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seethroughyou
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seethroughyou Posted: Wed, Apr 10 2019 4:20 PM
BS9000

BS4

BC2 audio

BS5

BS Moment..............Visited a dealer today and he said that B&O have clarified that there will not be any future audio systems of the types we are used to. The future will be small plastic streaming boxes hidden away like the Core. Has anyone else heard this?
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moxxey replied on Wed, Apr 10 2019 4:33 PM

seethroughyou:
BS9000

BS Moment..............Visited a dealer today and he said that B&O have clarified that there will not be any future audio systems of the types we are used to. The future will be small plastic streaming boxes hidden away like the Core. Has anyone else heard this?

It's not a surprise. I had my BeoSound 4 a long time ago, in the end became a 'streaming tool' to my BL3s via an AirPlay device and effectively a radio. And even then it was easier to find a station on the computer or iPad and stream, rather than go to the device itself and pick one.

We have to remember the traditional customer base is dying fast. People don't need/want a player for their audio OR their old one doesn't need to be replaced. How many people here still have a BeoSound 4 or 9000? I bet a fair few. So, take in to account the reduction in future potential customers and existing customers keeping what they already have and it's a sharply declining future market.

The question is better served as: what is B&O going to to produce in the future to successfully serve their retailers? Your average store on an average high street won't sell many BL90s, 50s or Harmony, so they need more mid-range products.

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Sandyb replied on Wed, Apr 10 2019 4:42 PM
Why would anyone think otherwise?

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Jeff replied on Wed, Apr 10 2019 4:51 PM

Good points Moxxey. I have a BS9000, which I truly love, what a work of functional art! But, last time I used the CD player was a couple of months ago when I demonstrated it to a guest. I use it to connect my Auralic Aries Mini to my BL9s, with volume and tone controls and a nice remote, Beo4.

Having come of age, audio wise, during the glorious 70's when hifi was big business and everyone had a system, and every brand made everything, from turntables to speakers, this is hard to enjoy watching though. I still wonder if a proper audio setup would sell, if it had something good to offer.

Then again, if I had it to do over I'd get the Auralic integrated amp and a pair of speakers.

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Jeff:

Having come of age, audio wise, during the glorious 70's when hifi was big business and everyone had a system, and every brand made everything, from turntables to speakers, this is hard to enjoy watching though.

Jeff

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Michael replied on Wed, Apr 10 2019 5:11 PM
seethroughyou:

BS9000

BS4

BC2 audio

BS5

BS Moment..............Visited a dealer today and he said that B&O have clarified that there will not be any future audio systems of the types we are used to. The future will be small plastic streaming boxes hidden away like the Core. Has anyone else heard this?

A company that rules out future of innovation and products that might come? Sounds weird. Maybe no sound systems as we are used to for now but I’m sure B&O as a company will try to fill a void somehow. You always have to adapt with time and for now we don’t know how the future looks. Yet.
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Jeff replied on Wed, Apr 10 2019 5:37 PM

seethroughyou:
Jeff:

 

Having come of age, audio wise, during the glorious 70's when hifi was big business and everyone had a system, and every brand made everything, from turntables to speakers, this is hard to enjoy watching though.

 

Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

Now where did I put my pipe and slippers? Stick out tongue

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seethroughyou:
BS9000

 

BS4

 

BC2 audio

 

BS5

 

BS Moment..............Visited a dealer today and he said that B&O have clarified that there will not be any future audio systems of the types we are used to. The future will be small plastic streaming boxes hidden away like the Core. Has anyone else heard this?

Maybe we should see the coming, new remote control as the front end of these ‘small plastic streaming boxes hidden away‘.

And we must learn to see that audio systems have merged into something different than in the golden days of ‘visible media’..

 

MM

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marexy replied on Thu, Apr 11 2019 7:13 AM

i still have my BS9000 in my livingroom i love it.

No other B&O unit or other brand can replace that look..--for me.

On the BS9000 i have connected high end music server, TV, chromecast, ...ect

For speakers BS12.3 on the wall + sub.

As my wife is  an-technical type of person these is wining combination for now.

in my listening  room.. there is BS5, BC2,BS4..an older types os sound systems.

 

 

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Duels replied on Thu, Apr 11 2019 7:29 AM
Millemissen:

Maybe we should see the coming, new remote control as the front end of these ‘ small plastic streaming boxes hidden away

Agreed. I’m looking forward to seeing this. I use an essence remote at the moment which is great. But it would be good to have something with more presence (and functionality).
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Yeah, I get it.

But I think the world has moved on to be frank. Audiophile specs are getting more and more tighter with some very inexpensive gear performing very near to the most expensive top-end products.

What B&O cannot do is – like the new BV Harmony,  is spend 90% of the R&D budget and product value on fancy showy mechanisms at the cost of the sound output.

Where B&O could take a very good step forward is to produce cupboard electronics with perfect integration; i.e. with my BL90s and 3rd party (audiophile) gear, it is shocking how poorly all these separates communicate/integrate (or not) with each other and their subsequent ease of use.

Hidden boxes (plastic or metal), killer control and integration, the best possible sound technology and possibly a connection route for the Never B&O’ers to consider. That is all they need to be successful in my opinion (or at least they are attempting to put themselves on the same playing field)

Sliding glass doors and Angel-wings went out with the mink coat as something most people don’t want or really need or are prepared to pay for. Move-on I think.

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