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  • in reply to: Multiroom source does not release “slaves” #26696
    trackbeo
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      I can’t help you on the current versions, which I avoid with a passion.  But previous versions of the BS1 firmware had a timeout: After stopping playback, if you pressed the top button on “some other” BS1 before the main (i.e. first-activated) playing BS1 had gone into a sleep mode, it would continue playing from the “household source”, i.e. what was playing on the first BS1.  But if you waited “long enough” (whatever that was) then tapped the top of “the other” BS1, it would start playing from its own first-selected source.

      The behavior you describe means B&O are trying to emulate the classic interface with new software and firmware, and have not considered all the edge cases.  Report this behavior as a bug.

      in reply to: Questions and or suggestions for the B&O app team #26652
      trackbeo
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        Bring back “_StreamURL” as a choice in the “Sources” menu.  It was visible in some versions of the Balance firmware (perhaps by mistake).  Or a user interface alternate, make  [Triple-Dot] or [Gear] / Music/”Open Stream URL…” become standard in the B&O App, alongside Deezer, Spotify, etc.

        See the user’s request for some Radio France streams at the top of https://forum.beoworld.org/forums/topic/how-to-add-stations-to-bo-radio/.  Trying to be nice to B&O, it doesn’t need a whole user interface to add the station to B&O Radio, unless that’s easy or on the roadmap.  But *absolutely* one should be able to play a stream proffered by a content provider, without having to use some web browser and then divert its audio output using Airplay or Chromecast.   P.S. And save the string so one could then put it onto a MyButton!

        in reply to: sales & discounts announcements #26431
        trackbeo
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          Just in case you didn’t receive the e-mail — Thru 11/30, USA & Canada, dealer & website as may be in-stock: Save 36% off retail price on Beosound A1 2nd Gen, 21% off Beosound Emerge, 40% off Beoplay A9 4th Gen Black only, 25% off Beosound Stage, and 25% off Beoplay H95.

          (As of 11/20, website already sold out of the A9 4.gen black, but Lunar Red is available at the 40% despite not being mentioned.  For once, amazon.com is not behind on list prices or current sales, so you could get your black A9 there at the same price.)

           

           

          in reply to: Beolab Transmitter 1 latency? #26116
          trackbeo
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            Wasn’t clear which article you referred to, so:

            Reference #1: It’s in the comments/Q&A: Search for the string “< 5 ms” (note spaces)

            Reference #2: It’s in the table: search for the string “4.4”

            in reply to: Beolab Transmitter 1 latency? #26055
            trackbeo
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              5 milliseconds, based upon:

              a) B&O’s WiSA product release info as reported by https://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1383642616 , and

              b) Geoff Martin’s blog Q&A about matching delay for a Transmitter 1’ed subwoofer (scroll about half-way down http://www.tonmeister.ca/wordpress/2014/01/10/bo-tech-subwoofer-tweaking-for-beginners/comment-page-1/ ) where he says to move one of the speakers speed-of-sound x 5msec meters forward or backward.

              Please note that is not the total latency, because the speakers themselves have some built-in sound processing, though very short in the case of Beolab 18s: 4.4msec, again per Geoff Martin (https://www.tonmeister.ca/wordpress/2017/12/06/bo-tech-beolab-loudspeakers-and-third-party-systems/)

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              in reply to: Bang & Olufsen App – Beta version 5.x.x. #26054
              trackbeo
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                Understood.  But merely saying, “works for me” or “not beta-specific, happened long before” would not have actually *helped* @Mbee.  The issue *does* occur, and seems a networking problem not (directly) B&O’s fault.

                in reply to: Bang & Olufsen App – Beta version 5.x.x. #26048
                trackbeo
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                  Did anyone manage to connect to a DLNA server from this app? Here it’s impossible, the server search gives no result even with 2 servers available (Plex & Synology)

                  Yes, it works flawless on my QNAP using Twonky server and the built-in Qnap app.

                  Even recent non-beta versions of the app had trouble “seeing” my DLNA servers. My work-around was to shut my Synology NAS down, move it physically to a port on my main router, and restart both it and the router. It took a really long time to show up in the iPad’s B&O app, but finally it did. (Like, a *really* really long time, many minutes!) Yet thereafter, it worked without without hiccups. No, of course you shouldn’t have to horse around with B&O’s software in any case, but I believe this is not specifically beta-version-related. Worth a try anyway…

                  in reply to: can I fix my Beomaster 8000 #25758
                  trackbeo
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                    Alas.  See above.  The 2- or 3-pin DIN outputs arexxx were speaker-level (amplified) outputs.  The RCA inputs of the Beolabs are line-level inputs.  Get a portable music player (rather than running the Beomaster in a broken state) and wire up a headphone jack to RCAs, to see if the Beolabs are still functioning.  They have an automatic power-up circuit when they hear sound on the RCAs.

                    in reply to: Help!! Just bought house with 11 MCL speakers/transceivers #25751
                    trackbeo
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                      Whoever did the previous paint job didn’t even bother to pop them off the wall.  I *hate* little rectangular brush strokes in in the middle of a roller-matte-textured wall.  Which of course isn’t what you are asking🤪, sooo…

                      IMO trash them all since you don’t have any of the central equipment.  What you are looking at is the equivalent of Xantech remote-IR receiver/transmitters, only better-made (but still aged plastic switch parts) and at the B&O IR frequency, incompatible with other brands.  Maybe keep their wires (which hopefully also go to the central A/V room, you didn’t say?) and use them for DC (USB) power supply to wall-mount a bunch of iPad Mini’s — which you will use to control your Sonos Amp’s, all of which will also be back in that central A/V closet.  Home-run speaker wires is great, everybody seems to want all the smarts out in the room but it’s not necessary or even always the best quality.  Replace the in-wall speakers on your own pace, as you discover foam rot or place your own furniture in front of the supposed “perfect” locations the previous owner chose.  Or if wired iPad Minis are just too much (they will cover those paint marks completely!😀!), then repaint and stick up Lutron Pico Audio’s either ganged up with the light switches (iff Decora) or separately just to cover the holes.  Then you will have the same button control for your new Sonos Amps, though not IR retransmission of course.  (Thus the reason for selecting iPads, source selection was part of the original B&O IR setup via handheld BeoLink remotes.)

                      It’s a B&O forum, so hopefully someone has a brilliant 20th-century idea for filling in your A/V closet instead of my wimp-out answer.  (If death was recent, search eBay listings for “ten great Bang & Olufsen SpeakerLink ‘passive’ kits plus a BeoCenter”.)  The stuff really does look cool, nicks and paint drops notwithstanding — but don’t mount B&O Halo’s in each room just because the previous owner left his old keypads there…  Nevertheless “audio right next to the light switch in every single room” is luxury, so I’d keep *something*.  As would most others here I’ll wager.  Good luck, and please post what you decide to do ultimately!  For that matter, a photo of the current state of your audio closet would not be amiss — might trigger great ideas from people less didactic and penurious than me!

                      in reply to: AirPlay 2 and B&O Speakers Not Working #25610
                      trackbeo
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                        Summary: search for “mesh” above, maybe try Ubiquiti equipment?

                        Details: Based solely on Plume’s claimed design, I would expect other mesh systems to hop less frequently.  Yes, search here for “mesh” and you’ll see reports of problems, but nothing as frequent as what you were seeing.  Personally I installed a Netgear Orbi kit of 3 without issues, but it was older (RBK43?) so irrelevant vs. modern Orbi firmware.  At least Orbi can select 2.4GHz for your device connections, though the wireless backhaul might be forced into 5 or 6 GHz.  But since it’s new construction, hopefully you pulled communication wires with the power lines to the guest house?

                        The only brand people seem to agree on is that a single Ubiquiti controller&router with multiple Ubiquiti WAPs seems pretty solid.  But it isn’t a consumer-trivial configure, nor is it mesh — and not the same as their Amplifi consumer line.  If you have a lot of $B&O$ equipment, perhaps you might $pay$ your dealer (or, in USA, preferably one of the third-party integrators listed on the B&O website) to configure & install you a network, making it their problem?

                        in reply to: AirPlay 2 and B&O Speakers Not Working #25595
                        trackbeo
                        BRONZE Member

                          Hi, Debbie Downer here — The answer is simple: switch back.  Put the Plumes back into their cute hexagonal 6-pack and unearth whatever router and/or wireless access points you were using before. CenturyLink doesn’t require you to use their equipment, and the base (Sun!) Plume still uses an Ethernet cable to connect to the perfectly ordinary DSL modem. [Edit: Plume may have pushed OpenSync into the DSL modem nowadays, but that only means you must get help from CenturyLink to bypass or turn it off.]

                          Maybe the Plume app has gotten better, but it didn’t allow configuration of much really,  so prioritizing Airplay is not an option.  The fact that you can’t even select 2.4GHz is a warning sign, though there *is* a reason for that, namely they can’t frequency-hop and -multiplex to do a high-speed backhaul without the multiple channels available in 5GHz.

                          If you want to keep trying, then if you haven’t installed all 6 pods, do so.  Line of sight thru doorways will help the 5GHz signal that doesn’t go through walls well.  Yes, multi-unit hops slow everything down, but down to *tens* of megabits in the worst case, which is plenty for music distribution.  Better to improve coverage at the expense of throughput.

                          But ultimately Debbie sez “frequency-hopping confuses poorly written networking stacks.”  If the Plumes keep forcing the B&O equipment to jump because now they prefer some channel to optimize mesh transmission, you’re just asking for trouble.  And Plumes *do* — that’s the point of (so-called) “AI” optimizing.  Worse, you don’t know how often they are monitoring the data and saying, “yikes, we must reconfigure for optimal transmission of this new nonstop (audio) stream,” i.e. at the worst possible time.  (“Nonstop” depends upon AirPlay(1) vs. Airplay2, but ignore the details.)

                          Let us hope that someone who is currently using CenturyLink and Plumes jumps in here and saves the day, making Debbie’s advice irrelevant!

                          in reply to: Beocord 7000 doesn’t like the Beolink 1000 #25509
                          trackbeo
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                            Next step eliminate potential failure of the Beosystem 7000’s DIN jack and data link driver for the Tape 1 socket by plugging the deck into Tape 2.  (On the Beolink 1000, SHIFT  then A.TAPE plays tape deck #2.)  If that fails the same old way, you can either send it straight back to Hamburg or you can check the cable yourself by opening up the tape unit to check at the other end.  If a break isn’t visible (or measurable with a meter preferably), then send it back to Hamburg for another (hopefully not expensive) fix.

                            in reply to: Avant 55 Over the Air Antenna #25464
                            trackbeo
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                              Sorry, if you’re in the USA, you probably already guessed: you don’t.   Connect a TiVo Edge for Antenna (or an old TiVo Roamio OTA) via HDMI to the Avant.  Other countries are different, some even including a dual tuner with a USB recording drive!  The 3 coaxial F-connectors, if you had them, would be at the top above the Ethernet jack (Satellite 1, Satellite 2, Antenna).

                              in reply to: My Beocenter 9500 Restoration #25462
                              trackbeo
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                                the function of the (relais) ‘Line In/Out’-Plug

                                Bridges the pre-amp output to the amp input. Imagine if you inserted an equalizer in the middle, for example. There was a custom plastic plug that ran the outs to the ins, to prevent cables dangling back there. See https://archivedforum.beoworld.org/forums/t/16926.aspx for more info.

                                in reply to: How to add stations to B&O Radio #25439
                                trackbeo
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                                  For that matter, rather than thinking small, perhaps suggest that [Triple-Dot] or [Gear] / Music/”Open Stream URL…” become standard in the B&O App alongside Deezer, Spotify, etc.  Self Service with a Smile!

                                  [Edit: deleted iTunes Library idea: app doesn’t load shared libraries in local network]

                                  in reply to: How to add stations to B&O Radio #25433
                                  trackbeo
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                                    This forum’s very *existence* is (in large part) because “Costumer[sic] Service” isn’t, and therefore community-based “free-for-all-self-service” became necessary!

                                    Yes, @YannChris, please do post your path to success getting those streams recognized/loaded.  I for one would like to see the initial interaction with Customer Service… and hear (literally, too, haha) the ultimate resolution (literally, too, haha).

                                    That said, it should be simple if anybody at B&O bothers — those “Icecast” streams from Radio France even play in my 10-year-old Firefox browser.  You probably know the ugly work-around (not app-based, no mybutton etc.) of playing them in your browser on some Apple-based device and using system software to Airplay to the B&O speaker.  Is it 16bit/48kHz?  I can’t tell (Beosound 1 🙂 ) but AirPlay is reputed to resample in some cases, alas.  (Likewise Android & Chromecast but I have no experience.  Supposedly 16/48 *is* their pass-thru rate!)

                                    [Edit: Or, on a more modern Mac than mine, use the “File/Open Stream URL…” menu item and Airplay from Apple’s Music app, thus preserving system sound output to your Mac’s main speakers.]

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                                    in reply to: How to add stations to B&O Radio #25394
                                    trackbeo
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                                      If not already available, when you search, the station must be added by B&O….as far as I know. MM

                                      And doesn’t that just *suck*? Gated communities, subscription services, techno-elite holding the reins — compare it to whatever reactionary thing you like: It limits direct choice of the masses if you must petition the gatekeeper for access.

                                      Bad enough that content providers keep switching access methods, but at least they have the moral high ground that they must pay for their content generation:

                                      Not exactly on topic, but I just lost 2 of my favorite stations. They are still in the list, but when select them, no music. I’m guessing the station owners are closing down the “free” streams to push us to monetization.

                                      “We’ve stopped supporting our website… why don’t you download our App?”
                                      But B&O Radio is pure walled garden, no benefits generally except avoiding some *other* rent-charging succubus (i.e. TuneIn monetizing). </rant>

                                      in reply to: 5500 receiver without controller (?) #25281
                                      trackbeo
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                                        No.

                                        But at least Beolink 1000 are modestly- (EU) to moderately- (USA) priced; you don’t need to buy a full-blown MCP 5500.

                                        in reply to: Adding non-B&O Sub #25279
                                        trackbeo
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                                          Yes, that is the way speaker-level subwoofers are designed to work.  However, do not splice your speaker wires into an RCA plug: that could be incorrectly plugged into a line-level input on a sub, which would be very bad (because speaker level is several times the voltage of line level).  Obviously you need a sub with both speaker-level inputs & outputs as well as the more common (in 21st c.) line-level inputs.

                                          If you find an old passive subwoofer, it, too, gets spliced into the speaker cables between the amplifier and the speakers.  But such an old subwoofer might lower the combined speaker impedance beyond what the 4500’s amp can handle.  Therefore, if buying, purchase a modern powered subwoofer, which usually has a very high impedance on its speaker inputs, making it “invisible” to the amplifier.  Normally, one wouldn’t even mention this, but you said you were driving two pair of speakers, thus might be nearing the 4500’s amp power limit?  Additional reading:  https://nucoustics.com/blog/connect-subwoofer-to-speaker-level-outputs/ or https://hometheateracademy.com/connect-a-subwoofer-to-speaker-level-outputs/ .

                                          in reply to: BS 9000 Operations Panel A.Opt = 0 #25275
                                          trackbeo
                                          BRONZE Member

                                            Yes, there really *are* 3  full-package IR receiver devices on PCB14, not just the 1 lens box by the side IR window: 2 are centered on the back side of the board.  This means that masking the IR receiver needs more tape or foil, and may not be practical.  They are under the waning-moon plastic bubble in the half-circle below the bottom CD position.  Covering that plastic is certainly possible, but leakage around the edge looks pretty likely.  (You can see them in Kose Trading’s disassembly video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Bd63-i_Gw , at about 35:00.  Service manual aaargh: It isn’t called “IR Window”, just “Window”!  Part number is 9025.)

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