(1979-1982) Stereo cassette deck, Fe/Cr/Metal tape, Dolby B NR
Type numbers: 2662, 2666
The Beocord 1700 cassette deck was specially made to match the Beomaster 1700. After many examples in the B&O range of apparently matching cassette decks being a slightly different size to their accompanying Beomasters (e.g. Beocord 900 and Beomaster 901, Beocord 1900 and Beomaster 1900), it was a refreshing change to note that the Beomaster 1700 and Beocord 1700 were of identical profile. Placing the two units together formed a long, attractive console. The top shelf of the SC 17 music cabinet was exactly the correct width for this placement. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
The Beocord 1700 itself was of standard design and construction for the period. Mechanically and electronically it was very similar to the Beocord 2400 and offered identical performance. As with the Beocord 2400, Dolby B was fitted and Metal tapes could be used. The only notable departure from Beocord 2400 practice was that instead of using moving-coil meters to show the record level, LED bar-graph indicators were used instead. Although these had been seen before on top-line Beocords and some music centres (e.g. the Beocenter 4600) this was the first time they had been seen on one of the simpler, cheaper Beocord models. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
The use of aluminium trim at the top and bottom of the angled control deck of the Beocord 1700 made for an excellent visual match with the Beomaster 1700. The desire to do this did not extend as far as fitting the control “tracks” that were the most distinctive feature of the Beomaster, however. In their place a small slider for record level and a sliding cover for the microphone socket were fitted instead. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
The Beocord 1700 was amongst the last of the Beocord models that used the old “DIN” level for recording input. At the time of its introduction, the standard was changing to “line” level, a far greater amount of signal that allowed easier matching and lower noise. The more expensive Beocord 8002 had a switch to accommodate either standard, but this was not deemed necessary for the 1700 as it would probably only be used with the DIN level Beomaster 1700 anyway. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.