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post #1 of 18
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i have a bang and olufsen whole house audio system its 10+years old and i dont have the receiver it costs 20,000$+ so im thinking is there a way i can connect that audio system to a receiver that costs <$1100, i had someone come and check out the system and it has some special wiring thats B&o specific and i wanted to know are there any converters available for it? and the receiver has to be able to handle 5 or 6 rooms with 2 speakers each(prewired with B&O wires, they all dont need to be indepedent zones they can be considered as 2 or more)+ a 7.1 surround sound for my den(maybe i should get a seperate a/v reciver for the 7.1 for the den). and i was thinking about getting one of these:


http://www.butterflyphoto.com/shop/p...FRE9FQodWWjDRA
http://secondact.zoovy.com/product/A...a=PRICEGRABBER
http://www.butterflyphoto.com/shop/p...x?sku=VSX80TXV

any and all suggestions requested!



this is one of the speakers, there all identical


this is *i think* a remote eye, it says B&O in the center mute on one side and "timer" on the other side


just how the thing looks



this is the wires that are supposed to connect to the B&O reciever...
there are 2 sets of wires for 5 or 6 zones...
post #2 of 18
FWIW we had a system just like yours. We removed all the components and sold them on eBay. There is a lively auction market for these legacy B&O whole house systems. The center picture is an IR receiver with 3 buttons. If you're in to eBay and would consider a B&O receiver, try there. HTH. Tom
post #3 of 18
Yes, the box on the wall is a "remote eye", and then some. Its called the Master Control Link 2. It is only compatible with B&0 systems. The good news is that you don't need current B&O gear to use it, and second hand equipment of this vintage can be purchaed quite reasonably on eBay and the like. Tha link below is to an unofficial B&O technical site that has all of the wiring information you are looking for.

jcmitch

http://www.beotech.co.uk/
post #4 of 18
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i read the info from that link and it halped alot, thank, but i still have some questions such as, is it possible that it can be connected to any other type of reciver somehow?
post #5 of 18
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or if not does anyone know what is the name of the unit that those wires will be connected to which im assuming will be the head of the entire house's audio system
post #6 of 18
I'm not exactly sure what you'd like to know. Do you want to know what is connected to that cable and how the zones are wired? If so, I can explain that. Tom
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by focusontheworld View Post

I'm not exactly sure what you'd like to know. Do you want to know what is connected to that cable and how the zones are wired? If so, I can explain that. Tom

if you could explain that,how do those 2 wires hook up to 5 maybe 6 zones, it would help alot,

well im gonna drop by the B&O store later on today and see what i can find out or if they can even help me out in anyway.
post #8 of 18
There are 4 different components to the system: (1) the head end Beomaster amplifier/receiver, (2) the Master Control Link distribution box, (3) the Master Control Link wall panel, like the one in your picture, and (4) the speakers. A cable goes from the Beomaster to the first distribution box. Two of the wires are for the left channel and 2 for the right channel. Two more carry low voltage to power the distribution boxes and wall panels. I don't recall the voltage but it's between 12 and 24 volts. The final 2 wires carry the control signals from the wall panels back to the Beomaster. The wall panel is wired to the distribution box by a 6 or 8 (I don't recall) conductor cable. The same type of cable that goes from from the Beomaster to the first distribution box is used to daisy chain from the first box to the next box in the system. This continues to the last box in the chain. There are DIP switches in each box to set various parameters including end-of-chain. The system is operated by IR hand-held remotes. The wall panel in your picture has a few button switches to turn the system on and off, a timer, etc. Most of the control comes from the hand-held remote though. The remote can turn the system on and off, select source, adjust volume, etc. Because there is only one pair of wires for the left channel and one for the right in the daisy chain cable, each room must listen to the same source at the same volume. The system works great because it is so simple. No matrix switchers, etc. are needed. HTH. Tom.
post #9 of 18
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the bang and oulusen by me is moving so there selling all there stuff at >30%off, the Beosound 3200(Which he recommended for my head unit) is only $1600! they also have a 1080p sim 2 projector which 20 hours on it(light bulb lasts >30,000 hours for 50% off at 6000$

if anyone wants they can go there its the bang and olufsen store in Roosevelt field mall, on long island(new york), if you want im sure you could call and have them ship the stuff out
post #10 of 18
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how much do you think i would be able to sell the MCL2's for i want to keep the speakers, i have 4 mcl2
post #11 of 18
Do a search on Ebay for that model in completed items - I'm sure you'll get some hits for completed sales.
post #12 of 18
I sold my 4 distribution boxes and wall panels on eBay for $100 a few months back. The electronics (Beomaster, turntable, cassette deck and CD player) went for $2,500. The remotes went for $100. Tom
post #13 of 18
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so i will only get 400$ in total for all for master control link 2's or was it 100$ for all four, also i dont know if i have distribution boxes or any of that, i am hopefully gonna have the B&O installer come to my house tommoro to check it out
post #14 of 18
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ok so here is what i have come to so far, i cannot hook up a reciver such as a denon 2807 to this and use that as my reciver and it would not be cost effective to sell the system and have a new bose(or such) system in place for it
am i right?
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by urbanlegend213 View Post

so i will only get 400$ in total for all for master control link 2's or was it 100$ for all four, also i dont know if i have distribution boxes or any of that, i am hopefully gonna have the B&O installer come to my house tommoro to check it out

The $100 was for all 4 pairs (4 wall panels, 4 distribution boxes). The wall panels require the distribution boxes.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by urbanlegend213 View Post

ok so here is what i have come to so far, i cannot hook up a reciver such as a denon 2807 to this and use that as my reciver and it would not be cost effective to sell the system and have a new bose(or such) system in place for it
am i right?

I can't realy respond to the suitability of the Denon and Bose. I don't know them. I just know that when I found out that the B&O system already installed in our place supported only 1 source to all rooms at a time and the volume had to be the same in all rooms, it was not a useful system for our needs. I thought the entire B&O system was going to be trash but was delighted to find out there is an active auction market for it that turned some electronics that was apparently worthless into $3,000. It took a small, small dent out of the bill for the Crestron system that replaced it. :-) Tom
post #17 of 18
what was the final outcome of your BO questions. I have the same problem want to hook up a center channel to an existing BO system but there are not additional impurts on the CD Receiver unit. Were you able to hook up to another brand receiver?
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
no, sorry but if you somehow are able to do so please pm me or respond to this thread and let me know, thanks
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