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Beoplay A9 2nd Generation or A9 4th Generation

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hee8336
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hee8336 posted on Mon, Nov 25 2019 2:19 AM

Hello guys,

I really want to get a B&O speaker.

Recently, I found a website selling 2nd Generation A9 for A$2160. 

Currently, 4th Generation is selling for A$3200.

I'm wondering whether there are huge difference between 2nd Gen and 4th Gen. 

Do you guys think it's still worth to get 2nd Gen?

May I have some comments and feedback from you guys please? 

Thank you

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cadgui
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cadgui replied on Thu, Aug 13 2020 4:06 PM

hello everyone,

i was looking for Beoplay A9 since longtime.

and i saw a promotion price for Beoplay A9 2nd generation : 1700 euros.

is it really worth it? 

i read somewhere that there are huge difference in  POWER AMPLIFIERS: 2nd 480w and 4th 1500w

i don't know very much about speaker power but the number looks have a huge diference..

May I have some comments and feedback from you guys please? 

Thank you

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moxxey replied on Thu, Aug 13 2020 5:53 PM

cadgui:

and i saw a promotion price for Beoplay A9 2nd generation : 1700 euros.

Well, my MK1 was incredibly loud and I never went above about volume 75 and it blew everything away, so not sure why anyone would need more power.

I think the biggest difference between MK2 and the MK4 is the type of woofer/bass. But, not sure this really makes a huge improvement to the sound. For example, I prefer the sound from a BeoSound 2 or A9 over that of the Edge with the same bass system.

If I could find a MK2 for around £1500 I'd consider it, but I've seen them for much cheaper. I saw one from a dealer the other day for as low as £1200, so keep looking.

I can even find a MK4 for £1700!

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cadgui replied on Thu, Aug 13 2020 7:06 PM

thank you for your advise!

as you said, i keep looking!

have a nice evening

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IIRC correctly, the 4th generation includes technology to automatically correct for room boundaries/acoustic properties. Probably something along the line of the ABC included with the BL 5.

Inasmuch as I don’t own either A9 model, someone else will have to speak to how significantly this feature effects the sound.
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A9 mk2 is going for as low as 1200€ here new.
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Mikael replied on Fri, Aug 14 2020 9:15 AM

I've had the A9 mk1 (essentially a mk2 with less sources - Airplay1 only as Spotify connect was dropped), and currently have a A9 mk4.

The mk4 have more power and two additional rear facing speakers for a more room filling sound. It also have an automatic room correction, where as the Mk2 is limited to three different modes (free, wall, corner). 

People talk about losing Spotify connect, but that is not an issue. The A9 mk4 supports Chromecast which is fully supported in every Spotify application nowadays. 

The Google assistant is also a nice feature if you have other smart devices in your home, or just to start the music. It's much easier to just say "Hey google play music on Spotify", than to start from a phone or PC. 

A drawback of the mk4 is that it was no physical bluetooth button. So you need to pair your phone while the speaker is connected to wifi with internet, as the pairing is activated by voice which only works with an internet connection. This can be a pain if you take your A9 to other places, and you are not prepared for it. 

I have had no issues with pops and bangs from the cabinet on my mk4, but this has been an ongoing issue for the mk1 and mk2 (and possibly mk3). 

 

None of these new features are must haves, but they all add value. If that is enough to justify the extra price tag is a personal matter. The sound of the mk2 is very good, and won't disappoint. But the mk4 is even better. 

Beoplay V1 with Beo4, Beolab 14.4 and ATV4/Chromecast.

Beoplay A2, A9mki (w/ Chromecast Audio), H2, H3, H8.

 

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cadgui replied on Fri, Aug 14 2020 10:10 AM

hello,

thanks for your tips!

1200 euros for new! could you tell me about your spot?

 

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moxxey replied on Fri, Aug 14 2020 10:30 AM

Mikael:

A drawback of the mk4 is that...

Don't forget the 4 (or is it 5) silly Google Assistant LEDs you can see under the fret. This was a huge visual drawback for me and a perplexing addition.

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Esax replied on Fri, Aug 14 2020 6:03 PM
More power = more control= better sound.

Beovision 7-55 MK1 red, Beolab 10 red. Beolab 50, all black. Beolab 17 broken ice. Beolab transmitter. Apple tv4 and apple express 2.

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Mikael replied on Sat, Aug 15 2020 8:03 AM

The four dots only show up when you interact with the assistant or light up permanently red if the microphone is muted. In the latter case just use some black electrical tape to cover them up. 

Beoplay V1 with Beo4, Beolab 14.4 and ATV4/Chromecast.

Beoplay A2, A9mki (w/ Chromecast Audio), H2, H3, H8.

 

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Curly replied on Sat, Aug 15 2020 2:03 PM

It also appears you can specify the mk4 version WITHOUT the GVA, at least in the US. This avoids the red LED issue if you’d keep the GVA off for privacy, as I would.

(The speaker drivers were materially changed beginning with mk3. This is supposedly noticeably “better” than mk1 or mk2. Mk3 and mk4 use the same drivers but mk4 also has some room calibration software included instead of the free/wall/corner switch.)

Currently: BeoSound Core, BeoLab 17, BeoLab 18

Previously: BeoSound 1 non-GVA

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I have the A9 MK2 and a friend has an A9 MK3, I find the audio quality of the MK3 much more punchy and would upgrade in a heartbeat. In fact, I am looking to get a MK4 and sell my mK2 at some point. I found the difference to be noticeable. My 2 cents worth.

My B&O Home: 

 

  • Beolab 8002 + Beolab 2 + Beosound Core with Essence Remote (Office)
  • Beolab 6000 + Beolab 11 + Beosound Core (Bedroom)
  • Beoplay A9 Mk2 (Living Room)
  • Beosound 1 with wireless dock (Portable)
  • Beoplay M5 (Dining)
  • Beoplay H95 (Focused listening, travel)
  • Beoplay H9 (3rd gen) (retired)
  • Beoplay P6 (Portable)
  • Beotime wall clock (hallway entrance)
  • Beoremote X (better than Eclipse and Halo Big Smile)

 

 

 

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