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Tavast
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Tavast posted on Wed, Jun 12 2019 1:22 PM

Hello all,

I am pondering a thought on purhcasing Beosound Core.

- Have you got any experiences on Core?

- Encountered any problems in usage?

- Thoughts on lifecycle of this product? I bought Essence MK1 as new and unfortunately I was a too early bird for this product to find out (after numerous problems with the system itself) a couple of years later B&O decided not to support it anymore. Huge letdown for customers from the highly respected manufacturer, I would say.

Cheers, folks! Cool 

Audiophiling with:

Beosound Core, Beolab 9s, Beolab 12-2s, Beolab 19, Beosound 1+2, Beoplay M3+M5+M5 David Lynch Ed. and Beosound 3000.

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I enjoy mine. I have it running sound for my television connected to a pair of BeoLab 3s & a subwoofer. I'm controlling it with a Control4 system when used for video and either AirPlay 2 or the B&O App for music. The sound is excellent and I haven't had any network issues that were common in a few of the earlier networked products. 

As far as the lifecycle, it's as current as the sources it plays and what firmware it can take, but that would seem to be pretty good as the whole BeoLink Multiroom portfolio is AirPlay 2 compatible which happened to most products well after release. That seems to bode well for active support. 

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I had significant problems when I tried it in October 2017 and it was all down to the poor software of B&O app at the time. Those issues may in part be resolved. I returned mine for a refund and been using Roon which has been perfect and 100% reliable. I’d encourage you to borrow one from a dealer and try it for a couple of weeks before you buy one or buy on condition that the dealer will refund you if you are not happy. It is all about what you want and whether it meets your needs.

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Hello,

maybe to late but here is my experience with the Beosound Core/ app. I’ve bought the BC three weeks ago. Installed the app en became a Deezer member. The BS is connected with my Beolab11. My Beolab3’s also connected to the Beolab11. Also connected to the BS is my (old) T&A K1 av by cd-out with coax cable, transformer and then by 3,5 mm jack to the Line-in on the BS. The reason for connecting the T&A all in one is the very high quality cd-sacd player. It all works😊

The results sofar with the usage of the BC is very nice. No network/ wifi drop-outs, very beautiful sound and high quality. The app is also stable, no problems. Nice settings for finetuning the system. There is no problem with the system goes on standby and activated when there is a signal.

So, I hope that you also enjoy the BS!

With regards, from the Netherlands.

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I enjoy mine. I have it running sound for my television connected to a pair of BeoLab 3s & a subwoofer. I'm controlling it with a Control4 system when used for video and either AirPlay 2 or the B&O App for music. The sound is excellent and I haven't had any network issues that were common in a few of the earlier networked products. 

As far as the lifecycle, it's as current as the sources it plays and what firmware it can take, but that would seem to be pretty good as the whole BeoLink Multiroom portfolio is AirPlay 2 compatible which happened to most products well after release. That seems to bode well for active support. 

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I had significant problems when I tried it in October 2017 and it was all down to the poor software of B&O app at the time. Those issues may in part be resolved. I returned mine for a refund and been using Roon which has been perfect and 100% reliable. I’d encourage you to borrow one from a dealer and try it for a couple of weeks before you buy one or buy on condition that the dealer will refund you if you are not happy. It is all about what you want and whether it meets your needs.

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KomkommermetSla
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Hello,

maybe to late but here is my experience with the Beosound Core/ app. I’ve bought the BC three weeks ago. Installed the app en became a Deezer member. The BS is connected with my Beolab11. My Beolab3’s also connected to the Beolab11. Also connected to the BS is my (old) T&A K1 av by cd-out with coax cable, transformer and then by 3,5 mm jack to the Line-in on the BS. The reason for connecting the T&A all in one is the very high quality cd-sacd player. It all works😊

The results sofar with the usage of the BC is very nice. No network/ wifi drop-outs, very beautiful sound and high quality. The app is also stable, no problems. Nice settings for finetuning the system. There is no problem with the system goes on standby and activated when there is a signal.

So, I hope that you also enjoy the BS!

With regards, from the Netherlands.

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Tavast replied on Wed, Jun 24 2020 8:02 AM

Hey there, 

 

I have been enjoying my Core-motored system for some time now and love it! ♥ Now, I finally get my range of speakers to work fully, after a long battle with Essence MK1 that almost ruined my joy of audiophile life 🙃 Things rock now! Have a sublime summer! 

Audiophiling with:

Beosound Core, Beolab 9s, Beolab 12-2s, Beolab 19, Beosound 1+2, Beoplay M3+M5+M5 David Lynch Ed. and Beosound 3000.

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I agree with all the good things already written about the Core.

It is central to my B&O setup, I use it on a daily basis and it does the job on all fronts: high sound quality and flawless for all sources I use such as Deezer HiFi, TuneIn, Airplay 2, occasionally Chromecast and non-B&O TV. It is most of the time the master of my Beolink multiroom and sound is always distributed in sync without any cuts.

Caveats: Since software 1.7, on mine, Beolink multiroom is impacted by daily scheduled reboots (a feature that we cannot disable) in a way that beolink multiroom is no longer usable (Core cannot join or be joined by any other products) until the Core is manually restarted. I have a case opened with B&O since 3 months, I have provided a lot of evidences and I have identified exactly when the problem occurs thanks to the Core logs and other tools I have used. B&O are working on the issue but no good news so far, they claim I'm the only one to have reported the issue, so I'm looking for other evidences from other Core users in a beolink multiroom environment, please.

 

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Curly replied on Wed, Jun 24 2020 1:38 PM

I enjoy my Core but as noted in another thread of mine, I dislike that it does not have native support for TIDAL, Qobuz and other high-rez streaming services. This means I must stream TIDAL to my Core from my iPhone over Airplay, which is limited innately to 44.1/16, which is very disappointing. B&O should include native support for high-rez music services given the price and quality of its speakers.

 

I have a Bluesound Node 2i arriving today to try in place of my Core. I will keep it and sell my Core if I can hear a difference in the 96/24 native support for high-rez music.

Besides this, I enjoy my Core overall. Occasionally it is a little buggy and requires a power cycle. But overall it works well.

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I’m curious to know more about how you have your BS Core setup along with how you select the various audio sources to play sound from?

I plan on connecting a non-B&O TV via toslink to my a BS Core, then toslink to a set of BL 20s. I do also plan on connecting an old Beogram turntable to the BS Core through a preamp gia RCA. Finally, I plan on being able to stream to the BS Core via Airplay 2 using our iOS devices.

I’m unsure about how you select which source for the BSC to use (TV, turntable or Airplay) since I do not have a B&O remote. Can this be done from the B&O app? Do you recommend I get an IR B&O remote to help facilitate this & volume control?

Your help is greatly appreciated! 

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aodgaard:

I plan on connecting a non-B&O TV via toslink to my a BS Core, then toslink to a set of BL 20s. I do also plan on connecting an old Beogram turntable to the BS Core through a preamp gia RCA. Finally, I plan on being able to stream to the BS Core via Airplay 2 using our iOS devices.

I’m unsure about how you select which source for the BSC to use (TV, turntable or Airplay) since I do not have a B&O remote. Can this be done from the B&O app? Do you recommend I get an IR B&O remote to help facilitate this & volume control?

The Core has only one physical input port: Line-In/Optical, so you'll not be able to physically connect both the TV and the preamp to it unless you use a magic box in between to handle that (I've no clue if such box exist)

With the B&O App you can select internal sources (when configured) such as Deezer, TuneIn, Line-In/Optical, Spotify, Bluetooth (I have not tested the last two) or sources from another B&O linked product.

Airplay cannot be selected by the App. When an IOS device (or other Airplay source) transmits to the Core, it switches automatically to Airplay.

Note: The Core switches automatically to the last activated source and stops/pauses the previous source, e.g. if you are listening to an Airplay source and bring the device connected to the Line-In port on, then it will stop the Airplay stream to switch to the Line-In source.

While you can operate the Core with the App only, the Essence remote is a perfect companion for it at a smaller price than other more recent B&O remotes. With it you can control the volume and navigate from one source to another cyclically.

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Thank you for the quick response & the detail on the Core’s behavior when moving between sources. 

The Essence is a good recommendation and will look to purchase one.

It also looks like I need to figure out how I will get my turntable to also work in conjunction with the other sources.

One last question if you don’t mind, can you power down your speakers by powering down the BS Core? 

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If you have a volume regulated preamp you can just connect the record player directly from the preamp to the speakers. And yes, if the core switches off the speakers will too. The speakers automatically shut down with other inputs if there is no signal for a set amount of time.

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aodgaard:

The Essence is a good recommendation and will look to purchase one.

Just be aware that the Essence remote has no display, it is only used to control the volume, to pause/stop a source, to navigate from one source to another (you need to remember the order of the local sources you defined in the Core), to change next/previous track/radio station and to put the Core in sleep mode.

It is not mandatory, but it is a very stylish companion to the Core

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… and if you are a Siri fan, you can leverage it control the music streamed to your Core and more.

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aodgaard replied on Sun, Oct 10 2021 12:49 PM

I do have a volume regulated preamp. Great news.

I would ensure that this scenario never happens, but is there a risk to the speaker if the record player is playing via RCA hookups & someone tries to turn on the TV with audio via toslink?

This is my first set of Beolab speakers & want to make sure I’m asking all the questions, as common sense as they may be! Thank you for your help. 

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Since my earlier reply, I’d say it has matured noticeably. My three observations/concerns are:

1. Lack of inputs for customers with record player, CD player, SACD/universal player and even a tape deck/reel to reel (not a problem for as my Beolabs have a multitude of inputs but many B&O speakers don’t). I guess B&O are hedging their bet in future on connections being made wirelessly from mobile devices to the Core, hence a bit miser when it comes to inputs.

2. Still flakey when it comes to WiFi and BT connectivity. It can just disconnect for no reason.

3. Occasionally freezes and can’t be located by the BeoApp and you have to power cycle the Beosound Core.

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