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Leif
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Leif posted on Wed, Feb 13 2013 9:56 PM

Hi, can anyone - just shortly - explain the differences between the 3 versions?
Is it only cosmetic, connections, display or are there any changes to the amps as well?

And how are these compared to the BL 8000 - thinking about the sound.

Rgs, Leif

 

 

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BO
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BO replied on Wed, Feb 13 2013 10:09 PM

Between I and II there are different amplifier. The display changed with every version. Between II and III the only change is the display. There was a slight change of the crossover from serial 04771089.

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Hello Leif,

In addition to what has already been said:

Penta MkI: Speakerlink connections, orange segment-display

Penta MkII: new amplifier, now with powerlink and speakerlink connectors, red/amber dot-matrix display

Penta MkIII: change to green dot-matrix displays.

Compared to the BL8000 Penta is a true 3-way speaker (BL 8000 only two-way). 
IMHO Penta has a depper/fuller bass (larger frequency range) and has an richer/fuller overall sound, in the midrange the Penta might sound muddyier/less detailled than the Lab8000. The twetter is situated right in the middle of the speaker which is about ear level when you are sitting. Please note that Beolab Penta was introduced in the 80's and has the typical warm/full sound caracteristics of this era.

I have a Pair of Penta MkIII and prefer them over the Lab8000 (which is also a very good speaker). In my personal opinion Beolab Penta is, beside Beolab5, one of the best speakers ever made by B&O.

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Peter replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 8:33 AM

I agree - very easy to listen to unlike the modern speakers which can be more tiring due to more 'detail' with treble emphasis. The bass is a bit inaccurate as there is a rise in the upper bass to compensate for a slight lack in ultimate bass extension. At the end of the day, a big bass driver is always better than lots of small ones but if you have a column speaker, this is the compromise you make. Had mine since new and very happy with them!

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Leif replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 3:49 PM

Thanks guys for info.

What version are we talking about? What kind of amp changes are made from Mk1 to Mk2?
I've been offered the 6601 - also the Mk1 to a price approx. 330£.
Is it worth buying? Or should I go for the Mk3?

 

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Leif replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 4:12 PM

Another question: Are the amp's interchangeable with each others? Can I change the Mk1 with the ones from Mk3?

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Peter replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 4:15 PM

You can swap the amps though you will need to find them! The speaker attaches to the amp via simple cable so this is relatively srightforward. I would go for Mk3s - plenty around and getting cheaper. Watch for foam rot in the drive units.

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