/woofers, two 2.5-inch full-range drivers, and a 1-inch tweeter. The speakers provide three-channel audio (left, right, center), with remarkable power behind them. For comparison, the Dolby Atmos soundbar integrated into the LG Signature OLED65W7P is a 60-watt system spread across 4.2 channels (left, right, left height, right height, and two bass channels).
The body of the soundbar is solid silver aluminum, mounted on a 4.6-inch-tall black rectangular box the same width as the OLED panel. This box holds the soundbar's electronics and connections, all facing down in a recess behind a large plastic door on the back. They include four HDMI inputs, one HDMI output, eight Ethernet ports, and a USB port reserved for servicing the whole system. The TV connects to the soundbar through the HDMI output and one of the Ethernet ports, while the other ports are used for connecting other speakers to the system for a full surround sound setup or other home theater integration. Once the system is hooked up, the TV has a total of seven HDMI ports for use: HDMI 1, 3, and 4 on the back of the TV, and HDMI A, B, C, and D on the back of the soundbar. All seven ports integrate directly into the TV's system, so you don't need to treat the soundbar like a separate HDMI switch.
Stand and Remote
This entire assembly, as we tested it, stands on the motorized floor stand, a 19.5-inch metal circle with a 2.2-inch pole sticking up near the edge. The circular base and pole rotate separately, letting you position and angle the TV across a fairly wide range. The base only lets the TV rotate left and right, and revolve around the center of the base within a certain range; there is no way to angle the TV up or down from its completely vertical position. When setting up the TV, you have to calibrate the stand by using the remote (more in this in a moment) to move the pole to the back of the base and enter how far the TV is from the wall. With this set, the stand will set motion limits preventing the TV from bumping against the wall, but otherwise letting you maneuver it into any angle or lateral position you want.
While you can manually adjust the TV however you like, it's easier to set up preferred positions. You can create different positions for different viewing conditions, for instance, letting you face the TV toward your favorite chair or the couch, or angle it away from the window in the morning. Once these positions are set, you can select one using the remote to make the stand automatically move the TV.
The remote is just as visually elaborate as the rest of the TV. It's a narrow 9.1-inch brushed aluminum wand with a black plastic insert containing the electronics set into a recess in the top third. It's covered with flat black plastic buttons, including a diamond-shaped navigation pad, a number pad, playback and volume controls, and dedicated buttons for Amazon and Netflix. It also features a small, square OLED screen near the top where you select different inputs and adjust the motorized stand, as well as jump into specific apps and services.
While Bang & Olufsen is responsible for the design and audio system of the Eclipse, LG is the company that provides the OLED panel and the connected platform. The Eclipse runs WebOS 3.5, just like any other 2017 LG connected TV. It's an attractive, relatively simple interface that arranges your most commonly used inputs and services in a row at the bottom of the home screen, displaying whatever you're watching behind it. It supports live TV and has its own channel guide, and you can pin favorite live channels to the My Channels menu, accessible to the left of the home screen.
The app selection is modest, with most major streaming video services available, like Amazon, Google Play, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, Vudu, and YouTube. You won't find niche services like Crunchyroll here, though, nor common streaming audio services like Spotify or TuneIn (though SiriusXM is curiously present). The lack of streaming audio is blunted by Bluetooth connectivity, so you can at least stream any music you want through the Eclipse's soundbar without WebOS.
The TV also features a web browser, but without air mouse functionality in the remote compared with the standard LG connected TV remotes, browsing web pages is awkward. You won't find voice search here, either, since the remote also lacks a microphone.
The soundbar is incredible. Of course, as a 450-watt speaker system on a $10,000 TV, it had better be. Even without a subwoofer, the Eclipse's speakers are capable of producing impressively loud, clean rumble, covering a wide range of frequencies. You can add a subwoofer, or up to eight additional loudspeakers, to the system, but that probably won't be necessary in any viewing situation suitable for a 55- or 65-inch TV.
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The loud, Nolan-like low frequency honks in the soundtrack of Pacific Rim get enough power to shake the walls and disrupt the test lab when the volume level is pushed past the halfway mark. Unlike most other sound systems we test, we didn't attempt to max out the Eclipse's speakers due to concern for our neighbors on the floors above and below. The sounds of jaegers fighting kaiju in the sea are full and clear, with Idris Elba's shouted dialogue standing out on top and never getting drowned out by the cacophony.
The sounds of wildlife in the "Jungle" episode of the BBC's Planet Earth II are incredibly realistic through the Eclipse's speakers. Birds and insects sound like they're in the room, as does David Attenborough. The lack of surround sound without additional speakers isn't missed, since the three-channel sound system can easily fill up the room with clear, powerful audio.
We test TVs using a DVDO AVLab 4K test pattern generator, a Klein K-10A colorimeter, and SpectraCal's CalMAN software on a Razer Blade Pro laptop using methodology based on Imaging Science Foundation's calibration techniques. As an OLED TV, the Eclipse shows predictably excellent contrast. It has a peak brightness of 303.57cd/m2 in Expert (Bright) picture mode with an 18 percent window, which is satisfyingly bright but not particularly impressive in itself. You can coax a brighter picture out of the TV with HDR content or in the HDR Strong mode, which simulates an HDR signal based on standard dynamic range input; in this mode, we measured 421.17cd/m2. This is comparable with the LG Signature OLEDW7P, which shows a peak brightness of 470.22cd/m2 in HDR Strong mode. In either mode, the Eclipse shows a perfect black level of 0.0cd/m2 for "infinite" contrast, a benefit we've come to expect from OLED TVs.
The above chart shows Rec.709 broadcast standard color levels as boxes and measured color levels as dots. The Eclipse can reach well beyond broadcast standards, showing a wide color gamut comparable with the LG Signature OLEDW7P series. It displays a remarkable range of greens and reds while keeping whites very accurate. Magenta tends to be a bit warm and yellow slightly green, but these are minor complaints for otherwise excellent color performance.
Pacific Rim looks as good as it sounds on the Eclipse. The OLED panel keeps plenty of detail in the dark, rainy fight scenes, with bright, colorful bursts of light coming from plasma attacks and neon signs standing out without creating any bloom or washing out the shadows.
BBC's Planet Earth II also looks excellent on the Eclipse. The lush greens of the jungle are vivid without looking unnatural, and fine textures in fur can be clearly seen whether it is nearly white or nearly black.
Input lag is the amount of time between when a TV receives a signal and the display updates. In Expert (Bright) picture mode, the Eclipse shows a poor 104.8ms input lag. Fortunately, the Game picture mode cuts that down to a much more reasonable 21.6ms, comparable with LG's other OLED TVs. If you want better input lag than that, you should look up our list of the best TVs for gaming, which are primarily LED TVs. If you're really serious about input lag, you should also consider a .
We usually test the power consumption of TVs under normal viewing conditions, but adding a 450-watt speaker system into the mix with its own separate power supply presents a unique scenario for the Eclipse. The OLED panel itself likely consumes a similar amount of power as LG's similarly sized Signature OLED65G7P and W7P TVs, but that's only half of the story. If you watch a movie with a lot of explosions and a big, booming soundtrack, the Eclipse is probably going to use much more power than your average TV. Of course, if you have the Eclipse in your living room, you probably aren't too worried about your power bill to begin with.
Comparisons and Conclusions
The Bang & Olufsen Beovision Eclipse is one of the most powerful and advanced TVs we've tested from a pure audio/video standpoint. It's also one of the most expensive. The LG OLED panel produces a fantastic picture, and the 450-watt Bang & Olufsen speaker system generates impressive sound to match. However, its connected features lag a step behind LG's, with a remote that lacks air mouse and microphone functionality.
If you have the space in your home and capacity in your wallet for it, the Eclipse is an impressive and attractive TV. However, the LG Signature OLEDW7P series offers an even more eye-catching design for several thousand dollars less. It uses a two-part system with an OLED panel you can simply hang on the wall like a poster, without any frame or bezel, and features a dedicated Dolby Atmos soundbar with upward-firing drivers for left and right height channels. The soundbar is just 60 watts and isn't a Bang & Olufsen system, but the simple, striking look of a glowing picture on your wall is, to us, even more remarkable than a huge TV-and-soundbar combination on a motorized metal base. As such, the OLEDW7P remains our Editors' Choice for ultra-high-end TVs.
That said, we can easily recommend the Eclipse to anyone with the means who's looking for best possible picture and sound without custom-building a full home theater for it. And if you're not particularly interested in shelling out OLED cash for a TV, LG's 65SJ9500 series of LCD TVs offer excellent picture quality for a fraction of the price.
By Will Greenwald Senior Analyst, Consumer Electronics
Will Greenwald has been covering consumer technology for a decade, and has served on the editorial staffs of CNET.com, Sound & Vision, and Maximum PC. His work and analysis has been seen in GamePro, Tested.com, Geek.com, and several other publications. He currently covers consumer electronics in the PC Labs as the in-house home entertainment expert, reviewing TVs, media hubs, speakers, headphones, and gaming accessories. Will is also an ISF Level II-certified TV calibrator, which ensures the thoroughness and accuracy of all PCMag TV reviews…. More »
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