B&O BeoVision 11 review

Bang & Olufson's latest TV delivers luxurious looks and performance

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Sometimes in the past we've found very design-led TVs like this lag behind a little in the performance department due to their extra development time.

The single most remarkable achievement is the depth of the screen's black level response. There isn't so much as a trace of the usual LCD low-contrast greyness hanging over parts of the picture that should look black - even in the black bars you get above ultra-wide 21:9-ratio films.

Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 11 review

What's especially extraordinary about this is the fact that, provided you keep the backlight and brightness settings sensibly low, the pretty much perfect black level depths remain intact even when a shot contains a mix of bright and dark material. And these bright parts of predominantly dark images retain a remarkable amount of brightness and dynamism considering the amount of blackness that surrounds them.

The extent to which the screen can deliver light on a remarkably localised level without causing greyness, brightness clouding or other luminance inconsistencies is really spectacular, at least rivalling and possibly outgunning Sony's terrific HX853 series in this most important of image performance departments.

Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 11 review

Skin tones look strikingly natural, subtle and nuanced (especially using the Movie preset), yet at the same time even the most vibrant, heavily saturated tones also display almost infinite detailing and finesse without losing any of their punch.

Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 11 review

At any rate, the motion resolution reduction is not even close to being a deal breaker - especially since the TV remains impressively free of judder even if you turn the adaptive judder control completely off (as some users will want to, to preserve the integrity of incoming 24p sources).

One other issue is the appearance of minor light pools in the screen's corners plus a little 'light blocking' caused by the local dimming arrangement of the side-mounted LED lights. These inconsistencies show up more often in 3D mode, due to the extra brightness you want the picture to contain to counter the dimming effect of the active shutter glasses.

But even in 3D mode the inconsistencies are only rarely a distraction, and in 2D mode you'll hardly see them at all, provided you keep the TV's backlight and brightness settings sensibly low - or just stick with the adaptive picture mode.

Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 11 review

Colours are still very punchy in 3D mode too - maybe a little too much so using the default settings - and detail levels are as high with Full HD 3D Blu-rays as you could hope to see from an active 3D TV.

Crosstalk is extremely well suppressed too, only cropping up very occasionally, and even then sufficiently subtly that it's not really an issue.

Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 11 review

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