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seethroughyou
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seethroughyou posted on Wed, May 26 2021 3:54 PM
What do members make of the Halo a few months on? Hoping to view it again soon.

Happy you bought it?

What new things can it do now?

What negatives have you identified?

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andy_js
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I'm interested to know if you can search for tracks on Deezer.

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I have four and use them regularly. The only feature that's been added since launch is the ability to choose among multiple sources that are playing to "join."

I wish that support would be added for the BeoSystem 4 and for NL/ML Converters.

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I've had mine some months now, and to be honest I use it less than the Essence remote that sits in the same room.

 

The features I use most are volume control and Touch-to-Join.  For volume control I find the essence fits my hand perfectly, while the halo's ring feels less exact because I can't get my fingers around the whole thing.

I do prefer the Halo's ability to show volume level.  Particularly since an essence remote that hasn't been used in a couple of days can take a moment to sync up, and I have to wait till that happens before I can actually set volume.

Touch-to-join is easier on the essence remote as well - just a simple press as I walk into the room.  The halo has to wake up and then target the correct tiny button on a touchscreen without tactile feedback.  (I don't ever miss the button, I just have to be much more accurate than when using the essence remote.)

I do like that the Halo displays current track - I wish they had released a version of the Essence Remote that had an e-paper display to also show track name.

The battery life in the Halo is a problem for me.  I have Essence remotes all over my home - since they run almost a year on a set of batteries I can mount them anywhere.  The Halo's battery dies within a few days, so it spends its life sitting on a charger - I take it off the charger perhaps once per month.  I do wish the  Essence had a low-battery indicator the way the Halo shows it, but I generally know the battery is low when it stops responding. :-)

 

Happy you bought it?

Well . . . I'm not unhappy that I bought it.  It's an interesting conversation piece and a thing of beauty.  But I own one now and won't be buying any more.  Since buying the Halo I've purchased two more Essence remotes, and I hope to buy two or three more before I'm done.  (Only available used through eBay, now.)

 

Sources: 2x Beosound Moment • 4x Beosound Essence Mk II
Speakers: 3x Beolab 8000 • 2x Beolab 6000 • 2x Beolab 3 • 3x Beolab 2
Integrated:  1x Beosound 2 • 1x Beosound Level • 4x BeoPlay M5 • 1x BeoPlay A6
Control:  16x* Essence Remote  • 1x Beoremote Halo

* Yes, really! 🤦‍♂️

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Bought it 4 months ago. I have oppositie experience. Since halo I don't use essence remote anymore.

Halo has simplicity in display and control options and very intuitive. I have a q charging pad which is ideal to charge e.g. every night but still use it mobile in te room.

 

I got a lot of positive comments from visitors. It is surprisingly fast with almost no lag between action and response for volume and track changes. Tactile feedback on volume adjustments if perfect. 

Essence has more lag due to wake up time. 

 

I wish halo would allow google home commands (lightning scenes) and deezer track selection.

 

I would buy again immediately. If you consider Beolab 28 that is now build into the speaker though and might be future for all devices.

laseralex
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driehoek:
I have oppositie experience

I'm very glad to hear this.  I smile every time I look at my Halo, and I think it's a brilliant concept.  I'm just not as blown away as I expected to be.  I must be getting old, LOL.

I also agree with what you say about the halo's response time being better, and the tactile feedback is also great.  The visual feedback on the halo is also excellent.

And yes, I wish I could talk to my Halo for google assistant commands . . . but especially full voice control over BeoLink Multiroom (source, volume, track controls) would be amazing.  I hope that the new collaboration of Google, Apple, Amazon, and others on the Matter platform will allow this to finally become reality.

I feel like I should clarify my stance on the Halo.  I do like the product and have no regrets buying it.  I just get more value from 4x Essence Remote than 1x Halo at the same price.  With the Essence remote discontinued it doesn't really matter, the Halo is the way to go.

driehoek:
Since halo I don't use essence remote anymore.

Will you sell me yours?  Big Smile  (Seriously, if you don't use yours, I'd like to buy it.  I'm looking for 2 more wall-mount and one ore table style.)

Sources: 2x Beosound Moment • 4x Beosound Essence Mk II
Speakers: 3x Beolab 8000 • 2x Beolab 6000 • 2x Beolab 3 • 3x Beolab 2
Integrated:  1x Beosound 2 • 1x Beosound Level • 4x BeoPlay M5 • 1x BeoPlay A6
Control:  16x* Essence Remote  • 1x Beoremote Halo

* Yes, really! 🤦‍♂️

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laseralex:
And yes, I wish I could talk to my Halo for google assistant commands . . . but especially full voice control over BeoLink Multiroom (source, volume, track controls) would be amazing.  I hope that the new collaboration of Google, Apple, Amazon, and others on the Matter platform will allow this to finally become reality.

 

Please do not forget that the first concept that FCC ID have test it had a microfone. But the final Version from B&O had it NOT inside.

Maybe the MK II goes back to voice control.


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BrianP replied on Thu, May 27 2021 6:43 PM
I hesitated a bit before buying it due to the limited functionality. Though, I needed an additional remote and instead of buying another BR1 or Essence, I decided to try it out.

I have not regret it a second - I really love the Halo. I am considering to replace a wall mounted Essence with Halo no. 2. I am tired of the lagging response of the Essence remote even with new and quality batteries.

I really appreciate Halo’s quick response and the lovely wheel for adjustment of sound level. Further, the display with meta data is the pay worth - I like to be able to see info on the artist and song playing in the radio or other sources.

As other members, I wish to be able to choose playlists etc. from Deezer but I guess that will not happen as B&O is going in another direction with the new products on the Mozart platform.

Go buy Halo!

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driehoek replied on Thu, May 27 2021 10:04 PM

I have a wall mount essence that I no longer need and can sell to you. Send me personal message please

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Beozip replied on Fri, May 28 2021 8:41 AM

The black anthracite version is now online .... Smile

 

https://www.bang-olufsen.com/en/gb/accessories/beoremote-halo?variant=beoremotehalo-table-black-anthracite

 

 

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Duels replied on Fri, May 28 2021 9:39 AM
Beozip:

The black anthracite version is now online ....

https://www.bang-olufsen.com/en/gb/accessories/beoremote-halo?variant=beoremotehalo-table-black-anthracite

That looks very nice!
laseralex
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driehoek:

I have a wall mount essence that I no longer need and can sell to you. Send me personal message please

I did send a personal message but haven't heard back.  Can you please message me on the forum or via email at yahoo.com - my email address there is eealexhay. (Email address split to prevent harvesting by spambots.)

Thanks!

Sources: 2x Beosound Moment • 4x Beosound Essence Mk II
Speakers: 3x Beolab 8000 • 2x Beolab 6000 • 2x Beolab 3 • 3x Beolab 2
Integrated:  1x Beosound 2 • 1x Beosound Level • 4x BeoPlay M5 • 1x BeoPlay A6
Control:  16x* Essence Remote  • 1x Beoremote Halo

* Yes, really! 🤦‍♂️

seethroughyou
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Yep. It’s great some are enjoying the look and feel of this remote. At present, I’ve not seen the post-release progress in this to justify £700 in terms of functionality. Let’s hope B&O integrate some more functionality later this year to make this product really shine.

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Past: BL1, BL2, BL8000, BS9000, BL5, BC2, BS5, BV5, BV4-50, Beosystem 3, BL3, DVD1, Beoremote 4.

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DocLeisure
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Hi,

I would love if B&O would unveil a bit more of the potential of the Halo:

- BeoSystem4 / BeoVision 11 / Avant Engine

- BLGW (BLI or MLGW) integration

- Lights

It could be kind of an universal remote for almost everything out of the B&O universe (and even more e.g. Philips Hue).

I am not sure if B&O does not see this potential, if they are ignoring it or if they are simply not able to do the software magic...

Best regards

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Although I spoke of being ‘hopeful’ the likelihood is that B&O will do little if anything further with the Halo. They had a great quirky design and got distracted like an arty architect whilst neglecting the functionality of a building. The B&O 5 and 6 remotes got dropped within a few short years of release and I’m wondering if the Halo will have the same fate. Let’s be ‘hopeful’ and ‘positive’….

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Present: BL90, Moment, Core, BL6000, CD7000, 7000, Essence Remote.

Past: BL1, BL2, BL8000, BS9000, BL5, BC2, BS5, BV5, BV4-50, Beosystem 3, BL3, DVD1, Beoremote 4.

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