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  • in reply to: Beolab 8000+2 center speaker #8315
    BeoTool
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    Running a single BL4000 as center speaker with BL 8000s as front l/r.  Had this config forever, and I’m very comfortable with it.

    in reply to: New product launch – beosound theatre? #8313
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    I must have missed it, beosince – where is the magic movement shown?

     

    in reply to: New product launch – beosound theatre? #8248
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    From the support pages:

    “While Beosound Theatre features seven built-in channels (centre, left front, right front, left front up-firing, right front up-firing, left front side-firing and right front side-firing), it is also possible to connect to eight wired speakers using Powerlink, and eight speakers using Wireless Powerlink.”

    in reply to: Indication of Atmos in Beosound Stage? #7980
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    I’ve been playing with exactly this in the past few days.  No visual indicator that I’ve seen.  After configuration fiddling, I got my Apple devices to send an Atmos stream to my Core/Shape.  Counterintuitively, I found that Atmos narrowed the perceived sound stage.

    What’s your experience?

    EDIT: to be clear, assuming you’re using Apple Music, the visual indicator is the presence of the Atmos logo on the Apple Music page, as you’re playing the stream.  If not configured properly, the logo won’t appear.

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    in reply to: Beosound 9000 – wise in 2022? #7906
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    For the original poster: roundhead, I recommend investigating local repair shops that can handle a Beosound 9000.  I don’t know where you’re located; I can tell you that in my local area there are literally no repair shops qualified to attempt a repair, nor will they try if you ask.

    Two-way shipment of a fragile piece of legacy B&O through the courier systems to a remote repair shop is fraught…

    Given the age of the system, you pretty much guarantee that a repair will be in your future, unfortunately.

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    in reply to: B&O service / USA – 9500 #7124
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    Derek, please let us know how it goes.  I’m also in the U.S., also have a 9500, fragile enough that I worry.  I’d love to find a knowledgeable repair shop.

    The CD issue is typically either the laser or dry capacitors.  If the latter, Dillon (BeoParts-shop.com) has a kit that worked for me.

    in reply to: Bang And Olufsen Repair In Chicago #6614
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    To follow up on trackbeo’s recommendations, you might try calling/emailing B&O support — tell them you’re in the Chicago area and need repair work for you B&O product that’s under warranty.  Ask them who they recommend for warranty work.

    in reply to: Help with Penta 3 speakers? #5801
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    Short answer to a long post: write to Steve@SoundsHeavenly and ask how to connect your Denon to the Pentas.

    Longer answer: Sounds Heavenly web site is down ATM, so I can’t confirm, but I’m 99% sure that he offers a solution that attenuates speaker-level, so you can connect to Denon speaker outputs to …PL, iirc.  That will be your cost-effective option.

    If you want to upgrade the AVR, there are a zillion options.  Just ensure that it has line-out jacks for all 5.1 channels (or 7.1 or whatever), and that it supports surround sound through those jacks.

    If you decide to dedicate the Pentas to a stereo setup in another room, and want to use a B&O source that isn’t your Beocenter 2500, then again you have choices.  You’ll need RIAA amplification for the Beogram, either built in to the Beomaster, or outboard.  The Beomaster 1600 is the time-period match for your turntable….but it lacks PL output.

    If you want low profile Beomaster with PL,  look into the pizza-boxes:  Beomaster 5500, 6500, 7000.  These are more period-relevant to your Pentas, and have RIAA amplification built-in.

     

    in reply to: Beolab 8000 with Step-Up Converter #5312
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    I’m also in the U.S. I’ve been using a 200w step-up transformer with a 220v BL 2 for a few years.  No issues.

    in reply to: Beolab 3 Opinions and Reviews #4452
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    I’m also keen to know what sort of SPL the BL3 are capable of, and if they are better suited to near-field or mid-field listening – I can’t find much online.

    “Maximum Sound Pressure Level 94 dB (stereo, pair)”. “It can be used for either main speakers or for rear surround-sound.”

    in reply to: Beolab 8000 preventive care. #4415
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    Matador, there is a series of YouTube videos that details the process of opening up the BL8000s.  It’s a good series — I used it myself to open both of my 8000s a year or so ago.

     

    The series was created by Pyramid Audio in Austin, Texas.  Let me know if you can’t find it, and I”ll dig for it.

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    in reply to: Beocenter 9500 #4367
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    Congratulation, McRib, if you’re the one who snagged this.  I had my eye on it but moved too slowly.  Functioning Beocenters are for sale far too rarely in the U.S.

    in reply to: Beocenter 9000 lights up but nothing more. Help please #4118
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    If you have an appropriate remote (Beolink 1000, Beo4, iirc), try that.  There can be failure in the touch-sensitive glass, while the balance of the unit is ok.

    in reply to: How to QUOTE from a post into your reply? #4046
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    As of this morning you will see “QUOTE” in the menu above each reply. You just press the quote link in the reply you wish to quote and it will be transferred into the reply editor at the bottom of the thread as below. Beware, if you are in the editor in “Visual” mode your typed text will enter inside the quoted text area, so I suggest you click the “Text” tab before typing your reply.Millemissen Post

    Testing my understanding. Thanks, Keith.

    in reply to: Connect Mac Mini via network to Beolab 28s #3971
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    if the Mac is in another room you have to go to that other room, select the devices, then you will be able use Audirvana. If the devices are not selected on the Mac then Audirvana cannot “see” them. So although, yes, you can use the remote app for Audirvana on a mobile phone to select the output, that is only the case if the outputs are available to Audirvana on the Mac and for the Airplay 2 device to be available it has to be selected as the output on the Mac.

    Would you like to remotely control your Mac from your mobile device (assuming it’s an iPhone or iPad)?  If yes, go to the iOS App Store and type “VNC”. They come in all shapes and colors 🙂 .  The iOS app named “Screens” v.4 from Edovia has been well-reviewed in the Mac press, though I don’t own it myself, and have no affiliation with any vendor.

    in reply to: Your Favourite Current Product? #3905
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    I agree with all of your post, Carolpa.

    When I was growing up, B&O products were simply magical.   I hate the cliché, but they really were ‘outside the box.’

    The Shape is, to me, the product that brings back the magic.  And it goes without saying that it’s literally outside of the box.  My audiophile friends have no idea what it is, even after I explain it.

    “Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic.”  ~ Arthur C. Clarke

    in reply to: Any suggestions for a B&O system with CD up to £1000? #3904
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    Konrad, what follows is my opinion only.  There are others.

    I think you’re on the right track.  A CD player in Beosound 2500/4000/3000 family will get you good value for the money.  Newer is better.

    As for speakers, all of these device support Powerlink powered speakers, so your pocketbook is your limit.  If you can swing a pair of 8000s, you won’t regret it.  If they can’t be had, look at the Beolab 4000s — again, tremendous value for the money.  Highly regarded for their size, though they lack deep bass pressure, of course.  Do your research on all this generation of Beolabs, as they can have problems with the dreaded foam rot.

    I have owned a BS4000, and currently own BL 4000, 6000, and 8000.

    ps: I also listen to Dvorak and Sufjan Stevens 🙂

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