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BeoSound 8 Black Refurbished

4.1 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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  • Superior sound quality due to custom-made conical speakers and four high-performance digital amplifiers.
  • Compact and light design elegance with easy and convenient placement flexibility
  • Simple user interface and seamless integration
  • Room adaptation switch for optimum bass performance
  • Includes a 3 year warranty
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  • Brand Name: BeoSound
  • Color: Black

Product Description

BeoSound 8 delivers breathtaking sound performance and offers elegant design and a simple user interface. It is a fantastic solution for enjoying digital music either from your iPod, iPhone, iPad, PC or MAC. The light and characteristic design of BeoSound 8 offers a flexible and modular application. It is perfectly suited to be a main music system, but can also be used as a kitchen speaker, on the patio, or even if you want to bring it with you to the summerhouse. To complete the outstanding sound performance, BeoSound 8 has a manual room adaptation switch with 3 positions, allowing the hub to be placed on the wall, in a corner or on the floor.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 26 x 6.5 x 9.4 inches
Item Weight 9.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 16 pounds
Manufacturer Bang & Olufsen
ASIN B004BGTK14
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4.1 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,625 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cell Phone Accessories > Portable Speakers & Audio Docks > Audio Docks
#73,837 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#643,211 in Electronics > Cell Phones & Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com November 10, 2010

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By Wong Hong Ching on March 7, 2011
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I have a multi room B&O system which I have used for 10 years: a Beosound 9000 drives B&O speakers of various sizes and models in 9 rooms throughout the house. I know and love the warm smoothness of the B&O sound.

I also have a screening room which uses B&W Diamond speakers for L,R,C and rear, driven by Bel Canto monoblock amps; I have had this set up for 3 years and I know the precise analytical sound of B&W speakers well, and love them too.

I have used 2 Zeppelins since they were introduced in 2008, I love the sound. Naturally when the Beosound 8 was introduced I was curious and recently purchased one; and having been enjoying it for a few weeks love the sound too.

So which should someone buy? I think anyone would be happy with either (I am), but try to audition them both if you can.

The only strong recommendation I would make is that price wise, comparing both the B&O and B&W and taking into the consideration the fabulous sound quality of both, the Zeppelin is a bargain at 60% of the B&O's price, particularly since there are some pretty low grade plastic used in the back of the B&O.
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Have been listening to the BS8 for just over a week now. The look and feel are down to personal taste but my Wife and I love it. It's really solid and feels very well made. It just looks great in any placement.

We listen to a lot of music between us, everything from AC/DC through Muse to Melody Gardot. For it's size, the BS8 sound is unbelievable. The only drawback for me is that the limited EQ settings of my 4th Gen Nano, have me messing with the settings between albums in order to bring out the best sound. My wife doesn't feel the need to do this so perhaps I'm just being fussy.

In addition to using the dock, I have played with connecting the BS8 to my PC via the RCA connectors and via the USB mini connection. The USB connection sounded incredible. Both connections allow you to make full use of the EQ settings in WMP11 or ITunes.

The BS8 is more than capable of producing incredibly clear top end, punchy midrange and exceptionally deep lows. It really does sound astonishing for such a small system.

I haven't heard the B&W Zeppelin or the new Phillips dock so I can't comment on those. I have heard the Bose dock (the bigger one) which did sound very good but it didn't compare to the BS8. It is a lot cheaper.

The B&O remote is really nice to use and the supplied wall brackets are standard B&O quality. The only gripes I have are that the 3 position sound switch is a bit of a pain to get to and that there is no headphone connection.

I listened to Madonna's Paradise, Jet's Cold Hard Bitch, Metallica's King Nothing and even ELO's Mr Blue Sky. The BS8 produced an emotional response in me to all of these tracks. That response was 'Thank God we haven't wasted our money'.
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I've listened to a number of iPod docks, including Geneva Labs models S and M, and the original B&W Zeppelin (haven't heard the Arcam rCube or the newer Zeppelin yet), even the Meridian F80. Most iPod docks seem inferior in sound quality to me and I could easily do better with a budget receiver and a pair of bookshelf speakers (or else a DAC and a pair of powered speakers like say the AudioEngine A5). The Beosound 8 was, in my listening, clearly in a different category to other all-in-one docks that I've heard, and of course it's more than an iPod dock, and well suited for use with a computer-based music system (using USB connection).

I listened in the local B&O store to lossless files (from my own CD collection ) using my iPod Touch, and the sound was really good. Vocals and acoustic instruments including strings and brass sounded natural, and there was good volume and bass for a small device. I had a big smile on my face as I listened, I really enjoyed the music, something that doesn't happen that often when I listen to budget systems. My home bedroom system, while not ultra high end, is significantly more expensive with components like Spendor S3/5 bookshelf speakers, Vecteur amplifier, and Adcom DAC.

Many reviews have commented on how expensive the B&O system is (for an iPod dock). While I'm sure there is a healthy profit in the price, from my point of view it's reasonable. I don't think many people realize the significance of the digital to analog converter (DAC) to the sound quality, and the Beosound 8 is a digital system with its own DAC accepting digital inputs directly from an iPod or from a computer via USB cable, and separate amplifiers for each driver (two 2-way speakers, so 4 amplifiers).
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BeoSound 8 - Black
Great Sound.. BUT...the shortcomings are too numerous for a $999.00 purchase
1.does not have built in wireless. Must use a airport express.
2.If using the express you cannot use the usb cable with it, you must use RCA connections, and it there is no room to install them without leaving the back cover off. So this clean looking device now has all these wires hanging out the back making it ugly on your counter top. plus the space taken by the airport express.
3.The electrical wire supplied has a different configuration than the port where it's plugged in. So you have to force the wire in to make it fit,ie round peg in a square hole. this B&O confirms is correct. two design engineers not communicating with each other?
4. There is no built in radio nor alarm. You have to buy their app for another $15.00, so they are charging you for their oversight.
5. You cannot stream music via your Airport express as long as you have your Ipod/Iphone in the cradle even though it may be turned off . It will not work. You have to remove it in order to do that.
6. You cannot make any equalization adjustments.

Aside the good sound, the above shortcomings may lead one to search an alternative product. Even the Bose has a built in wireless.
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