Beocord VX 7000
(1993-1997) VHS video recorder, hi-fi stereo, SP/LP speeds, Datalink, Nicam stereo decoder
Type numbers: 4580, 4581, 4583, 4584, 4585, 4586, 4587, 4588, 4589, 4610, 4611, 4613, 4614, 4615, 4616, 4617, 4618, 4619
The VX 7000 was the last model in the VX line. Whilst it looked similar to the other models, there were many differences internally. Most importantly, a completely new mechanism was fitted, along with a 7-head video drum. The extra heads allowed for two speed (SP/LP) operation and improved assemble-editing performance. The new mechanism also allowed for reverse slow motion, something not possible with the previous models, and included a special high-speed rewind mode. To go with the new mechanism, new electronics had also been designed. The new printed panels gave the impression of being much simpler than those of the VX 5500. One major change was that the Nicam stereo decoder was now an integrated part of the receiver section, not an add-on module. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
Externally, there were also changes, though not for the better. The decorative strip across the front of the machine that had previously been solid aluminium was now made from black plastic. The headphone and microphone sockets had gone and the only controls now were two plastic keys at the right hand end of the fascia, one for play/standby and one for eject. The drop-down panel concealing extra controls was not fitted either, so the modes that they offered were removed too. The left and right audio recording level sliders had been fitted here, and so instead this important adjustment was now made using a small spindle at the back of the machine. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
In use, the VX 7000 was much like the VX 5500. The on-screen menus were of a similar appearance and the tape index system continued unchanged. The menu structure was altered slightly when the Beo 4 remote control was introduced, these models were known as the Beocord VX 7000 Beo 4. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
The VX 7000 would be the last in the VX series. It was replaced by the Beocord V 8000, which, confusingly, was based on the V 6000, a model that had been offered as a cheaper, more basic alternative to the VX 7000. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.