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Playmaker, Essence, Sonos - budget

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Chris Harrison posted on Wed, Oct 11 2017 5:33 PM

i am wanting to connect BL3’s to Spotify and Tunein radio.

what is the best way of doing this in terms of sound quality? I was told the playmaker was a flop but they are available on eBay rather cheaply. The essence must be the better option however I am confused as to what the essence and playmaker do differently. I’m not that bothered about a separate remote as we all have iPhones etc and iPads. 

 

Thanks for for the help - confused!

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TWG replied on Wed, Oct 11 2017 6:52 PM

Playmaker:

- Line In

- Airplay

- DLNA

- Beo 4 / 5 / 6 remote capable (integrated)

- physical touch volume / mute control on device

- Wifi / LAN (lousy Wifi, needs to connect via LAN)



Essence MK2:

- Line In

- DLNA (DMR)

- Airplay

- Bluetooth

- Internetradio built in (TuneIn)

- Bluetooth remote, not very reliable, looses connection sometimes according to some users

- Multiroom

- Deezer / Spotify Connect / QPlay 2.0 (all services depending on country)

- Wifi / LAN

- Beo 4 / 5 / 6 remote capable (needs optional IR eye)

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TWG just bought the Essence Mark 1 - with the exception of Bluetooth is there much else different 

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Stan replied on Wed, Oct 11 2017 11:30 PM

I think the main difference is the mk1 cannot do multi-room (IIRC).

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Stan replied on Wed, Oct 11 2017 11:30 PM

I think the main difference is the mk1 cannot do multi-room (IIRC).

Stan

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Guy replied on Thu, Oct 12 2017 9:27 AM

TWG:

Playmaker:

- Wifi / LAN (lousy Wifi, needs to connect via LAN)

My PlayMaker had lousy wifi connectivity in my last house, but since setting it up here I have had no problems whatsoever.  I do leave it switched on all the time here, whereas I used to switch it off previously.  If there's a connectivity problem, you could easily add a powerline adaptor for the network.

I have seen Mk1 Playmakers (FLAC capable remember!) go very cheaply on eBay, and wouldn't hesitate to buy another if the price was right.

 

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I loved/still love my Playmaker!

But after getting the BS Essence (2nd gen), I don't use it very often - is set up with a small headphone amp/my H6.

If the Essence wasn't there in the setup, I would probably use it still.

If you just need to AirPlay (TuneIn, Spotify...) or to throw some files from your DLNA-based collection at it, it is a very good - and nowadays cheap - opportunity to go for. N.B. You can easily use the line-in for a cd-player/turntable.

Mine worked/works fine over my wifi.

In some cases there is a problem there - then use a cabled connection or an adapter of some kind.

IMO these occasionally wifi problems should not hold one back from choosing it.

P.S. If you think 'B&O multi-room', you will have to think BS Essence (2nd gen) or the BS Core.

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I just bought the Essence Mark 1. Will any remote work with it?

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TWG replied on Fri, Oct 13 2017 5:44 AM

You can use:

- Essence Remote (wall or table version)

- Beoremote one Bluetooth

For infrared control you'll need an external IR-eye from B&O. Than you can use

- Beolink 1000

- Beo 4

- Beo 5

- Beo 6

- Beoremote one

Enjoy your Essence!

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jans replied on Fri, Oct 13 2017 10:33 AM

Are you sure that you can pair a BeoRemote One Bluetooth to an Essence?

 

I once tried to pair my BeoRemoteOne BT with an Essence MkII and it did not work. i am now using an IR eye instead. Can you explain how you managed to do this?

feedback much appreciated!

 

Jan

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I bought the Essence Remote (wall version) from Gumtree - another bargain! 

New B&O app says its supports the Mark 1 Essence but for some reason it recognises it but does not add it to my products. Anyone else had issues?

Thanks again. 

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TWG replied on Sat, Oct 14 2017 8:44 AM

jans:

Are you sure that you can pair a BeoRemote One Bluetooth to an Essence?

 

No, I'm not. A dealer told me while mentioning that it can be used with Beosound 1 and 2. 

 

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Chris Harrison:
New B&O app says its supports the Mark 1 Essence but for some reason it recognises it but does not add it to my products. Anyone else had issues?

Unfortunately, the B&O app only supports the MK1 Essence for setup. You cannot stream anything from the app to the MK1.

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It is strange that the app recognises the product. The faqs say that it supports deezer and tunein but not sure how you do that as it won’t add the essence.

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