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BeoPlay A9 or BeoSound Core with BeoLab 6000's

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NickPG
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NickPG posted on Fri, Nov 10 2017 10:01 AM

Hi All,

 

I was looking at purchasing a BeoPlay A9 for use in a large double height dining room but the idea of using a pair of BeoLab 6000's connected to a BeoSound Core for multiroom is also appealing as they would be a better fit for the current furniture layout.

I'd be interested in opinions on,

- Sound quality between the two options.

- Reliablity of the Core compared to the all-in-one A9. There seems to be a fair few complaints regarding the Essence and I wonder if the Core will suffer similarly...

 

Thanks,

Nick

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mbee replied on Fri, Nov 10 2017 12:54 PM

A9 sounds way better (fuller, more bass), but of course less "stereo". 

It's only with a sub that the BL6000 are worthwhile acoustically, or just as ambient/rear speakers.

Why not a pair of 8000? Really nice sound and iconic design.

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NickPG replied on Fri, Nov 10 2017 4:50 PM

Thanks mbee.

 

Open to a pair of 8000's too. It's more the reliability of the BeoSound Core I'm worried about. Searching the forum there seems so many problems with the Essence, and I'm sure the two products share similar tech...

 

Nick

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mbee replied on Fri, Nov 10 2017 9:41 PM

To (not) reassure you, I can say that I’m pretty sure that the A9 mkII internal motherboard is an Essence mkII motherboard, because the exact same firmware versions comes at the exact same dates, with the exact same bugs inside!!

the core is maybe still a bit too fresh, but I hope those first bugs will be ironed out and that it will be a very capable device anytime soon. And if not, you can always plug BL8000 to a Sonos Connect ;-) (that’s how I started, but B&O Essence has a better sound quality)

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mbee replied on Fri, Nov 10 2017 9:41 PM

To (not) reassure you, I can say that I’m pretty sure that the A9 mkII internal motherboard is an Essence mkII motherboard, because the exact same firmware versions comes at the exact same dates, with the exact same bugs inside!!

the core is maybe still a bit too fresh, but I hope those first bugs will be ironed out and that it will be a very capable device anytime soon. And if not, you can always plug BL8000 to a Sonos Connect ;-) (that’s how I started, but B&O Essence has a better sound quality)

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Beofile7 replied on Sun, Nov 12 2017 10:03 AM

I purchased an A9 MkII with a view to replace a Beocentre 2 driving Beolab 6000's and a Beolab 11. Although I love the A9 I decided to keep the 6000 kit as well as the whole sound picture is so much bigger and softer. The weak link is the Beocentre 2 whose performance is not matched by it's looks. But overall if I had to choose between the two purely on sound quality I would lose the A9! Each to their own eh?

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