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BeoLab 5 used or BeoLab 20 new?

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antwilas
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antwilas posted on Thu, Jun 11 2020 6:41 PM

I am looking in to update my BeoLab 9 and have a hard time deciding on new B20 og used B5. B5 has fo me always been dream but too expensive. Now they are within reach used but for less price I can get brand new B20 with new technology...any thoughts?

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antwilas
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antwilas replied on Fri, Jun 12 2020 12:21 PM

Smile how would I know if it is mk1 or 2's ?

Michael
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Beolab 5 has more power obviously. But it is also much bigger. Most people who is not into B&O think the 5s look like spaceships and Beolab 20 just like more subtle speakers.

I also toyed with the idea and might change some day but I’m pretty happy with the 20s. They have wisa, toslink and line inputs (the wired ones can be used at the same time as the wired power link). Beolab 5 has a sp/dif input and power link but nothing else. And more or less requires more cabling.

There’s also a lot of issues with the Beolab 5s that means they might require a new chassis for a hefty sum in not too long.

If you can get them for a good price, has a good place to place them and really need the power then I think it’s a good idea but remember the potential risk. Enjoy whichever choice you make!

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antwilas:

Smile how would I know if it is mk1 or 2's ?

 

Yeah how do I know if they are mk1 or mk2 ????

 

Jaffrey2230
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I’d go with a BL 20 because it has newer technology.

B&O in my life 😊: 

 

  • Beolab 8002 + Beolab 2 + Beosound Core with Essence Remote (Office)
  • Beolab 6000 + Beolab 11 + Beosound Core with Essence Remote (Bedroom)
  • Beoplay A9 Mk2 (Living Room)
  • Beosound 1 with wireless dock (Portable)
  • Beosound Balance (Dining)
  • Beoplay H95 (Focused listening, travel)
  • Beoplay H9 (3rd gen) (retired)
  • Beoplay P6 (Portable)
  • Beotime wall clock (hallway entrance)
  • BMW X5 50i with B&O Audio Package (Commute/drive)

 

 

 

Mikipidia
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serial numbers mostly

New: Beovision Harmony, Beolab 50's, Beolab 18's, Beolab 17's, Beolab 3's, Beosound 9000 mk3, Beosound Stage & LG, Beosound 2, Beoplay M3, Beoplay A1, Beoplay H4 gen 2, Beoplay E8 3.0

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OlivierC
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Hello,

This is what I have found in the forum but there is not a clear statement regarding MK1 and MK2.

https://archivedforum.beoworld.org/forums/t/26433.aspx

https://archivedforum.beoworld.org/forums/t/39408.aspx

It looks like there are multiple revisions based on serials.

@Mikipedia: may you please clarify which serials are MK1 vs MK2 and main differences between the two?

Thanks!

Olivier
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I don't know of the top of my head, I usually ask my dealer friends to check it for me. Surely your dealer should know or a dealer on the forum here should be able to check them :)

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Old: Beovision Eclipse, Beolab 1's, Beolab 2, Beovision 10-46, Overture 2300, beolab 8000's, Beolab 4000's, Beovision avant 32" etc. etc.

Aussie Michael
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I listened to them both side by side in the store once.

To me there wasn’t that much between them. I preferred the 20 but the look of the 5 is iconic.
Jaffrey2230
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The similar decision is whether given a choice you’d buy a new BMW 5 series (BL 20)  or go with last generation 7 series (BL 5). To me, I’d go with the current gen because of the warranty, support and technology.

B&O in my life 😊: 

 

  • Beolab 8002 + Beolab 2 + Beosound Core with Essence Remote (Office)
  • Beolab 6000 + Beolab 11 + Beosound Core with Essence Remote (Bedroom)
  • Beoplay A9 Mk2 (Living Room)
  • Beosound 1 with wireless dock (Portable)
  • Beosound Balance (Dining)
  • Beoplay H95 (Focused listening, travel)
  • Beoplay H9 (3rd gen) (retired)
  • Beoplay P6 (Portable)
  • Beotime wall clock (hallway entrance)
  • BMW X5 50i with B&O Audio Package (Commute/drive)

 

 

 

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