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How many of you still usa a Beocenter?

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Stereomensch
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Stereomensch posted on Fri, Aug 3 2018 10:43 AM

Hi there,

many users in this forum are using the pizza boxes (Beomaster 5000 - 7000) and the powerhorses Beomaster 6000 & 8000.

But I can't find much info about the Beocenters? I mean the beocenter 7700 or the 3300 are pretty impressive.

Is there any reason? Did they went out of fashion?

Thank you very much ffor your help.

Best regards

Chris

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Millemissen
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Out of fashion’ is relative - it depends on your needs and preferences.

Of course the number of user is declining - plenty of new/newer possililities (from B&O) out there.

If you search the Archived Forum, you will see many threads about these centers.

I am sure, that - if you have a specific question - there will be someone in the main forum, who could have an answer to it.

MM

There is a tv - and there is a BV.

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BenSA replied on Fri, Aug 3 2018 12:42 PM

I had a Beocenter 7002 and although it was great it was just heavy and big. They do tend to look a lot more dated than the Beomasters of the same era. I didn't keep it for very long. 

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I was close a 9500 and it was bought and at service at Dillen but I got an offer I could not really refuse when I bought it. Beosystem 6500 in white all 4 units for service price! 

Weird as I had in my mind but complete 6500 already in black/chrome serviced and everything. But I did not go for color and then with 9500 it did turn up in white! 

I also had Beosund 9000 for a while. It was a mkIII version and pretty cool. Still if you only played cd's it would be awesome so it went to another buyer.

I think the main reason is that buyers loves their B&O and Beocenters but 15-20 odd years later it's most likely ready for service and by then no one is going to do it even if they try their local radio shop or B&O outlet. No sorry we do not have parts for that! Obsolete!

My 9500 was a good example to back that up. Then again having good personal experience the main thing is the lack of service and all B&O needs it at some point. My Beosystem 6000 was dead on arrivial home from the auction. The first 6500 had a Beomaster someone had tried to fix. Worst kind of unit to buy!

Beosystem 6500 white. Dillen did a write up in his repair thread here. Service after first owner.

Then the other reason being the way we now enjoy music and how it has shifted. That makes a lot of old B&O around doing nothing and most of it needing service.

A 3rd reason is if you going to be using Beovox passive speakers the older Beomasters are well suited for that and the prices of Beolab speakers has always had a higher cost. So a Beocenter would be worth less than the Beolabs and the hard thing in a sale. 

 

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Hi,

I have a BC 7700 in my office and a 9500 in the living room with MCL in the kitchen and bathroom. I have no single item with Master-Link.

Regards 

Christof

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remdk replied on Sun, Aug 12 2018 3:28 PM

I am still using a Beocenter 8500 with a pair of Beovox S 75. And I love it :-)

Best regards

René

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trackbeo replied on Mon, Aug 13 2018 12:23 AM

Sure:  In 1992, I purchased my BeoCenter 9500 because the capacitance detection touch panel was too cool, but B&O active speakers were outrageously costly for only mid-quality. (Think BeoLab 8000 Mk.I, or BeoLab 5000.  I couldn't afford Pentas...)  Therefore, no BeoSystem 2500 for me.  In its youth, the 9500 drove a pair of B&W DM14's I already owned, and subsequently -- and still now! -- a set of 3D Acoustics 3D6/10B, one of the first mainstream sub/satellite systems.  (Both released in 1981.)  I keep it around today, even though it spends most of its time in "Aux" taking input from a Mac Mini, because it still appeals to my fashion sense.  And occasionally I listen to Radio, or a classical CD that I could never stream nor find in any bolluxed library index.

If you saw my phalanx of broken 9000s and 9300s in the "Flash Your B&O" thread, I plan on doing some repairs to give nieces & nephews, along with KEF LS50's.  As in days of yore, these passive speakers are a bargain (regardless of whether you spend $1499, $1299, or $999 for them) vs. today's B&O active speakers, though the modern B&O speakers do sound much better, relatively speaking, than the 1990's ones.  Surely the youngsters would prefer a Naim Uniti Atom instead of a BeoCenter 9x00, and it would be almost as sleek -- and more in step with modern streaming -- but I'm not gonna spend $3000 and be wondering if 40 watts/channel is enough to do LS50s justice.

Another reason:  For example, the powered LS50W's look like too much stuff packed in, just waiting to break or obsolesce, so again I think the Atom or a BeoCenter (i.e. combining the source with the amplification) is a better choice than active loudspeakers.  This is despite their seductive concept of frequency-splitting to multiple amps inside the speaker, plus whatever DSP and microphones etc.  Corollary: almost all these BeoLab speakers break within a decade or two, whereas my DM14s and 3D6's just keep on chugging (of course decaying slowly just as the BeoLabs do in similar ways).  Q.E.D: BeoCenter.  Still need that amp.  AND it still works!!

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Guy replied on Mon, Aug 13 2018 7:19 AM

Yes!  Having bought my BC9500 from Lee in Aug 2007 for £500, four house moves later it's still going strong!

 

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Guy:

Yes! Having bought my BC9500 from Lee in Aug 2007 for £500, four house moves later it's still going strong!

Hi Guy, is that fabulous floor-standing globe a speaker?

Lawrence
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Guy replied on Mon, Aug 13 2018 9:44 AM

lawrencejmcook:

Hi Guy, is that fabulous floor-standing globe a speaker?

Lawrence

Yes - I have a pair of Grundig Audiorama 8000.  They were bought new by a friend of my dad's in 1976!

 

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Too cool! Smile
Anders Jørgensen
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Very space ageCool And the 9500 looks beautiful!

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h1npw replied on Mon, Aug 13 2018 5:46 PM

My personal preference is for the 2300 because of it's looks & compactness. One in the office with Beolab 4000s and one in our main room with Beolab 9s. Connected to a Google Chromecast they do everything I need! 

Cheers

Nigel

 

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h1npw replied on Tue, Aug 14 2018 8:55 AM

Forgot to mention... and the fantastically low prices you can pick them up for!

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Robert replied on Tue, Aug 14 2018 9:15 AM

Stereomensch:

But I can't find much info about the Beocenters? I mean the beocenter 7700 or the 3300 are pretty impressive.

 

The 7700 productpage:

Here is a start with more info: https://www.beoworld.org/prod_details.asp?pid=407

 

And more: https://beocentral.com/beocenter7700

 

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