- Brand Name: BeoSound
- Color: Black
BeoSound 8 Black Refurbished
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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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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.
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'.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the unit is complete in accordance to what was mentioned > so far so goodPublished 16 months ago by Victor Tan
This is a dream. The sound is amazing. I take it on vacation with me and it makes the party wherever we are. Now I'm ready for the wireless, cordless version.Published on April 18, 2014 by K Sioux
These are balanced speakers; superbly accurate sounding. They also look great, if i didn't already have them i would buy again.Published on January 16, 2014 by Joe Awni
If you like good sound and wants a docking station. The B&O A8 is a must have. I was planing to buy the B&W zep. But after I lessened to the A8. Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Andy
the beosound 8 will not work with an ipod 5th generation with click wheel or an ipod 4th generation with click wheel. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by drollere
The high fidelity sound is great... Better than bose or other docks availables. You can raise the volume to the max level and it will not distorsionate.Published on January 31, 2013 by emorett
I've had this for 6 months now and I can tell you first hand, it's the best sounding system out there in the market. I listen to all types of music and it sounds awesome. Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Ron D Bout
I bought BeoSound 8 for my new iPhone 5 and my wife's iPad4
However it does NOT sync with either model but only to older models iPhone 3 or iPad2, so I had to send it... Read more