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BeoSound Level Video - First Look - New portable speaker from Bang & Olufsen

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baronvejrup
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baronvejrup posted on Thu, Feb 4 2021 8:00 AM

Hi BeoWorld

Here is the introduction to the brand new Bang & Olufsen speaker called BeoSound Level

https://youtu.be/wa8izKOBKgc

 

World Premiere on BeoSound Level - a brand new speaker from Bang & Olufsen. Design by Torsten Valeur Bang & Olufsen Radio, AirPlay2, Chromecast, SpotifyConnect, Bluetooth, Line-in Beosound Level has been designed on the key insight that “Movability of sound in the home is highly valued by our consumers”. Any room. Any position. Any moment. Beosound Level lets you move with your music in new ways at home, without ever compromising on sound quality.

5 speaker drivers • 2x 0.8” tweeter (powered by a 15W amplifier) • 1x 2” fullrange drivers (powered by a 30W amplifier) • 2x 4” woofers (each powered by a 30W amplifier)

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steve1977
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Is dlna supported?

Does it have a “touch to join” button?

Any idea why NL is still missing? It cannot be so difficult as it’s included in so many products...
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And what are the WiFi specs? I think it is is important for a device that is supposed to move all over the house, it should be strong and should support mesh networks which is not what other B&O products have been good at so far.

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No Touch to Join, no NL.

Q3 or Q4 according to Henryk, who I have no reason to disbelieve.

Both the Balance and Level do not have an actual physical touch to join button (or somewhere to gesture at the unit)....so quite how they restore Touch to Join remains a mystery.

No NL now for 1 year for the Balance - it does suggest to me that in some way they are moving post-NL.

Pretty sure that existing NL products will retain support for a long time, so I'm not worried.

But there remains a vacuum of information as to what / how they will fulfil what was outlined in the post Balance press release (about some of your favourite features being restored in future updates).

 

 

steve1977:
Is dlna supported?

 

 

Does it have a “touch to join” button?

 

 

Any idea why NL is still missing? It cannot be so difficult as it’s included in so many products...

 

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Sandyb:

Both the Balance and Level do not have an actual physical touch to join button (or somewhere to gesture at the unit)....so quite how they restore Touch to Join remains a mystery.

The play/pause button should do the « touch to join » job like for most of the Beolink products isn’t it?

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The big Q is whether balance/level will eventually feature some kind of “NL mk2”. There was an announcement about a new audio engine and future multi-room support. This could also explain why it’s taking so long to release this feature. Even apple’s release of airplay-2 was delayed by a year, so initially airplay-2 devices didn’t have this feature. I remember the longest “wait”...

NL-2 could allow native stereo pairing (not cc) and connecting to a stage or beovision. This would bring b&o to the same level as sonos and beyond what anyone else is offering.

While i’d love this NL-2 to come alive, this suspicion also gives me pause on buying any more BS1 or BS2 or other NL devices. I may be left with an outdated NL soon and a future mkx of these devices may feature the new audio engine.

A bit more transparency by b&o of this jew audio engine and plans for level/balance would be helpful.
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baronvejrup:

The statement about NL is direct from software engineers - and the launch date should hold - I agree on the timeframe on Balance its a joke - but the hardware and everything is ready on these products.

Its correct that no Deezer or TuneIn - TuneIn is swapped with Bang & Olufsen Radio, and if you want to play deezer its either through BT, AP2 or CC as for now.

I also suspect that as the Balance and the Level are on the same new "Mozart" platform, that the development for NL will be delivered at both time.  My guess it that they wanted the level to market first whilst they were still developing the NL functionality , and might as well 'kill 2 birds with 1 stone' 

I like the level and the intro video, so thanks to the Baron ;-) 

Would like to know more about the "software roadmap" and if this includes the ability to use Mozart platform speakers as rears, etc. Will obviously find out more in time. 

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jk1002 replied on Fri, Feb 5 2021 12:49 AM

Does someone know if they give up on the Essence remote? I have these all pver on the walls and am surprised that it doesn’seem supported anymore with the new devices

 

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jk1002:

Does someone know if they give up on the Essence remote? I have these all over on the walls and am surprised that it doesn’t seem supported anymore with the new devices

I would imagine that anything that support the BeoRemote One BT ought to also support the Essence remote: both are Bluetooth controllers, and the Essence uses a standard BT profile.  (I use one to control my computer volume!)

I, too, have them "all over on the walls."  To be honest, the Essence remote is what led to everything else in my signature.  Such a fantastic little device.

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Beautiful and very B&O. Will be a nice upgrade to my M5!

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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Curly replied on Fri, Feb 5 2021 1:54 AM

Alex, how do you compare and contrast your 9 Essence remotes to your 1 Halo? Not to hijack the thread, but I’m curious on your thoughts of the two products  

Also, everyone, any idea why some of the products support TuneIn, while others such as Level do not? Why not just have uniformity across all the devices? It’s just software, not hardware. I don’t understand it. I like TuneIn!

Still crossing my fingers for native TIDAL Connect support.

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Previously: BeoSound 1 non-GVA

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Been to my B&O store yesterday afternoon. Both Level versions were already there and I must say they look and sound very good. Building quality as supposed to be and size and weight is nice.

Apparently there's a new speaker in this same line as Balance and Level coming out in the following months. What I've been told is that it's more column-like, so maybe a little balance (mimicking the BS2 and BS1).

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ebnrob replied on Fri, Feb 5 2021 12:27 PM

Curly:

 

Also, everyone, any idea why some of the products support TuneIn, while others such as Level do not? Why not just have uniformity across all the devices? It’s just software, not hardware. I don’t understand it. I like TuneIn!

Still crossing my fingers for native TIDAL Connect support.

B&O are removing TuneIn from all products this year. Moving to their own NetRadio service. I've been told the Essence Mk2 that I have will receive the update. It's something to do with BBC licensing with TuneIn I think.

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Sorry guys, what's the "NL" you're all referring to? 😬

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Hiort replied on Fri, Feb 5 2021 3:42 PM
matteventu:

Sorry guys, what's the "NL" you're all referring to? 😬

NetLink. The protocol B&O use for multiroom.

 

 

 

 

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Hiort replied on Fri, Feb 5 2021 3:43 PM
baronvejrup:

Hi Everyone

The BeoSound Level - will have BeoRemote Halo Support in Q1-Q2 and BeoLink Support in Q3-Q4

Find me on YouTube : Bang & Olufsen Teknisk Forum : https://www.youtube.com/c/BangOlufsenTekniskForum

Is this calendar quarters or B&O business quarters?

 

 

 

 

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