Monday, July 16th 2007

Bang & Olufsen Introduce £400 4GB MP3 Player

Bang & Olufsen has announced the 'Beosound 6', a 4GB flash player which will retail at £400.
This somewhat expensive gadget comes with a £20 worth leather case and pair of £90 worth B&O A8 earphones meaning it will cost you about £400 or almost 700euros.
Make no mistake, if this gadget had something more to offer than just MP3 playback i would give it a go but it doesnt..No Video , No FM...Just MP3 playback.
The Lcd screen is also a rather small 1.8 incher and the controls are circa 2005...For 700euros you could get the PS3 and have money to spare...Source: Bang & Olufsen
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69 Comments on Bang & Olufsen Introduce £400 4GB MP3 Player

#1
Jimmy 2004
I personally don't have that kind of money, but AFAIK they are one of the best companies in terms of sound quality, so if you are very rich and want the top of the range products (and don't carry too much music on your MP3 player) then this is probably the thing you want. Or if you just like to show off how rich you are.
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#2
Ripper3
At least it's not like their other MP3 players, that had no onboard storage (and one didn't even have a screen), and used SD cards for storage. When they came out, SD cards were bloody expensive. Even 128MB was already costly enough to drive you mad, so to get any sort of decent storage space, you'd have needed to pay half the amount of the MP3 player (some £2-300 at least IIRC) to buy something like 1GB.
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#3
D_o_S
Moderator
Ya, this might finally have decent sound quality, not that thing Apple likes to call "sound" and even more "music" on the iPod (and now iPhone)

And I wouldn't say B&O are one of the best in terms of sound quality, but each to his own...
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#4
HellasVagabond
NO portable mp3 player is worth 700euros...Period...Especially when it doesnt even have video playback nor FM radio.
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#5
Jimmy 2004
by: D_o_S
And I wouldn't say B&O are one of the best in terms of sound quality, but each to his own...
Well I've never used them myself, just what I've read. Wouldn't have a clue who is the best, I just tend to go for Sony because IMO they offer the best sound in my price range - although my MP3 player is an iPod.
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#6
jocksteeluk
Bang & Olufsen TV's are a symbol of opulent splendor and if the TV's are anything to go off i would expect to be worth every penny but personally that amount of cash pretty much means it wont be for everyone including myself.
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#7
HellasVagabond
Bang & Olufsen Tvs are pretty, quality build machines with excellent external materials but thats that...Image Quality isnt on par with philips, sony , samsung , panasonic , sharp.....
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#9
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Actually, having listened to an ipod on several occasions, and not really liking Apple themself, they are actually making a music player with terrific sound quality. A decent pair of included headphones would do more to showcase that but even the simplistic ones make it sound great.
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#10
spectre440
by: russianboy
the rolex of mp3 players...
indeed.

B&O make awesome sound equipment.
i once stayed at a hotel that had a B&O stereo in the room, in terms of sound quality, it was the best damn stereo system i've EVER had the pleasure to listen to.
and i'm an audiophile.
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#12
D_o_S
Moderator
I'd be all over it... IF... IF only it had a 100 GB HDD... but it doesn't :(
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#13
HellasVagabond
by: russianboy
I'm a pedophile.
Somebody ban RussianBoy Please...He wants to start a pedophile movement :P :P :P :P :P :P :P
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#14
rhythmeister
by: HellasVagabond
Bang & Olufsen Tvs are pretty, quality build machines with excellent external materials but thats that...Image Quality isnt on par with philips, sony , samsung , panasonic , sharp.....
Are your eyes defective? Visit a B&O showroom and be blown away :respect:
From what I've been told they get the most up to date screens on the planet...there's a reason why they sell TVs for ~£20,000! The sound quality of their TVs (even the smaller 26" versions) beats the ass off ANY TV I've ever heard and almost sound as good as my bi-wired Monitor Audio Silvers :D
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#16
rhythmeister
by: D_o_S
Ya, this might finally have decent sound quality, not that thing Apple likes to call "sound" and even more "music" on the iPod (and now iPhone)

And I wouldn't say B&O are one of the best in terms of sound quality, but each to his own...
I'm going to have to jump in to B&O's defence again here, I dunno what has been played back to you on what device but they make Hi-Fi gear in it's truest sense, Hi fideility is the word here...not cheap mp3 players with xGb storage :wtf:
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#17
D_o_S
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by: rhythmeister
I'm going to have to jump in to B&O's defence again here, I dunno what has been played back to you on what device but they make Hi-Fi gear in it's truest sense, Hi fideility is the word here...not cheap mp3 players with xGb storage :wtf:
Well, I'm not saying B&O don't make good stuff, I'm just saying its not the best... B&O has gone way down in my reputation, they have become more of a designer company than one who makes good audio equipment...

For me, Bowers and Wilkins, McIntosh, Sonus Faber, are companies that are much more audio-focused, and have better stuff.
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#18
rhythmeister
I've not heard of those guys, I take it their gear is uber pricey!
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#19
HellasVagabond
Expensive things when it comes to Electronics dont always outperform less expensive brands...Do you really think B&O makes their own TVs ? Slice one open and see what components it has..
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#20
russianboy
Everyone does that these days.

Motorola=Foxconn
Intel Mobos=Foxconn
Maytag, Kitchenaid, Whirlpool, and some others=Same company

Real brands hardly exist today.
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#21
Casheti
4GB is just not enough for the price you pay.. that's ridiculous.
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#22
WeStSiDePLaYa
by: HellasVagabond
Bang & Olufsen has announced the 'Beosound 6', a 4GB flash player which will retail at £400.
This somewhat expensive gadget comes with a £20 worth leather case and pair of £90 worth B&O A8 earphones meaning it will cost you about £500 or almost 700euros.
Make no mistake, if this gadget had something more to offer than just MP3 playback i would give it a go but it doesnt..No Video , No FM...Just MP3 playback.
The Lcd screen is also a rather small 1.8 incher and the controls are circa 2005...For 700euros you could get the PS3 and have money to spare...

Source: Bang & Olufsen
You need some reading comprehension.

It COMES WITH the leather case and the A8 headphones. that does not mean you pay extra. So your article is very misleading.

So really the player is costing you 290 pounds. because the headphones are 90, and the case 20.

And just because YOU can't appreciate good sound, does not mean other people also cannot.

A good digital audio player shouldnt have video or all that extra junk. a good audio player should be a GOOD AUDIO PLAYER. not a half ass audio player with half assed video.
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#23
Casheti
j00 got pwnt by the Westside Playa...
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#24
HellasVagabond
Engadget :
Style-maven Bang & Olufsen has introduced a new DAP into the mix, called the Beosound 6. Breaking from typical B&O design convention -- which can often be a little absurd (see the
Beosound 2 and 3) -- the Beosound 6 is a strikingly simple design; a silver, candy-bar shaped audio player with stripped-down controls and a thin LCD display. Specs are light at the moment, but it looks like standard MP3 / WMA playback, 4GB of flash memory (jettisoning the company's previous SD storage scheme), a 65K color LCD screen, and USB connectivity. The player will also be accompanied by a leather case and the company's A8 earphones, and will retail for around £400 ($812 US).

Trusted Reviews :
Label freaks' favourite Bang & Olufsen has announced the 'Beosound 6', a 4GB flash player with more than a passing resemblance to Samsung's year old YP-Z5. Unfortunately however whereas the 4GB Sammy model retails for under £140, B&O will be charging £400...
If you aren't screaming out loud with consternation or laughing hysterically then you should be. This is simply outrageous and forget that it comes with a leather case (£20) and pair of B&O A8 earphones (£90), it still costs more than an Xbox 360 Premium!


Missleading how exactly ?????
Its a 400 Pounds Mp3 player...Did i say anything else ???
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#25
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
400quid for a Mp3 player.....alright


Ive heard of this brand. Ive seen & also heard 1 of their 2.1 sound systems go for the price of the best 5.1 surround sound kit u can buy.

I love my music, im really anal about my music. about my favorite bands etc & Im a guitarist in a band that does gigs locally, & yes. I also quite anal about the sound I get from my gutar setup - so I guess im half audiophilenese. (I can also quote the bit rate of MP3's without looking at media player!!!)

back to the OP. you may love your sound as much as me but on a bang for buck comparision Id go with the cheaper player with more storage....

having XFi technology built into an mp3 player is cool but nothing can compare with the price so long as u got a decent set of headphones. got all your favorite tracks on the player. & the battry lasts for a good 12hrs. thats really all you need....
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