Beomaster 3300

(1987-1989) MW/LW/FM stereo receiver, 2x30W, Datalink, Beolink

Type numbers: 2951, 2952, 2953, 2955, 2957

 

Picture by Martin Olsen

Description

Beomaster 3300 is best viewed as a replacement for Beomaster 3000, but with two important changes to include new technology. Firstly, provision was made for a properly integrated CD player, with remote control, to be added to the system. Secondly, the remote control codes were altered to work to the Beolink 1000 standard. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The rest of the receiver was much the same as before, though a few detail points are worthy of mention. The connection for the CD player was a 7 pin DIN socket. This was fitted where the four RCA phono sockets for TP2 had previously been on the Beomaster 3000. This meant that the TP2 facility was no longer offered on Beomaster 3300, leaving a place to fill on the “secondary operating panel” under the lid where the TP1/TP2 switch had been. The answer was to add a loudness switch, something that had not appeared on the Beomaster 2000 or 3000. Other than this, the switch functions remained as before. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The second point of interest was the remote control. Terminal 3300 was provided with the set, which was pretty much the same as Terminal 3000 in appearance, other than the fact that a “CD” key had replaced the tape rewind key. However, the terminal was more different than it appeared, for it sent the same IR codes as the Beolink 1000. Terminal 3300 was in effect a simplified version of the original A/V Terminal, constructed from cheaper materials. It was the last of the eight terminals that were produced in that case style. A Beolink 1000 could also be used to control the Beomaster 3300 (and other datalink components attached to it), so the system integrated nicely with the television sets, video recorders and light controls on offer at the time. Extra loudspeakers could also be connected in other rooms using Xtra speaker kits, forming a simple multiroom setup. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

B&O are famous for their timeless styling, but the Beomaster 3300 and the other components that make up Beosystem 3300 seem in retrospect to be an exception. Their grey finish and bold graphics were very fashionable in the 1980s, but now appear more dated than Beosystem 3000 and other products from the same range, such as Beocenter 9000. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Beomaster 3300 and the rest of Beosystem 3300 were only available for a short time. As CD player technology advanced, it became possible to make the new Beogram CD models small enough to match the Beomaster and Beocord cabinets, and light enough to hang on the wall. Beosystem 4500 included a CD player with these improvements, and this replaced Beosystem 3300. later, a simpler version, Beosystem 3500, was added to the range, and this was the true replacement for the Beosystem 3300. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Prices

1987£396 
1989£315 

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