(1991-1994) Remote control terminal, Beolink, 2 way
Type numbers: 1540, 1541, 1542, 1543, 1544, 1631, 1632, 1633, 1634, 1635
The Beolink 7000 was the most comprehensive and complicated remote control terminal offered by B&O. It was originally offered with Beosystem 6500, replacing Master Control Panel 6500, and then as the recommended remote control terminal for Beosystem 7000. Its most novel feature was that it employed the same type of “sensi-touch” controls that had previously been seen on Beomasters and Beocenters. This gave Beolink 7000 a clean, uncluttered appearance. In a similar way to the Beocenter 9000 and its derivatives, Beolink 7000 “masked” unused and irrelevant functions by not illuminating them, helping to keep operation simple. A large LCD panel formed a display for use with the more advanced functions, and this too was touch sensitive, using the “sensi-touch” technique. This required that transparent conductors were applied to the inside to the display window, and this was done using the same methods used to fabricate the LCD module itself. An additional LED matrix display above the LCD screen showed which source was being controlled. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
A drawback of LCD technology is the narrow viewing angle over which the display is legible. The additional window carrying the touch sensors over the screen of the Beolink 7000 only made this worse, so the whole terminal was made to bend in the middle when set down on a table. This worked using two sensors on the underneath, a motor and a set of gears. After a few seconds the upper (black) part of the unit would tilt itself towards the user, and because of the weight in the lower half of the base the panel could then be used normally. Picking up the Beolink 7000 would cause it to automatically fold back into the normal “flat” position. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
The LED light displays, background lighting for the LCD (a blue electroluminescent panel driven by a high voltage transformer) and motor all used a lot of power, so standard dry batteries would have needed very frequent replacement. Because of this, rechargeable batteries were built in. When the terminal was placed either on its table base or optional telescopic stand the batteries were automatically recharged, keeping them ready for immediate use. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.
Beolink 7000 was very complicated, and very expensive. The designers possibly realised that they had gone too far in the pursuit of technology for its own sake. This, and the discontinuation of the complicated separates systems that the Master Control Panels had served, meant that Beolink 7000 was the last of the larger format remote control terminals. Future products used a simplified operating procedure in conjunction with the Beo 4. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.