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Entertaining and excellent review as always Gordon... it's good that products on this level make it onto TR. However, I think that somewhere along the line you missed out the whole "point" of the product.
It's not so much about providing good sound and convenience for listening to your itunes collection... but more about buying into the B&O "lifestyle"...
sorry accidentally posted before I was finished..
So as I was saying.. the price is justified by B&0 as they don't consider it as a speaker, but instead think of it as a piece of "art" for those who value taste, style and quality above price.
However, in my opinion, it's for those who have deep pockets and like to show off about it.
Hi David, I actually thought I spelt that out quite clearly: beautiful design, excellent performance, bonkers pricing and buy it only if you accept you are paying an astronomical premium for style.
That said B&O, while undeniably expensive, isn't always quite so extreme. As I pointed out with the A9 (while make the same style/premium argument): http://www.trustedreviews.com/...
The A9 pulls it off, but the BeoLab 3 is too far out of touch. Ferrari make £150,000-£250,000 cars but should they release one which costs £900,000 without anything different to its usual proposition it becomes fair to balk at the price.
Yes the A9 does seems to offer more for your money! Perhaps because it's a more unusual design and has a lower WAF (wife acceptance factor).
Gordon, your article is incorrect when it says the beolab 3 speakers must be used with the B&O Power Link equipped Playmaker. I purchased a set of Beolab 3's and B&O supplied a Power Link to stereo audio cable to my requested length. This means these speakers can be used with any audio source. I in fact run them off an Apple airport express to stream my music collection. Yes they are expensive and yes they do sound incredible but they are not as limited in there compatibility as you report.
Hi Peter I'll investigate this as I was doubled with B&O's PR agency at the the of the review. Incidentally can you let me know how much the cable was?
Gordon, the cable was provided free of charge. I explained that i wanted to use the Beolab 3's with an Apple airport express and they made up the required cable locally in the B&O shop. I should point out that using this cable just provides the audio signal to left and right speakers, it doesn't connect them to a B&O source via "power link"
Gordon, if I may offer a little advice on the basis of owning morethanAV, a global pre-owned B&O reseller - these speakers can work seamlessly with any third party-amp with a pre-out in LINE mode, can work directly connected to anything with a headphone jack output since they are active, can work with any B&O product that has a Powerlink connection - also worthy of consideration is the residual value. I agree with your main point and that is that the cost is very very high, hence Companies dealing in pre-owned stock such as my own. For any connectivity clarification for B&O products in the future try contacting firstname.lastname@example.org who I am quite sure will be happy to assist.
B&O pricing will always be contentious - Beolab 9's for £6500? Beolab 5's £15000? You have to adopt a different mindset when considering the marketplace for B&O products - often these products are put into minimalist apartments or very stylish environments and for the purchaser a speaker that looks like a speaker and sounds like a speaker and is a speaker just won't do! Consider that I use a pair of Anthony Gallo Ref 3.1's which together with a Yamaha aventage RXA 2010 cost about the same as the Beolab 3's...... for some they hit the spot, although many like your review make a fair point that they are very good speakers for their size at an astronomical price. People who buy B&O generally tend not to read reviews and are more interested in the mounting and colour options - if they did the allure of buying a speaker which is overpriced might very well compel them to buy!! How many Genelec pre-owned resellers can you find for example? Would love to hear the 6010A's though.....
Ah, that makes a significant difference. It's a solution of sorts, but not ideal.
Entirely fair points. That said I do want to shake people who spend this kind of money on speakers and have more interest in the colour options.
We aren't talking Ferraris or Aston Martins, which at least out perform cars a fraction of their price in both performance and build quality/finish. It's branding pure and simple and while the BeoLab 3s are good, we can't raise scores for 'lifestyle'.
Bang & Olufsen makes a power link to RCA cable.There aren't to many devices without RCA outputs.Since the beolab 3's are amplified speakers you would also need a volume control.And there you have it. 2 of the three cons taking care of.As far as the pricing, you get what you pay for. And looks isn't all that your paying for.Show me an active speaker thats even close the same size that will put out like the Lab 3.If it was out there i would own it.
I think you misunderstand. It's a "solution", period. This has all come about in my opinion because of the fact that B&O decided to omit the simple line-in RCA/Phono jack on each of their speakers some years ago. But the fact remains, by using a simple and cheap powerlink to phono jack adapter you *can plug ANYTHING with a line level output into these speakers*. You would, of course, control the volume on the device.
At that point, the only advantage to powerlink would be A). Daisy-chaining to alleviate some wire clutter, and B). agnostic L/R selection that comes with the Powerlink standard. But no other powered speaker would work any differently.
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