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9 LEE Posted: Sun, Jan 20 2013 6:59 PM

I'd be interested to know what we, the BeoWorld collective, think is the best product in the current B&O line-up is..

The Playmaker, for the fact it's relatively cheap and kind of brings B&O into the current technological age?

The BeoLab 5's, for their performance and design which is so unique it hasn't really aged in 10 years?

The BeoVision 11, as it's the product we all asked for - and got ?

or is it another product in the line-up ?

There are plenty of reasons a product could be considered the best in the current line-up, wether it be down to it's technical merits, or what it achieves for a relatively low cost - or timeless design.

Choose one product each, and tell us why! .....

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vikinger replied on Sun, Jan 20 2013 7:23 PM

BV11.

Up to date connectivity and superb sound from a thin cabinet. Motorised hinge gives it a wow factor.

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Hands down BV11. Seems like the most up-to-date effort of B&O in comparison to competition out there.

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BeoVision 11, especially the 55. 

The Play products have all been fun and sold well, but the 11 is the first core product that feels like everything is perfectly aligned. Even with some dormant NetLink features and SmartTV functionality to come on line in the coming months it's an incredible picture, great sound, slim as can be, and priced right where it should be. It's also a size that's competitive in the US market which we've been very slow to ramp up to. Most US homes simply can't live with a 40" or 46" TV as their main unit and we can easily see even larger screens in the 60s-80s becoming the standard as the weight and prices drop. If we can keep up with that curve with prices that are as reasonable as the BV11 we'll be in good shape.

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beoinbuff replied on Sun, Jan 20 2013 7:32 PM
I'm somewhat biased but I'd go with the beolab 5. Like you said, timeless design, unbelievable performance, and, when considering they are active speakers with built in amplification, a relatively decent price.
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Beolab 5s, because they're great. They need an updated DAC, though.

Beolab 9s, because they too are great, and much easier to fit into about any room.

Beosound 5 Encore, because of its potential. Now please unleash that potential.

Beovision 11, because it has the design of the BV10, only slightly more refined and much more capable.

Beo6, because it too has great potential.

I just realised you want us to just pick one. I guess in that case, it has to be the BL5s.

 

 

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peria replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 5:02 AM
BV11 seems almost perfect to me.

Beolab 8000 (are they really gone?)

Playmaker. Cheap. Serves an important function in 2013. Could be much better looking!!!
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BeoBoy68 replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 5:07 AM

BeoLab 5 is The Best B&O product. Need to be upgraded and cheaper ! 😃😍

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Jonathan replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 5:24 AM

The bottle opener.

An almost 90 year old item that still does its job perfectly well, and is priced right! Yes - thumbs up

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koning replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 9:43 AM

Jonathan:

The bottle opener.

An almost 90 year old item that still does its job perfectly well, and is priced right! Yes - thumbs up

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Rookie replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 10:16 AM

Beolab 5, by far. 

 

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kallasr replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 10:58 AM

Beo 4 - (almost) perfect remote!
(if you could program it without IR trans, Lintronic etc. it would be THE PERFECT REMOTE)

I changed music systems very often, but always kept the Beo 4

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butch1 replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 11:30 AM

Beo 4 fantastic to use,without even looking at it,unlike beo5/6

Beolab 3 for there size and placement options,fantastic sound,also unique looking.

Beovision 7-55 for its allround ability as a complete package,sound,picture,quality,connections.

Playmaker for what it does,not how it looks,and saves buying a seperate dac and ae.

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Agreed Beo4, and for the short foreseeable future the Beovision 7-55.

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Silou replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 12:03 PM

BEO4

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moxxey replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 12:05 PM

For me, the best product that B&O has produced is the BL3s. Having owned the BL5s, BL9s and BL3s, amongst other B&O speakers, I've been the most impressed with the BL3s, considering their size, design and flexibility. BL5s are superb, sure, but only in a specific environment. The BL3s are more flexible and universal.

I don't know if a TV can be regarded as the best product as it's outdated so quickly. I've owned my BL3s since 2006 and never looked back. They are as good now as they were then. And should be in 5 years. Buy a BV11 now, and sure it's great, but can I say the same in two years? Not so sure.

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beocool replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 12:32 PM

In the current line-up I would only buy Beolab 3, 5 and 9 and the Beo4. I quite like the Beovision 11, but forking out € 6k for a 40'' TV that I will only use a few hours a week at best and that will be obsolete in a few years is not going to happen.

 

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JC replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 12:38 PM

Beo 4 does what it says on the box!!!!

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To me, the Beolab 5 stands out of all the B&O products...

Unique design, exceptional performance, a pleasure to own and a pleasure to listen to...

I'd always buy them again...

Rgds

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Heribert replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 8:38 PM

Beo4 - by far!

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I am shocked as to how many of you are such big fans to the Beolab 3s. I think they only performs well near field  IMHO. I only use them as computer speakers. Perhaps most of you are using them with subs? But I have to agree it might be the only solution who wants maximum sound from speakers this tiny. 

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BeoBoy68:

BeoLab 5 is The Best B&O product. Need to be upgraded and cheaper ! 😃😍

I used to think that way before my stumbling upon of BMR drivers. 

It will be cheaper for sure!

We shall see in a few years whether the acoustic lenses will still be given as much focus as they are given now.

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moxxey replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 7:47 AM

wonderfulelectric:

I am shocked as to how many of you are such big fans to the Beolab 3s. I think they only performs well near field  IMHO. I only use them as computer speakers. Perhaps most of you are using them with subs?

Having owned the BL5s, 9s and 3s, I prefer the 3s. Hell, you do understand that most people in the UK do not live in mansions :) With most people living in apartments these days, the BL3s are ideal and many people who have heard my BL3s, agree. The BL5s are great in the right environment, the BL9s are good but somewhat middle range for music (not for movies), but the BL3s are dynamic and bright in a small-medium sized room.

You need to remember that 99.9% of users out there would never spend anything like £2500 on speakers, so for them the BL3s top nearly anyone else's speakers. Forget the fact that most B&O users have a higher-than-average income, thus the BL3s are regarded to them as 'computer speakers'. For most people, they blow them away.

If I listen to my BS8 and the BL4 computer speakers, the BL3s completely blow them away. Superb, with or without a sub. For the size - and I'll emphasise their size - they do what they are supposed to do and much more.

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Jonathan replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 7:58 AM

wonderfulelectric:

BeoBoy68:

BeoLab 5 is The Best B&O product. Need to be upgraded and cheaper ! 😃😍

I used to think that way before my stumbling upon of BMR drivers. 

It will be cheaper for sure!

We shall see in a few years whether the acoustic lenses will still be given as much focus as they are given now.

 

Can we go back to topic?

Please don't hijack threads with your rants, just start a new thread!

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Alen replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 10:00 AM

BL/BS/BM 5 combo + Beo 6

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moxxey:

wonderfulelectric:

I am shocked as to how many of you are such big fans to the Beolab 3s. I think they only performs well near field  IMHO. I only use them as computer speakers. Perhaps most of you are using them with subs?

Having owned the BL5s, 9s and 3s, I prefer the 3s. Hell, you do understand that most people in the UK do not live in mansions :) With most people living in apartments these days, the BL3s are ideal and many people who have heard my BL3s, agree. The BL5s are great in the right environment, the BL9s are good but somewhat middle range for music (not for movies), but the BL3s are dynamic and bright in a small-medium sized room.

You need to remember that 99.9% of users out there would never spend anything like £2500 on speakers, so for them the BL3s top nearly anyone else's speakers. Forget the fact that most B&O users have a higher-than-average income, thus the BL3s are regarded to them as 'computer speakers'. For most people, they blow them away.

If I listen to my BS8 and the BL4 computer speakers, the BL3s completely blow them away. Superb, with or without a sub. For the size - and I'll emphasise their size - they do what they are supposed to do and much more.

You own all four? Oh my! Where do you put them? Home cinema or different rooms? 

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Jonathan:

wonderfulelectric:

BeoBoy68:

BeoLab 5 is The Best B&O product. Need to be upgraded and cheaper ! 😃😍

I used to think that way before my stumbling upon of BMR drivers. 

It will be cheaper for sure!

We shall see in a few years whether the acoustic lenses will still be given as much focus as they are given now.

 

 

Can we go back to topic?

Please don't hijack threads with your rants, just start a new thread!

Okay.... I was just building upon what BeoBoy thought about he Lab5s. 

Fine... Message received. 

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Fisp replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 1:28 PM

Allow me to oppose some of the views in the other thread:

I love my BS5/BM5 combo!

Both design and sound are superior. Just hide the BM5 so when listening to "CDs" the only thing you notice is the bright screen with coverart.  Very nice and I believe B&O is the only company that could come up with this design. 

I quite agree that the interface lacks basic features and why B&O has decided not to implement these is a mystery. Can¨t we get B&O to change their priorities?

 

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I have deleted this post as it added nothing and was just rude in my view. Please try to be courteous. You may find that comments can be misunderstood as I think this one was.

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kallasr replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 2:47 PM

Please - not again ...

1. Don't feed the trolls

2. What / Who you don't like - just ignore

3. Stick to the topic of  a thread

Thanks!

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Here here.

I thought this behaviour had been stopped before Christmas.

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Peter replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 3:24 PM

Done some editing!! Please remember that this is an international forum. Not everyone will use exactly the same grammatical techniques. Also expressing an opinion is fine - feel free to disagree but do so politely. Personal attacks are not necessary and will be deleted.

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js replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 5:48 PM

BeoLab 3, 9 and 5 ALT speakers: this is where B&O still makes a true difference in my opinion.

I would just like to see BeoLab 3 and 5 with a further development of two existing BeoLab 5 features: integrated USB DAC and remote-controlled volume. That would make a fantastic product for the booming computer audio segment: just connect to a computer filled with lossless files (forget BeoSound 5) and here you go with a minimalist, user-friendly and fantastic sounding system!

And Beo4 (although I think the old Beolink 1000 was outstanding, too).

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Agreed. But I think the digital modules should now be external add-ons instead. Digital technologies are moving at such a rapid pace that I think will work best integrated externally as plug-in modules like individual playmakers. B&O loudspeakers usually last in the product range for more than a decade so.... yes I think it will be a good idea that those digital devices become external modules instead. There are plenty of active loudspeakers out there that have integrated Dacs but almost all of them are refreshed every couple of years or so.

Regarding the ALT I think it has served its purpose. And should now be replaced by BMR. I know I know you guys may not like my pushing of BMR drivers ( I am in no way affiliated )but I just think it's a natural next step for B&O to take. It offers very similar dispersion but without limitations in terms of vertical axis dispersion and it is quite a middle path for between usual dome drivers and ALT loaded drivers with the added plus of producing seamless sound all the way from the lowest midrange to the highest high from a single unit. And of course again I must mention that is a lot more cost effective and way less limiting aesthetically too. Read up on the tech and maybe you might not find me so ridiculous after all?

And please don't misunderstand me I am in no way against B&O like some people might have perceived me to be. I would just like B&O to continue producing things I would buy and for B&O to succeed. I am after all a big fan.

Oh and I almost forgot the original Beocenter 2300 that brought B&O back from limbo and the first ever B&O product that I had the pleasure of playing around with. Victoria Beckham once mentioned how automatic glass sliding doors reminded her of Bang&Olufsen. That must be the very product that inject B&O into people's consciousness. So now with all the fancy sliding CD doors gone from the B&O range what will its next move to put itself back on track? 

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pf85 replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 7:34 PM

butch1:

Beo 4 fantastic to use,without even looking at it,unlike beo5/6 = agreed

Beolab 3 for there size and placement options,fantastic sound,also unique looking. = agreed

Beovision 7-55 for its allround ability as a complete package,sound,picture,quality,connections. = agreed

Playmaker for what it does,not how it looks,and saves buying a seperate dac and ae. = when it steps up in looks...

 

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Yendys replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 9:07 PM
BV11 for its excellent Picture Sound Connectivity oh it's good looks and placement options

2nd for playmaker, flexible product able to integrate digital connectivity into older products/ML systems ok yes it should have much better physical 'design'...
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moxxey replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 10:39 PM

wonderfulelectric:
You own all four? Oh my! Where do you put them? Home cinema or different rooms? 

Not all four at the same time :)

I bought the BL3s ages ago and they are in the office now, along with the BeoCom 5s and a Beosound 4.

The BL5s I bought a while back, pre-calibrated. They were superb pre-calibrated, but after calibration in my home, they were never the same (thanks to my wooden flooring and sash windows, I guess). Ended up selling them an investing the money in something very different.

The BL9s were in conjunction with my BV7 and they were great for movies. Moved them on though when I traded in the BV7 and bought a BV10.

BL3s for me are just a great all-round good value speaker and, based on remarks from other non-B&O friends, nearly everyone is amazed by their ability.

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Jeff replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 4:23 AM

For me it would have to be the Beolab 5, a speaker that gives up nothing to any audiophile system ive ever heard, and at a far saner price than many. It shows, for those willing to get past their anti B&O prejudices, that B&O's audio engineering chops are as good as anyone's. 

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beolion replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 5:53 AM

Video: BV11 and BV7-55. 

BV11 does look very good, have a great picture and sound and very nice features.
BV7-55 is for me THE B&O product, it is much more than a TV, for me it defines the design of B&O.

Speakers: BL5 and BL3

BL5 is what we want, but dont have the money. BL3 is design wise very special and does sound really good. I do have the BL3 and BL9, and to the BL9 I must say that it is amazing how much power such relative small speakers have. 
It is very difficult to make iconic speaker like the BL8000's and include the ALT technology. BL8000 is an design icon, but I do not really like the sound that much.

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moxxey:

wonderfulelectric:
You own all four? Oh my! Where do you put them? Home cinema or different rooms? 

Not all four at the same time :)

I bought the BL3s ages ago and they are in the office now, along with the BeoCom 5s and a Beosound 4.

The BL5s I bought a while back, pre-calibrated. They were superb pre-calibrated, but after calibration in my home, they were never the same (thanks to my wooden flooring and sash windows, I guess). Ended up selling them an investing the money in something very different.

The BL9s were in conjunction with my BV7 and they were great for movies. Moved them on though when I traded in the BV7 and bought a BV10.

BL3s for me are just a great all-round good value speaker and, based on remarks from other non-B&O friends, nearly everyone is amazed by their ability.

What it seems like somebody knows how to get around. Switching speakers, TVs etc... Do you do that with the  official dealer or through secondhand dealerships? I guess you are more into TVs? 

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