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jvezina posted on Fri, Mar 6 2020 3:56 PM

The FCC has released information about the table version

https://fccid.io/TTU-HALOTABLE

Have a nice day,

Jean

 

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I saw the Halo at my dealer on Saturday, and although I was already intrigued since the first leaked video it didn’t disappoint at all, knowing that some people do not like it.

I would have a very limited use-case for my BS1, as my other B&O products are too old, but I still want to have one. That it is a great achievement.

There is probably no good rationale explanation why one would spend ca 700$ on a volume remote control. I am now having tough discussions with the FS (wife), as she states ‘you buy Halo I say Hejdå (goodbye) Big Smile

And then my dealer came up with the great idea that I need a Core as well for my BS9000 😀

I love his enthusiasm.

“I have to work on my core” I tell my wife in return Smile

To be continued, and please do see the Halo IRL it is amazingly cool.

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Answered (Verified) Sandyb replied on Mon, Sep 13 2021 9:05 PM
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Which is why I have cut out any B&O control from my music / radio listening - only the speakers remain.

Roon is my control interface - if I must use an iDevice, then at least Roon's interface and software work extremely well - and at times the Linn app(s) too, as I have a Linn streamer / DAC in my main room. The Linn app even shows me a lot of my podcast feeds from TuneIn!

Yes, Roon and a Linn streamer is expensive, but newsflash, so is B&O.

The Halo's design / form factor limits how useful I can ever get.  The screen is too small for searching / browsing in the end. Which implies it was only ever going to be a volume control and starter for predefined experiences. Fine for those who are happy with just that. But with the Moment gone, they're telling you to use your phone / tablet for everything else. In which case, if I am generally constantly having to use my iPad for example, what use is a 700 pound / euro volume dial?

 

 

 

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The Moment was proof that B&O has no Clue when it comes to software and is why I am so scared to buy a halo now with the "promise" that it will be more useful in the future. They couldn't even get the Moment to work with base features after 2 years of trying. 

 

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Razlaw:

My dealer’s shipment of Halos was delayed. He won’t be getting them until next week so more waiting for mine to arrive 😟. Beolab 50s Beolab 9s Beolab 12-3s Beolab 1s Beolab 6000s 2 pairs Beolab 4000s Beovision 7-55 Beovision 10-40 Beoplay V1 32 inch Beovision Avant 32 inch Beosound 1 (CD player) Beosound 3000 Beosound 5 Core Essence MKII Beoplay M5

It wont work with your TVs so cancel the order maybe

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Sandyb replied on Thu, Sep 24 2020 9:12 AM

This looks like a pretty limited device to me.

And from the videos the scrolling does not look smooth (in the way that most smartphones are now silky smooth).

I'll see it in the flesh later today, but this looks exactly like what my dealer told me at the beginning of the year - the BS35 screen inside a wheel.

No album art either? Really?

Will report back once I've had a play today.

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Michael:
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It wont work with your TVs so cancel the order maybe

It's a pitty that the BeoVision Avant/14/Horizon is't supported (even if it was just to turn on/off/volume up/volume down)... Will have to stick to an Essence remote then..

Karel.

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video up in a mo Big Smile

https://youtu.be/4ltsMGHafkY

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moxxey replied on Thu, Sep 24 2020 10:12 AM

Sandyb:

This looks like a pretty limited device to me.

Will report back once I've had a play today.

Let us know how you get on! I'd like one, but just wondering whether it's really £700 well-spent. ie. with the BeoSound 2 I can just turn the dial on the top to change the volume and it's hardly hard on other devices.

Also, I'd like to know if a device is playing a Spotify track, the Halo will enable you to move between tracks from its screen?

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beojeff replied on Thu, Sep 24 2020 10:21 AM

Are the sources shown only the built-in sources of a product, or does it include the sources from primary and secondary linked products?

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Sandyb replied on Thu, Sep 24 2020 10:27 AM

Will do sir.

the looks are hard to argue with of course.

But in general, I think this shows a disappointing lack of ambition, given how narrow the scope is.

Yes I understand its a remote and remote only - but it barely bleeds into being a music browser or music system in its own right.

If it was 400-500 pounds (as opposed to 700), I'd say fair enough, it is what it is. But at 700 it needs to do more.

As Christian (from B&O) said on Miki's video just now, its just intended to remote control in built music sources of (some) of the recent multiform speakers.

The fact that it offers no direct connection to Beolab 50s/90s it kind fo astonishing to me (correct me if I am wrong).

 

moxxey:

Sandyb:

This looks like a pretty limited device to me.

Will report back once I've had a play today.

Let us know how you get on! I'd like one, but just wondering whether it's really £700 well-spent. ie. with the BeoSound 2 I can just turn the dial on the top to change the volume and it's hardly hard on other devices.

Also, I'd like to know if a device is playing a Spotify track, the Halo will enable you to move between tracks from its screen?

 

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beojeff:

Are the sources shown only the built-in sources of a product, or does it include the sources from primary and secondary linked products?

That’s an important question - I’d like to know that too.

MM

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beojeff replied on Thu, Sep 24 2020 10:51 AM

Millemissen:

beojeff:

Are the sources shown only the built-in sources of a product, or does it include the sources from primary and secondary linked products?

That’s an important question - I’d like to know that too.

MM

Right. I daily use my BeoSound 9000 and datalink BeoGram turntables connected as linked device sources. I worry that the people working on B&O's software have all but forgotten about legacy ML products. There's really no good reason why linked sources shouldn't be included.

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Michael replied on Thu, Sep 24 2020 11:03 AM

For about half the price I get an iPad mini with a processor probably thousands times faster than this choppy device that seemingly has cut corners everywhere except for its halo. 

The iPad is small, has a retina screen and honestly a really well defined B&O app that already has all your devices in it. No need to program a remote through another remote/app. And besides that you also have your source materials readily available from the iPad itself mostly. Its wireless and charges easily too. If Im in the kitchen and cooking I always use my iPad Pro as a cookbook and spotify master. A simple swipe and Im in the B&O app, or I just simply adjust the volume with my finger from the control panel or buttons.

This halo remote is not bad, but its 900 usd for a device that does not even work with any other B&O tvs than the two latest models. It's pretty remarkable.  

Beolab 50, Beolab 8000 x 2, Beolab 4000 x 2, 
BeoSound Core, BeoSound 9000, BeoSound Century, 
BeoLit 15, BeoPlay A1, BeoPlay P2, BeoPlay H9 3rd Gen, BeoPlay H6, EarSet 3i, 
BeoVision Eclipse Gen 2 55", BeoPlay V1-40, 
BeoCom 6000 and so much else :)  

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beojeff:

Millemissen:

beojeff:

Are the sources shown only the built-in sources of a product, or does it include the sources from primary and secondary linked products?

That’s an important question - I’d like to know that too.

MM

Right. I daily use my BeoSound 9000 and datalink BeoGram turntables connected as linked device sources. I worry that the people working on B&O's software have all but forgotten about legacy ML products. There's really no good reason why linked sources shouldn't be included.

It funny - in the Beohome in Struer they are very proud of being able to demonstrate, how a Beogram (and the Master) can be included in a modern setup.

MM

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moxxey replied on Thu, Sep 24 2020 11:27 AM

Michael:

For about half the price I get an iPad mini with a processor probably thousands times faster than this choppy device that seemingly has cut corners everywhere except for its halo.  

That was another question I was going to ask - on the videos it seems the touchscreen is a little old-school (ie. the kind of thing B&O released in 2005) and choppy. Is that really the case? In 2020? Even the Apple Watch is faster.

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1990 replied on Thu, Sep 24 2020 11:27 AM

Millemissen:

It funny - in the Beohome in Struer they are very proud of being able to demonstrate, how a Beogram (and the Master) can be included in a modern setup.

MM

I wonder if the favourite buttons can be used as a trigger for the BLGW/BLI and thus control a Beogram etc. The BROne favourite buttons can, and it seems the Halo favourite buttons work the same way as those of the BROne (they can store radio favourites but not Deezer playlists). I guess Beojeff will be the first to know :)

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Razlaw replied on Thu, Sep 24 2020 11:44 AM
Michael:

It wont work with your TVs so cancel the order maybe Beolab 50, Beolab 20, Beolab 8000 x 2, Beolab 4000 x 2, BeoSound Core, BeoSound 9000, BeoSound Century, BeoLit 15, BeoPlay A1, BeoPlay P2, BeoPlay H9i, BeoPlay H6, EarSet 3i, BeoVision Avant 55, BeoPlay V1-40, BeoCom 6000 and so much else :)

I did not order it to use with the TVs.

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