Bang on form with home cinema

As much as we liked the Serene, Samsung and Bang & Olufsen's mobile collaboration, it's good to see B&O go back to basics and turn out another

As much as we liked the Serene, Samsung and Bang & Olufsen's mobile collaboration, it's good to see B&O go back to basics and turn out another astoundingly expensive home cinema system for us to covet.

The new Beovision 7-40 is a 40in widescreen LCD, with an integrated DVD player and a digital surround sound module. We're pleased to report it also carries all the classic hallmarks of its super high-end makers – iconic design, unnecessary automatic moving parts (the DVD loader), and a heart-attack price.

The overall cost depends on your choice of speaker and stand. Both speaker options – the BeoLab 7-4 (shown above) and the BeoLab 7-2 – bring the price tag to £7,469 with a basic table stand. If you want a motorised stand with automatic tilt functions, though, it'll cost £7,894 with either speaker.

However, the BeoLab 7-4 brings extra complication. Since it's designed to be a centre speaker you'd also need to buy a set of external speakers (such as B&O's BeoLab 8000s) which would increase the cost further. The 7-2, on the other hand, comes as a three-way speaker so you don't need extras.

Phew. Pricing aside, the 7-40 is an absurdly sophisticated home cinema system. Our favourite function is the automatic adjusting of its 1366x768 pixel picture quality to match lighting conditions, which complements the anti-reflection coating nicely.

And you won't need to worry about it being futureproof either – its component inputs and DVI connection mean it's HD-ready. If you've already got the necessary bank loan, choose your colour (black, dark grey, red or blue) and head here to sign your life away.

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