Beogram 1700

(1979-1982) Stereo turntable, 33/45RPM, MMC 20 S pickup

Type numbers: 5731, 5733

 

Picture by Nick Jarman

Description

The Beogram 1700 replaced the Beogram 1500 and 1902 models, both of which had been popular models that had sold well. It fitted into the range as the most basic separate Beogram model and was intended for use with the smaller Beomaster models and non-B&O systems. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The Beogram 1700 was very similar in appearance to the models it replaced except for one key difference, the mechanical rocker plate had been replaced by four electronic keys. The change from mechanical to electronic control made the whole machine far more versatile and flexible, allowing, for example, 12” 45 RPM singles to be played with ease. Touching either the “33” or “45” keys started the machine, setting down for either a 12” or 7” record respectively. The important difference was that after this the same keys could then be used to change the speed without affecting the arm position. Keys for “pause” (cue up) and “turn” (for record cleaning) were also included. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Mechanically little had changed, apart from the fitting of a new design of arm which was even slimmer and lighter than the types used before. The same FG servo motor was retained but the variable speed control was no longer present, speed adjustments could now only be made through two unmarked holes in the baseplate. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The Beogram 1700 was as successful as its predecessors and was well regarded. Despite being a basic model it was found that by fitting one of the more expensive pickups in the range (for example the MMC 20 EN) the performance was almost equal to that to those at the top of the range, but at fraction of the price. The Beogram 1700 was replaced in 1983 by the Beogram 1800, which was slimmer still and had a faster acting automatic mechanism. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Finishes/colours

  • Oak
  • Rosewood
  • Teak
  • White

Prices

1982£99 

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