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Thefutureofmusic
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Thefutureofmusic posted on Fri, Dec 4 2015 1:18 AM

 

I logged in to the B&O webpage some month ago, for my usual dose of daydreaming, and I saw this horrendous new speaker, the Beolab90...

My first thought was that the designteam did this entire project during a yearly long ayahuasca session.  

Totally without the B&O essence... And influenced by heavy psychedelic drugs.

 

Last Friday though, I was invited to the B&O store in Marbella for the celebration of 90years and the Beolab90.

Some drinks, cheese, live piano music. Nice people and a smashing ambience. They really went all the way to make it absolutely amazing!

So after about an hour, I got to have a private sitdown with the speakers. They where setup in one of the cinema rooms. I would guess about 100sqm (I am bad at estimating this though).

 

First of.

THEY LOOK AMAZING UPFRONT!!!! The attention to details, the lines, the waves, the texture and feel of the fabric. The contrast of the aluminium, wood and fabric. But especially the fabric they have chosen, it is something really special with it, and the feel of it. It is quite robust. 

I changed my mind in half a second... THIS IS PURE BEAUTY!

Ok, I am a born B&O lover, but they really are stunning. The pictures do not do them justice in any way what so ever. They are colossal! They literally make the Beolab5 look like BL4000. And yet they are so incredibly graceful and have this nice inviting ambience to them. It is like the are saying

-Hey come up and touch me, feel me, "play me". :D

 

So after some drooling I sat down and listened.....

I have heard a lot of powerful speakers, veeeery expensive speakers, crazy speakers and well, very much different setups.

But the Beolab90 blew my mind!

It's like that picture of Jackie Chan with the text "mind blown" under, while he looks crazy. Thats how I felt.

The power in them, the presence of all the tones, the clarity of the sound, the smoothness, the details....

I could go on for ever.

It was like I had smooth whipped butter made out of diamonds inside my ears.    

 

I will probably never again, or at least for sure not in a long time hear a speaker like this again.

I will surely hear the BL90 again, but I doubt something else will beat this. It could very well be the best speaker ever made. Simple as that.

Mind you, that they had only the basic software in them, so they are just getting better.

 

Bang&Olufsen, you have made it!

You really have made the perfect speaker to celebrate your 90 years!!! 

You really have made THE PERFECT SPEAKER TO CELEBRATE ANYTHING!

And I do apologize for my first harsh thoughts, but at least to my defense, the pictures on the webpage really dont do the speakers justice.    

 

MIND BLOWN!

 

 

So, what about the rest of you all in here, whats your opinions about the BL90?

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Geoff Martin
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Thefutureofmusic:

It was like I had smooth whipped butter made out of diamonds inside my ears.    

Well... that was a fun way to start the weekend!  Smile

Thanks!

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Weebyx replied on Fri, Dec 4 2015 10:22 AM

Well, I heard them at my local B&O store (http://www.beoherning.dk/om-butikken) fantastic service and fantastic store...

I have never heard loudspeakers that sound so good... As simple as that.. can't describe it, but it was so powerfull yet relaxed.

Just need to get a hold of 500000 dkr somehow...

Lottery here I come :)

 

/Weebyx

Thefutureofmusic
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Haha Geoff, thanks I guess :)

It is impossible to describe how sharp and crisp they are and at the same time so smooth and nurturing!

How can whipped butter be made of diamonds.... Well, how the H€££ can B&O get them to sound like this...

it is two equal mysteries...

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Weebyx,

So you have also had the pleasure! :D

I see that you are as stunned as I... It is no way to explain how they are... Simply need to hear them to understand that "strangeness" that are to them.

Worth mentioning as well, the Marbella store, absolutely world class service and kindness from all the people there!

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A pattern seems to be emerging in the feedback from those who have seen and heard them in person (myself included):

They look great - whilst some of us have been unsure or had reservations about the design from the photos, everyone so far seems to have been impressed with the design once they've seen them in the flesh.

Nobody has had anything negative to say about the sound - quite the opposite. "Stunning", "Wow" and of course not forgetting "smooth whipped butter made out of diamonds" Smile

Given we beoworlders are not renowned for being the easiest audience to impress, it seems safe to say that these speakers really are something quite special.

I'm looking forward to my local store receiving a pair later this month so I can spend a little more time with them as I was a bit pushed for time when I demoed them in London.

Martin.

 

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Can't wait to see them! Wonder if the store in Helsinki has them? 

 

Not sure on buying them though... It's a lot of money. 

Too long to list.... 

Thefutureofmusic
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Martin,

 

Yepp, my friends, whom only so far seen them on photos, still think they look strange and/or ugly.

For me, the opinnioin turned in a second. I guess for some other poeple perhaps it will take some time.

 

It was similar when the Porsche Panamera came out. I thought they did the biggest misstake ever releasing that. So ugly!!

It actually took me several years to get used to it, and now, I think it is one of the most beautiful cars in the world...

 

Haha seems like my comment is catching on! :D I should perhaps put it in my tagline :D

 

But when you say that we are a group that are hard to impress, could we also be considered rather biased due to our love and loyalty to the brand?

I am looking forward to more reviews from people whom are not soul deep B&O lovers.

 

I am going to the store next week to pick up some cables. Thought I would ask them to play some vinyl on BL90....!!!!!!!  Imagine hearing that incredible sound with a slight vinyl crackle to it... Dear God...

 

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Bayerische,

 

I hope you get the chance to listen.

 

I am totally sure about buying them, I just NEED the money :D

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As I mentioned in another thread, I had to opportunity to audition the BL90s in London a few weeks ago, but yesterday my local store (Exeter) had their pair of BL90's installed.

Matt at Daniel were as hospitable as ever and I spent several hours in the store this afternoon - I think if I had stayed much longer they would either of had to offer me a job or start charging me rent Big Smile

It did mean though that I have now had an opportunity to listen to a large variety of music on the BL90s, from a number of different sources, including FLAC, CD, SACD and Deezer, and at no point do the BeoLab 90s disappoint.

Those of you who read my initial impressions from my visit to London may remember I was very impressed, and having spent more time with them today I can safely say that has not changed.

What struck me most on my first audition was the level of clarity and detail produced, and whilst that hasn't changed, what *really* struck me today was the depth of field of the stereo imaging - sitting in the sweet spot it is entirely possible to pinpoint particular sounds or instruments and these can appear to be quite some distance behind the plane of speakers themselves. We're generally very used to hearing everything as if it is emanating from the vague area between the two speakers but to hear things emanating from much closer or further away is quite an interesting experience.

Most of our listening was conducted at moderate volume levels, but when turned up the BeoLab 90s really do demonstrate that they are more than capable of performing at levels way beyond what anyone is likely to be comfortable with for very long, and doing so without the loss of detail or starting to sound screechy as is common with many speakers.

During the afternoon we had one guy wander in off the street who said he had come in because he thought there was a live performance going on in the store, and a woman from another shop a few doors down the street who came in during one of the louder periods of testing who asked for the volume to be turned down and/or the doors to be closed - at least we think that is what she wanted, it was a little difficult to hear what she was saying Wink

Kind Regards,

Martin.

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BillC replied on Wed, Dec 23 2015 10:02 AM
Hi all

Just heard the Beolab 90 Stick out tongue at the King St store in Sydney.

All I can say is I wish I had a lazy AUD 110k sitting around. The last time I heard any speaker that made me want to buy it on the spot like this was the Beolab 5 when it was launched. I regretted never buying that and I know I will regret never buying these lol.

The sales person who showed me the speakers was very nice and accommodating despite me forewarning him that 110k speakers are not on my horizon for decades. I couldn't ask for better service.

We played only a few musical pieces - jazz and classical orchestra (had to dash back to work). For the classical piece the sound stage was wonderful, I could clearly hear the different instruments being played simultaneously with very high precision. The sound was very full bodied and it honestly sounded like I was listening to a live orchestra in the Sydney Opera House!! Brilliant!

Jazz was wonderful again, you could hear the timber of the vocals, the guitar notes, everything sounded so natural.

Congratulations B&O and Geoff for making a truly wonderful sounding speakers - and quite attractive looking speakers. I've always wanted speakers that could play music to sound like a live performance - something I think the Beolab 90 are truly capable of doing so.

In many ways 110k is cheap considering you're effectively getting an on demand live orchestra in your own home!!

PS there's serious power in these speakers - it might have enough power to drive a music hallSmile

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Saw them in Boston on Monday. But big for my taste but they sounded great. Worth the money I'm not sure but bet they will end up in a few Cheshire houses

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I popped into the store again today to pick up some parts that I had ordered at the weekend and the Beolab 90's have had a software update over the past couple of days.

Along with a few  other changes, wide beam mode is now available and it was interesting to compare this with the sound in the narrow beam mode. In wide mode there is a definite reduction in the depth of the stereo image - making it more difficult to pinpoint the positions of each instrument / performer whilst sitting in the sweet spot, but unlike in narrow mode, there is virtually no change to the audio when you move away from the sweet spot and start wandering around the room (much like we are used to with the lab 5's and other speakers with acoustic lenses).

There is no doubt that narrow beam mode gives superior results, and wide mode is a little more of a compromise, but not by as much as I might have expected.

As Geoff would say, this is the cost of having friends Smile

The only problem I can foresee is that it might make you keen to encourage your friends to go home so you can switch back to narrow mode, but  they might be more reluctant to leave given the Lab 90's really are exceptional even in wide beam mode...

Martin.

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I had a chance today in London to listen to a pair of 90s for few mins (in narrow mode).

As someone else said before: stage presence these speakers are able to create is unlike anything else I have ever heard. Just incredible.

They are clearly completely out of my range but the whole product team and Geoff Martin can be very proud next few days in LV presenting it to wider audience and members of the press.

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Hiort replied on Thu, Jan 14 2016 1:45 PM

I spent an hour listening to the Beolab 90 at a dealer showroom here in Stockholm, the other day.

They where not calibrated to the room yet, and did not have the "Enhanced Power Mood" that is an upgrade that will come later.

The source was a high end DAC feed from an OPPO Bluray, having a TIDAL client. The DAC had an analogue connection to the BL90.

I´m not really experienced in listening to real high end speakers, so I have no real reference, so I can only convey what I experienced (with my limited english).

I can just add to what everyone else have said: The BL90s are some awesome speakers. I was listening on various types of music, including classical cello pieces, jazz with a lot of voice and acoustic guitars. Everything was delivered with so much details, it was incredible. The bass was tight and dry. The speakers had a great "attack"and the dynamics was fantastic. After a short while I had forgotten about the speakers and was listening to the music

E.g. this track was fantastic to listen to:  TIDAL - Brian Bromberg: My Bass http://tidal.com/track/8755973

Really demonstrated the "attack" I was mentioning above.

Encourage everyone to seek the opportunity to listen to them.

B&O will participate at a "HighEnd show" here in Stockholm in February. They will then showcase the BL90 in a 300 m2 room at the Sheraton.

I will for sure be there :)

 

 

 

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