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jvezina posted on Fri, Mar 6 2020 3:56 PM

The FCC has released information about the table version

https://fccid.io/TTU-HALOTABLE

Have a nice day,

Jean

 

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I saw the Halo at my dealer on Saturday, and although I was already intrigued since the first leaked video it didn’t disappoint at all, knowing that some people do not like it.

I would have a very limited use-case for my BS1, as my other B&O products are too old, but I still want to have one. That it is a great achievement.

There is probably no good rationale explanation why one would spend ca 700$ on a volume remote control. I am now having tough discussions with the FS (wife), as she states ‘you buy Halo I say Hejdå (goodbye) Big Smile

And then my dealer came up with the great idea that I need a Core as well for my BS9000 😀

I love his enthusiasm.

“I have to work on my core” I tell my wife in return Smile

To be continued, and please do see the Halo IRL it is amazingly cool.

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trackbeo replied on Tue, Dec 15 2020 11:09 PM

Of more interest than umbrage @moxxey, would be to ask, @beojeff, how do you actually use three in your setup?  Given that PoE is not (yet!) happening at your pad (see above), that means they are all 3 table models?  So... One could imagine a situation where they are each wall-mounted (next to the Lutron keypad, of course!Wink) at the entrance to each of 3 rooms -- like some people bought wall brackets for their Beo4's or BeoRemote One's.  Or one might imagine a "table lazy" setup -- like some people get enough remotes one-per-system but they just lie there on the table forever, one or two standard buttons being pressed, but never being moved.  Or, like @Mikipedia apparently does (see his videos), actually carried from place to place as a personal remote control?  Or some combination...?  I just can't envisage it: I see only one, a side-table remote in the living room, arm's length from the main listening position, plus an iPad Mini to walk around, and/or a Lutron button (or Essence, or any other single-button "Join only" solution) at the room entrances, just like the old IR eyes in B&O catalog photos from days gone by.  Just curious to know what your overall intended scheme is...

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I’ll have a chat with henrik, but a lot of it is visual so you’ll get it iam sure Wink

I basically use it on the chair that is “mine” and on my desk. Use it just about every day and use my desk daily and there is a qi charging pad on my desk so i just pop it on there every other day or so. I get 4 to 5 days out of the battery if i forget to charge it, but iam really impressed with the charging speed.

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moxxey:

beojeff:

The Halo-bashing is getting rather old. You either like it or you don't. I use mine quite often and now have three.

Halo-bashing? I friggin own the thing. I'm allowed to say I love or dislike it. I spent hard-earned cash on this and am entitled to tell you what I think of my own device, positive or negative. In the same way I'll tell you I love the BeoSound 2, Stage and plenty of other devices. In fact, almost every other B&O device I own.

In my opinion it's a very expensive BeoRemote with a tiny fraction of the battery power. It simply dies too quickly. I've often come to the Halo to find the battery has run out. I just turn to the BeoRemote or control the device manually. 

If you actually read my response it's hardly 'bashing' it's more a critique of an expensive remote. If you pay almost $1000 for a table stand remote, you want the battery to last more than a few days. I don't think that's unreasonable? The wall-mounted version is probably better value-for-money for this reason alone and I'm frustrated you can't move from the table to wall-mount: again, a fair comment to make as an owner.

So many times I've come to use the Halo after a few days to find it's completely dead, whereas the BeoRemote lasts for years on two batteries. I just don't think the table (battery) version is quite up to the level required and happy to tell people this so they can make their own decision, in advance. Again, fair.

I'm glad you own three. But more fool you - I wouldn't spend almost $3000 on a sphere volume control.

This is hardly 'bashing' and a forum isn't a place where you come online just to tell everyone how amazing something is and they should buy it. If that was the case, I'd be lying, frankly.

Then sell it, and save us all from hearing you whine about it.

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beojeff replied on Wed, Dec 16 2020 12:24 PM

Mikipidia:
I’ll have a chat with henrik, but a lot of it is visual so you’ll get it iam sure Wink

 

 

I basically use it on the chair that is “mine” and on my desk. Use it just about every day and use my desk daily and there is a qi charging pad on my desk so i just pop it on there every other day or so. I get 4 to 5 days out of the battery if i forget to charge it, but iam really impressed with the charging speed.

Speaking of the qi charging pad, I just got one on sale for $50 USD from the Philadelphia B&O store last week.

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I would love B&O to let the Halo to step out of their ecosystem in the future. It would, imo, be a perfect remote for ROON. If fact, I wished all the recent B&O gear would integrate with ROON (native).

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Hi RichardIII,

I would prefer to get the original B&O equipment integrated first! That should be the first step, than go for 3rd party stuff. 

One intermediate step could be to communicate with the BLGW or BLI to seamlessly bridge the gap to 3rd party systems.

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Hi,

one curious observation I made with my Halo:

1. If my BLC (BeoLink Converter ML /NL) is  (primary) connect to my Avant 75 (MK I) via the web configuration tool of the BLC, so that all sources of the BLC are seen as linked sources on the TV and

2. after step 1. my Core is (via configuration website of the Core) set to an integrated setup with my Avant 75 (MK I) and

3. my Halo controls the (integrated) Core

I have (until I restart any of the above components) full control over my ML (MasterLink) sources (e.g. BS 3200, BS 5) and my Avant 75 (MK I) sources (e.g. TV, Blu-ray, HomeMedia, Apple TV, etc.) and my Core sources (e.g. Music) over the Halo. This means, I can select or switch to any of the above sources via the Halo and control volume and things like "next track".

I don’t know, if it is a bug a feature. Either way, I like it - unfortunately, it stops working after a system shut down...

Best regards

 

Doc Leisure

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Hi Doc Leisure

You say - website of the core - how do you access this. I get no response from the IP addres via a browser

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Hello Rudi,

I think there are basically two ways to get to the Core configuration page:

1. IP-address of the core (works for me) or 

2. B&O app settings (unfortunately I don’t know the exact click path...)

Best regards

Doc Leisure

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Hello,

here is the B&O app path to the Core configuration site:

Best regards

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DocLeisure:

Hi,

one curious observation I made with my Halo:

1. If my BLC (BeoLink Converter ML /NL) is  (primary) connect to my Avant 75 (MK I) via the web configuration tool of the BLC, so that all sources of the BLC are seen as linked sources on the TV and

2. after step 1. my Core is (via configuration website of the Core) set to an integrated setup with my Avant 75 (MK I) and

3. my Halo controls the (integrated) Core

I have (until I restart any of the above components) full control over my ML (MasterLink) sources (e.g. BS 3200, BS 5) and my Avant 75 (MK I) sources (e.g. TV, Blu-ray, HomeMedia, Apple TV, etc.) and my Core sources (e.g. Music) over the Halo. This means, I can select or switch to any of the above sources via the Halo and control volume and things like "next track".

I don’t know, if it is a bug a feature. Either way, I like it - unfortunately, it stops working after a system shut down...

Best regards

 

Doc Leisure

This makes sense since the Core is integrated and is supported by the Halo. Over the weekend, I found the solution to why some linked sources weren't showing up on the Halo.

1. First, if changes were made to the sources of the linked product ON the linked product setup, it helps to remove that linked product and then re-add it as a linked product before selecting the sources available on the local source list.

2. Second, after doing the above step it can be necessary to restart the Halo by removing its front plate and holding down on the reset button.

After performing these steps, I resolved the issue of missing sources. I don't know if it's relevant to your setup, but it's worth trying to get a stable setup.

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Hello beojeff,

thanks for you hints. I guess my "problem" is, that two products are "integrated" into my Avant 75 (the BLC and the Core). And with B&O integration “There can only be one!” (Like in Highlander) 

Until now, I didn’t found out how a "cascading" integration is done...

I also tried to "integrate" the BLC into the Core and then "integrate" the Core (with the integrated BLC) into the Avant 75 – initially worked as expected, but the configuration doesn’t survive the "power off"...

Best regards

Doc Leisure

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Doc,

Since the Avant isn't actually supported by the Halo (yet) but the Core is, can you add the Avant as the primary linked product to the Core and add the NL/ML Converter as the secondary linked product to the Halo and get it to work that way? Both of my integrated BeoVision setups involve a Moment, which isn't supported by the Halo, so I don't know if the Core still shows up as a product on the Halo when used in an integrated setup. You'll still want to follow my 2-steps when making any changes. I went for months scratching my head trying to figure out why my second beogram turntable wasn't appearing as a source on  BeoRemote One for bluetooth devices in my NL system.

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Carolpa:

Audio:
I have a compatibility question regarding Beosound 35?
Is somebody able to test, if the new BeoRemote Halo is showing the meta-data (e.g. title name, album name) when streaming via Airplay to a Beosound 35?

(as expected) only "Airplay" is displayed on the Halo

Do I understand this correctly? With the Beoremote Halo I can only change the volume on the Beosound 35?
Same functions as a Beoremote Essence offers?
So no need of the display of the Beoremote Halo?

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mm08642:

Do I understand this correctly? With the Beoremote Halo I can only change the volume on the Beosound 35? Same functions as a Beoremote Essence offers? So no need of the display of the Beoremote Halo?

if you use a DLNA media server and you tagged your files, the tag info is visible on the Halo. Same when you upnp/DLNA stream music to the BS35.

You will get no tag info on the Halo when you AirPlay to the BS35. Note: same as the info on the BS35!

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