By - mpersson84
I honestly never thought it would happen!
Does the OD-11 sounds significantly better than the tinny OD-4?
This is apples and oranges. But yes, significantly better. I have both
You have a pair or just one? Worth the money?
I’ve had a pair for over 5 years. It’s worth it for me!
Thank you. I‘m just asking ‘cuz I was really disappointed of the OB-4 sound wise. Heavy distortion in the low end.
Haven’t listened to the OB-4, but the OD-11:s are in a class of their own. Super warm, rich room-filling sound which is a tribute to and an improvement on the Carlsson design which they are based on. I’ve had a pair for three years and I love them.
I‘ll buy one.
Edith: bought one online. Can’t wait.
What number is the new firmware?
Sold my pair 2y ago waiting on this update. :( All the wireless protocols were bad for me then, even basic bt.
What was wrong with the first version of AirPlay? I know people complain about AirPlay but some people have zero issues. That leads me to think that the issue is either too much interference in your home or your networking gear needs to be updated.
There were any number of issues in my home, one was that its 100yrs old and the walls are plaster over chicken wire, so basically the entire space operates as a farraday cage blocking wifi, I have sorted it now with crazy amount of repeaters but my wifi with intense antenna would go 20' if that.
I tried things all right next to each other too and its not that airplay was the issue, the rx or implementation on od11 v1 seemed to be weak or broken, airplay would drop every few seconds, bt was similar at the time, and i was left with line-in but wireless stereo paring using whatever protocol the od11 use between the set, and even that dropped constantly. So it may have just not been meant to be for my farraday cage house. But when they did work, specifically when i connected them with cables and ran them as my main turntable speakers, they sounded glorius. As purely a set of speakers, they are incredible and the angle and location of the drivers is a genius way to fill spaces with sound imo. I still recommend them to people all the time, even though my personal experience was spotty.
So you can set up two OD-11's as a stereo pair, have the two OD-11's communicate right and left channel information wirelessly, and then use the line-in input as a source? At the moment it's not clear to me if this is possible or if it's an all wireless or all wired approach.
Going back to your experience with them, they don't seem to be very popular so not a lot of user information on them is around. I'm still on the fence about purchasing them but I may treat them as just speakers with a 3.5mm and optical input connection.
Did you ever try connecting them to something like a Belkin Soundform Connect? It's basically a gadget that allows you to turn any speaker with a 3.5mm or optical input into an AirPlay device. No idea how well it works.
Technology ages so I like the idea of sticking to something almost universal like a 3.5mm input and scaling with standards by adding gadgets to it.
I honestly cannot recall but i think so? i could be wrong tho and direct mode needs 2x 3.5mm connections. I tried connecting to an airport express when that was a thing and it worked but spotty and droppy still.
What are the benefits of AirPlay 1 over AirPlay 2? Most of what I've read is that there are new features available, such as being able to play multiple speakers in different rooms playing different music but there must be a very small minority of people with that type of set up.
Are we just looking at a slightly more reliable connection?
Biggest noticeable change for the end user is multi room audio and thus you can play music over multiple speakers of different brands. For the technical details I think Google is your friend.
There was a lot of requests for AirPlay 2 to be supported and it did take TE a long time to get around to it but I do wonder what the real life benefits would be. Without understanding the technical side, it seems more of a nice to have feature that is only essential to a small group of people.
I would think improved stability and latency would be the main benefits to the average user, assuming there were noticeable stability issues and a noticeable amount of latency.
It’s still a Wi-Fi-based technology which operates on your existing wireless network. Any weak spots in that network is going to impact audio streaming as well.
I don’t consider it a feature any more than any other software upgrade is. However as it’s a licensed protocol the upgrade cycle for manufacturers such as TE is much longer.
For me however the multi-room support is what I was expecting when I bought the speakers and it’s nice to finally have it and in my setup (small house, one router in the other side of the building from the speakers) it works flawlesssly.
Good to know it's working flawlessly. What's your opinion on using two OD-11's in stereo for a computer desk/bedroom set up? The bedroom is about 200 square feet.
Particularly, I'm wondering if two OD-11's would over power the room and annoy my neighbors, two things I would like to avoid.
That might be a bit overkill in my opinion considering they're not exactly cheap. If you want a good but not overpowering computer setup then I would go with a pair of active studio speakers. The OD-11:s are really designed for music and to blend in with the furniture in a typical home while still being able to provide an open, and "airy" soundstage. At least that is what mr Carlsson, who designed the original OD-11 in 1974, had in mind. [https://teenage.engineering/products/od-11/carlssonstory](https://teenage.engineering/products/od-11/carlssonstory)
With that said, they would definitely work as computer speakers as long as you connect them via cable (to eliminate latency).
I'll wait for the OB-4 to arrive and if I love the product but it simply doesn't have enough power for my room/computer set up, I may be seriously tempted buy the OD-11s.
I know Teenage Engineering is low on the value proposition, but I really love their design language. I see their designs and I think it's the work of geniuses.
They are currently on sale for $1,600 for a pair compared to the KEF LSX II's which are $1,400. Granted, the KEF LSX II's have much better connectivity options, being released this year versus several years ago, but AirPlay 2 and a 3.5mm input is enough.
I doubt I'll ever hear about anyone comparing the two setups though.