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CB posted on Fri, Dec 9 2016 8:54 PM

Hello,

 

Not sure I use the right technical words, so correct me please (I know absolutely nothing of B&O link means...)

--> Is there a solution to digitaly integrate a pair of BL5 (i.e. not with Powerlink cables but SPDIF or Toslink) and without having to plug them to a Beosound ?

For example : I'd like to start a song on a modern Beolink product (BS 1, 2, 35, etc.) and I want the BL5 to join so I can "send" the song from the BSx to them.

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Answered (Verified) kimchr replied on Sat, Dec 10 2016 3:47 PM
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My BL5s Are connected digitally to a chromecast audio. They sound amazing with this as a source. A coverter to convert chromecast's optical output to coax is needed. That can be a tiny inexpensive device. So basically now I have everything hidden behind one of my speakers.

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Try a beosound essence.

Will do just ha

What you want
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not sure with spdif, but easily doable with pl if you use a ml/no converter.

others may know whether feasible over spdif.
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CB replied on Sat, Dec 10 2016 6:43 AM

mjmedlo:
Try a beosound essence. Will do just what you want

Thank you for your answer, but the BS Essence has no Digital out to feed the BL5...

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Ahh yes.. if you want spdif that'll be an issue

May have to find a second life beosound and an ml/nl converter
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CB replied on Sat, Dec 10 2016 3:10 PM

mjmedlo:
May have to find a second life beosound and an ml/nl converter

Even in this case, Powerlink cables will be compulsory and I'm not sure of what kind of signal (analog or digital) will be sent to the BL5.

This is where the difficulty lies, and that's why my question is :

"--> Is there a solution to digitaly integrate a pair of BL5 (i.e. not with Powerlink cables but SPDIF or Toslink) and without having to plug them to a Beosound ?"

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Answered (Verified) kimchr replied on Sat, Dec 10 2016 3:47 PM
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My BL5s Are connected digitally to a chromecast audio. They sound amazing with this as a source. A coverter to convert chromecast's optical output to coax is needed. That can be a tiny inexpensive device. So basically now I have everything hidden behind one of my speakers.

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CB replied on Sat, Dec 10 2016 6:42 PM

kimchr:
My BL5s are connected digitally to a chromecast audio.

This sounds just as GREAT Idea

Plus, I just read that the Synology app for music (DS Audio) is compatible with Chromecast. This is also a great news !

--> I will be able to stream directly and digitaly from my NAS or from TuneIn/Deezer/Spotify/etc. to my BL5s.

 

Now the second part of my question:

"I'd like to start a song on a modern BeoLink product (BS 1, 2, 35, etc.) and I want the BL5 to join so I can "send" the song from the BSx to them."

As far as I understand, the new Beosounds have "Google cast" technology integrated. This isn't exactly Chromecast... And not all Google cast equipped devices are compatible with Chromecast Huh?

--> a (negative) answer is here http://forum.beoworld.org/forums/p/21247/186138.aspx#186138 Sad

Hope it's just a matter of time...

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CB replied on Tue, Jan 17 2017 5:37 PM

So here we are !

Add these very very very small components to your BL5, and... that's all Cool

Chromecast audio

(Short) optical cable (2 different plugs)

Toslink to SPDIF coaxial converter

(Short) 75 Ohms coaxial cable

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I agree CB that is great news. Must be fantastic listening experience.

However I am confused and Wikipedia is not helping Stick out tongue

I thought toslink / sprig were almost the same thing.

So what is the role of the little black box ?

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Flere replied on Tue, Jan 17 2017 9:51 PM
And you will need the sync cable between the BL5's and a remote to switch them on and off and control the volume.

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CB replied on Tue, Jan 17 2017 11:00 PM

elephant:
I agree CB that is great news. Must be fantastic listening experience.

However I am confused and Wikipedia is not helping Stick out tongue

I thought toslink / sprig were almost the same thing.

So what is the role of the little black box ?

To my understanding :

Toslink is an optical digital link.

SPDIF is an electrical (coaxial) digital link.

The little squared box convert the optical signal into an electrical signal.

 

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CB replied on Tue, Jan 17 2017 11:04 PM

Flere:
And you will need the sync cable between the BL5's and a remote to switch them on and off and control the volume.

You're right, and I already used them like that with a B&O wheely and a Samsung LinkMate WAM270. The Chromecast way is more flexible.

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elephant replied on Tue, Jan 17 2017 11:12 PM
CB:

To my understanding :

Toslink is an optical digital link.

SPDIF is an electrical (coaxial) digital link.

The little squared box convert the optical signal into an electrical signal.

Thanks ... this where Wikipedia confuses me ...

S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) is a type of digital audio interconnect used in consumer audio equipment to output audio over reasonably short distances. The signal is transmitted over either a coaxial cable with RCA connectors or a fibre optic cable with TOSLINK connectors.

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elephant:

Thanks ... this where Wikipedia confuses me ...

S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) is a type of digital audio interconnect used in consumer audio equipment to output audio over reasonably short distances. The signal is transmitted over either a coaxial cable with RCA connectors or a fibre optic cable with TOSLINK connectors.

No confusion there.

Basicly the same, but along two different types of cables.

You can easily convert from one cable to another.

Chromecast -> optical cable -> converter -> coax cable -> BL5.

MM

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