Beovision LE 6000
(1992-1994) 28” Colour television, Teletext and Nicam
Type numbers: 5303, 5307
B&O had traditionally offered alongside their very sophisticated television sets simpler models for those who wanted B&O quality and style without extra facilities for advanced features or interaction with other equipment. The 5102/7102/8102, “L” series and “LS"/"MS” series models were all good examples of this, and all these sets proved popular. The LE 6000 took this idea a stage too far, however. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
Sold as a proper Beovision, the LE 6000 was nothing of the sort. It was in fact a Philips set, made in a Philips factory and styled to look a bit like an LX, something that was only convincing if you’d not seen one before. Many basic LX features were missing, the loudspeakers instead of being quality units in sealed cabinets were low-cost types fitted inside the front panel of the set. Although a genuine Beolink 1000 was supplied as a remote control, there were few possibilities for connecting external equipment, a basic V 6000 video recorder was about the extent of what was possible. Worst of all, the cabinet was mounded in a cheap grade of black plastic, there were no other finishes available. Even the aluminium trims along the top and sides of the cabinet were replaced with plastic strips mounded in place. The only common parts with the rest of the range were the loudspeaker frets, contrast screen and picture tube, though it is unlikely that the latter item was subject to the same rigorous selection as was routine for those used in B&O’s own sets. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
The chassis was a small and undistinguished type similar to and loosely derived from that used in the MX 1500, another set made by Philips for B&O. Reliability and picture quality were average, though when repairs were required B&O dealers would find themselves without the correct parts and facing unfamiliar circuitry. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
Fortunately, the public were not fooled on a large scale and so on the whole disappointment and the consequent damage to B&O’s reputation were limited. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
- Jarman, T; Jarman, N (2008), Crowood Collectors' Series: Bang & Olufsen: 159