BeoLink Active
Setting-up Guide
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of
electric shock, do not remove
cover (or back).
No User-serviceable parts inside.
Refer servicing to qualified s­ ervice
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or
electric shock, do not expose this appliance
to rain or moisture. Do not expose this
equip­ment to dripping or splashing and
ensure that no objects filled with liquids,
such as vases, are placed on the equipment.
To completely disconnect this equipment
from the AC Mains, disconnect the mains
plug from the wall socket. The disconnect
device shall remain readily operable.
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symbol within an equilateral triangle,
is intended to alert the user to the
presence of un­insulated “dangerous
voltage” within the product’s enclosure
that may be of sufficient magnitude to
constitute a risk of electric shock to
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equilateral triangle is intended to alert
the user to the presence of important
operating and main­tenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the product.
Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table
Follow all instructions.
specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the
apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when
Do not use this apparatus near water.
moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid
injury from tip-over.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
when unused for long periods of time.
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators,
Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including
damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or
amplifiers) that produce heat.
plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects
have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or
been exposed to rain or moisture, does not ope­rate
grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades
normally, or has been dropped.
with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug
has two blades and a third grounding prong. The
The mains plug of the power supply cord shall remain
wide blade or the third prong are provided for your
readily operable.
safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your
outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the
No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles
obsolete outlet.
should be placed on the apparatus.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or
The supplied plug and mains cord are specially
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles,
designed for the product. Do not change the plug
and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
and if the mains cord is damaged, you must buy a
new one from your Bang & Olufsen retailer.
Only use attachments/accessories specified by the
Setting-up guide
This guide describes how to in­
stall your BeoLink Active kit in a
Beo­Link distribution system.
If you have never carried out
cable installation before, we
suggest you leave it to your
Bang & Olufsen retailer.
Likewise, we recommend that
you follow the instructions in
this guide care­fully.
The Guide which is also supplied
with the BeoLink Active kit
describes how to operate your
system once it has been installed.
S T A R T …
BeoLink system
The BeoLink distribution system
enables you to control your main
system and to hear it in the Link
room. Your Link room must be
connected to the main room via
a special (Master Link) cable. To
join the Master Link cable from
the main system and the cable
from the BeoLink Active box you
will need a Master Link junction
box. These acces­sories can be
purchased from your Bang &
Oluf­sen retailer
Please note that you cannot
distribute sound from your link
room through BeoLink Active to
your main room.
The main room is the room in
which you have placed your
audio system and/or video system
(the main system). The link room
is where you are about to set up
the BeoLink Active with a pair of
active speakers.
When you set up your BeoLink
Active kit, we recommend the
following sequence:
1 Switch off all products and
disconnect them from the
2 Make your installation.
3 Connect all products to the
4 Carry out the preprogramming.
P lacement
To fasten the BeoLink Active receiver to the wall:
1 Using the wall bracket as a template, mark and drill the
holes in the wall.
2 Using the two screws and wall plugs supplied (A),
fasten the wall bracket.
3 When you have mounted the receiver cable (see page
5) hang the receiver on the wall bracket and then
secure it with the tiny screw (B).
4 Fasten the cable to the wall and run it to the BeoLink
Active box.
In the following we have listed some advice and require­­
ments for the placement of the BeoLink Active:
If you have installed more units
throughout the house, make sure
that the remote control can only
activate one receiver at a time.
• The units in the system must all
be placed in a dry place, i.e.
not outdoors (the Master Link
cable, however, may very well
be run out­doors). Once
connected, the BeoLink Active
box should be fastened to the
wall – e.g. concealed behind a
curtain or a piece of furni­ture.
• Place the BeoLink Active
receiver so it can receive the
remote control signals.
• If the receiver is placed next to
a door and at a suitable height,
you can easily switch on or off
by close-up operation when
entering or leaving the room.
Likewise, if it is placed near
your telephone, you can switch
off the speakers while you are
on the phone.
• Avoid placing the receiver in
direct sunlight or direct
artificial light, e.g. a spot­light,
or near objects generating
electrical noise, e.g. light
dimmers, as this will reduce
the sensitivity of the receiver.
• The receiver is designed to
function within a temperature
range of 0 – 55°C (32 – 130°F).
If it is exposed to higher or
lower temperatures, it may
block the whole system.
The box is designed to function
within a temperature range of
10 – 40°C (50 – 105°F).
• The receiver cable supplied is
5 metres (15’). This is the
maximum length of cable to
be used.
C onnections
Cables should always be handled with great care. When
running the cables, avoid bending them too sharply and
be careful not to twist them. Avoid subjecting the cables
to pressure or impact.
Using the cable supplied, connect the BeoLink Active
receiver as follows:
1 Detach the rear cover of the BeoLink Active receiver
(unscrew the two screws (C) and loosen the two screws
(D), then lift off the cover).
2 Cut the cable to the required length (from the Beo­Link
Active box to the receiver) and strip it as shown.
3 Insert the cable end through the cable clamp (E) and
connect the leads to the terminals inside the receiver in
the order indicated. Then tighten the clamp (E).
4 Attach the rear cover again and fasten the BeoLink
Active receiver to the wall (see page 4).
5 Plug the cable into the socket marked IR on the
BeoLink Active box.
1 / 2"
5 mm - 1/4"
Strip the cable end. Twist the
cores in each lead and bend
them back.
NOTE! Disconnect your entire
Bang & Olufsen system from the
mains while you make the
Connect the leads in the receiver
cable to the terminals inside the
receiver in this order:
1 = Yellow
2 = Grey
3 = Green
4 = White
5 = Brown
> Connections
Master Link
to the main system
Main System
Junction box
Connect one speaker to the
socket marked Power Link
and then loop the signals
through to the other speaker
as described in the User’s
guide for your speakers.
Link System
BeoLink Active box
In the link room: Using a Master Link cable, connect the
multi-pin plug to the socket marked MASTER LINK on
the Beo­Link Active box, and run the cable to the
junction box.
Using Power Link cables (8-pin DIN), connect your
active speakers to the sockets marked POWER LINK.
Remember to set the L•R•LINE switch on each speaker
to L and R (left and right channel), respectively.
*The socket marked PC is for connection of extra
equipment. You must use the Bang & Olufsen cable
adaptor to make the connection. For further
information, contact your Bang & Olufsen retailer. The
PC source is activated via the PC command on your
Beo4. You can only select the PC source locally.
In the main room: Using a Master Link cable, connect
the flat multi-pin plug to the socket marked MASTER
LINK on the main system, and run the cable to the
junction box. If a PC source is also connected to your
main room TV, you must bring up L-PC from the Beo4
list to activate it in the link room.
Inside the junction box: Join the cables as explained in
the documentation enclosed with the box. This
document contains information of the many
possibilities of the box and how to join the cables.
R eady
use …
When you have made all the connections as described in
the previous chapter you may start using the system.
However, in order for your setup to function properly, you
may need to preprogram it.
Your BeoLink Active can be preprogrammed for the
following setup situations (Options):
Option 0: To be used if you want to disable remote
control operation of the BeoLink Active (to re-enable
remote control, select one of the other options).
Option 4: To be used if you install the BeoLink Active in
the same room as your main system (e.g. in a large
L-shaped living room with two separate listening
Option 5: To be used if you install a TV set in the same
room as your BeoLink Active.
Option 6: To be used for a setup with the main system in
one room and the BeoLink Active in another, as described
in this guide.
Using a Beo6:
> While holding the • button,
press the centre button to
bring up the SETUP menu on
> Let go of both buttons.
> Press Option Pgm to bring up
the Option Programming
display on Beo6.
> Press the button that matches
the zone in which
the BeoLink Active is placed.
Using a Beo4:
> While holding the • button,
press LIST on Beo4.
> Let go of both buttons.
> Use the navigation button up
or down to bring up
OPTION? in the Beo4 display
and press the centre button.
> Use the navigation button up
or down to bring up L.OPT in
the Beo4 display and press
the appropriate number
(0, 4, 5 or 6).
The preprogramming is done with a Bang & Olufsen
remote control, and must be carried out with both the
main and link system switched to stand-by!
NOTE! To ensure correct function
of your setup, it is essential that
you connect both the main system
and the speakers to the mains –
before connecting the BeoLink
Active box to the mains!
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symbol must not be disposed of with normal household wastage; all
electrical and electronic equipment, parts and batteries must be collected
and disposed of separately.
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use of the collection systems available in your country, you protect the
environment, human health and contribute to the prudent and rational
use of natural resources.
Collecting electrical and electronic equipment, batteries and waste
prevents the potential contamination of nature with the hazardous
substances which may be present in electrical and electronic products
and equipment.
Your Bang & Olufsen retailer will advise you of the correct way of
disposal in your country.
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the User Guide, on the Guarantee certificate, or on the packaging.
This product is in conformity with the provisions of the
Directives 2004/108/EC and 2006/95/EC.
All Bang & Olufsen products comply with applicable environmental
legislation throughout the world.
For the US-market only!
NOTE: This equip­ment has been tested and
found to comply with the limits for a class B
digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protec­tion against harmful inter­
ference in a residential in­stal­­lation.
This equipment generates, uses and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not in­
stalled and used in accordance with the instruc­
tions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communi­cations. However, there is no guaran­
tee that inter­ference will not occur in a
particu­lar in­stal­­lation. If this equip­ment does
cause harmful inter­ference to radio or tele­­
vision re­ception, which can be deter­mined by
turning the equip­­ment off and on, the user is
en­cou­raged to try to correct the inter­ference
by one or more of the following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equip­
ment and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
cir­cuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/
TV technician for help.
For the Canadian market only:
This class B digital apparatus meets all
requirements of the Canadian InterferenceCausing Equipment Regulations.