Showing posts with label BANG & OLUFSEN. Show all posts
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10 October 2021

Bang & Olufsen Beocord 9000 (1982) - World's Most Advanced Cassette Deck

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To hear music reproduced accurately on cassette in your home is one pleasure serious listeners have always been denied until the introduction of the Beocord 9000 in 1982. With the Bang & Olufsen Beocord 9000 you can faithfully reproduce the wide dynamic range of a live performance. So much that it's impossible to pick the difference between the record and recording. The Beodord 9000 incorporates a unique Computer Controlled Calibration system, the Bang & Olufsen HX Professional Recording System and single touch operation. The Beocord 9000 calibrates to any cassette before recording in just nine seconds. Bang & Olufsen have developed a Computer Controlled Calibration system which optimises the performance of any tape. Simply insert any tape and the Beocord 9000 proceeds to set the appropiate bias, sensitivity and equalisation. The specifications for types of tape you use frequently can beplaced in the memory and recalled instantly making future calibration unnecessary. And that's not all, in the calibration process the Beocord 9000 also measures distortion and sets its record level meters according to the characteristics of the particular tape you are using, assuring you of a recording free of audible distortion. 

The Beocord is one of the first cassette decks in the world to incorporate HX Professional. Not since the invention of Dolby NR has such a significant inprovement in cassette performance taken place. Even Dolby Laboratories agreed. Overall dynamic range is increased by up to 10dB. Definition of bass frequencies is audibly superior. Frequency response with any tape is +/-1.5dB from 20 to 20000Hz with a S/N ratio up to 80dB with Dolby C NR!. The Beocord 9000 provides an electronically accurate real-time index to all tape locations regardless of type or lenght. To calibrate any cassette to a real-time index, simply press the GO button on the control panel. The most important part of the system is the micro-computer. The micro-computer carries out all calculations and controls the minute and second readings on the display. The computer program contains 3 tables, one for tape thickness compiled on the basis of practical experience. (Large number of cassettes on the market have been carefully measured at the Bang & Olufsen laboratory to ensure accurate time indication). If that's not enough, the Beocord 9000 is furnished with a specially recorded test tape which permits you to verify the accuracy of the tape head's azimuth adjustment. The fabulous design belongs to Jakob Jensen. Technical data: Wow and flutter: 0.045% WRMS | Frequency range: 20-20,000 Hz +/-1.5dB (All Quality Types), Metal 10-25,000 Hz +/-3dB | Dimensions: 53x13x30cm | Weight: 7.8 kg

cassette deck

cassette deck

cassette deck

cassette deck

cassette deck

cassette deck

09 October 2020

Bang & Olufsen Beogram 4000c - High Tech Reloaded (1972-2020)

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The original Beogram 4000 was introduced in 1972 and it took the world by storm. It was both a styling triumph (designed by Jakob Jensen) and a technical tour de force. In october 2020 Bang & Olufsen announced a Limited Edition run of 95 units of this original iconic turntable which set the standard for all (tangential) record players that came after. In order to mark the 95th year of creating remarcable experiences Bang & Olufsen sourced 95 original units (the 4002 version) and restored them for contemporary sound systems while maintaining the timeless spirit at their core. Each unit is disassembled manually and inspected and every single component of each Beogram is painstakingly cleaned. New parts are added from the smallest screw and ball bearing to the drive belt. These units will receive a new hand-crafted wooden frame, updated finish on the minimalistic and intuitive control pad, also a preamplifier is installed together with a new pickup cartridge. This new "Bang & Olufsen Beogram 4000c Recreated Limited Edition" now fitted with both DIN 5-pin and Line out connectors becomes compatible with all modern Bang & Olufsen speakers (excluding Bluetooth models)

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The original Beogram 4000 (1972)

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Beogram 4000c Recreated Limited Edition (2020)

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turntable

turntable

turntable

turntable

turntable


19 June 2019

Bang&Olufsen Beomaster 8000 - Designed by Jakob Jensen

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The Beomaster 8000 was introduced in 1980 and it was the most powerful receiver ever produced by Bang&Olufsen. This classic piece of audio equipment was designed by Jakob Jensen. This was a very expensive receiver featuring a digital tuner with 9 FM presets while the amplifier was using a dual-mono construction. Under the large digital display there was a large FM tuning wheel, a large electronic 60-step volume control, source control and radio presets. All these functions are remote controlable with the included Beolab Terminal that could also control a cassette deck and the turntable. 

Secondary functions are located behind a large brushed aluminium panel that gently opens at the touch of a button. To complement this beautiful and technologically advanced receiver there were available the perfectly matching Beogram 8000 linear tracking turntable and the Beocord 8000 cassette deck while the loudspeakers were the Beovox MS 150. The system built using these components was called Beolab 8000 and it was also available in white finish while the dedicated racks were the SC 80 and SC 80-2. There was available a simplified version of this system in a compact form as the Beocenter 7000 series that can be seen in our collection here. Technical data: Continous power output per channel: 150 W/4 ohm, 100 W/8 ohm, Dimensions 67 W x 15 H x 37 D cm, Weight: 21 kg.


hifi receiver

hifi receiver

hifi receiver

hifi receiver





30 January 2018

A Reel to Reel Prototype - The Beocord 6000 / 5000

Beosystem 6000 prototype 1969
Beosystem 6000 prototype 1969

The Bang&Olufsen Beocord 6000 reel to reel tape recorder was designed by Jakob Jensen in 1969 as part of the future Beosystem 6000 (initially Topline System). Later the turntable and the receiver of this prototype system turned into real products such as the Beogram 4000 turntable and the Beomaster 6000 remote controlled receiver. The all silver and silver/black front reel to reel tape recorder on the other hand was planned to be manufactured as Beocord 6000 but it seems that there were only 6 units manufactured in 1971 with all black front and called Beocord 5000. It seems that the ideea of a new tape recorder was abandoned as compact cassette gained more popularity and finally the Beocord 5000 became a cassette deck to partner the Beomaster 6000 receiver. Later, also the Beocord 6000 name was (re)used for a new compact cassette deck recorder.

The prototype Beocord 6000 / 5000 reel to reel recorders were capable of handling reels up to 27 cm in diameter. It was a 3 motor Dual Capstan Autoreverse construction measuring only 8 cm high so it would match the size of the receiver. 

Jakob Jensen
Jakob Jensen at work

Beocord 6000 1969
Beocord 6000 1969

Beocord 6000 1969
Beocord 6000 1969

Beocord 6000 1969
Beocord 6000 1969

Beocord 6000 1969
Beocord 6000 1969

Beocord 6000 1969
Beocord 6000 1969

Beocord 6000 1969
Beocord 6000 1969

Beocord 5000 1971
Beocord 5000 1971

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12 December 2017

15 Designer Racks - More Then Audio.

KODO by Joachim B. Stanitzek for BLAUPUNKT 1988
KODO by Joachim B. Stanitzek for BLAUPUNKT 1988

Normally when we say audio rack we think of a simple piece of furniture with shelves and wheels or a more "profesional" system holding components via front panel mounting screws. There were however some exceptions as well, with manufacturers asking artists or designers to come up with unique concepts for audio storage. Below you can see a selection of such concepts initiated by manufacturers like BLAUPUNKT or PHILIPS. 

BLAUPUNKT had collaborated with Joachim B. Stanitzek, Susanne Neubohn, Christian Schneider-Moll and furniture manufacturer interlübke. PHILIPS had collaborated with world famous designers like Ettore Sottsass (founder Memphis Group) or Andrée Putman.

In some cases there were in house creations as well like the ones from PHILIPS, SONY or by Jakob Jensen as Bang&Olufsen designer.

Joachim Stanitzek, Media Component Holder BG-1, 1988-1989
Joachim Stanitzek, Media Component Holder BG-1, 1988-1989

Vis-ä-Vis by Susanne Neubohn for BLAUPUNKT 1987
Vis-ä-Vis by Susanne Neubohn for BLAUPUNKT 1987

Baobab by Christian Scnaider-Moll for BLAUPUNKT 1988
Baobab by Christian Scnaider-Moll for BLAUPUNKT 1988

interlübke Caddy RO 63 for BLAUPUNKT 1988
interlübke Caddy RO 63 for BLAUPUNKT 1988

interlübke for BLAUPUNKT 1988
interlübke for BLAUPUNKT 1988

PHILIPS 1998
PHILIPS 1998

Ettore Sottsass PHILIPS Design Edtion No.2 1994
Ettore Sottsass PHILIPS Design Edtion No.2 1994

Mediathek Andrée Putman PHILIPS 1994
Mediathek by Andrée Putman PHILIPS 1994

PHILIPS R 900 for Series 900 components 1994
PHILIPS R 900 for Series 900 components 1994

sony 1998
SONY 1998

sony 1998
SONY 1998

Sony 1993
SONY 1993

ATTYCA 1 by Jakob Jensen  Bang&Olufsen 1986
ATTYCA 1 by Jakob Jensen  Bang&Olufsen 1986

Studio Metamorfosi office by Studio Alchimia  1984
Studio Metamorfosi office by Studio Alchimia  1984


06 October 2015

BeoLab 90 - A Classic Was Born

The 90th anniversary loudspeaker from Bang & Olufsen has arrived. Meet the BeoLab 90 - a 8200 watts per loudspeaker designed by the Frackenpohl Poulheim design studio for Bang & Olufsen.

beolab 90

Bang & Olufsen's new Active Room Compensation technology, Beam Width Control and Beam Direction Control ensure a 360 disperion of sound regardless of room and listening position. The 7 (Scan-Speak) tweeters, 7 (Scan-Speak) midrange, 3 (Scan-Speak) woofer and 1 (Scan-Speak) front woofer are mounted in a 65 kg aluminium enclosure for a total weight of 137 kg. Each speaker has 7 ICEpower amplifiers for tweeters, 7 ICEpower amplifiers for midranges, 3 Heliox amplifiers for woofers and 1 Heliox amplifier for the front woofer.

beolab 90

Until you listen to one of these BeoLab 90 digital loudspeakers in your room, take a look at some of 
Bang & Olufsen's Classic models here and here.



26 March 2015

Bang & Olufsen 90th anniversary - love affair





Bang & Olufsen was founded by two engineers, Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen on the 17th november 1925. Their first significant product to bear the Bang & Olufsen name was the B&O Eliminator radio. This was a significant product as it could be connected directly to the mains rather than being battery-operated as other similar products of the times.

Founders Svend Olufsen and Peter Bang

After a series of successful radio and cinema sound systems in 1939 it was launched the Beolit, the first radio with a bakelite cabinet. This was the starting point of the famous "BEO" prefix product families such as the BEOMASTER product range. In january 1945 the Bang & Olufsen factories were totally destroyed by pro-Nazy saboteurs as a punishment to Bang & Olufsen refusal to collaborate with the nazi Germans. The factory was rebuilt and operational by 1946.

Designer Jakob Jensen at work

Product design and ease of operation were allways key elements of the Bang & Olufsen products. By 1960 they begin a series of successfull collaboration with designer Jakob Jensen. In 1978, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held an exibition dedicated to Bang & Olufsen designs. Among the exhibited models was the BEOCENTER 7000 designed by Jakob Jensen. Since 1980 most of the company's products were designed by David Lewis who became involved with Bang & Olufsen in 1965.

Six of the most current iconic designs are brought together in this Tokyo product display to bridge past and present celebrating 90 years of Bang & Olufsen passion, pride and persistence. The love affair collection.

The Love Affair Collection