Beogram CD 3300

(1987-1989) Compact disc player, Datalink

Type numbers: 5141, 5142, 5143, 5145

Picture by Nick Jarman

Description

The Beosystem 3300 was the first range of models in this line to include a compact disc player as an integral part of the system. Unlike the Beosystem 3000, which could use the matching Beogram CD X through the TP2 connection, the Beosystem 3300 had a socket specifically for a CD player with Datalink, and because of this the CD player could be operated by remote control. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Beogram CD 3300 itself was a variant of Beogram CDX 2. The two models differ technically only in the control panel, and even then the two versions were so similar that the same printed circuit board was used for both, the components fitted determine the model. The most obvious difference of course was that Beogram CD 3300 was fitted with Datalink, and so as well as a different control panel the signal lead was fitted with a 7 pin DIN plug instead of two RCA connectors. Other than in these details and differences in colours and trims, Beogram CD 3300 and CDX 2 can be considered as identical. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Beogram CD 3300 was withdrawn along with the rest of the 3300 system. The replacement, the Beogram CD 3500, was a very different machine. It had a far more compact chassis, allowing the cabinet to be made the same size as that of the matching Beocord 3500 cassette recorder. Additionally, the new mechanical arrangements made it possible to hang Beogram CD 3500 vertically on a wall, along with the rest of the system. Finally, although similar Philips chips were used, Beogram CD 3500 was not made by Philips but by B&O themselves. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Prices

1987£399 
1988£495 

Type numbers

5141, 5142, 5143, 5145

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