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Final Edition Beolab 5 and Beolab 3

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carlito
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carlito Posted: Tue, Jan 31 2017 8:49 AM
Dear all Received an email from my dealer with the information that the Beolab 5 and Beolab 3 are EOL. Therefore B&O is producing a special edition in polished aluminium instead of brushed. Here the email in German: Seit ihrer Einführung im Jahr 2004 sind die Beolab 5 und Beolab 3 zu echten Bang & Olufsen Symbolen geworden. Die stetige Weiterentwicklung hat dazu gesorgt, dass die Beolab 5 und Beolab 3 in Ihrem Umfeld zur Referenzklasse gehören. Bang & Olufsen hat sich für die letzte Produktionsauflage nochmals ein spezielle Designvariante ausgedacht. Die Oberfläche der akustischen Linse ist wie bei den Beolab 18 Lautsprecher aus hochglanz und hat daher nochmals eine eleganteren Eindruck erhalten.
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They really look wonderful......,

but i don't wanna keep them clean Big Smile

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Michael replied on Tue, Jan 31 2017 12:58 PM
Brigantinus:

They really look wonderful......,

but i don't wanna keep them clean

Really cool! Looking forward to lower price on these on the resell market. Still very expensive for used equipment only because they still are current.

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Maybe the prices even go up - they are both popular speakers.

P.S. I'd like to see a white BL3 with the shiny lens;-)

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TWG replied on Tue, Jan 31 2017 1:29 PM

so sad... another iconic B&O product fades out...

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Probably just to make place for something new ;-)

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Sal replied on Tue, Jan 31 2017 1:53 PM

Millemissen:

Probably just to make place for something new ;-)

MM

MM, sounds like you have some interesting info -- care to share some hints? Cool

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davidr replied on Tue, Jan 31 2017 2:42 PM

Millemissen:

Probably just to make place for something new ;-)

MM

Yes, given their current 'direction' a 70's style large, wood paneled full of drivers is probably in the works.. Hmm I believe something like that exists.. the Bose 901!

A serious note, this was coming as the last of the David Lewis era are done.

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The Beolab 5 will be a massive loss to the lineup

R.I.P. Beolab 5 Crying

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Millemissen:
P.S. I'd like to see a white BL3 with the shiny lens;-)

Any insights whether white will be available?

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Millemissen:
P.S. I'd like to see a white BL3 with the shiny lens;-)

Any insights whether white will be available?

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The matte black would look special with the shiny

Jon, I think that they wouldn't have made this decision lightly unfortunately. I wonder how many they sold recently.

That being said I still think both speakers potentially could have had their jacks updated to RJ45 to keep them going for a while.
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Flere replied on Wed, Feb 1 2017 6:54 PM
This raises expectation for a BL5 successor.

Now we have to wait.....

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StKong replied on Wed, Feb 1 2017 8:11 PM
BL3 is a wonderful speaker. I'm a little bit anxious to see how they will replace it.
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moxxey replied on Wed, Feb 1 2017 8:25 PM

TWG:

so sad... another iconic B&O product fades out...

Sad, but I guess the demand had slowed considerably? More surprised about the BL3s if I'm honest as they still look modern and sound amazing.

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Roger replied on Wed, Feb 1 2017 8:27 PM

The BeoLab 5 will be replaced later this year (summer?) with a BeoLab 90 jr. Prices are expected to be BL5+35%.

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Roger replied on Wed, Feb 1 2017 8:28 PM

The BeoLab 3 will not be replaced.

Roger

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Roger:

The BeoLab 5 will be replaced later this year (summer?) with a BeoLab 90 jr. Prices are expected to be BL5+35%.

Roger

That's interesting!

Any idea of the naming?

BeoLab 50, perhaps??

MM

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Same. The BL3 are my fav B&O speakers other than the 18's. I love mine.

 

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jc replied on Thu, Feb 2 2017 7:17 AM

Good, beautiful if also a limited speaker, the Beolab 3. It's weak spot is in classical music reproduction.

It shines in jazz and pop. So all in all a not very all-round speaker.

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I loved the BL3 ever since I connected it to the Essence

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StKong replied on Thu, Feb 2 2017 9:43 AM
jc:

Good, beautiful if also a limited speaker, the Beolab 3. It's weak spot is in classical music reproduction.

It shines in jazz and pop. So all in all a not very all-round speaker.

How do you find it lacking?
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jc replied on Thu, Feb 2 2017 10:34 AM

In the so-called 'midrange'. There was a discussion some years ago, perhaps to be found in the archived forum, where David Moulton himself (designer and inventor of the acoustic lens) also found that the Beolab 3 lacked a bit of 'midrange energy'. 

What it actually means is that somehow classical music doesn't have the 'presence' through the 3's as I would like it to have. A certain 'directness' is missing, one of the strong points of the Beolab 3 always was it's 'airiness' and transparency, and to put out a sound way beyond its size. That makes it perfect for pop and jazz; a saxophone played through the 3's sound very life-real. as if the musician is playng right in your living room, however, as said, that is not the case with more subtle classical passages. It's difficult stuff, (psycho)acoustics.

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Hi, Carlito,

Possible to post the picture in here again. I can not see the photo in the original website; I want to have a look the final version.

Thanks!

Daniel

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Roger:

The BeoLab 5 will be replaced later this year (summer?) with a BeoLab 90 jr. Prices are expected to be BL5+35%.

Roger

Roger. How do you know this? We've heard many rumours over the years.

If this is accurate this is potentially very exciting for me and quite a few others who could pull the trigger on a small version at this price range.
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TWG replied on Sat, Feb 4 2017 6:19 AM

will they be as ugly as the Beolab 90?

Beolab 5 design is still outstanding.

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TWG:

will they be as ugly as the Beolab 90?

Beolab 5 design is still outstanding.

LOL! Nothing like being direct! You really made my morning, thanks!

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egges replied on Sat, Feb 4 2017 9:21 AM

TWG:

will they be as ugly as the Beolab 90?

Beolab 5 design is still outstanding.

for both i would need a lot of alcohol to drink them pretty. i'm curious what's coming next, for the 12's and the 11 are also EOL

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The logic says Beolab 50. The Beo Logic says no. Not surprised if they named it Beolab 70? Beolab 91... Stick out tongue

 

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Or BeoLab 89 ;-)

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If it's a bi directional speaker, should it be the Beolab 69Whistle

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Chris Townsend:

If it's a bi directional speaker, should it be the Beolab 69 Beovision 7-55 Mk2, Avant RF 28, Beolab 9, Beolit 15, Beoplay A1/A2, Beocom 2, Beotime, H3 ANC/H8/H6/H2, Form 2, Beoplay A3, Beovision 5-42 connected to a DVD1

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Roger:

The BeoLab 5 will be replaced later this year (summer?) with a BeoLab 90 jr. Prices are expected to be BL5+35%.

Roger

Ok this has been confirmed by a different source not on this forum but a dealer.

It is due out later in the year and is a smaller speaker with some of BL90 technology in the £20000 plus region. Potentially very exciting.
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If they're smart, this next model will arrive at a lower price point than expected, making room for an immediate trade-up model another $10-12K more 15-18 months later
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Dante replied on Tue, Feb 7 2017 12:58 AM

My only concern is that having another speaker in the portfolio with BL's 90 features embedded will decrease the chance of a new Beosystem "5" with room compensation...

Or is it the other way around?

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Sandyb replied on Wed, Feb 22 2017 1:58 PM

My dealer says they are called the BL45......priced around 30k......no idea what they look like though.......

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Ammier replied on Wed, Oct 18 2017 12:28 PM

Hi everyone,

Thinking of pulling the trigger on some Final edition 5's with the polished aluminium and in parisian blue. Would be upgrading from a pair of 20's. Got a good price from someone who bought ex-demo and is now moving on to some 50's. Its been awhile since I heard them, will again before purchase.

Moving from an apartment to a house next year, so will store them for a little if I go ahead. Would really appreciate any opinions on whether this is a good upgrade?

50's out of my price range most likely forever! I heard a rumours there might be 30's at some point. I love my 20's, which were upgraded from 9's, but I must admit there are a bit finicky. I had several problems with getting a static kickback sound when certain songs or tv apps are started. Went from a bluesound to a connection hub to an essence mk2, the latter was the worst offender. Never had this with the 9's, and although the 20's are a much better speaker, the 9's were a little warmer in sound.

Thinking about an oppo (or something else) for an input device with some new cables from sounds heavenly in the uk. Dont own a B&O tv, will buy a new tv when I move but leaning towards loewe. Beyond that I like to keep things wired and I dont use a center speaker.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or input!!

 

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andy_js replied on Thu, Oct 19 2017 6:12 PM

DId they ever make those Beolab 3's?  I've seen a few pairs of the Beolab 5 around, but never seen the Beolab 3 Final edition available anywhere.

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Sal replied on Thu, Oct 19 2017 7:28 PM

Ammier:
I love my 20's, which were upgraded from 9's, but I must admit there are a bit finicky. I had several problems with getting a static kickback sound when certain songs or tv apps are started.

Another owner who has experienced the BL20's "dark side." 

On topic, I haven't seen many BL5 / BL3 final editions around or even posted on these forums as purchases. Good luck!

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