Beolab 6000

(1992-2010) Active column loudspeaker

Type numbers: 6821, 6822, 6823, 6824, 6825, 6826, 6829, 6830

Picture by Nick Jarman

Description

This active loudspeaker was introduced shortly after the Beolab 8000, and can be considered as a miniature version of it. Originally intended simply for use as the rear channel loudspeakers in the AV 9000 home-cinema, it outlived this system and became a popular choice as a small loudspeaker for use with equipment like the Beosound Ouverture. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Technically, it was very similar to the Beolab 8000, but with everything scaled down slightly. The same combination of two bass drivers, a dome tweeter and a bass reflex cabinet were employed, and whilst the results would not satisfy the serious listener, the performance was pleasing for speech and simple music in smaller rooms. Unfortunately, the same problems with drive unit reliability that had affected the Beolab 8000 re-appeared with the 6000, which used the same tweeter. The woofers were not of the plastic coned type, but did suffer with torn rubber roll edges, because the material used was too thin and became hardened with use. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

External connections were underneath the cabinet. Two Powerlink sockets were fitted, along with an RCA connection for “line in” use from older or non-B&O equipment. The underside of the base was moulded with numerous channels and cable grips so that the connecting wires could exit neatly. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The Beolab 6000 was another very successful model and remained in the range for many years. Like the Beolab 8000, the only major styling revision was the introduction of a choice of colours for the metal parts. Beolab 6000 was replaced by the visually almost identical BeoLab 6002. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Designer

David Lewis

Finishes/ colours

 1992199319941995199619971998199920002001
Aluminium/black
Aluminium/grey        
Black        
Blue        
Green        
Red        
Dark grey          
Light blue          
Blue          
Red          
Aluminium/white          
Golden/black1          
 200220032004200520062007200820092010
Aluminium/black
Aluminium/grey
Black
Blue       
Green       
Red       
Dark grey 
Light blue      
Blue   
Red   
Aluminium/white      
Golden/black1       

NOTE 1: special order

Prices

1993£1350 
1994£1350 
1995£1450 
1996£1550 
1997£1550 
1998£1550 
1999£1550 
2000£1590 
2001£1600 
2002£1600 
2003£1590 
2004£1600 
2005£1680 
2006£1800 
2007£1800 
2008£1950 
2009£2125 
2010£2170 
2011£2275 

Type numbers

6821, 6822, 6823, 6824, 6825, 6826, 6829, 6830

Further Reading

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