Audio company Bose has introduced a new 46-inch VideoWave LCD high-definition TV that includes internal surround sound speakers that are said to provide higher quality sound without the need for wires and external speakers.
The VideoWave TV is unique in that Bose has managed to fit 16 speakers into a custom 6″ housing that fits behind the screen. Interestingly, the speakers aren’t front-facing, but the device does include seven midrange speakers located on the top of the TV. The TV can still be mounted flush on a wall if the user doesn’t have a proper TV stand.
The TV is scheduled for release on October 14th.
Bose is known as a higher-end, name brand electronis company that sells expensive speakers and audio equipment. A transition into TVs — which not surprisingly includes surround sound built-into the TV — could be a viable long-term business option for the company.
As someone that has owned numerous Bose products over the years, I appreciate the simplicity and sound quality of the company’s products. However, I think charging more than $5,000 for a 46″ LCD HDTV when others can be found for $1,500 or less is a risky gamble.
Although I have my doubts, there is still a larger effort to support the high-end LCD HDTV market. Danish company Bang & Olufsen along with Bose and other companies are still showing interest in higher-priced, niche TVs, so there could be customers out there for these type of products.
Even so, Bose didn’t offer a sales prediction for the pricey TV that will be available in Bose stores, online, and through retail partner stores.
I just don’t think this is worth the extremely high price tag, even with the 16 speakers built internally into the screen. I think for saving a few thousand dollars, most consumers are going to be able to deal with a few speakers and a subwoofer somewhere in the living room.