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This is the first Archived Forum which was active between 17th April 2007 and 1st March February 2012


Latest post 01-17-2011 1:55 AM by Doctor. 1 replies.
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  • 01-16-2011 7:30 PM

    Beo5 a Farce!

    The more I use this thing, the more inadequate it seems.  It's latest fiasco is its inability to control most of the second tier functions of a Magnavox cable box.

    The physical design is awkward and lends itself to inadvertent input.

    The reaction time of the various functions is far too long, assuming they work at all.

    Mine came along with a new Beovision 8-40.  The dealer had their "installation specialist" allegedly combine the new tv with my existing BeoSound 9000 and a bunch of B&O speakers.  I should have suspected something when he had to call someone after being stymied by the installation of the audio portion.  It was news to him that one pair of my beolab 4000s had to be taken off the CD player and hooked directly to the BV8-40.

    The instruction session regarding the Beo5 was entirely too much to absorb without some attendant documentation.  I am not challenged in this area, but I still found it murky and arcane.  It is set up in such a way that all the ancillary boxes (cable, AppleTV, Wii, DVD, etc.) are hidden away which leaves the ability to control them entirely on the Beo5.

    With such a precarious mounting point on the charger, i find myself accidentally turning things on or off or changing functions while the thing teeters and tumbles around and I try to right it.

    I see it as a poor design, both physically and functionally.  And no one has explained downloading upgrades and graphics as yet either.

    Considering the rarefied atmosphere B&O operates in, I would have expected a much more thorough and professional installation experience.

    Considering a change.



  • 01-17-2011 1:55 AM In reply to

    Re: Beo5 a Farce!

    I have a suspicion that it will be poor set up as much as anything. The Beo5 is a complex and powerful rempote but is also capable of being too complicated and needing too many presses to achieve what one press on a Beo4 could suffice. It has also just been replaced with the Beo5, which seems a little better now but promises far more.

    I confess to having got rid of mine and just use the Beo4 or Beolink 1000 for much the same reason - and I had the software! I think Keith can, through his programming service,  actually make the Beo5 useful if you want another go!

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