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  • Re: Playmaker very unreliable: Any alternative?

    I had the same experience with my PC and with my iPhone. There are occasional dropouts when I stream from my PC but none from my iPhone. I'm not sure why that is but I now make it a point to use the iPhone instead. Also, I can use Pandora with the iPhone but that won't work with the PC. The sound quality on Pandora is also when usually good, notwithstanding the fact that it is streaming at probably a lower bit rate.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Irvine on Tue, May 17 2016
  • Re: Playmaker very unreliable: Any alternative?

    The problem is the DAC converter in the airport express is just inferior, and by quite a bit. The sound quality with the playmaker is far superior, but it is intermittent and can be buggy. The essence and essence mark II seem to have solved that, but at a much higher price point. I have them both and like them both very much. Playmaker, though, takes time and energy to keep working properly. The sound quality of the playmaker so much better than the airport express that it brings out the beauty of
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Irvine on Tue, May 17 2016
  • Re: Essence ou Playmaker ?

    I have had the same question, and I own both the playmaker and the essence. The essence seems to be made a little bit better and the signal seems to be a little bit more reliable. I do not use the remote control of the essence; I find that the choices at the source are much broader and easier to navigate. I have had some problems with the playmaker in the past; the essence seems to send a stronger signal.
    Posted to BeoWorld Fran├žais (Forum) by Irvine on Sun, Apr 10 2016
  • Re: Playmaker very unreliable: Any alternative?

    I think you are right. Sadly, the price point, size and compatibility were all great features. They just could not get it to work reliably over a period of time. The only success I've had with mine is that I literally plug it directly into the router so that the wireless defects don't interrupt the performance. The sound is really superior, especially to the Apple airport express. When it works, it's wonderful. The essence is so expensive that it isn't really the right alternative
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Irvine on Sun, May 29 2016
  • Beoplay App- does it work properly?

    I have 4 Beolit 15's and a Beoplay A1 and use the app for all of them. If another Beolit 15 is within range of the one that I have turned on, the app turns on the other one, even though that isn't the one I want, and music starts playing through the other one. I have also noticed that the app has to restart every time I "wake up" the iPhone or iPad. The modification of the tone is essential to playing the Beolit 15's; they are extraordinarily bass-heavy without the app. Anyone
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Irvine on Fri, Jun 3 2016
  • Re: Beoplay App- does it work properly?

    I have had the same experience with both the A1 and the Beolits. If I move the Beolits away from a wall, the bass becomes more manageable. I also do not play the A1 loudly enough to cause the bass to be an issue. The issue of starting the app and then causing another Beolit to turn on and paly music is none that I just cannot figure out. I have reinstalled the app and had no further success. I cannot imagine that B and O intended such a bass heavy tone; they have been known for crisp, clear highs
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Irvine on Fri, Jun 3 2016
  • Re: Multiple Aux Input to Beosound 9000

    I have had the same experience with the playmaker; the sound quality is far, far better. It is a sensitive device, though, particularly if you have suffered a power outage. Once it is stable, though, particularly if it is hard wired, the sound quality is just wonderful.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Irvine on Thu, Jul 7 2016
  • Re: Is it possible? Beolit 15 better for music than BeoLab 6000?

    The truth is that everyone is now listening to music in a more personal way than they used to. People generally listened to music in the past in the living room with a large, powerful stereo system. Now, people listen with a small, independent system while they are doing work in a smaller space. It is a function of architecture, different social living habits and the fact that the designers have finally figured out that they need to cater to how people live. I do the same thing; the Beolit 15 is
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Irvine on Tue, Sep 6 2016
  • Re: Multiple Aux Input to Beosound 9000

    I agree that the Playmaker is a very versatile device. I have used it extensively alongside the airport express and the raw quality of the sound is so much higher in the Playmaker. The Playmaker will also respond to the 1000 remote and it seems to be much more sensitive to Bang and Olufsen equipment than the airport express is. The one big problem is that I think you really have to hardwire it. I experienced a lot of problems with it until I did so. I think it's received a bad reputation for
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Irvine on Mon, Aug 8 2016
  • Re: What (non-b&o) remotes are usable with the PLAYMAKER?

    The Playmaker will give you a much richer, clearer sound, particularly in the higher frequencies. The DAC is superior and interfaces beautifully with the B and O speakers. I had the Airport Express and, while more stable, had clearly inferior sound quality. Playmaker needs a wired signal, though.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Irvine on Mon, Oct 10 2016
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