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kiwi4all
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kiwi4all posted on Thu, Oct 25 2012 11:01 PM

Hi all,

it seems that my V1 did an automatic (as configured) software update today.

It is now able to display HbbTV info. I tried it for some minutes and it seems to be great, i.e. i am able to access the ZDF (german broadcaster) mediathek directly without an AppleTV or similar devices.

In the "information about current software" it is also mentioned that i am able to update to "SmartTV" functionality for a small fee and i should contact my B&O dealer for more information...

Does anybody have more information about SmartTV on a Beoplay V1 and/or additional features with the current software update?

 

I love my white industrial-look Beoplay V1...

Kiwi

 

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shinobi52
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I don't understand the answer from your dealer...

If the new ones are with the smart option till the end of the year why don't you receive it for free as you buy it this year?

If it's 100£ don't do it!

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John replied on Wed, Nov 21 2012 10:32 AM

jkhamler:

Sorry guys... just got this from the dealer.

 

 

The Smart TV upgrade for BeoPlay V1 has indeed been launched (4 months early!) but unfortunately the information you have been given is not correct. The upgrade is priced at £100. Any confusion may come about because until the end of this year Bang & Olufsen are shipping televisions with Smart TV for the original price. From 1stJanuary the retail price will increase by £100.

 

The current version of the Smart TV function is available to see in-store. The highlights are BBC iPlayer and a very nice iPad friendly version of YouTube.

 

 

Being a lovely sunny day with spring in full force, and prompted by an Xmas sale promotion email, I visited my B&O dealer yesterday.  The news for Australian customers is that the activation code for the smart TV functions is not yet on the B&O system - but should be by the end of the week; projected cost was quoted as A$129.00.  

Interestingly it was pointed out that this charge is what B&O have to pay, for the licence to gain access to the smart TV functions, purportedly supplied by a third party, hence the licensing requirement, and resultant charge to B&O which it appears will be passed on to current customers/owners of the V1, or built in to the price of the new sets come January, by the sound of things.

I saw it on a new BV11 55" and it looked very good, albeit the number of apps is a little limited - but it's early days.

I did read somewhere else a while back that B&O had joined a consortium of manufacturers using a smart TV platform, so I would think it only a matter of time before the number of applications available blossom.

I had bigger fish to catch on my visit to the dealer, re some serious thoughts about speakers, but I daresay in time I will add the smart TV function to my V1

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John... Cool

 

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jkhamler replied on Wed, Nov 21 2012 10:54 AM

The dealer updated me - the cost is actually £85 over here which I guess isn't too bad considering the licensing cost to B&O and that you're buying into a current platform which will have newer apps pushed out to it.

What speakers are you thinking about John? I am very happy with my setup of 8000s/6000s and a 2 with the V1, all of which (except the TV) I picked up in very lightly used immaculate condition at bargain prices!

Jonathan

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John replied on Wed, Nov 21 2012 11:33 AM

jkhamler:

The dealer updated me - the cost is actually £85 over here which I guess isn't too bad considering the licensing cost to B&O and that you're buying into a current platform which will have newer apps pushed out to it.

What speakers are you thinking about John? I am very happy with my setup of 8000s/6000s and a 2 with the V1, all of which (except the TV) I picked up in very lightly used immaculate condition at bargain prices!

Jonathan

I'm thinking of Lab 9's Jonathon.  Lab 5's are my dream, but just too much money in one basket for the time being I've decided - there are too many other areas of my life I'd like to address with funds, and having bought a car earlier this year, and the V1..... Lab 5's will have to wait a little longer.

I've never bought pre-owned HIfi before, but am chasing up some of the UK based Pre-owned specialists re stock.  On the other hand, if I put that new bed I've been planning on getting on the back burner for a bit longer, i can 'afford' new with the difference between pre-owned and new made up by forgoing the aforesaid piece of furniture!  Decisions, decisions....lol

My local dealer has a 15% off sale on 1 year old demo speakers, but they have some marks, which could be fixed by replacement parts, at my expense. Given that though, I think I'd rather just go new, or IF i could get little used/immaculate Lab 9's pre-owned, that would be the other option to make decent savings.

I'm swinging slightly in favour of emptying the bank account re going new, as with Lab 9's, unless they were to bring out a vastly superior model for similar money, I doubt I'd ever part with them.  If I was to later get Lab 5's, I'd simply put the 9's as rears in a 5.1 SS configuration with the Lab 5's up the front.  

Given that over time, speakers will 'drift' slightly re capacitor values changing etc, albeit more-so with a passive crossover, where the Lab series are fully active, means that new will give me the longest life If I'm planning to keep long term.

I guess it's a bit like buying a car really; they all cost money - either new and suffer the depreciation, or second hand and suffer the increased maintenance costs, or in the case of a second hand active speaker, the possibility of repairs to either amplification and drivers etc, depending upon how old they are and how they've been treated by previous owners.  If you're planning to keep long term, then either new cars or new speakers are probably(?) the best bet overall.

One thing I'll say about B&O - unlike most HIFi they seem to hold their prices really well even after 5 years old etc.

If you've any ideas, or comments, perhaps drop me a line so as not to make public remarks about dealers which may or may not be appropriate on the forums?

As I say, I've never bought pre-owned HiFi, so am a bit of a babe in the woods in that regard.

Kind regards

John... Cool

 

 

 

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So, i'll go kiss my dealer for his great gift !

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ferrum replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 2:24 PM

Hi all,

a new Software update has arrived on Dec. 7th. The description is not very useful, it says nothing. I found a new function which has to be activated (like the smart TV feature) with a code which is called HDMI Matrix. Does anybody know what that means? I cannot imagine what feature is hidden behind this name.

 

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Flappo replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 6:20 PM

Have they sorted out the lag problems in the GAME mode yet ?

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You know what, I'm in need of a second tv as the kids have nabbed everything else, but apart from being brand loyal I see nothing apart from improved sound that would make me buy one.

I know you can't please everyone all of the time but with a 42 inch 3d Panasonic Neo Plasma tv in mind at just £500 why would I buy one of these. Gaming would be a nice touch but let's be honest that's 10 year old technology. I've looked at Mk3 7-32 which if they had an hdmi cable would be brilliant. May even an 8!!!!!

Sorry to hijack the thread but please convince me I need to spend an extra £2,000 for a V1, without 3d or a gaming mode. I have a Bose Cinemate to boost sound so that's not a must.

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Flappo replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 9:16 PM

I can't , sorry

I think the V1 looks awful and wouldn't have one as a gift. Ok , I would and I'd trade it in for a bv11 !

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I must say at first i was put off by the aesthetic look of the v1 but i bit the bullet and purchesed the 40" for a bedroom set-up,overall though i think i prefer looks/use/sound and menu dynamics of the v1 compared to my beovision 10 40"......my dealer advised me next year there will be a 46" v1 coming out!
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Griebel replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 10:40 PM
In case you need additional HDMI ports, you can add an HDMI expander, which I guess is recognised by activating the function.
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Paul W replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 11:06 PM

I'm afraid that I convince you Chris.

Panasonic is probably one of the BEST performing brands out there and oh my gosh they last and last 10, 15 years plus. Being honest they are the only brand that puts up with my 'tough' use ;)

Gotta say the V1 looked incredibly cheap & ugly yesterday when it was placed alongside that amazing BV11. I tried to impress friends with the V1 yesterday & they walked off saying they preferred Panasonic's top offerings... I think the frosty, snooty & boring reception from the shop assistants at Selfridges didn't help. We'd been to the Apple store minutes before were we were greeted with enthusiastic staff & told to enjoy ourselves. The B&O stand at Selfridges was the complete opposite & TOTALLY DEGRADED the B&O brand with its pompous shop assistants!

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There's a Loewe version of the V1 on a similar stand, which amazingly they've actually managed to pull off. The 46inch Connect on its stand with HDR at £1,800!

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I see that on the service menu you can let the tv send system diagnostic to b&o, that is a new feature.

The HDMI Matrix feature costs money also I guess since it also requires a key. Hdmi matrix is kind of like masterlink but for video sources so that they might be used with several units around the house without quality drop.

On CA-Modules I now see "MsPlayReady", dont know what this is and I dont have a module installed.

Somehow the sound feels stronger but I might just be tired :).

I would like a few features that is not available today. Most of all the possibility to quickly dim the backlight for late watching, the auto dimming feature does not go very low.

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Hi Kiwi,

I have some months the V1 and very pleased with it, including the industrial- look you mentioned.

BeoPlay V1: less is more

The V1 has limitations  comparing with BV 11 but having outstanding picture quality and it is much lower  priced. The “less“ features could be turned into “more“ features without paying hundred  of Euros extra’s.

Design.

The modern industrial design  of Anders Hermansen is already a “more” feature in our  living room: the V1 has a nice fit with the  table and chairs  of the minimalist design of  Poul Kjaerholm, Denmark, created  in 1951. Despite of  antireflection glass polarizer of  BV11, it is  still suffering a little bit from incoming lights. That is why the lack of  this glass panel  rather a “more” V1 feature than less.

Masterlink

V1 is not including a Masterlink  but it can easily be linked  with the 4 Beolab speakers via the BeoSound 3000. Pushing the Beo4 A.MEM button, the sound can be properly  and separately controlled from the TV speakers. The lack of headphone socket  on V1 back plate could be turned in “more” feature by connecting the V1  PL1 socket to the Sennheiser wireless headphone system by using a  RJ45 adapter cable. Thus my wife can read a book while I watching a football match.

Blu-Ray, Apple TV and Smart TV

Apple TV (V.MEM) and a Panasonic Blu-Ray player (DVD) are connected to V1 and controlled by Beo4. Baying a Feature Activation Key for 100 Euro, the V1 has  the same Smart TV (DTV button on Beo4)  functions as the BV11. The Bang & Olufsen’s free BeoRemote app for iPad allows me to browse the Internet just as they would appear on my computer.

 

 

All functions controlled with Beo4 Mark IV  

Literally the V1 controlled   by less remote controls, I use  only one. The Beo4  selecting and switching  between radio stations, CD music, DVD videos, television programs, Apple TV and  Smart TV. It operates properly in  every possible spots in the living room without  directing the eye   to the source.  We used the Beo4 years but realize more and more how ingenuous David Lewis invented it (Mark I)  in 1994.

First and last I think that the new “less is more” philosophy behind the BeoPlay V1 will strength our confidence in Bang & Olufsen. It was not so evident in the last years.

 

 

 

 

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