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nigel123
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nigel123 posted on Fri, May 5 2017 2:06 PM

Are the BEOLAB 2 a good investment

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Answered (Verified) Stan replied on Sat, May 6 2017 3:06 PM
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Yes, of course.

According to some on this forum, I either have poor taste, bad ears or listen too much with my eyes because I think the BL2 is great. I only listen to music. It is a great compliment to my BL8000 (first) and BL1 (now).

Unfortunately, as you can see from the other responses, your results may vary, and the only way to know for sure is to listen yourself (which can be tough in the 2nd hand market).

If you do buy one, please spend some time experimenting with placement and switch settings. This can be the difference between excellent and boomy, muddy bass.

Stan

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O - Yes, of course!

 

O - No. never

 

O - Maybe, depending on your favourites

 

 

Mark the preferred answer . . . . 

 

Is this the correct answer? ;-)

 

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Hi Nigel,

If you listen to movies, then Beolab 2 is a good (but not great) subwoofer to add extra bass.  However, going for a different subwoofer that performs better (in my opinion the REL T7/i is one that outperformed the Beolab 2 in my own tests) is likely to be a worse INVESTMENT than Beolab 2.

This is because Beolab 2 values are reasonably stable, so you shouldn't lose too much money on it over a reasonable time period.  However, it isn't likely to increase in value.  For music listening, I personally wouldn't recommend Beolab 2 unless you like really bass-heavy music Geeked

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TWG replied on Sat, May 6 2017 8:28 AM

User Olivsab successfully protected me from buying a Beolab 2, too. Wink He listens to some of the same kind of music like me and he said the same thing like Steve and many others:

Beolab 2 for movies: Good

Beolab 2 for music: Please choose another subwoofer.

If you want to stay with Bang & Olufsen subwoofers you can choose
- Beoplay S8 subwoofer
- Beolab 14 subwoofer
- Beolab 19

if you need earth shaking power please consider another brand or built your own.

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I've had mine ten years. Attach it to a good Beosystem 4 based source and its excellent and controlled.  You will hear different to this from people who've attached it to older sources and I would agree its a bit 'lazy' in those instances, pumping out a bass ideally suited to movies and dance music played loud. On an Avant, 11 or V1 its perfect! 

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I agree.

Used my Beolab 2 with a Beosytem 3.

OK, but I always felt it could be better.

Now I upgraded to a Beosystem 4 and the performance of the Beolab 2 has improved a lot.

For me it is just fine now.

For music you change the audio settings etc. in the Beosytem 4 - which I didn't so far.

Ralf

Living Room: Beosystem 4, Beolab 7-2 (Center), Beolab 9 (Fronts), Beolab 8000 (Rears), no Subwoofer. Screen: Panasonic TX-P65STW60
Home Cinema: Beosystem 4, Beolab 7-2 (Center), Beolab Penta 2 (Fronts), Beolab 4000 (Rears) and Beolab 2. Projector: Sony VPL-HW55
Home Office: Beovision 10-40 on STB Bracket wall mount masterlinked to Beosound 9000 MK3 on horizontal wall bracket driving Beolab 5000 Speakers
Bedroom: Loewe TV with Beolab 6002 and Beolab 11 (all white, wall-mounted)
In storage: Beolab 5000/Beomaster 5000 (1960s). 

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With the two passive side speakers, the beolab2 imho sounds dreadful for music .
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Answered (Verified) Stan replied on Sat, May 6 2017 3:06 PM
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Yes, of course.

According to some on this forum, I either have poor taste, bad ears or listen too much with my eyes because I think the BL2 is great. I only listen to music. It is a great compliment to my BL8000 (first) and BL1 (now).

Unfortunately, as you can see from the other responses, your results may vary, and the only way to know for sure is to listen yourself (which can be tough in the 2nd hand market).

If you do buy one, please spend some time experimenting with placement and switch settings. This can be the difference between excellent and boomy, muddy bass.

Stan
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Stan:

Yes, of course.

According to some on this forum, I either have poor taste, bad ears or listen too much with my eyes because I think the BL2 is great. I only listen to music. It is a great compliment to my BL8000 (first) and BL1 (now).

Unfortunately, as you can see from the other responses, your results may vary, and the only way to know for sure is to listen yourself (which can be tough in the 2nd hand market).

If you do buy one, please spend some time experimenting with placement and switch settings. This can be the difference between excellent and boomy, muddy bass.

Stan

I love them. Have had a couple.

Have lab 5s in both listening areas now so don't need it.

But it's heck of a sub!
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Duels replied on Sat, May 6 2017 4:18 PM
I borrowed a BL2 some years ago when I had BL6000s. I thought it was a good addition. I didn't buy one because I lived in an apartment and thought it would make my neighbours hate me. As with all these things, sound is a very personal thing.
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Stan

Thanks for your reply i too have BL8000 have been offered the BL2 for 500 pounds. Year of Manufacture is 2002

 

 

 

kallasr
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Buy it

Try it

Like it: keep it

Don't like it: sell it

Big Smile

Ralf

Living Room: Beosystem 4, Beolab 7-2 (Center), Beolab 9 (Fronts), Beolab 8000 (Rears), no Subwoofer. Screen: Panasonic TX-P65STW60
Home Cinema: Beosystem 4, Beolab 7-2 (Center), Beolab Penta 2 (Fronts), Beolab 4000 (Rears) and Beolab 2. Projector: Sony VPL-HW55
Home Office: Beovision 10-40 on STB Bracket wall mount masterlinked to Beosound 9000 MK3 on horizontal wall bracket driving Beolab 5000 Speakers
Bedroom: Loewe TV with Beolab 6002 and Beolab 11 (all white, wall-mounted)
In storage: Beolab 5000/Beomaster 5000 (1960s). 

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Placement,room acoustics,settings...I listen to music,and i have heard lot of subs,would not exchange BL2 for any subwoofer.But,of course,the way of music listening is personal.

 

 

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nigel123:

Stan

Thanks for your reply i too have BL8000 have been offered the BL2 for 500 pounds. Year of Manufacture is 2002

Wow. Do it! That's a steal!
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For being more precise, I would add that for music with deep bass (the type of music TWG and I are listening), the beolab 2 won't be fast enough and the sound will be disappointing.

For a reasonable bass use, then it could be usefull.

But again if you want to use it only for music and not also for movies, it is not the best bang olufsen sub. That's not a risky buy because there is still an hard demand for it.

 

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