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"Music in the Round"
Senior Contributing Editor, Stereophile
I've never heard anything remotely close to what I would call imaging from ESLs. Detail yes, but imaging? No.
Speakers: Magico M-Project w/MPods Amplification: CAT JL7s (preamp and phono TBD)
Analog: Kronos Pro Limited Edition / Black Beauty tonearm / Zyx Universe Premium, Ortofon A95
Digital: Roon / dCS Vivaldi DAC/Upsampler
Cables/Power: Kubala Sosna cables / Shunyata Denali 6000T, Sigma Zitron PC's / Furutech outlets
Misc: Steve Blinn Designs rack & amp stands
Always been fascinated by the Beolab 90's ... I was a Meridian fanbooi in a previous life
So Kal, should I cancel the order for my G1 spirits and cancel the 1000p upgrade to my Devialets and spring for a set of Beolab 90's ... ??
Roon/Tidal ..Squeezebox touch .. DIRAC miniDSP DDRC 22 , twin Devialet D Premiers, Vivid Audio Giya G1's .. fully treated room
True Joshua, myself and other were not impressed with the Beos. However, they weren't EQ'd appropriately as I understand it so there's that. We also found the salesman to be more knowledgeable about fashion than audio and the speaker placement reinforced this claim. Also, if you can hear down to 5Hz you've got abilities only a whale can relate to :-)
From:The Beolab 90 is designed to take readings of a room using a special microphone — sort of similar to the way an A/V receiver’s auto-setup works — and employ what it knows about what happens to the sound in the room to make virtually anything you want happen. Perhaps the most impressive part of the processing is its ability to deal with reflected sound (sounds that come at you after they bounce off the walls, a leading cause of degraded fidelity). Rather than try to squash some of those sounds using equalization, Bang & Olufsen uses active noise cancellation to effectively eliminate the reflected sound where the listener sits. Think about that for a second. The speaker itself becomes an active noise-cancelling system so that the sound it does produce arrives at your ear in perfect purity. Amazing.
The system can also use its processing abilities to put the sweet spot at any place within the room. Let’s say your favorite chair is well left of center but you want to feel like the soundstage is right in front of you; the Beolab 90 system can achieve that for you.
When we sat down for a short audition, we were gobsmacked by what we were hearing. Though we were in the very back of the room with enough people blocking our sight of the speakers that we could barely see the system, we heard a perfectly balanced presentation with the vocals seemingly coming from directly in front of us, just 2 feet away (someone’s head was in that spot).
My experience of the Beolab 90s at Munich was that imaging was excellent, but hard to truly say because the demo was comprised of short snippets/greatest hits, and no extended immersive listening on the same piece of music was available
I am a little concerned that the only places to demo at length are B&O centres where correct set up may be a lottery
Certainly my short chats w such centres in London don't fill me great confidence demos will be optimal
Additionally, the thought of multiples of multiples of Class D ICE amps fills me with a certain foreboding that the spkr might not be so good at intimate and delicate
But the killer aspects of this spkr, dynamic prowess, room interaction control, and bass extension, seemed superb to my ears