The long anticipated BeoSound 5 was announced yesterday. In terms of surprises the only one appears to be the release timing, in so far that it does not show much novelty over its competition in this segment. One major feature, though, is a system which based on metrics* is capable of selecting other songs similar to the one just finished. More of the same, as it is aptly named. I fear, however, that an equally fitting name could turn out to be Name that influence; when seeded with some middle of the road country tune it starts playing 2.000 hours worth of songs only distinguishing themselves from the seed track by lyrics and cover art. Well, I guess it can be turned off.
Looks are, expectedly, nice as always as is the user interface and means of operation. No easy solutions there. A nifty three-piece scroll/toggle-wheel operates the navigation system. An internal 500GB hard drive makes for storage and a 10.4” crystal clear monitor informs you of all you need to know.
Once I know the specs in detail [Flac, uPnP, resolution etc.] I will update this article. Let’s just hope the specs will have something substantial to show. Comparing the BeoSound 5 with some of the other players on the market, particularly in this price range, it does not look promising however much I wanted it to.
*More of The Same will base its decision on spectral analysis and beat detection schemes. With such services as Last.fm and Pandora comparisons are done somewhat differently, in that recommendations of new songs are made primarily by selecting songs from playlists made up from other people’s playing habits; playlists having some likeness with your own. The difference being, of course, that one system gives you new songs you may like even if they are different from what you otherwise play, while the other plays what you already have on your system maintaining a certain uniformity.