Beocenter 9000

(1987-1988) AM/FM Stereo/Dolby B,C cassette/compact disc music centre, 2x30W, Multiroom

Type numbers: 2501, 2503, 2504, 2505

 

Picture by Bang & Olufsen

Description

The Beocenter 9000 was the first in a long and successful line of music centres. Taking the place in the range of, though not directly replacing, the Beocenter 7700, it was novel when introduced as it showed a new priority in regard to the sources. Beocenter 7700 included a radio, cassette and record player, and left the option open to connect a compact disc player, such as the Beogram CD X. The Beocenter 9000 still had a radio and cassette recorder, but this time the CD was built-in and it was the turntable could be added externally. Beogram 3000 (or latterly Beogram 9000) was suggested as a suitable model, and could be controlled via Datalink. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Although Beocenter 9000 looked new, it was made by combining ideas and technology from other recent models in the range. Most strikingly, the “sensi-touch” panels, which controlled all the functions and displays were developed from those of the Beogram CD X. Improvements in technique allowed the control legends to be illuminated, making possible the Beocenter 9000’s most important innovation, that only the controls that were directly relevant to the operation in hand were visible. These “electronic covers” as they were called, greatly simplified the operation of what was a very sophisticated piece of equipment and allowed for a smooth, uncluttered appearance. In fact, for the first time, there were no mechanical switches or controls, a major technical achievement. Even the power-operated sliding doors over the cassette and CD compartments were operated by touch sensors, though holes in the underside allowed them to be opened with a screwdriver in the event of failure. The doors, along with the general layout and the bands of black and silver, recalled the Beocenter 4000 of the late 1970s, which was in many ways the forerunner of this model. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

As regards the rest of the machine, the amplifier and CD player were based on those of the Beosystem 3300, whereas the tuner and cassette deck were similar to those of the Beosystem 5500. The tuner offered 20 pre-tuned programmes on either AM or FM, and the cassette deck featured Dolby B and C with automatic recognition of its own recordings, track search, auto reverse and automatic tape-type detection, based around the sensing slots in the rear of the cassette. A programmable timer was also included, so unattended recordings of radio programmes could be made. In this area the Beocenter 9000 really scored over the 7700, auto reverse meant that a maximum recording time of 2 hours was possible. The power amplifier was perhaps the only disappointment, it was less powerful than that fitted to the Beocenter 7700, and lacked its predecessor’s sophistication, accuracy and refinement. Either Beolab 150 amplifiers or Beolab Penta loudspeakers would (at some considerable price) solve the problem, and if the Pentas were chosen, the chosen source and volume setting would be shown in their display panels. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

With three electronically controlled sources, the Beocenter 9000 was a natural choice for remote control and multiroom operation. Either the A or AV Terminal (and latterly the Beolink 1000) could be used, whilst the full range of Beolink products could be used to extend the system’s reach. Recommended loudspeakers tended to be either Beovox RL 60 or Beolab Penta, with models from the CX range for additional rooms. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The edge of the cabinet of the early Beocenter 9000s was finished with a wide bronze-coloured strip, whilst later ones had a thin white line. The Beocenter 9000 was replaced by the Beocenter 9500, which was very similar but updated to include some new ideas. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Prices

1986£1295 
1987£15931
1988£13952

NOTE 1: including A Terminal

NOTE 2: including Beolink 1000

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