My personal thoughts are that you can do better for the money. Everything Ive seen/heard from them are good but pricy, more so for the name than anything.
Given you got the budget for them what would be the best overpriced same level brand as the Bang and Olufsen?I'm with Tony, they make some pretty good stuff that sounds nice but "I think" they are way overpriced. I would put them in the same category as Monster Cable.
Not so sure that their technology is all that unique but their design certainly is.
Best alternatives? Depends on your budget.
Man, this is great opinion. Wanted to hear what other members would say about the "for the rich and famous" Bang and Olufsen. cheers...Bang & Olufsen has always been about cool design first and efficiency and sound quality have been secondary considerations (though they would say otherwise). Bottom line is that is is neat stuff that is usually not competitive with other products purely on a price/performance basis.
It is typically expensive and service is hard to come by. Most service requires sending it back to them and is not cheap.
Like so much other high end product, the reason to buy it has little to do with sound quality and more to do with how it fits in a design or lifestyle.
Wow... you mean you worked for them? doing sales as well as the technical? that is awesome.Thanks Mark.
I sold and serviced B&O from 1979 to 1992 and at times they had some products that were good values like their turntables. That was the exception even then and their focus was always on unique design, not value in a strict performance sense. They would argue that design and art are a value in themselves and since you can't buy anything like it there is no competition.
For their target customer, that argument is apparently valid.