Beocord 1500

(1979-1980) Stereo cassette deck, Dolby B NR

Type numbers: 2642, 2645

Picture by Nick Jarman

Description

A curious economy model introduced a year after Beocord 1900. Visually very similar, this machine offered Beocord 1100 performance in the smart new Beocord 1900 cabinet. In particular, the old upper frequency limit of 12.5KHz was reverted to. Further cost cutting was evident on the front panel, much smaller VU meters were fitted, though to avoid the expense of having to machine the panels differently for the two models, the meters were surrounded by black plastic frames to fill the gap!

While the performance could not be described at the time as state of the art, it was nevertheless very good, and was doubtless helped by the use of the same excellent mechanism as was employed in the Beocord 1900. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

While it seems strange that a manufacturer so clearly in the luxury class should include in their range basic lower cost machines such as this, the Beocord 1500 is far from being the only example. Basic models can form an excellent introduction to owners of non-B&O systems looking to upgrade a single component at moderate cost, and perhaps lead them to buy a complete system later on. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Designer

Jacob Jensen

Finishes/ colours

  • Oak
  • Rosewood
  • Teak
  • White

Type numbers

2642, 2645

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