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Beolab 4000 or Beolab 6000?

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ampiezzamoda posted on Sun, Nov 30 2014 3:16 PM

Hello, I am a huge fan of B&O from the UK and I am looking to upgrade my system a little. Currently I have a Beocenter 9000 connected to Beovox CX50s. I am planning to purchase either VGC preowned Beolab 6000 or Beolab 4000 for around £500 however I'm not sure which ones to get. I have had a short demo of Beolab 6000 in store and was impressed but I would be really pleased if someone could explain the characteristic of sound of the Beolab 4000 compared to the Beolab 6000, thank you.

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Dave Farr
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Welcome to Beoworld.

Best if you can listen to some 4000's yourself as sound perception is different for us all - especially as you get older.  Personally, I find the 4000's better at bass reproduction.  I love my 4000's.  They are small enough to be discrete on a bookshelf or the floor but produce great sound, detail and volume when needed.

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Thank you Dave for such a fast answer. I will try and find a pair to listen to in my area but it helps that you've pointed out their bass reproduction. 

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Contact me if you are interested in blue or green Beolab 4000 :)
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Jeff replied on Sun, Nov 30 2014 4:40 PM

If I wasn't set on having a floor standing speaker I'd go for the 4000s personally. Two issues, well three. I love the way they look, they have in my opinion a bit better bass, and they don't have the issue of the woofers going bad after a few years as the BL6000s do. I have a used pair of 6000s and three of the 4 woofers are bad, I have replacements but haven't had time to get to them yet. I wish I'd gotten 4000s.

The 6000s are in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) but I still like the looks of the 4000s better, such a unique shape, and there is a floor stand for them if needed.

My 2 cents anyway! Wink

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Beolab 4000. 

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I have both.

6000 mounted against the walls, the 4000 in wall cabinets.

The 4000's produce more and tight base, but the music IMHO sounds much better on 6000's. I would say the 4000's are punchy and a bit bright, the 6000 much better balanced - frankly for certain types classical pieces they rival my 8000's.

I ended pairing my 8000's with a good Velodyne sub and they sound great. My 6000's are next to a room (large opening between rooms) with 12-2's and a BL11 - if I turn down the 12-3's and with the added base punch from the BL11 the 6000's sound much, much better then the 4000's - a different league.

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Peter replied on Sun, Nov 30 2014 10:18 PM

You have to listen to speakers - you will get opinions but none of them are coming from your ears. Both speakers are fine - I prefer 4000s but that is my preference. Picking the speaker that fits your scenario the best would not be a mistake.

 

Peter

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Jeff replied on Sun, Nov 30 2014 11:39 PM

One thing, the 4000s have a lot more placement options than a floor standing speaker like the 6000s.

But of course Peter is absolutely right what sounds best to your ears is what's important. 

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Hello Jeff, thank you, your input is exactly what I was looking for! I decided to go for some White/aluminium Beolab 6000 from 2008 to try and ensure their condition and they will arrive at the weekend. I have one more question, I understand you can connect them via RCA to a beocenter 9000 but am I right in saying that there is a single LINE input on one of the speakers and you connected them together with a powerlink then the single line cable takes the stereo signal and takes it to the beocenter? Just to make sure I have the correct cable to be able to listen to these when they arrive!! 

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Peter replied on Tue, Dec 2 2014 1:36 PM

The line cable will only take one channel - the powerlink cable carries both. To use with a 9000, you will need attenuated cables as the output from the 9000 is amplified - Sounds Heavenly can no doubt help here.

Peter

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