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Would you buy a Beosound 5 today?

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Huwwy
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Huwwy posted on Mon, May 28 2012 6:50 PM

Hi all,

I'm new to the forum so hello!

I have been considering buying a Beosound 5 or Encore for a while. I've heard from a dealer that there will be a £1000 off offer for June and July but I still can't work out if they are still ridiculously expensive or whether they are genuinely worth the cost.

An alternative for me would be to buy the new A8 but that would leave me without MOTS which is one of the primary reasons for buying.

I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts.

 

Thanks

Huwwy

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Rikard
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Rikard replied on Wed, Oct 24 2012 4:06 PM

With link speakers that works, it has been working for years! ML I had linkspeakers in the kitchen of our old apartment. I could start listening in the livingroom and send it to the kitchen. 

Just get a linksystem up and running. :) 

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The BeoSound 5 does have multiroom playback. This is what differentiates it from the BeoSound 5 Encore. You can move from one room to another and continue the music as well as control it. The Beo4 and Beo5 provide basic functionality, such as selection of source, movement between tracks, and volume control. The Beo6 shows a visual display of the cover art being played and the ability to scroll through music to select it. An IOS app would merely provide one more option as a remote with even more control.

You'll probably point out that you mentioned multiroom STREAMING. That brings up another discussion regarding the future of a wired link network for B&O. Masterlink did this beautifully during the age of analog. Perhaps the need for a wireless network has become obsolete with the advancements in technology? I believe that B&O's position on this is that a wired network is preferred for the distribution of high definition video. However, I've been quite satisfied with how the Apple TV handles high definition video across a wireless network.

I do agree wholeheartedly with your suggestion that the BeoSound 5 (actually the BeoMaster 5 specifically) should be able to do more than just music. The BeoMaster 5 seemed like the ideal extension of a home control interface to any tv in the B&O portfolio. It also had the promise of being an opportunity for B&O to provide smart tv apps to any existing B&O tv. It truly amazes and disappoints me that B&O chose a DVI connection for the BeoMaster 5 instead of an HDMI connection. That alone made the unit already dated from the moment of its release. Does the BeoMaster 5 even support HDCP? I don't believe that it does.

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MARKFS replied on Wed, Oct 24 2012 8:05 PM

Yes, I know that you could send music through the home with masterlink.

But what I want, is the option to have two beosound 5's and being able to choose in which room I want the music to play in. Almost like the SONOS interface.  

Also, being able to start one song in one room on the first beosound, and being able to see the cover art and changing track in another room on the second beosound, and not only on the beo4 or 6.  

 

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MARKFS replied on Fri, Oct 26 2012 9:59 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBGkSuaqWEE

XBOX SMARTGLASS!
looks great!

Im considering buying a beosound5, but, this thing here looks amazing!

Martin
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Martin replied on Tue, Nov 20 2012 3:32 PM

Hi Beolion,

If I use an Ipad och Creation 5 app, how do I "activate" the Beosound 5 so I can use the app with the Beosound5? I have heard that I should make some change in the menus so Beosound 5 is a "Mediaserver". Is it in the Besound 5 or Beomaster 5 I do this change?

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Martin Ström

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Henk Jansen
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In beosound 5 , you should have mediaserver on
hackel
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Hello,

The problem, if you put the beomaster 5 has a media server, it will always be in power mode and will no longuer be in standby mode.

More than the power consumption, if your beomaster is in a hi-fi furniture (not sure of the traduction) it will be hot after ten hours.

It's a shame, because with this mode (mediaserver) there is more possibility to control music.

It will be perfect if this option (mediaserver on or off) could be control by the Beo6 or the Beoplayer.

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I have the Media server = On, and the BM5 is installed in a cabinet in my office with limited airflow. The temp. is about 40 degrees celsius, which is OK.

I have measured the BM5 to use 13W power when the Media Server = On, that is also OK with me.

The good thing having the BM5 in a kind of idle mode is that the startup time is very short.

I still love my BS5 system, just still wish an app that can be used as a remove on the link rooms :-)

 

 

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