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Gavin
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Gavin posted on Fri, Feb 8 2013 10:04 AM

Hi,

I purchased an A9 before Christmas and have some experiences to share in the hope that some questions will be answered.

I had to switch my network settings from WPA2 - TKIP, to AES to get the A9 to connect to WiFi

The ping pong noise it makes when registering on a network occurs randomly about twice a day. Sometimes in the early hours, almost like it is dropping off the network, then re-registering. B&O advised me to buy a new Cisco router as they can only confirm compatibility with the routers they test with.

When playing via Airplay the sounds drops out randonmly. I've switched to a LAN cable to see if it was the WiFi signal and it still does it.

If you look closely there is an optical input next to the LAN port. This isn't advertised so I expect a firmware upgrade in the future may activate this allowing an optical input.

Some DLNA clients work well and adjust the volume, some don't control the volume at all. Its worth checking before you buy one.

Stereo separation isn't great but having a single unit allows for some great placement options.

Replacing the cover is very simply but you need to smooth the edges to remove any ripples in the fabric

Overall I love the A9. If anyone can shed any experiences that would resolve the above points I'd be greatful.

No, the B&O shop were pleasant but not very helpful

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Thanks Gavin - good feedback; and BTW welcome to B&O and Beoworld

I am not sure which one of the two is more addictive Big Smile

You said

Some DLNA clients work well and adjust the volume, some don't control the volume at all. Its worth checking before you buy one.

Do tell us which one you settle on 

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Hello Gavin

First of all how old or new is your router.  As I had a problem when connecting a A9 to a old router and the unit kept cutting out and sometimes lost connection.  I done a firmware update on the Router and all the problems were solved.

As for DLNA streaming software UPNP Bubble is a good one.

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Hi Gavin,

I would definitely consider buying a new router, if upgrading doesn't help!.

Coax-input? There is a hole for resetting... I haven't heard of any coax..

Could you make a picture of it, perhaps?

BubbleUPnP is Android by the way - for iOS I would recommend PlugPlayer

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Hi Gavin, when you tested the A9 using a network cable to prevent wireless dropouts, what you may be experiencing is that your iPhone which is sending the Airplay wirelessly to the router is dropping out.

I have an iPhone running iOS6.1 and it isn't great at Airplay - it was much better when it had iOS 5.

I have a iPad running iOS 5 and the Airplay is perfect, same house, same router, same devices!
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Mikael replied on Mon, Feb 11 2013 9:59 AM

I also have the A9 and have experienced the same problems as you describe.

I too have noticed that the A9 seems to reconnect to the network at random. Havn't noticed any real pattern and it hasnt effected my use of the A9. The only reason i noticed it, is because if the ping pong sound when it starting up. To me it seems like its restarting, not reconnecting. This sounds like a bug of some sorts.

Regarding the sound drop outs, I've tracked the problem down to my iPhone 5. My hand is enough to block the signal. My router is about 2-3 years old and is up-to-date in firmware.

But enough with the negative, my postive feedback is similar to yours. Love the sound, though the stereo separation could be better. A trade off when buying a single unit. Some reviews are complaining over ripples in the fabric. I have had none of those problems what so ever. My guess is that they suck at mounting the fabric, which by the way isn't hard at all.

 

 

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I have seen things drop off our store network and come back a lot - wifi is very tricky and Airplay seems to be at the forefront of things that find tricky networks difficult.

To solve it, assuming hardwiring is not an option, you need to find a wifi channel that is not congested, turn off any wireless networks not in use etc.

However I discovered a very clear fact with my BeoLit 12 that lead me to believe there may be iOS involved here too - I have an iPhone 4s running iOS6 and the drop outs between that and my BeoLit are very frustrating. I also have an iPad 1 running iOS5, same router, same house, same BeoLit - it has never ever dropped out when streaming to the BeoLit 12.

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Bluetooth technologie is better like Airplay ! Why Beo don't use and integrate it ?!

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BeoBoy68:

Bluetooth technologie is better like Airplay ! Why Beo don't use and integrate it ?!

 

You're kidding right?

 

In case you're not kidding:

Bluetooth is poor -as in "really, really bad" - for both range and bandwidth (and thus poor audio quality), not to mention security.

 

 

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Still waiting for 'AirPlay over Bluetooth 4.0' Whistle

Greetings Millemissen

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Millemissen:

Still waiting for 'AirPlay over Bluetooth 4.0' Whistle

Greetings Millemissen

 

Yeah, at a maximum of 200kbps in the best case scenario - So much better than WiFi, lol!

 

 

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Gavin replied on Tue, Feb 12 2013 8:45 AM

Thank you all for your responses.

I do have the option of using a network cable but I was hoping to keep the wires that cross the floor to a minimum.

My router is the best Billion Router I could purchase. It has many features and I don't want to replace it unless I have to. It is about 2 years old with the latest firmware.

I understand the suggestion that it is my iphone or ipad, so I've ordered a new ipad. My logic is that the old device could be struggling with sending data over WiFi to both the NAS and A9 simultaneously. I also own a Samsung Galaxy S3 so I'll see if it has the same symptoms.

Did anyone else find the optical port or is it just mine? The B&O tech didn't even know it was there!

 

Gavin

 

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H Gavin,

??? Optical port in a B&O-product???

That would be the first time ever.

Greetings Millemissen

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Gavin
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Gavin replied on Tue, Feb 12 2013 9:13 AM

Really?

I thought some of the high end speakers (Beloab 5) had optical in

Regards

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Gavin:

Really?

I thought some of the high end speakers (Beloab 5) had optical in

Regards

No, the digital in is coax in the BL5s.

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