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flatwhite posted on Wed, Jan 20 2021 7:51 PM

Hi,

 

Just wanted to share with you what I think may be an interesting product for the B&O crowd. 

 

B&O has been at the forefront on the WiSA front for many years and it seems other brands are now waking up.

Check this out:

https://www.buchardtaudio.com/products/stereo-hub

 

You can think of this as a Core + Transmitter 1 in one box.

 

On top of that, it supports more sources than the Core (Including Roon), has more inputs (several optical and hdmi).

They also have an iOS app that claims can do room correction (using the iphone as the calibration tool and then uploading that room profile to the hub)

 

It also seems to be distributed under different brands:

Buchardt: https://www.buchardtaudio.com/products/stereo-hub

System Audio: https://system-audio.com/product/stereo-hub/

Platin: https://www.phonar.de/english/wireless_hifi_eng.html

 

What do you guys think? I think this could be a great option for someone that wants to run a pair of 18s, 20s as a standalone music system or perhaps even connected to a TV via HDMI?

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Got one today. Works flawlessly 

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Sandyb replied on Wed, Jan 20 2021 8:03 PM
You're correct - a bunch of brands have started making active systems. KEF have had great success with the LS50 for example

And yes the Buchardt system hub box shames the Core for flexibility

But the limited ambition of B&O when it comes to this kind of thing is not a new story
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charlessims:

Got one today. Works flawlessly 

 

Great to hear! Tell us more!

 

Did you try the room compensation, where did you buy it from?

 

 

 

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Esax replied on Wed, Jan 20 2021 9:43 PM
Unfortunately, it looks like ***.

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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Esax:
Unfortunately, it looks like ***.

Haha, yeah sure that Transmitter white box and Core looks so great.

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Sandyb replied on Wed, Jan 20 2021 10:34 PM

And what, the Core is making its way into MOMA?!

 

 

Esax:
Unfortunately, it looks like ***.

 

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Got the hub from https://www.audiologica.co.uk/product/system-audio-stereo-hub/.

Not big in any way. Got it hooked up to my tv using HDMI arc with the volume being passed through, so the tv remote controls the volume. 
Connect to my Wi-Fi so AirPlay is available and automatically turns on the hub/speakers when connected.

After software updating to hub via usb stick, I turned the hub and speakers on and without any prompts they all connected together through WISA.

You can use the room calibration as that is on the hub not the speakers. Make a horrible noise and you walk around the room with your phone which is recording the signal. 

UpYou are supposed to have the hub visible to the speakers, however I have it in my media cabinet and the connection has had no problems as of yet.

I have no tried the analogue inputs for my Records or Beocord yet. 

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CB replied on Fri, Jan 22 2021 7:33 PM
charlessims:
You can use the room calibration as that is on the hub not the speakers. Make a horrible noise and you walk around the room with your phone which is recording the signal.

So now you have a pair of BL17s powered by a room corrected signal, is that right?

Do you know what frequencies range is covered by the room correction?

20Hz to 20kHz (full range) or under 300Hz (bass only) or?
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That is correct. You can look at the app on the App Store and it shows a graphic of the calibration it offers. Not  full range, looks to be about 20hz to 300hz. Bass only really. 
The calibration was a nice extra for me, mainly wanted the WISA function. 

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CB replied on Fri, Jan 22 2021 9:07 PM
Thank you for these figures, very interesting !

I was asking because there are other “affordable” room correction solutions that offer to cover the full range 20Hz-20kHz Smile, but without WISA Sad

E.G. https://www.minidsp.com/products/streaming-hd-series/shd-studio
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Answered (Not Verified) laubille replied on Tue, Feb 16 2021 12:25 PM
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Hi 

System Audio claims that the stereohub doesn't support Beolab 18 + 19 because the way thay are set up i different. 

Buchard audio claims that it does. Who should I believe. It seems like it is the same product

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I can guarantee it works with 17’s and hence there is no reason it will not work with 18’s.

The only thing I would double check is that the hub can transmit a sub signal, as I am using stereo only.

Plain is the original manufacturer so I would suggest contacting them.

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