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Keith Saunders Posted: Tue, May 22 2012 4:06 PM

Well, we left the hotel at 8:15am this morning by coach as shown and departed for "the Farm" which means B&O factory. We were met by the lovely Jette Nygaard who gave use an overview of the day which including pointing out that photos could only be taken in certain areas, which of course we were happy to agree too.


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We started by meeting Business consultant Iza Mikkelsen, Product Manager Heidi Hausted Fredberg and Product Manager Poul Nikolajsen.

We went into the Beoliving demonstration room and the B&O Shop used to setup the different shop layouts provided to the dealers.


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An interesting discussion taking place here


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The B&O shop where layouts and designs are decided.


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These are polished speaker panels used in the Audi


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This is the back of a BeoPlay V1 on a wall mounted bracket.


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Here is a new product which you may not have seen. It is an Ipad dock with speakers which can be used in many positions.


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This picture is of the Manor House where B&O started on 17th November 1925 and is now the home of three generations of Olufsen's.

We meet with Peter Skak Olufsen and his wife Susanne Olufsen. Peter is the nephew of one of the founders and is on the board of directors.


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One of the many rooms inside Peter & Susanne's home


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Group photo of everyone attending the trip (except me) with Peter and Susanne


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In the morning we also visited the anodising plant, but no photos could be taken.

The afternoon included visits to the Media room, Listening room and the totture chamber

We also saw how B&O tests the sound, picture and mechanical parts of their products.

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elephant replied on Tue, May 22 2012 9:38 PM

Keith Saunders:

Here is a new product which you may not have seen. It is an Ipad dock with speakers which can be used in many positions.

I must say the design of this is brilliant.  I had thought it had three positions - lying flat, standing in portrait mode, and standing in landscape mode -- but it seems to have more than that -- AND the speakers (treble and bass) switch around depending upon the orientation just like the screen orientation rotates.

So I would almost say for an iPad user this is a "must have".

It also has a battery so can operate standalone, and when connected powers up the B&O battery as well as the iPad.

Very nice sound too .... but no remote control, just buttons on the side.

Although they did say it was controllable via an iPod -- but I don't quite see how . . . . . 

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Sadly enough.. another member is missing.....he does not show on the picture... how sad.  Now, let me put it back with us all.

 

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Leslie replied on Tue, May 22 2012 10:24 PM

I love this thread, but who is who (except for Bernie?)Smile

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Keith Saunders:

Group photo of everyone attending the trip (except me) with Peter and Susanne

I would fit right in there, in the middle of the first row, together with, non mentioned, non forgotten, (but Martin, Leslie, Rich, Evan, Søren Hammer, just to mention a few.)Big Smile, Keep it up Keith

 

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There is probably some net-etiquette here about letting people name themselves !

(I will see if I can find a smarter way to do this)

 


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Well, Ed has started the process off by naming himself and his wife. I have added numbers to allow the others to discuss themselves


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Bernie replied on Wed, May 23 2012 6:58 AM

yeah. I iam number 10.. Big Smile but halas, it s not on Downing street... Sad

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elephant:

I must say the design of this is brilliant.  I had thought it had three positions - lying flat, standing in portrait mode, and standing in landscape mode -- but it seems to have more than that -- AND the speakers (treble and bass) switch around depending upon the orientation just like the screen orientation rotates.

So I would almost say for an iPad user this is a "must have".

This Ipad dock is called the BeoPlay A3 and the spec is

MATERIAL(S) Painted plastic, aluminium
COLOUR(S) Black
POWER CONSUMPTION Typical (Play + charging): 35 W
charging with iPad: 32 W
charging without iPad: 18 W
standby: <0.5 W
POWER SUPPLY 100-240 V +10/-15 %, 50-60 Hz
BATTERY Built-in, rechargeable.
With built-in heat protection circuit
Up to 7 hours playback
CHARGING TIME Max. 6 hours (with iPad)
Max. 5 hours (without iPad)
OPERATING CONDITIONS Temperature: 10-40° C
Humidity: 20-80%
LOUDSPEAKER(S)  
-    CABINET PRINCIPLE Sealed box
-    EFFECTIVE FREQUENCY RANGE* 60 – 17,000 Hz
-    POWER AMPLIFIER(S) 1 x Bass: 25 W / 4 Ohm Class D
2 x Midrange/treble: 25 W / 4 Ohm Class D
-    DRIVER(S) 1 x 2" Woofer
3 x ½" Tweeter
CONNECTIONS 1 x power connector
1 x Apple iPad connector
FEATURES Adaptive Stereo Orientation
On/Off button
Volume up/down button
SW upgradeable online (via App)
ACCESSORIES Covers for iPad and iPad 2

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BeoGreg replied on Wed, May 23 2012 8:18 AM
Thanks a lot for the report Keith !

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Langleyav replied on Wed, May 23 2012 2:36 PM

I am number 15 Ron McMorran (langleyav)

This has been the trip of a lifetime, many thanks to all at B&O especially Jette Nygaard, and also to Lee Marriot for organising this truly memorable visit!!

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Today, the group started by meeting Tue Mantoni (CEO) where he gave a short presentation and answered many questions raised by members.

The reduced size group picture of the group including me was taken by Lise Birkkjær Nielsen and a full size version is available for download HERE

A presentation was also made by Tue to one of our members who's B&O dealer had sent over a cover. More on this later with a photo.


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elephant replied on Wed, May 23 2012 3:03 PM

Keith Saunders:
the group including me was taken by Lise Birkkjær Nielsen

finally we have Keith in the frame !

thanks Keith for taking all the other pictures - great job done well

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After meeting with Tue Mantoni we headed over to Factory 4 (Product Assembly) and for the rest of the morning no photos could or were taken, so I can only give a written update until our after lunch session at Struer Museum.

So, in the product assembly we saw all the current video products being assembled including the BeoPlay V1 32 & 40 inch and we were shown the testing which each product goes through before it leaves the factory.

To remind you of key points of the product spec are:-

DESIGNER Anders Hermansen 
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D)/WEIGHT 76.6 x 56.8 x 5.5 cm  30.2" x 22.4" x 2.2"  for 32 inch unit
COLOUR(S) Cabinet: Black, white  Front cloth: Dark grey, green, red, silver, yellow    
POWER CONSUMPTION 79W/Standby: 0.4W 

CHASSIS uses the new Video Engine 1.0 
THEFT PROTECTION FEATURE PIN code 
PICTURE FORMATS Format 1: Auto, Format 2: Auto Wide, Format 3: Source Format 
HDMI INPUT FORMATS 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768 
DIGITAL SURROUND SOUND MODULE Standard built-in 
SOUND INPUT FORMATS PCM, multichannel PCM 
DIGITAL SOUND DECODING CAPABILITIES Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS 2.0 
    
SCREEN TYPE  32" 16:9 TFT LCD 
BACKLIGHT TYPE Edge-type LED 
RESOLUTION 1920 x 1080 pixels (full HD) 
REFRESH RATE 100Hz/120Hz 

LUMINANCE OF WHITE (CENTRE OF SCREEN) Typical 400 cd/m2 
CONTRAST RATIO (CENTRE OF SCREEN) Typical 4000:1 
RESPONSE TIME (GREY TO GREY) Typical 8 msec 
PICTURE OPTIMISATION VisionClear 
ROOM ADAPTATION Automatic picture control 
COLOUR CALIBRATION 10-point display calibration 
CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT Adaptive contrast algorithm

MOTION PICTURE IMPROVEMENT Adaptive film judder compensation
ANALOGUE TUNER, VIDEO TYPE/FORMAT According to type and setup: B/G/L/L'/I/D/K/M, FREQUENCY RANGE 45-863 MHz 
ANALOGUE STEREO DECODING CAPABILITIES A2 + Nicam 
AERIAL INPUT CONNECTION(S) 1 x F-connector for analogue and T2
1 x F-connector for S2 (optional)
DIGITAL TUNER T2/C/S2   Optional 
VIDEO TYPE / FORMAT DVB-T/T2, DVB-C, MPEG2/4 HD


Active antenna supply 5V@50mA
1 x F-connector DVB-S2 (optional)
  COFDM (ORTOGONAL FREQ. DIVISION MODLATION) SPECTRUM 2K & 8K, hierarchical and non-hierarchical
  MODULATION DVB-T2:
QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM
DVB-C:
QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM
DVB-S2:
8PSK, QPSK
  CODE RATE DVB-T2: 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 3/5, 4/5
  GUARD INTERVAL DVB-T2: 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/128, 19/256, 19/128
  SYMBOL RATE DVB-T2: 2-45 msymb/sec
DVB-C: 4-7 msymb/sec
DVB-S2: 1-45 msymb/sec
  ODU CONTROL  DiSEqC level 1.1 (digital satellite equipment control)
DC for switching between H/V polarizations:
13.5 V +/- 5% max 450 mA
18.5 V +/- 5% max 450 mA
Tone Control for low or high band selection:
22 KHz/0.65 Vpp +/- 0.25 V duty cycle 50%+/- 10%
Cable length compensation selectable +1 V LNB supply boost
  COMMON INTERFACE AND SMART CARD SLOTS Common interface according to EN50221
CI and CI+
2 x PCMCIA (common interface only)
All CA systems available as common interface are supported
CA power supply: Max 5V/500mA
SOUND     
  LOUDSPEAKER  Integrated stereo speaker
(centre speaker if surround sound setup)
  POWER PER AMPLIFIER 2 x 32 W
  EFFECTIVE FREQUENCY RANGE 85 Hz to 20.000 Hz
  CABINET PRINCIPLE Closed box
  MIDRANGE 50 mm/2" full range type
  CABINET VOLUME 2 x 0.15 litre
  BASS EQUALISER Adaptive Bass Linearization (ABL) 
PERIPHERAL UNIT CONTROLLER Integrated Peripheral Unit Controller (PUC) for controlling a set-top box
Controlling 4 units 
SPLIT SCREEN Picture and Picture
SPEAKER MODES 9 User-configurable Speaker Groups
9 Editable Sound Modes 
 WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/n/b/g, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz

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Jan Boisen (Technical Project Manager) and Grethe Krabbe (Production Worker) split us into two groups for the tour around the assembly plant. The first thing which was pointed out to us was that everyone in the plant knew we were coming because there was a TV screen at the main entry door announcing the fact.

As we when round we noted that some production workers had connected to the Beoworld web site to apparently find out more about us. We know this because the web site had been left on one of the screens. I think we were all very impressed with their new assembly area which was very automated.

Subsequently, we all walked over to Factory 2 (Systems Integration) and were given a presentation by Jens Harder (Project Manager) and Brian Bjorn Hansen (Senior R&D Manager) in a room which we apparently should never have been brought into. Most of the products in the room were covered and we were told by Jens that he would have to shot us if we tried to have a look!!!

They have created an "Ideas Manual" which Jens has agreed to send to me to be made public on Beoworld

We then met with Jorgen Daucke (Concept Developer) who showed us many product ideas and concepts some of which made it to a finished product, but most stayed as ideas.

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One of our members got a really big surprise from his dealer in the UK. A presentation was made to him and I am going to leave it to him to fill you all in of the background.


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Lars replied on Wed, May 23 2012 4:31 PM

Thanks a lot Keith! 

Exactly the number I like most. Number one is me ;-) 

 

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I am nr. 20 Thanks Keith for uploading and posting everything, and yes I am still flabbergasted that you manage to do that on your mini mini computer / phone.

Keep te pictures coming I will post a few after the weekend myself.


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In the picture outside the old farm, I'm nr 11.


Too long to list.... 

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I am the lucky, happy and grateful no. 14, called iPoditiv or (after changing the nick) Peter the biker who arrived in Struer after a week's bicycle ride. 

First facit:

-- amazing job done by Lee and Keith in organizing the trip

-- people at B&O not only giving us a deep insight but each one two open ears

-- hospitality at the finest level

Peter the biker aka iPoditiv

 

 

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Leslie replied on Wed, May 23 2012 5:46 PM

Great guys, finally seeing all the faces now behind those nicknames. Must be an exciting experience being there!!!!

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I'm really jealous guys. I'm sure that you had great time there... Wish you all safe trip back.

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Beofan2 replied on Wed, May 23 2012 9:09 PM

Keith Saunders:
Most of the products in the room were covered and we were told by Jens that he would have to shot us if we tried to have a look!!!

Small or big ones? Can we from the size of these hidden products expect a new BeoVision or new BeoLab´s in near future?

Keith Saunders:

They have created an "Ideas Manual" which Jens has agreed to send to me to be made public on Beoworld

Looking forward to that!

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Step1 replied on Wed, May 23 2012 9:24 PM

Keep the updates coming folks :) Looks like everyone is having a great time however I am very jealous!

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Step1 replied on Wed, May 23 2012 9:39 PM

Oh probably a bit late for this, but while you're there, it would be lovely if you could get some info out the archives. Would love to know about / see photos of 70's 80's production techniques etc... And a diagram for the Beolink 7000 would be way cool!

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beolion replied on Wed, May 23 2012 9:42 PM

It was indeed a fantastic trip, thanks to Lee, Jette and the rest of B&O for that!

I was so fortunate to talk quite a lot with Geoff, and I got some really interesting information out of all the talks. When I get back home I will make a longer post, and I think (hope) that Steve will add some additional information. 

He did talk with Geoff about something which I really did not understand :-)

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Oh, I am number 18 in the group picture.....


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Evan replied on Thu, May 24 2012 2:03 AM

This trip looks AMAZING!

Very sad I couldn't be there, but I had to pull out. Those who had to scramble to arrange their trip at the last moment can blame me, I waited until it was very late - I apologize.

Can't wait to see the trip progress and see the many dedicated faces of BeoWorld and of Bang & Olufsen.

At any rate, it looks like you guys are having a blast, tell Tue & the crew I said Hi!

Beo4 'til I die!

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... and I am number 13.

Had a fantastic time. It was great to see so many dedicated and enthusiastic people working at B&O and getting to talk to them. From Tue Mantoni to Factory workers. Nice to see there is still a big drive after all B&O has gone through in the last years. Tue has also promised plenty of new B&O products for the year to come which is exciting.

I briefly talked about LinkPlayer to the guy who developed the Beoport and he knew about it, so I had a warm and fuzzy feeling ;-) It is a shame they don't help me a bit more with it!!

A friendly Beoword bunch of people, nice weather, fresh air, nice relaxing region, great Danish hospitality has only helped make this a memorable trip.


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