Beogram CD 4500

(1989-1992) Compact Disc Player, Datalink.

Type numbers: 5171, 5172, 5173, 5174, 5175

 

Picture by Neil Sears

Description

This new model was a welcome addition to the range, because for the first time in the series of audio separates that started with the Beomaster 1900, a compact disc player was made available that not only matched the shape and size of the Beomaster (and Beocord), but could also be hung on the wall alongside it. The previous CD players for these systems, the Beogram CD X and CD 3300, had been quite bulky and were suitable for horizontal running only. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Electronically, the Beogram CD 4500 carried much over from the previous CD 3300. It used the same Philips 16 bit chipset and basic analogue filters (the sophisticated analogue circuitry and power supply sections from the Beogram CD 5500 and its derivatives were not used). As had been seen before, though a new mechanism that was smaller and lighter than the CDM-4 in the previous model was chosen. The drastic reduction in size that was achieved was as a result of dispensing with the die-cast inner frame (from the very early Philips CD100) that had been used in the CD X and CD 3300, and by using a specially designed layout for the printed panel, in preference to the Philips OEM one used in the CD 3300 and Beocenter 9000/9500. In addition, springs were added to support the mechanism when the unit was suspended vertically, which were engaged through slots in the back if required. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Unless the machine was used with the Beomaster 4500 and one of the more sophisticated remote controls, it was very basic indeed, with even the CD time display being deleted. However, the player was simple and elegant, and sold well with the rest of the system. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Prices

1989£395 
1990£475 
1992£485 

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