Bang & Olufsen Beovox 5000 Inwall Speakers

4/5 (2 Reviews)


Product Description

Wall panel speaker manufactured 1988 to 1991 approximately. 2 way speaker with 2 x bass drivers plus 1 x tweeter. Cloth grills available in grey or blue. Came as a mirror pair. 60wrms per channel approx. 120wrms continuous music power according to manufacturer. Big brother to the Beovox 3000 / 4500 series which had much smaller cabinet and only 1 x bass speaker. Also came in Lab series with a 45w rms amp and display bolted to the lower section of each speaker.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Robert a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Further to my previous review about beovox 5000, I went on a path of changing the equipment that drove my speakers. What I found is that my original equipment didn't measure up to the beovox. As I replaced cables, amp, preamp and sub with top end gear the beovox speakers absolutely shone in quality, far beyond my expectations. I got to the point where you couldn't hear the equipment, just the music. To listen to Fleetwood Mac was as though one was literally in the studio, live with them. There was no " age " to the sound. It was smooth, clear , warm, present, focused and extremely musical and analogue sounding.

I will point out , again, that one must have extremely good hifi gear to drive these to their maximum potential.

the beovox5000s loved Audioquest cables throughout the system, especially speaker cables.
You'll need a preamp to turn the treble up a tiny bit as these speakers are a tad laid back otherwise. You'll need a great sub and a great power amp. Don't be scared to push them. I had 120Wrms amp.

So, I just wanted to add, after my first review that the lack I experienced initially was due to the middle of the road equipment I previously had.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by robbiefest a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2010

Bottom Line:   
Having worked for B & O for 9 years in the 1980s and 1990s I knew these speakers quite well. They always had my admiration for being very unique in their design, visually and physically. I remember specifically hearing them in a client's home and thought that is the best I've ever heard Led Zeppelin. I'm sure they were not designed for rock but they just sounded great in many aspects.

Recently i have been on a huge quest to replace my 33 year bose 301 series 1 speakers. See my review on those speakers. I have auditioned approximately a dozen current bookshelf speakers up to the value of $8000 and didn't purchase any as none were near perfect and did not move me forward enough in the direction I wanted to go, which is too keep the wondeful open sound stage of the Bose 301 series 1 but move into a modern tone. ie. achieve a much more realistic musical experienc that would reveal more of the tone of the instrumentation, one area that the bose lack. I had in mind the Beovox 5000 or the RL / red line series of B and 0 although I would only consider the 60.2 or 6000, nothing less. Finding the swilvel wall bracket that was available 20 years ago is impossible unless one buys them second hand, which I have not seen yet. The 5000s came up on ebay so I grabbed them. Wall brackets readily available aftermarket via the net.

I must point out that most of the speakers I tried were great, but just not in my most difficult room. I have a bass issue whereby my speakers must go on the walls, and my room is narrow and long and entirely brick. Any speaker that is rear ported just would not work. The beovox 5000 has been a fabulous compromise.

What the beovox 5000 do achieve is that warm, natural tone I had been desiring. As always, a good B and O speaker is VERY musical. They are quite a forgiving speaker and really are not like studio monitors. They are not harsh or in your face, in fact they are a tad too laid back after the Bose which tend to throw you into the midst of a concert when you are listening.

So, the B and O are warm, easy on the ear, look great and work in my environment, whereas most others wouldn't. The areas I find lacking with the beovox 5000 in my situation is that they are not exactly imposing a 3d audio stage. They tend to lack depth to their imaging. Seperation is good, and 2d imagine is lovely but to get that depth as though you have been taken into the sound, rarely happens on these speakers. I'm sure if they were 10 feet further away from me they would do exactly what I require but I don't have that luxury. Most other bookshelf speakers I tried did give that depth to a far greater degree, but most of them had bass issues in my room. The beovox 5000 are firm in their bass and are supplemented well with a quality sub. I find myself listening direct / flat with no sub more than I ever have previously and this is due to the fact that the beovox 5000 handles everything above about 80hz very well.

If this speaker had more depth to it's imagining I'd be a very happy chap and would know that I could easily live with this speaker for a very long time, but currently I'm not totally convinced that I wont go on the hunt again. In the mean time, the beovox 5000 is beautiful to look at, very nice in deed to listen to and are a step in the right direction for me. As always, I do believe every aspect of your sound system has to be quality to hear what these speakers are capable of. I run a 70w rms Rotel RB 1050 power amp. I feel that the beovox would do well with a more powerful and efficient amp. The louder you turn them, the more detail is revealed, sort of like some B & W and some power hungry speakers ( dynaudio ) etc.At higher volumes they thrive, but I don't wish to listen at high volumes. Amp replacement will probebly happen prior to speaker replacement. Afterwards I would expect more from these speakers and feel they are capable of it.

For the hi end enthusiast they probebly wouldn't cut it. For the person who's more interested in the music than the equipment, as well as asthetics, grab them if you ever see them come up.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995




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