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Beotime - an alarm clock with a secret menu?

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Steve at Sounds Heavenly
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Steve at Sounds Heavenly Posted: Wed, Oct 23 2019 9:52 AM

Hi Beoworlders,

I would be interested to hear what you think about Beotime - Was it B&O's craziest product, or a stroke of design genius? (and did you know it has a secret menu?)

You can find out more here: https://youtu.be/OZpwC1iiU2k

Kind regards, Steve.

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Simonbeo replied on Wed, Oct 23 2019 10:26 AM

The beotime was great. It was a thing that made the difference between B&O and other AV companies; a bit of jewellery. Not that we’ve ever used ours....

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Duels replied on Wed, Oct 23 2019 1:38 PM
I use mine every day, or at least every day I want to get up on time.

I love the design of it and it still receives very positive comments from anyone that sees it for the first time. I only use it as an alarm clock. I don’t use it to control any other products.

I will be devastated if/when it ever dies.
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Razlaw replied on Wed, Oct 23 2019 2:42 PM
Duels:

I use mine every day, or at least every day I want to get up on time.

I love the design of it and it still receives very positive comments from anyone that sees it for the first time. I only use it as an alarm clock. I don’t use it to control any other products.

I will be devastated if/when it ever dies.

I agree completely. Use mine every day I need to get up early and don’t know what I would replace it with when it dies.

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Frederic replied on Wed, Oct 23 2019 7:12 PM

Me too, we have two (our room and my daughters) and use it every day, turn ons the radio and the light to its lowest setting. By continually pressing the middle button every thing including the light turns off. Because it is easier to set and on/ff then the ML version.

A second "alarm(play timer)" is used over the ML where on some days the radio in the kitchen turns on just before we get downstairs.

 

 

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I use mine everyday.

And I have one BNIB just in case....

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I bought one a few years ago and it still could do some functions with the NL Avant mk1

Not long after the bottom button (on the square) went. You can still press it but it takes longer to respond and doesn’t have that lovely tactile sort of click the other 3 sides have

Not wanting to get a warranty repair on yet another B&O product I just let it sat there. The batteries run out and I don’t use it as an alarm and I don’t use it anymore.

It’s on the shelf in my office.

It looks nice though.
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Razlaw replied on Wed, Oct 23 2019 11:50 PM
Barry Santini:

I use mine everyday.

And I have one BNIB just in case....

Barry

Lucky you!

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valve1 replied on Thu, Oct 24 2019 7:55 AM

I use mine everyday.  I only use it for a clock .

It is imo a very B&O product. 

Beotime and BL12s were the last new things I bought from B&O.

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stefan replied on Thu, Oct 24 2019 1:34 PM

We use our Beotime in the bedroom as an alarm clock every day. It activates radio DR P8 (Jazz Radio) with this unique ringtone, which sounds very wake up friendly in my ears. It also starts a macro on my BLGW to activate the light in the bedroom with the sunrise slow function. The sunrise feature works with LC2 and also with a KNX system, which I use.

Btw the ringtone of the Beotime was created by the danish Jazz musician/composer Kenneth Knudsen.

http://www.kenneth-knudsen.dk/

 

Stefan

 

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Hi Steve,

It is Greg from South Australia. Love the forums.

Bang & Olufsen gave me a Bedtime as a gift. I have had it for many years and are interested in the secrets you have found.

Sadly, the youtube link does not open the video.

You might get a few comments about it not opening.

On another issue. Can you help me to locate 4 rubber holders for a Beogram CD5500/6500/7000.

I see Beoworld had a forum showing these parts but the person is no longer making them.. I have my own CD7000 and now a customers CD5500 in for repairs and I require these parts.

3333016 x 2 and 3333015 x 2 for each repair. I would require 4 of each. If you know someone who can assist me I would be so grateful. My CD4500 is OK, but the CD7000 well out performs the CD4500. 

Best regards from South Australia

Greg

 

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Hi Greg,

Sorry that the link didn't work for you, I have edited my previous post to ensure that it works now.  Here is the link again:-

https://youtu.be/OZpwC1iiU2k

Apologies that I don't have access to any B&O spare parts, I suspect it could be worth trying one of the B&O repairers in case they still have any old stock?

Kind regards, Steve.

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Jeff replied on Thu, Oct 24 2019 4:02 PM

I have two Beotimes, one on each side of the bed. Style wise I love it, the most graceful and elegant clock I've ever seen. Ergonomically, it's also great, it's the easiest clock I've ever had for setting alarm time and such, so intuitive.

The problem I have with it is that it won't talk to my ML Beolab 2000 in the bedroom, It doesn't seem to have a strong enough IR emitter to flood the room, and since the BL2000 is up on top of a dresser/chest of drawers and on the other side of the room, not a close line of sight thing, it won't activate it. Unfortunately there's no other good place closer for the BL2000, so I'm stuck with just the pinging alarm, which is nice in that it ramps volume up and kind of nudges you awake rather than startling you into consciousness.

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matador43 replied on Thu, Oct 24 2019 4:43 PM

Hi Alls ant thank you steve for that interesting review.

You gave me the desire to "have one" even if it would be not really useful in my setup. But you make that thing very desirable.
You made me regret not being more pushy when I was in a closing store selling its assets and they where two: one in very good condition and another one brand new, in original box with magnet holder and cloth pouch. Idiot me!

@Jeff.
I don't know if i could work but it would be a not expensive try: eBay sells very cheap IR repeaters. like 2 or 3$. I've used a few and they are quite reliable. I dont know if they would work well in 1/your specific case and 2/with B&O IR commands, but maybe it worth a try? 

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Steph replied on Fri, Oct 25 2019 3:50 PM

A very cool B&O product !

Now, i use it in the bedroom as an alarm clock.

I still find a simple B&O product to use it as a timer (old BeoSound 1, Century,...?).

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Jeff replied on Fri, Oct 25 2019 7:11 PM

Repeaters might be worth a try but in over 20 years of B&O ownership I've found maybe two remotes period that will handle B&O's weird high frequency IR code scheme. I imagine few repeaters will but I have to admit I'm not sure.

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koning replied on Fri, Oct 25 2019 9:18 PM

It's a shame that there are no spare parts available anymore

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koning replied on Fri, Oct 25 2019 9:18 PM

It's a shame that there are no spare parts available anymore

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koning:

It's a shame that there are no spare parts available anymore

Considering the BROne has a little OLED display - i wonder if it could be brought back to life as a modern interpretation using current parts.

Was this one of the first products with a gyroscope? Eg the display moves which ever way you place the BeoTime
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