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BeoLab 6000 / Crystal Acoustics BluDAC / MacBok Pro Retina / iPhone

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Michael Ellis
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Recently purchased a pre-owned pair of BeoLab 6000s andCrysal Acoustics BluDAC to wirelessly stream Spotify from my Mac Book Pro Retina. This is a review of my experience and discusses the benefits I found from including equalisation.

http://www.dsuk.biz/Downloads/Personal/Beolab6000BluDAC.pdf

In summary I was able to make an excellent sounding, very attractive, minimalist streaming audio solution at a price comparable to a modern sound dock system.

I may update this review from time to time and in light of any comments I receive.

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Chris replied on Mon, May 5 2014 7:43 PM

Excellent review of the BL's feeding directly from a DAC. If I can make another suggestion: Give Amarra or Audirvana+ as music player a go in this setup. Both players are using there own excellent audio engine and uses iTunes only as a playlist. You can try both players some 14 days for free. 

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Michael Ellis:
I may update this review from time to time and in light of any comments I receive.

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Michael Ellis:

and thank you for the review

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Michael Ellis
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@Chris Thanks for the information. I will tale a look into Amarra or Audirvana+. Are theseMac laptop solutions?

The BIGGEST drawback to Spotify is that you cannot nominate a sound output device, which means you have to redirect system sound, which of course means every damned alert fires and almighty bleep at your sound system.

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Jeff replied on Mon, May 5 2014 7:54 PM

Very nice, of course you are immune from the audionerds crucifying you for using equalization as you're using B&O, which they sneer at anyway. Try that on an audiophile approved set of kit and the pitchforks will come out...Smile

 

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Chris replied on Mon, May 5 2014 8:07 PM

Michael Ellis:

The BIGGEST drawback to Spotify is that you cannot nominate a sound output device, which means you have to redirect system sound, which of course means every damned alert fires and almighty bleep at your sound system.

Yes the system sounds, thats the restriction you have from the DAC you are using, but off course you can lower all beeps and bells from within your system settings on the mac. Or buy another DAC with his own driver to choose in the midi settings, but now we are going to be on a pricey tour and that was not the point. Both players I suggested are indeed only mac.

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Chris replied on Mon, May 5 2014 8:11 PM

Jeff:

Very nice, of course you are immune from the audionerds crucifying you for using equalization as you're using B&O, which they sneer at anyway. Try that on an audiophile approved set of kit and the pitchforks will come out...Smile

 

Oh, let me dream... If ever B&O would made a tube amplifier... Cool

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Took a quick look at Give Amarra but it seems to apply only to iTunes. Spotify is my preferred music source. Also discovered that AirFoil is a much easier way (though costs $25) to hijack the audio output stream from Spotify, apply equalisation, smack its bum and send it on its way to the bluetooth output stream!

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