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
russianboy
FreedomEclipse said:
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....
what kind of amp you use?

My stupid practice amp is evil. (Fender 15g)
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#2
VulkanBros
HellasVagabond - is it possible to get B & O to send you a Beosound 6 for review..??

I´ll agree - its a lot of money for a 4 GB MP3 player.....
BUT...it could be interesting to se a review...
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#3
Wile E
Power User
Everybody is missing one thing here. It's an mp3 player. It doesn't matter the B&O makes some of the best audiophile gear in the world, when you're still listening to compressed music on it. Super high quality playback will just make the mp3 artifacts more noticeable.


Oh, and McIntosh, FTW!!!!
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#4
HellasVagabond
Vulcan W1zzard could ask B&O for a test sample not i.
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#5
VulkanBros
Calling W1zzard.......

HellasVagabond said:
Vulcan W1zzard could ask B&O for a test sample not i.
okay....W1zzard....do you think it will be possible ??
( it should fit good in the pocket...after buying it, there should be plenty of free space in the pocket :ohwell:)
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#6
D_o_S
Moderator
Wile E said:
Everybody is missing one thing here. It's an mp3 player. It doesn't matter the B&O makes some of the best audiophile gear in the world, when you're still listening to compressed music on it. Super high quality playback will just make the mp3 artifacts more noticeable.


Oh, and McIntosh, FTW!!!!
Who said you have to listen to MP3s on it? I'm quite certain it will play WAV files...
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#7
niko084
To fill some of you non-audiophiles in here...

Bang & Olufsen is probably the single largest ultra high quality company in the world.

My uncle has their audio equipment throughout his home. To give you an idea of the cost just under $65,000 for a subwoofer for his theater.

Is the price inflated for the name- you bet it is!

Is the price worth the quality- if you want a piece of the best there is than yes because no matter which company that high up you go with you will pay an inflated price for the name and top notch quality not many can match.

Think about it- I can compare it to cars here quickly-

Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Same car as the
Ferrari "Forget the name*

Either way they are the "SAME" car, I cannot stress this enough. By ALL mechanical reasons, including the body material. Interior is "SLIGHTLY" different.

Anyways to get to the point-
Z06 - $70,000
Ferrari- $120,000
$50,000 in interior thats "slightly" different? Paying for the name.

Now I would bet to wager this mp3 does some really nice and clean decompression of the mp3s, probably has audio processing you will not find anywhere else, and probably has a Class A or maybe A/B amplifier in it which in most cases of portable music players you are not going to find anything at all near that. Probably rates somewhere around .01% or lower THD, in most cases of portable music you are looking at 1% or more.

Anyways I could go into tech specs all day but we aren't here for that.

When this players gets released and I get a chance to take a look at one, I will probably actually consider buying this one myself. I have been waiting for a high quality player again. I would like to have one to plugin to my deck in my car so I don't have to flop cd's around.
*Yes my deck plays mp3s but the quality of the decompression is well questionable and I am an audiophile and I can hear the difference severely*
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#8
niko084
Wile E said:
Everybody is missing one thing here. It's an mp3 player. It doesn't matter the B&O makes some of the best audiophile gear in the world, when you're still listening to compressed music on it. Super high quality playback will just make the mp3 artifacts more noticeable.


Oh, and McIntosh, FTW!!!!
Although your correct there.... There is a serious part you are missing...

If you didn't download your mp3's and ripped them yourself slowly and properly using a very high quality drive. You can rip at a really high quality and get no artifacts.

Anyways McIntosh is another elite company. I am saving to replace my amplifiers in my car with their amps. $4000 for a 400 watt 4 channel :respect: And worse yet I need 2 of those and a sub amp....
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#9
HellasVagabond
Ferrari almost the same as Corvette Z06 ?
No comment is required...
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#10
niko084
HellasVagabond said:
Ferrari almost the same as Corvette Z06 ?
No comment is required...
Shows what you know about cars...

Ferrari did the chassis design for the Z06, and GM did the engine. The deal was Ferrari got to release and model. Same motor, same chassis, same suspension.

Ohh ya needless to say same 1/4 mile, same skid pad, same top speed, same hp rating, same braking distance... Need I go into more?


They are all in all the same car.
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#11
HellasVagabond
Ferrari HELPED design the Corvette Z06 chassis...And that chassis resembles nothing that Ferrari has to offer so theres nothing to be the same as.
They use Different Engines, Different breaking system, Different construction materials...
Bottom line Ferrari is Ferrari and Corvette is Corvette.
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#12
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
i'll wait for the gold plated one to match my phone


roflmao
award for largest waste of money :p

oh and as for the B&O super lux sub $65K would buy a better or almost identical at least sub if you BUILD YOUR OWN
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#13
niko084
cdawall said:
i'll wait for the gold plated one to match my phone


roflmao
award for largest waste of money :p

oh and as for the B&O super lux sub $65K would buy a better or almost identical at least sub if you BUILD YOUR OWN
Highly doubtful on the subwoofer part... They is a lot of engineering work that goes into that 99.9% of people cannot comprehend let alone do. But if your all genius go ahead build one and take their business :roll:
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#14
niko084
HellasVagabond said:
Ferrari HELPED design the Corvette Z06 chassis...And that chassis resembles nothing that Ferrari has to offer so theres nothing to be the same as.
They use Different Engines, Different breaking system, Different construction materials...
Bottom line Ferrari is Ferrari and Corvette is Corvette.
Well shows more and more you know nothing of these 2 cars.....
Everything about them is the SAME. I'll try to get the model again so you can see and look more like you try to talk about things you are clueless about.
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#15
HellasVagabond
Oh god....You do that, you bring info that theres a Ferrari out there that is the SAME as the Corvette Z06...Good luck :)
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#17
niko084
HellasVagabond said:
Oh god....You do that, you bring info that theres a Ferrari out there that is the SAME as the Corvette Z06...Good luck :)
There it is kid- Ferrari 575

Anyways now you have your info. I'll drop it, I'm obviously arguing with a
"Know it all" :slap:

Now I remember why I stopped bothering to post on this forum.

And I'm sorry the price difference is a little more than that also.
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#18
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
niko084 said:
Well shows more and more you know nothing of these 2 cars.....
Everything about them is the SAME. I'll try to get the model again so you can see and look more like you try to talk about things you are clueless about.
he means in performance (i hope)

and he is correct the 0'7 Z06 corvette can keep up with most ferarri's out there (other than enzo i believe there are none in fact that outperform it)

as for the sub part ITS AN ALGORITHM THAT IS USED TO achieve the level of sound talked about and there are MILLIONS of speaker building books that give you a similar algo which for $5 and about $5000 in parts gives you very SIMILAR sound quality
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#19
Casheti
Can I post a picture of some kittens?
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#20
zekrahminator
McLovin
Casheti said:
Can I post a picture of some kittens?
Yes plz.
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#21
niko084
cdawall said:
he means in performance (i hope)
Performance all around, including the suspension, braking, everything related, chassis is the same, body is slightly different *same material*, same exact motor, maybe a slightly different plastic covering the motor. Different wheels, tires. Caliper says Ferrari instead of Corvette.

And like I said the interior is slightly different, there are small differences, Ferrari cannot build a car that doesn't meet Ferrari buyers requirements, but its not worth the price difference, you are paying for the name. It was a deal that gave Ferrari a base model road/track car to sell to its market, and gave Chevrolet a Corvette that is one sick monster.
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#22
Casheti
JEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR!!!

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#23
niko084
cdawall said:
he means in performance (i hope)

and he is correct the 0'7 Z06 corvette can keep up with most ferarri's out there (other than enzo i believe there are none in fact that outperform it)

as for the sub part ITS AN ALGORITHM THAT IS USED TO achieve the level of sound talked about and there are MILLIONS of speaker building books that give you a similar algo which for $5 and about $5000 in parts gives you very SIMILAR sound quality
Yes the Z06 will compete with many Ferrari's out there in performance, yes the Enzo is one which will destroy it, so will the F430, I'm sure there are more but those 2 recent ones I am certain of. This car is the same all around.

The 575 has a pushrod 500bhp 6 liter V8, intake, bore, stroke, heads, cam lift/duration is all the same between the two cars, the gearing is the same and the weight is literally like 16lbs different. They are by all means to a driver and mechanic the same car. Yes there are differences that make the Ferrari a little nicer and a little more race style feeling, but nothing that sets it apart by the incredible cost difference. A lot of what you pay for there is the name. And real quick in case you think wait the Ferrari is hand build, so is the Z06.

Similar is possible, I do speaker building, I am also going to start school for sound engineering.

But just like anything else is that sound, that last inch of perfection that cannot be done. And the subwoofer *speaker itself* they do not pay 3rd party companies to build their speakers, thats another problem with the DIY project. Yes you can do some nice stuff yourself if you have the patience and grab a book or directions. But you cannot compete with the audiophile against the best the world has to offer. *granted they have the money and are willing to pay it*
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#24
HellasVagabond
Ferrari 575 Maranello same as Corvette Z06 ????
Link ? Source ? Anything ?

Ferrari 575 Maranello

Make and Model: Ferrari 575 M Maranello
Year: 2002
Engine Type: 5.75 liter V-12
Torque: 434lb-ft@5250rpm
Acceleration 0-60: 4.25 s
Suspension: 4-wheel independant
Wheel Base: 98.43 inches
List Price: $221,870
Horsepower: 515bhp@7250rpm
Top Speed: 202 mph
Brakes: Wheel vent. disc
Transmission: 6-speed Manual
Weight: 3815 lbs


Corvette Z06 2007

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Style: Z06
Base Price: $69,000
Price as Tested: N/A
Drive Type: Rear-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Six-speed manual
Displacement (liters): 7.0
Engine Type: V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 505@6300
Torque (ft-lbs @ rpm): 470@4800
Braking System: Front/rear power-assisted disc


They Havent got a SINGLE part in common...Not even in specs....Lets drop it because just equalizing a car like the Z06 with a Ferrari is dumb.
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#25
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
niko084 said:
Performance all around, including the suspension, braking, everything related, chassis is the same, body is slightly different *same material*, same exact motor, maybe a slightly different plastic covering the motor. Different wheels, tires. Caliper says Ferrari instead of Corvette.

And like I said the interior is slightly different, there are small differences, Ferrari cannot build a car that doesn't meet Ferrari buyers requirements, but its not worth the price difference, you are paying for the name. It was a deal that gave Ferrari a base model road/track car to sell to its market, and gave Chevrolet a Corvette that is one sick monster.
your a sad sad little man
-buzz lightyear
you dont honestly think...roflmao the ferari 575 mentioned above HAS A 5.7L V12 the vette a 7.0L V8. not to mention the Z06 is most often placed againts the F430 not the maranello DUH.

read up b4 you post its getting sad

oh and for zek
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