Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century Home Theater Mini System

Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century Home Theater Mini System

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B&O BeoSound 2000 - A Definition Of Trash

Jul 31, 2001
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Pros:I'm Smart... I Don't And Never Will Have One

Cons:UGLY (Yes, Ugly), Muffled Sound, Pretty Damn Bad Vocals, Strange Bass, A Little Expensive

The Bottom Line: Read my 'Review'


Some of my non-audiophile friends seem to like B&O. Some say that they make the best speakers in the world, and actually payed thousands of dollars for them. One of my friends also owns the B&O BeoSound 2000, which is also known as the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century. My friend loves this thing to death... Now you see, I have terrible vision. When I first entered the room, I said, "Is that a Nakamichi?" Well, when I approached, the system looked a lot uglier than a Nakamichi. We played a lot of music on this thing, and here's what I found with the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century:

Price:
I have seen the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century going for $2,000 flat. I think that's a little expensive, especially for something that sounds as terrible as this. For example, the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century is actually older technology, and it is not at all comparable to even a cheap $200 boombox. I want you to do something. I want you to go to your local mall, and enter the Sharper Image. I want you to hear out the Sharper Image brand stereos, and also the Nakamichis. There you may notice that their price tags aren't at all as high as the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century. They also look much better, and have much cleaner sound. Sure the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century has sliding doors, and those are obviously worth thousands of dollars... Don't even consider a Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century or any of their products. They are terrible, they are a disgrace, and they can't be compared to even many sub-$100 products.

Looks and Styling:
I think that the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century is ugly. When you open the doors, you see the CD player, tape deck, buttons, and AM/FM tuner. The tape deck makes it look really bad though, and I mean terrible. I think that the BeoCenter 2300 looks better, but they still both are terrible products overall. However, some people like the styling on the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century... But if you want something that looks cooler, sounds a lot better, and costs much less, then go for the Nakamichi SOUNDSPACE 5 which only costs $800!

Durability:
I hear from people that the door's sensors soon stop working. The doors open when there is motion... Anyway, the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century doesn't have a solid feel like some other stereos do, such as Sharper Image stereos, or any Nakamichi models. I wouldn't trust myself with one of these... They seem a bit too complicated, and quite awkward. Something like the Nakamichi SOUNDSPACE 5 however is incredibly solid, and I don't have to worry about it breaking.

Sound:
The sound is very muffled and tinny. For example, some stereos give you very clear vocals, but some give you vocals that you can't understand. The Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century has non-understandable vocals. The sound is very compressed on this thing, it's just terrible. You're paying $2,000 for something that sounds terrible, does that make sense? No. I've seen some cheap boom boxes that go for $60 and they have much more power than the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century, and they also sound much better. It's strange how everyone who comments on the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century or other B&O mini-systems say that you can get much better sound from cheaper systems. Well, that's very good to know, that you're paying so much money for such terrible quality sound. If it's sound that you're looking for, then stay away!

Bass:
The bass response sucks on this thing. The bass also sounds very un-natural. You can get a much better response from models like the Nakamichi SOUNDSPACE 5. The bass response from that stereo is very clean and natural. If you want something to add "boom boom" to your room, then look elsewhere. The Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century provides sub-par bass. It's $10 bass, not $1,800 bass.

Ease of Use:
The Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century is moreover complicated to use. All the buttons are inside the glass doors. They are also so incredibly close to each other, so it's very easy to hit the wrong button by accident. The remote control is really cool looking, and it has an LCD... But it's still complicated to use. Many other mini-systems are much easier to use... However, you'll eventually get the hang of it.

The Verdict:
The Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century is a terrible piece of equipment. It sounds like junk, but it costs more like a treasure. Stay away from Bang and Olufsen, they are terrible and very evil. Bang and Olufsen is like Bose. Making very poor quality products that sell for a lot of money. The sound on the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century is very muffled and not dynamic at all. You can get superior sound from a sub-$100 boom box. The bass is also very muddy, you won't really get any "boom boom" out of this thing. If you want something that looks like art and gives you better sound than you expect, then go with the Nakamichi SOUNDSPACE 5. Don't even look twice at the Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Century or Bang and Olufsen in general; hell, don't look at all!


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